Proquest archive of theses

Preserving a university’s dissertations and masters’ theses showcases its research and academic history and provides valuable study tools for students and researchers. [ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release] The Library of Congress recognizes ProQuest as the only nationally designated digital archive for dissertations. It’s the first time the Library of Congress has entrusted an … Continue reading Proquest archive of theses

Roy Tennant in Current Cites on delivery of the DC2003 conference proceedings

From all appearances, all of the papers given at the conference are here in Adobe Acrobat format, and presented through an interesting application called “Seamark” from Siderean Software, which also serves as the host for the papers (I can’t help wondering if anyone is backing these up somewhere, but maybe it is my proximity to … Continue reading Roy Tennant in Current Cites on delivery of the DC2003 conference proceedings

Google glossary

Continuing Google’s quest to build everything into the search results, Google Glossary has gone live on the main Google site. Do a search for something like define elephant or define dna and you get back a definition with your search results. Search for define: dna or click “more results” to see the rest of the … Continue reading Google glossary

Wired Magazine on Amazon’s book index

An ingenious attempt to illuminate the dark region of books is under way at Over the past spring and summer, the company created an unrivaled digital archive of more than 120,000 books. The goal is to quickly add most of Amazon’s multimillion-title catalog. The entire collection, which went live Oct. 23, is searchable, and … Continue reading Wired Magazine on Amazon’s book index

Couple of interesting things at Duke

I do not know if these are related. But came across two interesting developments involving open source software at Duke recently … The first is an e-portfolio project which is working with Dspace as its repository. An electronic portfolio is an organized, purposeful, collection of your personal achievements, course work, and projects. Here you can … Continue reading Couple of interesting things at Duke

Amazon inside Microsoft

By integrating Amazon Web Services, Research Services for Microsoft Office System will provide Microsoft Office System users with convenient and seamless access to from within Microsoft productivity applications via the Research Task Pane. Users will be able to access information and make purchases without launching a browser or leaving their document, e-mail … Continue reading Amazon inside Microsoft

The big read

I wonder what sort of correlation there would be between the top titles in BBCi – The Big Read and top titles by holdings in Worldcat? This is the ‘top’ 100 novels nominated by a BBC audience. Not clear to me how they are ordered.

Program for managing university information in Australia

Announced on 22 October: Australias research information will become more easily accessible and better managed thanks to more than $12 million in funding to improve infrastructure. [Peter McGauran MP, Commonwealth Minister for Science – Media Centre] The funded projects are: * Meta Access Management System; * Towards an Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories; * The … Continue reading Program for managing university information in Australia

I could get used to this …

More and more people are turning to robots to do their household chores, such as mowing lawns and vacuuming carpets, according to a survey. [BBC NEWS | Business | Farewell lawn mower… hello robot]

Article on changes in scholarly communication

Suzanne E Thorin provides an

On libraries, services and networks.