Identity management, IPR and e-commerce

The context web

In preparing some recent presentations I have been talking about three primary ways of experiencing the web which emerged successively and continue to work together. Here I will call them the site-web, the search-web, and the context-web (alternatives might be site-centric, network-centric, and user-centric). Site-web. Our early experience of the web tended to focus on … Continue reading The context web

QOTD: Great cultural collisions

There is an interview with Paul McGuinness, manager of U2, in the weekend FT. McGuinness has been an active participant in discussions about the impact of network distribution on the music business (see here for example). Given the recent discussions around Google Book Search and around indexing of newspaper content, I thought this was another … Continue reading QOTD: Great cultural collisions

Counting titles and authors

The proposed Google Books settlement has created a strong interest in quantifying publications and authors, to get a better sense of the scale of impact. We have been looking at Worldcat and hope to publish an analysis later this year. Here is an issue that came up this week: how many print books were published … Continue reading Counting titles and authors

An identity incompletely centered ..

The Facebook username landgrab created a flurry of excitement over the weekend. Individuals ‘claimed’ their piece of network real estate in the form of a Facebook URL, and organizations had an opportunity to protect registered marks. I am now http://www.facebook.com/lorcand which chimes with my recently established Twitter presence http://www.twitter.com/lorcand I decided to consolidate on lorcand … Continue reading An identity incompletely centered ..

QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

Fintan O’Toole writes about the Google books settlement in the Irish Times. He wonders which ads will be shown to accompany which texts. My favorite is the third, the opening of Ulysses …. PICTURE THIS. You read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be … Continue reading QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

Google Book Search and Libraries

My colleague Ricky Erway has distilled material relevant to libraries from the proposed Google agreement with the APA and Authors’ Guild. Now I’m not a lawyer (and I’ve had that confirmed by our folks in legal) and not even a little lawyer-like, but I read the settlement agreement, most of the appendices (I mean, really, … Continue reading Google Book Search and Libraries

Centering the decentralized identity …

Andy Powell, network resident, has an interesting post about his ‘fractured’ network identity. How does he define identity? “Digital identity is the online representation of an individual within a community, as adopted by that individual and/or projected by others. An individual may have multiple digital identities in multiple communities.” [Andy Powell, eFoundations] He describes how … Continue reading Centering the decentralized identity …

Life and passwords

It sometimes seems like this: life is a series of forgotten passwords and one forgotten OpenID.

QOTD: Books on the web

An interesting story about an academic imprint from Bloomsbury with a different business model …. The imprint will use Creative Commons licences to allow non-commercial use of all its titles on publication. Pinter described it as “a major commitment to spreading knowledge more easily throughout the world, with a sustainable business model”. She said it … Continue reading QOTD: Books on the web

Metadata and Heraclitus

I was very struck a couple of years ago by a comment made by my colleague Eric Hellman. He talked about metadata in terms of rivers and lakes. In the library cataloging model we have had lakes – accumulating stores of data that do not change frequently over time and are fed by a few … Continue reading Metadata and Heraclitus