Monthly Archives: August 2004


JISC announces the publication of Latest TechWatch report: role of ontologies in teaching and learning by Ruth Wilson. And so the two communities – LIS and computer science – find themselves in similar places, working on ontologies for sharing data between a variety of knowledge organisation systems to make better use of the Web. One … Continue reading Ontologies

Universities are more like country clubs than health clubs

From the column of Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics, in Management Today: There was even concern that major US universities might begin to colonise the continent with satellite campuses. So we were reassured to hear from Larry Summers, president of Harvard, that he saw little scope for cloning in higher education. … Continue reading Universities are more like country clubs than health clubs

Olympic icons

Like many others, I have been intermittently watching the Olympics. The Munich Olympics were the first I really registered. I find that the ‘event icons’ used there are very closely bound up with my experience of the games: many were so eonomically suggestive of the sport they represented that they seemed immediately ‘right’. I wondered … Continue reading Olympic icons

UKOLN focus and POIs

A very nice roundup of news and progress reports in the inaugural issue of UKOLN focus. There is much of potential interest here. Given our involvement, I especially note the report on the use of POIs. The work centres on the use of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting to exchange Learning Object Metadata (LOM) … Continue reading UKOLN focus and POIs

More on RSS

Wired magazine on the growth and diversifying appeal of RSS. “RSS is at the edge of a huge acceleration in adoption,” he said. “The early users have been bloggers, which have clearly exploded geometrically…. The next adopters are online content publishers. Corporations are starting to use the technology. This is where it will go mainstream. … Continue reading More on RSS

Galway Bay

Driving through an area in Dublin (Ohio) with streets named after Irish places the other day, I passed a street called ‘Gullway Bay’. There are no gulls in Dublin, Ohio, although there are many in Galway, Ireland. ‘Gullway’ had the sound of an Old English kenning about it. It prompted me to look up Dolores … Continue reading Galway Bay

Harvard hot library

According to the Newsweek Kaplan College Guide, Harvard has the “hottest” library among US universities: Harvard’s library system ranks with the best of any kind in the country, even the Library of Congress. “It contains the largest collection of every kind of book and bit of information anyone would ever want,” says library director Sidney … Continue reading Harvard hot library

Reading RSS

Steve Gillmor makes an interesting observation about the uptake of RSS. I wonder what proportion of readers of popular blogs consume them via RSS and how many actually visit the website. This phenomenon coupled with the emergence of the search engine as the user’s preferred entry point further distances people from the browse and aesthetic … Continue reading Reading RSS

Google as a platform again

Steve Gillmor extends the notion of Google as a platform. Some extracts: One way to handicap Google is to deconstruct the notion that Google’s intellectual property is bound solely to search. In fact, it’s bound to the emerging platform known as software-as-a-service. Fellow IPO offers a hosted software service, which can easily plug into … Continue reading Google as a platform again

Demonstrating value

The title of the 2003-2004 British Library annual report is an interesting indication of the emphasis on demonstrating value: Making a measurable difference.