Monthly Archives: October 2004

Watch that page

A colleague recommended this service. I have not used it. WatchThatPage is a service that enables you to automatically collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet. You select which pages to monitor, and WatchThatPage will find which pages have changed, and collect all the new content for you. The new information is … Continue reading Watch that page

Collecting books

I have just had occasion to reread Walter Benjamin’s essay Unpacking my library. It is full of memorable lines (from the Zohn translation in the accessible Illuminations collection): “The only exact knowledge there is,” says Anatole France, “is the knowledge of the date of publication and the format of books.” And indeed, if there is … Continue reading Collecting books

Information destruction

An industry is growing up which is looking at the issues of responsible ‘information destruction’. A growing debate about the security of data has grown to include the computer recycling industry, which is now being asked to verifiably destroy data along with physical components. Merely donating old computers to schools, libraries or other nonprofit organizations … Continue reading Information destruction

Rehak’s papers

Dan Rehak is very active in the development of specifications in the learning technology arena. He is based at the Learning Systems Architecture Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon. Two recent papers intersect with our interests. Good&plenty, Googlezon, your grandmother and Nike: challenges for ubiquitous learning & learning technology [PDF]. This caught my eye for the silly … Continue reading Rehak’s papers

Identifying lawyers

Identifiers are becoming more important in our work. In another context, I was interested to come across the ISLN: Designated the International Standard Lawyer Number or ISLN, it’s a new mechanism that helps us track the identity of each practicing attorney and lends another level of quality control to the Martindale-Hubbell database. When a lawyer … Continue reading Identifying lawyers

David Byrne creates powerpoint

Byrne’s 20-minute PowerPoint display treats visitors to psychedelic graphics, satirical charts, and morphing photographs. Byrne, who was trained as a fine artist, has developed an animated presentation unlike any seen at a corporate sales conference. PowerPoint’s slick graphics and pre-designed templates can make even the blandest lecture look good, but it has never been considered … Continue reading David Byrne creates powerpoint

Amazon and e-bay: programmable websites

I had not seen the phrase ‘programmable websites’ before coming across this article. Amazon and eBay Inc. have cemented themselves as hubs of commerce when it comes to consumer online shopping. Now they’re emerging as hubs of software-development activity, where openness breeds innovation and innovation generates sales. “We think Web services feeds directly into making … Continue reading Amazon and e-bay: programmable websites

Metadata quality

Another article establishes the importance of metadata quality or consistency for retrieval. This is an issue we are facing more as metadata is aggregated from different metadata regimes. The OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting has deservedly been hailed as an important tool in the development of digital libraries from multiple, dispersed digital collections. However, it … Continue reading Metadata quality