Identity management, IPR and e-commerce

  • The context webMarch 07, 2010 – 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...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Great cultural collisionsDecember 06, 2009 – 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,...read full entry...
  • Counting titles and authorsAugust 16, 2009 – 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...read full entry...
  • An identity incompletely centered ..June 14, 2009 – 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...read full entry...
  • QOTD: books: the last frontier for adsApril 25, 2009 – 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...read full entry...
  • Google Book Search and LibrariesJanuary 17, 2009 – 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...read full entry...
  • Centering the decentralized identity ...December 08, 2008 – 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...read full entry...
  • Life and passwordsSeptember 08, 2008 – It sometimes seems like this: life is a series of forgotten passwords and one forgotten OpenID....read full entry...
  • QOTD: Books on the webSeptember 07, 2008 – 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...read full entry...
  • Metadata and HeraclitusAugust 31, 2008 – 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...read full entry...
  • The future of media?August 20, 2008 – As we have been traveling I haven't been watching a lot of TV, I thought I would go and have a look at a few videos of discussed Olympic events. The BBC is usually my first port of call for things like this, but of course, as noted previously, they...read full entry...
  • Van the ManJuly 25, 2008 – Something for the weekend ..... I have been interested to observe the disappearance of many Van Morrison songs from YouTube over the last while. I used to look at some from time to time. For example, there were a couple of videos of Cassandra Wilson's wonderful interpretation of Tupelo Honey...read full entry...
  • IPRJune 28, 2008 – Not surprising really, but I was interested to realize recently how much more real IPR issues are for my children than they were for me. A couple of indicators .... Brand. They are very aware of brands - for clothes, accessories, and so on. More particularly, they have a sense...read full entry...
  • The electronic influences the printMay 07, 2008 – I have just received a copy of Web-based learning through educational informatics from my helpful colleagues in the OCLC Library and Information Center. I have not yet read it, although I look forward to it. The author, Nigel Ford, describes educational informatics as the integration of three major R&D emphases:...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Trees, books, rightsMay 01, 2008 – There is an interesting short article on book swapping sites in the Guardian, placing them in a 'recycling' context. For eco-aware readers, the environmental benefits of swapping rather than buying are clear. In 2003, Greenpeace launched its book campaign, producing evidence that the UK publishing industry was inadvertently fuelling the...read full entry...
  • Search by color ...April 25, 2008 – We have been looking at Etsy at home recently: "your place to buy and sell all things handmade". It is just nice to use. I especially like the useful search by color ;-) They have an alchemy section: Turn your ideas into reality with Alchemy! Buyers can post requests for...read full entry...
  • Copyright investigation practicesMarch 31, 2008 – My Programs colleagues have released an interesting review [pdf] of copyright investigation practices across several RLG Partners. In this project, staff from eight partner institutions participated in copyright investigation interviews between August and September 2007 to share the ways in which their institutions currently obtain copyright permission to provide users...read full entry...
  • Google Book Search and document understandingJanuary 03, 2008 – Google Book Search: Document Understanding on a Massive Scale [PDF] is a brief treatment of issues faced by Google as they grow their corpus of digitized books and work to make it useful in various ways. Luc Vincent of Google discusses OCR (issues of many languages occurring unpredictably in variously...read full entry...
  • Licensing use of digital resourcesNovember 17, 2007 – Constant readers - there are a few ;-) - will have noticed several references to outputs from the Eduserv Foundation of late, as well as links to their blog, eFoundations. They are producing a nice body of work. They have just released a new report "Snapshot study on the use...read full entry...
  • Dis-owning collectionsOctober 07, 2007 – It is now conventional to make a distinction between what libraries own (e.g. books, DVDs, ...) and what they license (e.g. e-journals). However, we can only use 'own' in a circumscribed way. This has been made clearer in the mass digitization projects. Libraries cannot do as they wish with the...read full entry...
  • Sxip thisJuly 25, 2007 – I installed Sxipper a few days ago. Sxipper is a free Firefox extension that saves you time on the web, enabling you to easily control the release and management of your identity data. With a single click, Sxipper is trained to securely log you in with a username or an...read full entry...
  • ReferencesJuly 07, 2007 – Alma Swan has an interesting post discussing the value added by the publisher in copy editing and concludes that it is ... variable. She notes a publisher study: Wates and Campbell looked at copy editing changes carried out on a set of science, humanities and social science articles at Blackwell...read full entry...
  • OpenIDMay 11, 2007 – OpenID has been generating quite a bit of interest as a lightweight decentralized approach to identity management on the web. There is a nice overview article by Andy Powell (Eduserv) and David Recordon (VeriSign) in the current issue of Ariadne, with some reflections on OpenID in an e-learning environment. In...read full entry...
  • Knights and copyrightDecember 23, 2006 – The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property [report home page] was released recently in the UK, and was welcomed by those opposed to the extension of the existing copyright term. More of that later ... I recently watched Out of Ireland: from a whisper to a scream again, a video documentary...read full entry...
