Standards for D2D

JISC, ALPSP, Crossref, and The Publishers’ Association sponsored a conference – Discovery and access – standards and the information chain – in December. The proceedings are now available, as is a summary. This is really an excellent set of presentations from knowledgeable presenters, and they all repay reading. I was interested to see ‘disclosure’ used … Continue reading Standards for D2D

Search protocols

Ralph Levan has a succinct article in the current Information Technology and Libraries explicating the current profusion of search protocols by placing them on a continuum of complexity. Here is the e-print. LeVan, Ralph. 2006. “OpenSearch and SRU: A Continuum of Searching.” Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), 25,3 (September): 151-153. Pre-print available online at: … Continue reading Search protocols


My colleague Jeff Young has a blog – Q6 – where he is discussing issues around the design and deployment of OpenURL 1.0. it is aimed at those with some familiarity with OpenURL. The first thing to notice is that OpenURL 1.0 blows the doors off of OpenURL 0.1. OpenURL is no longer limited to … Continue reading Q6

Systemwide discovery and delivery

Judith Pearce of the National Library of Australia has written a really good paper on the emerging shape of resource discovery and delivery, with some contribution from my OCLC Pica colleague Janifer Gatenby. It takes a systemwide perspective: so the focus is on what we somtimes call resource sharing. I find this especially interesting as … Continue reading Systemwide discovery and delivery

QA briefings

The QA Focus was an activity provided by UKOLN and the AHDS to JISC projects. Now finished, it continues to make available eighty briefing documents on various aspects of information service development and management, which seem like a useful resource. Each is a short, pragmatic introduction to a topic. A wide range is covered, including, … Continue reading QA briefings

Bridging to user environments – 3G

Think of services provided to human interfaces as P-services – where p stands for person (or presentation). Think of services provided to machine interfaces as M-services where m stands for machine (or mediated). Our dominant model of delivery is P-service, a web interface oriented for presentation to human users. M-services have tended to be a … Continue reading Bridging to user environments – 3G

From metasearch to distributed information environments

The papers from the recent NISO OpenURL and Metasearch meeting provide a very useful roundup of the state-of-the-art in the declared subject area. But they also touch on other topics facing libraries as they construct distributed information environments. Some things that lodged with me as I skimmed powerpoint: One stop shop vs an ecosystem of … Continue reading From metasearch to distributed information environments

New model library system vendors

The formation of SirsiDynix prompted a couple of interesting posts. Kenton Good predicted that there would be another coming together this year and wondered would it be Innovative Interfaces and Endeavor Information Systems. He speculated that: Ex Libris feeling isolated will radically shift their business model. Leveraging their plans to modularize their ILS, they will … Continue reading New model library system vendors


NISO commissioned a Blue Ribbon Panel, chaired by Cliff Lynch, to advise on its strategic planning process. [Full disclosure: I was a member of the panel.] The report of the Panel [pdf] is now available and makes compelling reading for anybody interested in how standards work is organized – or not organized – in our … Continue reading Standards

Preservation events

The PREMIS Working Group has published the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group. Find the report and its components on the PREMIS project web page. This group was chaired by Priscilla Caplan and Rebecca Guenther and supported by Brian Lavoie and Robin Dale. They have completed a major piece … Continue reading Preservation events