Monthly Archives: December 2003

Metadata and institutional repositories

Some interesting presentations at the 2003-2004 RLG Members’ Forum. Discussion of Cornell and Indiana repository and digital library issues. Examples of the growing interest in rationalising repository initiatives within overall institutional perspective.

Shibboleth and library portals

Shibboleth is a federated system of authentication and authorization that can address many of these issues. When institutions and vendors join together in a Shibboleth federation, the library gateway no longer needs to mediate the authentication interaction between library users and resources, and it can use attributes available through Shibboleth to offer an improved set … Continue reading Shibboleth and library portals

Metadata and metadata

Interesting, and I think accurate, observation by Stuart Sutton in his review of Cilla Caplan’s new book on metadata for librarians. While we frequently hear the naive remark (not infrequently from people who should know better) that libraries have been all about metadata from their beginnings and that librarians have a good grip on metadata … Continue reading Metadata and metadata

OAI service providers

A new report from the DLF looks at OAI harvesting activities: A Survey of Digital Aggregation Services. Martha Brogan. OCLC Research activities are covered.

Current awareness

Two further current awareness resources, not in the form of Blogs but which might benefit from being so. Paula Kaufman, University Librarian at UIUC, has a current awareness webpage on scholarly communication issues. Caul, the Council of Australian University Libraries, has a similar page – What’s New!

Economic value of the British Library

Interesting results from an investigation commissioned by the British Library trying to put a value on the benefit to the UK the library delivers. I saw a news report about a study that was carried out in Boston a while ago where (nine, I think) Universities reported that the economic impact on Boston of their … Continue reading Economic value of the British Library

Cluetrain manifesto

The library community is highly networked. Particular segments of the library community are more strongly networked. They talk a lot, go to conferences, read the same publications, email, and so on. I wonder are the theses of the Cluetrain Manifesto more applicable to such a community than to some others? See the 96 theses on … Continue reading Cluetrain manifesto

David Weinberger on metadata

Author of Small pieces loosely joined and co-author of the Cluetrain manifesto on metadata. But that means that metadata, an abstraction of an abstraction, is directly and intimately tied to human projects and human desire. And what’s desire? Nothing but the way we’re pulled into the world, over and over, against our will and in … Continue reading David Weinberger on metadata

Microsoft and CRM

Microsoft will launch a global assault on the Customer Relationship Management market on Monday with the release of multi-language software aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). [FT.com Home US]

Web services and Dialog

“The information industry is changing, and we are at the forefront of the transformation,” said Roy M. Martin, Jr., Dialog president and CEO. “Today, the imperative is to offer the tools necessary to integrate information into in-house networks and professional and consumer services on the open Web. We must reach professionals as part of their … Continue reading Web services and Dialog