  • Automated policy disclosureOctober 11, 2006 – ACAP is an interesting initiative from a group of publishing organizations. It has been noted in several places. ACAP stands for Automated Content Access Protocol. It is jointly sponsored by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), the European Publishers Council (EPC) and the International Publishers Association (IPA). Here is how...read full entry...
  • Amazon Web Services Solutions CatalogJune 26, 2006 – I was recently pointed at the Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog, an interesting list of applications which mobilze Amazon Web Services to generate various service offerings. Welcome to the new Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog. Developers are constantly innovating with Amazon Web Services to build software that empowers a multitude...read full entry...
  • The Amazon platformMay 22, 2006 – Jim Gray of Microsoft interviews Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, in the current issue of ACM Queue. It is a very interesting discussion of the importance of the service-oriented approach at Amazon, and also gives a fascinating glimpse of internal working practices. Vogels suggests that Amazon is primarily a technology...read full entry...
  • Top ten IT issuesMay 14, 2006 – Educause Review publishes its latest top ten IT issues list:The elevation of Security and Identity Management to the number-one spot among the top-ten IT issues caps a steady four-year rise. Whether it retains this ranking will depend on its perceived importance relative to Funding IT and Administrative/ERP/Information Systems, which have...read full entry...
  • How much is that book in the window ...April 18, 2006 – Jack Ammerman has an interesting point in relation to my entry about what 'owning' a book might actually mean (Sharable and licensable). I note that given the restrictions on what one can do with the intellectual content of a book which is still in copyright that the gap between our...read full entry...
  • Sharable and licensableApril 10, 2006 – We have several mass digitization initiatives underway. And there seems to be an expectation that these will continue, that more of our current collective book and journal collection will be digitized. There are a variety of drivers for this, both for libraries and for the other organizations which have stepped...read full entry...
  • QOTD: apple and amazonFebruary 16, 2006 – There is an interesting story in the WSJ about Amazon's plans to take on Apple in the music download business. The story is framed by the context of a move from atoms to bits. That is from CDs, DVDs and books which comprise a large part of Amazon sales to...read full entry...
  • URLs and the 'p' wordsJanuary 31, 2006 – Identifiers are a topic of ongoing investigation in a variety of contexts, and as more of our activities are driven by network workflows, supply chains and other data flows, they become more important. There are multiple active identifier discussions underway in our community as we speak. It is this topic...read full entry...
  • Keeping the public in publishing?January 03, 2006 – We are used to buying books. To sharing them. To giving and receiving them as gifts. To quietly marking them. Even sometimes to proclaiming ownership in a bookplate. We are used to copying parts of them for study, to quoting from them. Books circulate - through libraries, private collections, bookstores...read full entry...
  • University IPDecember 13, 2005 – I had not come across ip2ipo before. This is a UK company which partners with universities to exploit their IP in new ventures. It has a prestigious list of partners.UK universities are originators of some of the best novel intellectual property ("IP") in the world. IP2IPO's business is to generate...read full entry...
  • Authentication and authorizationOctober 09, 2005 – The Task Group on access management from the NISO Metasearch Intiative - chaired by my colleague Mike Teets - has made a very useful report [pdf] available. This provides a framework within which to examine existing authentication and authorization methods, and describes those methods. It encapsulates nicely current understanding of...read full entry...
  • Tim O'Reilly on Google Print for LibrariesAugust 13, 2005 – There is a long posting on the O'Reilly Radar site bringing together some of Tim O'Reilly's thoughts on Google and the publishers. It is interesting to remember that Tim O'Reilly is a publisher while reading it. Google Library vs. Publishers">Publishers have been stalling for years in getting their content online....read full entry...
  • Open sourcingAugust 10, 2005 – Spotted a while ago on a vendor t-shirt at a conference: 'we help make open source affordable' ;-) Whatever about using other people's code, we have not found it as straightforward as we had expected making our own code available to others. Which license to chose? How to reduce the...read full entry...
  • Forgotten your password?July 29, 2005 – I sometimes find it hard to understand why we don't have better identity management solutions given the pain we and the organizations we work for suffer. Sure, there are some initiatives which may help but none that is going to be widely deployed today or tomorrow. From the Financial Times:Industry...read full entry...
  • Who took that picture?June 18, 2005 – An interesting news story about how photo labs are refusing to print certain jobs for fear of infringing copyright. They are worried that some materials presented may be scanned or otherwise acquired in unauthorized ways from professional work.Copyright law requires photo labs to be on the lookout for portraits and...read full entry...
  • Learn, click, buyApril 18, 2005 – I was interested to see the following on the Amazon Web Services blog:Concord USA has developed and released, free-of-charge, an Amazon course item module for colleges and schools that use the learning management system from Blackboard Inc. This module allows course developers to include books and other items from amazon.com...read full entry...
  • Yellow pages on AmazonJanuary 27, 2005 – A9 has an impressive new service. It gives you a Yellow Pages search, plus on-map-locator, plus the ability to place a call with found businesses, plus (in ten cities) 'walkable' pictures of the streetscapes in which the business sits. It allows you to find and ring libraries for example, and...read full entry...
