Monthly Archives: March 2004


Yakpak is a children’t user interface for OPAC data. It sits on top of a Z39.50 client. Produced by IndexData it is worth a look. It will be launched at ALA in Orlando.


Some colleagues will be familiar with IndexData the small Danish company set up by Sebastian Hammer which provides the open source Yaz 339.50 toolkit which is widely used. Sebastian Hammer is moving to the US shortly, and David Dorman is now promoting IndexData products in the US. They have an interesting business model. Their products … Continue reading IndexData

OR on eBay

OR makes it to eBay discussion forums (Bookmarklets and FictionFinder): eBay US – Tools for Avid Readers.

Irritable desk syndrome

Researchers at NEC-Mitsubishi say the nation’s office workers are being hit by “Irritable Desk Syndrome”. [BBC NEWS | Health | Cluttered desks make workers ill]

University rankings

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education provides its Academic Ranking of World Universities based on nobel prize winners, citation studies and other publication counts. I am not sure how used or useful the list is, although it is interesting in that it is international. Such lists tend to be national in scope. Eight … Continue reading University rankings

Tennant on xISBN

Belatedly, it is worth noting Roy’s remarks about xISBN in his recent LJ column: Useful on its own, it can be combined with the bookmarklet concept to become part of a compelling library service. Imagine a library user querying a catalog while viewing a book on Amazon and finding any version of that book in … Continue reading Tennant on xISBN

Tabor in the library

I always like seeing comments like the one below where the library has played some role in personal development or fulfilment. Long, long ago, almost 40 years ago in fact, I borrowed a record from my school library. It was called The Jupiter Book of Ballads, and the most important thing about it (apart from … Continue reading Tabor in the library

Phil Agre and semantic web

Phil Agre has a background in AI and has moved into more social/political studies of the co-evolution of technologies and social patterns. He teaches in the information science school at UCLA. His course notes on the Semantic Web provide some introductory remarks and a collection of readings, most of which are on the web. The … Continue reading Phil Agre and semantic web

Terminology services

I gave the opening presentation recently at the JISC Terminology Services Workshop. This event aimed to provide input as JISC considers whether to provide some national terminology services within the context of its Information Environment initiative. People were assembled from different backgrounds, but broadly one could identify those within a knowledge organization tradition (library, information … Continue reading Terminology services

A polarized nation

Jon Udell notes interesting piece in NYT: Polarized Nation: A study of purchase patterns of political books reveals that buyers of liberal books (blue) tend to buy only other liberal books, while buyers of conservative books (red) usually buy only other conservative books. Nonpartisan titles are gray. [The New York Times on the Web] Udell … Continue reading A polarized nation