Monthly Archives: October 2003

COUNTER Code of Practice adopted by Elsevier-ScienceDirect

The use of online information resources is growing exponentially. It is widely agreed by producers and purchasers of information that the use of these resources should be measured in a more consistent way. Librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is being used; publishers want to know … Continue reading COUNTER Code of Practice adopted by Elsevier-ScienceDirect

OA-Forum tutorial on OAI-PMH

This tutorial is an introduction to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). [Open Archives Forum – OAI-PMH Online Tutorial]

Call for proposals for UK web archive

A request to tender posted in the Official Journal of the European Community: Total quantity or scope: The UK Web Archiving Consortium of six members (British Library, National Archives, National Library of Wales, JISC, National Library of Scotland and Welcome Trust) requires a single contractor able to: provide the infrastructure to enable members of the … Continue reading Call for proposals for UK web archive

Dynix and web services

We use Web Services with our new Vendor Integration Protocol (VIP), through which acquisitions librarians can check book pricing and availability within a matter of seconds with their book jobber. Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Book Wholesalers, Inc., and Brodart all support the VIP protocol. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Literally any transaction … Continue reading Dynix and web services

Jim Gray on how Microsoft Research operates

Most things that Jim Gray, Microsoft Research, writes are interesting. So I was very interested to come across his observations about Microsoft Research itself. These are in a powerpoint presentation to the Senior Information Technology Officer Summit, 2003. Also worth a look is his paper on distributed computing economics: Computing economics are changing. Today there … Continue reading Jim Gray on how Microsoft Research operates

Mitch Kapor’s Chandler

When Ken Klingenstein was here he spoke a bit about Chandler from the Open Source Applications Foundation. A ‘marketing’ article in MIT’s Technology Review: Mitch Kapor’s new, more intuitive computer interface puts all the information we need to manage our digital lives at our fingertips, no matter what form it�s in. [Trash Your Desktop]

Informal learning

Workers who know more get more accomplished. People who are well connected make greater contributions. The workers who create the most value are those who know the right people, the right stuff and the right things to do. [Informal Learning: A Sound Investment]

Wired on Google IPO

The firm, whose austere website redefined the way people search the Internet, is auditioning dozens of banks for an initial public offering, possibly in the first half of 2004, people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday. [Wired News: Google Raring to Go Public]

Digital Canterbury Tales at the British Library

On this site you will find William Caxton’s two editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483. The originals are both in the British Library. [Caxton’s Chaucer – view the original Canterbury Tales]

Jon Udell and blockquote

In response to a comment … the quoted text I put in entries is formatted by a ‘quote’ bookmarklet created by Jon Udell. The kinds of interactions I have in mind are as common as dirt. I’m talking about basic routine chores that we perform daily and almost unconsciously. For example, I’m always citing content … Continue reading Jon Udell and blockquote