Monthly Archives: November 2003

Book Brother

Vote to evict a book at Book Brother. Part of a bigger initiative to encourage reading among young people,

Another CIP

Several colleagues met with Norbert Lossau of Bielefeld University this morning. Norbert is on a tour of US universities and Jay arranged for him to visit OCLC. Bielefeld is working with FAST — the text search company — to create library gateway services. One of the interesting things they are exploring with the FAST developers … Continue reading Another CIP


I argued a while ago that libraries’ integration challenge was not so much to integrate information resources with each other as it was to integrate them with emerging user environments. Examples I gave were the campus portal and the learning management system. I have just got an email from a former colleague commenting on this: … Continue reading u-Portal

Open source vs buy

Interesting article by the CIO of UW Madison. They like to buy, but uncertainty in the vendor space is prompting them to look at open source again despite the maintenance gaps. So why, given the challenges of maintenance and support, did I opt in to a collaborative open-source project last July? And why am I … Continue reading Open source vs buy

Clusters figure highly in top supercomputer list

While the overall rate of performance growth of the top 500 systems is steady, distributed clusters of generally off-the-shelf microprocessors are taking larger shares of these high-end systems. Indeed, seven of the top 10 systems are now clusters. The exceptions are NEC Corp.’s Earth Simulator, by far the most powerful system in the world at … Continue reading Clusters figure highly in top supercomputer list

D-Lib Magazine

A new issue of D-Lib Magazine has several interesting articles. The article on LEAF mentions VIAF, and the article on preservation and Fedora references Brian’s work on economics of digital preservation.

DIDL, METS et al

When Herbert was here some time ago, he was wondering about METS. Interesting discussion in current D-LIB Magazine about using MPEG 21 constructs for content packaging. Various XML-based approaches aimed at representing complex digital objects have emerged over the last several years. Approaches that are of specific relevance to the Digital Library community include the … Continue reading DIDL, METS et al

Text retrieval primer from Oracle

Introductory overview to information retrieval evaluation from Oracle. Interesting to see discussion of precision, recall, TREC conferences, etc, in this context. Text retrieval engines, popularly known as search engines, return a list of documents (the hitlist) for a query. Typically there are some good documents in the list and some bad ones. The quality of … Continue reading Text retrieval primer from Oracle

OSU vs Michigan

OSU and Michigan libraries have combined to create a website which looks at the history of their football encounters: The idea to create a web site about the history of the OSU/UM rivalry began with a suggestion by Fred G. Ruffner, Jr. Ruffner, a 1950 Ohio State graduate who lives in Michigan and is the … Continue reading OSU vs Michigan


Ed organised a discussion with Endeca last week, given shared interest in faceted classification. In that context was interested to come across this website: Given the significant difficulties in categorizing books, papers, and articles using traditional library classification techniques, it would seem next to impossible for humans to classify the small chunks of rapidly changing … Continue reading Facets