Monthly Archives: March 2004

OR OAI activity noted in Library Hi Tech News article

Article by Gerry McKiernan on OAI service providers appears in Library Hi-Tech News Number 1 2004. [pdf]. Includes discussion of OR involvement in E-prints UK and NDLTD Union Catalog.

Bielefeld proceedings

The 7th International Bielefeld Conference: Proceedings have just been announced. Jay highlights the work of OR in his presentation. Roswitha Poll has an overview of a survey of users with some interesting results; the powerpoint gets in the way a little on this one. I thought that Hans Geleijnse’s concluding presentation [ppt] was a nice … Continue reading Bielefeld proceedings

Inside California Digital Library

The California Digital Library has a web page [Inside CDL] linking to its working documents. This provides an interesting insight into the shared collection development and technical issues facing a large group of research libraries working to build future infrastructure. Check out its project page for example: In partnership with the University of California libraries … Continue reading Inside California Digital Library


Well, sorrow in the Lappin household: In America did not get an Oscar. Lost in Translation got the screenplay Oscar. I saw this on the flight to Australia, appropriately, and again on DVD. I liked the way it showed the dislocating effect of jet lag, and the glancing, uncomprehending sense of elsewhere the brief business … Continue reading Oscars

Trip report ACOC FRBR Workshop

When in Australia I presented [big ppt – 11.7MB] at an Australian Committee On Cataloging workshop, Revolution or Evolution? The Impact of FRBR. Barbara Tillett gave a FRBR overview. Marie-Louise Ayres spoke about AustLit, a resource on Australian literature created from the start based on the FRBR model. It is now a subscription resource. It … Continue reading Trip report ACOC FRBR Workshop

Trip report VALA conference Melbourne

I presented the closing keynote [ppt] at the recent VALA conference in Melbourne Australia [VALA2004 Conference Programme and Links to Papers]. (Added 13 March: just came across a trip report for the VALA conference by Steve Thomas, University of Adelaide.) Here are some brief notes about the meeting …

Yahoo! and library and digital library content

A Yahoo! press release [Yahoo! Search Launches New Content Acquisition Program, Providing More Relevant, Comprehensive Online Content For Users] announces relationships with Library of Congress, New York Public Library, National Science Digital Library, NPR, Wikipedia, and Project Gutenberg, among others. It will be interesting to see what happens this trend as Google and Yahoo try … Continue reading Yahoo! and library and digital library content

Loosely coupled on Amazon and RSS

The Amazon RSS feed has been noted widely. Here is the Loosely Coupled story: The other thing that’s interesting is that this is the first mainstream example of a retailer using RSS to disseminate its product catalog. Every item in those feeds carries a price, with a direct link to a page offering the product … Continue reading Loosely coupled on Amazon and RSS

Bray on Yahoo

Tim Bray translates Yahoo marketingspeak: Via the invaluable John Battelle, a pointer to this Search Engine Watch piece on the advent of Paid Search over at Yahoo. It contains some remarkable examples of marketingese, and I thought it would be helpful to provide a translation. [ongoing � Yahoo Paid Search, Translated]

Who makes metadata?

A couple of things I read recently about metadata and its creators. One of the people I interviewed for the scan described OCLC as a “social organization for ensuring consistency of cataloging”. I am reminded of this when I come across discussion of emerging metadata creation models, in particular where there is complaint about the … Continue reading Who makes metadata?