  • Powerpoint points: access, preservation and identityDecember 29, 2004 – People have different styles with powerpoint presentations. Mine tend to be developed close to presentation and to be somewhat elliptical: points to keep me on course. Others are more carefully plotted narratives. Nevertheless, I find that quickly looking through a conference or workshop program of presentations can give quite a...read full entry...
  • Amazon web servicesDecember 26, 2004 – A growing number of businesses are building out on top of the Amazon platform. A couple of interesting discussions of this trend are noted here, one which draws comparisons to Google, the other with eBay. An article in MIT Technology Review:While companies such as Google and Microsoft are also experimenting...read full entry...
  • Charging for web services?October 10, 2004 – Loosely Coupled discusses whether Amazon will be able to successfully charge for web services as they announce the launch of a for-pay web services platform. Will it be possible to extend the micro-payments model for content to services?No one has yet established a successful model of charging for on-demand services....read full entry...
  • Amazon and e-bay: programmable websitesOctober 02, 2004 – I had not seen the phrase 'programmable websites' before coming across this article. Amazon and eBay Inc. have cemented themselves as hubs of commerce when it comes to consumer online shopping. Now they're emerging as hubs of software-development activity, where openness breeds innovation and innovation generates sales. "We think Web...read full entry...
  • ECDL - European conference on digital librariesSeptember 19, 2004 – I gave a keynote at this event at the University of Bath last week. Some observations and presentations:There was quite a bit of discussion about 'community' and to what extent the conference participants represented a community of interest and to what extent they represented rather different communities of interest given...read full entry...
  • Hal Abelson on copyright and intellectual commonsAugust 19, 2004 – The journal Transformations: liberal arts in a digital age has an interview with Hal Abelson of MIT on copyright and scholarship.HA: A University is a complicated place, and there are lots of different kinds of interests there. So, you can't apply one single uniform policy for everyone's research production. Also,...read full entry...
  • Network application platformsJuly 25, 2004 – One of the most interesting developments of the last year or so has been the emergence of Amazon, Google, eBay and others as application platforms, computational and communication hubs around which partners can develop business opportunities. eBay made some announcements at its Developers' Conference in June. "By allowing and encouraging...read full entry...
  • Coyle on rights expression languagesMay 23, 2004 – Karen Coyle's report on Rights Expression Languages, commissioned by the Library of Congress, is available linked from their Standards (The Library of Congress) page....read full entry...
  • Google trademarkMay 01, 2004 – Wired article on Google IPO has this interesting snippet on the impact of adoption of google into common parlance on its trademark status:The use of the term "google" as a synonym for "search" -- a phenomenon that on the surface seems no more than a tribute to the popularity of...read full entry...
  • NYT article on copyrightJanuary 25, 2004 – Not long ago, the Internet's ability to provide instant, inexpensive and perfect copies of text, sound and images was heralded with the phrase ''information wants to be free.'' Yet the implications of this freedom have frightened some creators -- particularly those in the recording, publishing and movie industries -- who...read full entry...
  • CopyfightJanuary 03, 2004 – Came across a rather bluntly named blog devoted to IPR issues: Copyfight. The author:Donna Wentworth is a Web Writer/Activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she was among the first staff members. At EFF,...read full entry...
  • Shibboleth and library portalsDecember 18, 2003 – Shibboleth is a federated system of authentication and authorization that can address many of these issues. When institutions and vendors join together in a Shibboleth federation, the library gateway no longer needs to mediate the authentication interaction between library users and resources, and it can use attributes available through Shibboleth...read full entry...
  • Which Fedora?November 21, 2003 – Apparently RedHat has trademarked 'Fedora'. See Fedora Project, sponsored by Red Hat. Cornell and University of Virginia, developers of the Fedora digital library software, are not too happy with this. An excerpt from their press release: The Cornell and Virginia teams have taken a number of steps to try to...read full entry...
  • Windows Rights Management ServiceNovember 02, 2003 – Not much detail at:Microsoft is finally set to launch officially its Windows Rights Management Service (RMS) next Tuesday at the RSA Europe show. The Redmondiands had been hoping to launchearlier in October, so as to be ready by the time Office 2003 rolled out, but an alleged last-minute bug nixed...read full entry...
  • ZDnet on federated identityOctober 30, 2003 – Article by Dan Farber overviewing some recent developments in federated identity management. Interestingly, he does not mention Shibboleth. The most interesting and promising development I encountered at Digital ID World was Ping Identity. The 12-person company, led by CEO Andre Durand, offers SourceID an open source platform for deploying federated...read full entry...
  • Common servicesOctober 20, 2003 – JISC has issued a call for proposals for studies in digital rights management, authorization, institutional profiling and other services. This is in line with growing interest in "common services" or what JISC calls shared services. The JISC Shared Services Programme: To enable portals and other presentation services to make sense...read full entry...