Learning and research - systems and technologies

Untangling the library systems environment

NISO organized a meeting on library resource management a couple of weeks ago: I notice that the presentations are now available on the web. They make an interesting collection, and I return to them in a moment. I have written about the library systems environment in these pages from time to time. A blog entry … Continue reading Untangling the library systems environment


The organizational coalescence of Dspace and Fedora, announced yesterday, is welcome and not too surprising. This arrangement concentrates the resources of two organizations with similar missions and should strengthen their joint ability to secure future resources and to improve their products and services. The new organization is to be called Duraspace. The press release suggests … Continue reading Dura-sell

The changing education experience

The Guardian published a supplement on the ‘digital student’ the other day. There is some general context and there is a range of short pieces on specific approaches or projects. This is all written for a general audience so there is no great detail and it is quite anecdotal. As context, there is an interview … Continue reading The changing education experience

Social networks and citation tools for scientists

And speaking of Nature Network, I was interested to see this list of ‘social networks’ for scientists at the Science@Cambridge site. Science Social Networks Research Gate Nature Networks 2collab Within3 (for Medics) [science@cambridge: science portal for Cambridge students | Cambridge University Library] And the following list of citation tools, including Connotea, the Nature service: Citation … Continue reading Social networks and citation tools for scientists

Institutional social networks

Tony Hirst has an interesting post pointing to Ning-based institutional social networks at The University of Wales, Newport, and at The University of Bradford. He cites some colleagues reporting “Yeah, it’s happening all over the place”. As Tony points out the Bradford site is part of a more general online student support system, Develop me. … Continue reading Institutional social networks

Research Repository Systems

Chris Rusbridge writes about Research Repository Systems: I promised to be more specific about what I would like to see in repositories that presented more value for less work overall, by offering facilities that allow it to become part of the researcher’s workflow. I’m going to refer to this as “the Research Repository System (RRS)” … Continue reading Research Repository Systems

Two from Elsevier: Article 2.0 and interdisciplinary

Two unrelated notes about Elsevier initiatives. The first about a competition in which they are making available an article-based data set for recombination in external environments or applications. The second about a study of Science Direct usage which shows different patterns of interdisciplinary behavior across disciplines. Although, one could push a contrived relation, I suppose, … Continue reading Two from Elsevier: Article 2.0 and interdisciplinary

Academic library and organization

Being in the UK for a few days has reminded me of how common the ‘merged service’ is in UK universities. This is where IT services, library, possibly management information services, and various other services may be combined in one unit. Of course, organizational boundaries and labels vary from institution to institution. In general I … Continue reading Academic library and organization

Beyond actually existing Institutional Repositories …

Repositories and Web 2.0 discusses the relative merits of existing institutional repositories and putative network level shared repositories which provide more incentives for depositers. It continues an argument in favor of network level shared repositories that Andy Powell has been making for a while. Andy has made the presentation available on Slideshare, and Slideshare is … Continue reading Beyond actually existing Institutional Repositories …

Long Room Hub

The picture selected to accompany Robert Darnton’s article about research libraries in the New York Review of Books was of the Long Room in Trinity College Dublin. Robin Adams mentioned this at the RLG Programs Digitization and the Humanities: Impact on Libraries and Special Collections Symposium earlier today. He also mentioned an interesting initiative to … Continue reading Long Room Hub