Monthly Archives: June 2004

Spolsky on Microsoft

Spolsky on Microsoft has been noticed in several places: However, there is a less understood phenomenon which is going largely unnoticed: Microsoft’s crown strategic jewel, the Windows API, is lost. The cornerstone of Microsoft’s monopoly power and incredibly profitable Windows and Office franchises, which account for virtually all of Microsoft’s income and covers up a … Continue reading Spolsky on Microsoft

Critique of Google’s handling of CrossRef data

Useful exploration of how Google surfaces CrossRef data, comparing the search experience unfavorably with CrossRef itself. It would be interesting to consider though to what extent Google’s effectiveness depends on uniform treatment and presentation of masses of data. Google accepted the gift, loaded and indexed the pages, and apparently declared the case closed. It would … Continue reading Critique of Google’s handling of CrossRef data

Changing face of A&I

Overview of changes in A&I landscape from John Regazzi of Elsevier. This simple supply chain, however, has been transformed today into a complex, some might argue ‘too complex,’ information network. [Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture – 2004] He makes some statements about scientists’ and librarians’ preferred sources of authoritative information which have cropped up in a … Continue reading Changing face of A&I


Next Wednesday is the centenary of the fictional day on which Joyce’s Ulysses is set. There are various events to mark it, including several by the National Library of Ireland which figures in the book. The Library episode, ‘Scylla and Charybdis’, in which Stephen Dedalus meets the librarians of 1904 and presents his theories about … Continue reading Bloomsday

ECDL at University of Bath

Registration for ECDL 2004 is now open. I will be keynoting, as will Neil McClean and Tony Hey (Director of the UK e-science program). Diane, Stu and I are on the strong Programme Committee: ECDL 2004 Organisation. It will be nice to visit Bath again, where of course I worked for many years.

Google local

Google Local gives pretty impressive results. Find business and services local to you.

UK e-University dismantled

There have been some high profile failures in higher education in the shared distance learning space. The UK eUniversity is the latest casualty. Dr Ian Gibson, who chairs the science and technology committee at the Commons, called the UK’s e-university “an absolute disaster”. [BBC NEWS | Education | ‘Shameful waste’ on e-university] At the time … Continue reading UK e-University dismantled


Schematize is cropping up in various places. Jim Gray spoke about schematized storage at OCLC recently [ppt]. He was talking about associating metadata with data. Here is Steve Gillmor: HailStorm’s notion of a massive in-memory cloud of XML data and metadata was doomed, not by the daunting mechanics of schematizing a broad set of generic … Continue reading Schematizing

How records are different

Henry Gladney talks about the different approaches taken by NARA and Library of Congress to preservation as an example of different practices of records managers and digital libraries. IMHO libraries will take on more of the ‘records management’ perspective as digital libraries develop. Think of provenance, context and authenticity for example. Consider current activity at … Continue reading How records are different

YALA – yet another layered architecture

Some interesting work from the Learning Systems Architecture Lab at CMU. CORDRA (Content Object Repository Discovery and Registration/Resolution Architecture) is designed to be an enabling model to bridge the worlds of learning content management and delivery, and content repositories and digital libraries. CORDRA aims to identify and specify (not develop) appropriate technologies and existing interoperability … Continue reading YALA – yet another layered architecture