Monthly Archives: September 2004

Festschrift for Wendy Lougee

I recently came across this online Festschrift for Wendy Lougee, marking her departure from Michigan. Digital libraries : a vision for the 21st century : a festschrift in honor of Wendy Lougee on the occasion of her departure from the University of Michigan / [edited by] Patricia Hodges, Maria Bonn, Mark Sandler, and John Price … Continue reading Festschrift for Wendy Lougee

More on library portals

I have agreed to write regularly for Update Magazine, the publication of CILIP in the UK. The first article to appear is on portals. Stepping back, we can see some trends. A major one is growing awareness that the library portal is only one step towards creating an effective network presence. We are used to … Continue reading More on library portals

Creating metadata

Ross Atkinson suggests there are two kinds of metadata, iterative and explicative. In AACR terms, iterative metadata is the ‘description’. it is not clear to me from this account whether he sees the ‘headings’ as iterative or explicative. Iterative metadata repeat and thus privilege language or other signs that occur in the referent (as, e.g., … Continue reading Creating metadata

MG retrieval system

The MG retrieval system is used by Greenstone. MG is an open-source indexing and retrieval system for text, images, and textual images. MG is covered by a GNU public licence. [About MG]

ECDL – European conference on digital libraries

I gave a keynote at this event at the University of Bath last week. Some observations and presentations: There was quite a bit of discussion about ‘community’ and to what extent the conference participants represented a community of interest and to what extent they represented rather different communities of interest given (i) the diffuse nature … Continue reading ECDL – European conference on digital libraries

eLearning clearinghouse

An eLearning resource is part of the Bush re-election platform: If he is re-elected come Nov. 2, President George W. Bush’s education proposals for his second term would include plans to build an eLearning Clearinghouse to promote all the online courses available to students and adults from both public and private sources. [eSchool News online] … Continue reading eLearning clearinghouse

Mastery and user interface

Jakob Nielsen on different user interface experiences. He classifies the experiences as involving mastery, mystery, or misery! The original ideology of hypertext and the World Wide Web, as expressed by Vannevar Bush (1945), Ted Nelson (1960), and Tim Berners-Lee (1991) makes individual users the masters of the content and lets them access and manipulate it … Continue reading Mastery and user interface

National access to EEBO

JISC has secured long-term access to Early English Books Online for the UK community. They are looking at an interesting approach to further development of the resource by soliciting candidates for digitization from academics. Now JISC, as part of a deal struck earlier this year with ProQuest to make EEBO free to UK universities and … Continue reading National access to EEBO

Microsoft and internationalization

Operating in an international environment raises many issues. Of course, this is a big factor for OCLC. There is an interesting article in the Guardian about some of the issues that Microsoft has run into through a lack of awareness of particular local political or geographic contexts. In a frank assessment of the company’s problems … Continue reading Microsoft and internationalization

Top screen scientist

The BBC held a Top Screen Scientist Vote and the results are in.