Monthly Archives: October 2004

Social creations

Multi-user games, wikipedia, e-bay, Amazon, Internet Movie Database. They all involve — in different ways — the co-creation of value between a platform provider and a social network enabled by that platform. Which raises issues of trust and authority. From a Guardian article on Wikipedia: To its fans, it is a fantastic research resource – … Continue reading Social creations

MLA survey on museum attendance

From the UK, another survey of use. The most comprehensive survey in five years of museum satisfaction rates and visitor numbers, published today by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), shows that more people visit museums each year than go to live sports events, theme parks or the theatre. [MLA – Press Releases – … Continue reading MLA survey on museum attendance

Foreign Policy Magazine on Globalization

Foreign Policy Magazine has run a ‘globalization index’ for the last few years. It is based on several measures: economic integration, technological connectivity, personal contact, and political engagement. For the third year in a row, Ireland ranks as the most global nation in our survey, due to the country’s deep economic links and high levels … Continue reading Foreign Policy Magazine on Globalization

Google desktop and library collections

Art Rhyno has an interesting discussion of using Google Desktop to integrate search of library collections into Google. This is the biggest part of the appeal of the Google Desktop to me, it brings attention to local content, and in this case, local content can include the library catalogue. The dynamic view of records in … Continue reading Google desktop and library collections

ECDL 2004 report

There is a report on ECDL 2004 by Jonas Holmstr�m in the current D-lib Magazine. Lorcan Dempsey from OCLC (Online Library Computer Center) spoke [ppt] about the rapidly changing library landscape and introduced some interesting new terminology. One of the most apparent changes libraries face is the change in expectations created by Google and Amazon–or … Continue reading ECDL 2004 report

Common information environment

The Common information environment is a multi-agancy initiative in the UK to help coordinate development activities towards more ‘well-seamed’ information services from public sector organizations. The initiative’s web presence includes a blog by its director Paul Miller.

Seattle public library

Check out Liz Lawley’s photographs of the new Seattle Public Library.

One, two, three: the trajectory of search

In my current Update column, I suggest that we can think of three stages of library search in the web era: monolithic search system, metasearch, and data exposure. These put together data, search engine and user interface in different ways. Hardly a day goes by without another arrangement between an information provider and Google or … Continue reading One, two, three: the trajectory of search

Google and clustering

Several brief accounts have appeared of Peter Norvig’s presentation at the Web 2.0 conference where he spoke about Google’s work with clustering approaches. This is pretty interesting, given the mythic status that the page rank approach has achieved. One account: “[We’re] trying to go just beyond keywords and the linking structure of the Web, the … Continue reading Google and clustering

Outsourcing and web services

An entry on the Zapthink website discusses the relationship between outsourcing and service oriented architecture (SOA). The combination of the SOA and outsourcing trends reflects the maturation of the IT industry. Before the industrial age, companies built products and tools on a one-off, customized basis, but with the emergence of powered machinery, improved technologies, and … Continue reading Outsourcing and web services