Monthly Archives: April 2006

Share, find and play

A while ago I wrote about how we needed to design around the network, rather than around individual applications. The BBC is heading that way. They want to support a share, find and play mode of working, where users assemble BBC materials on-demand and have a space for sharing their own contributions. On find and … Continue reading Share, find and play

Creating public value

The BBC is a major resource which faces interesting challenges moving forward. It is funded through a license fee, basically a national tax on TV ownership. How applicable is this model in a digital world? The BBC is actively positioning itself for the future. It is a digital pioneer, and it is making a strong … Continue reading Creating public value

Addressable – accessible

I suggested a while ago in these pages that one reason for the wide use of Wikipedia was that it was an ‘addressable knowledgebase’. Entries enter the web conversation because they are referencable, they are on-web. In this context I was interested to read in Bubblegeneration: In many cases, communities exist to overturn “expert” orthodoxies … Continue reading Addressable – accessible

Beam it over …

Doing homework with my children has been very interesting from a library resource point of view. Nothing unusual there, I am sure. Recently, I was summoned to help Eoghan (8) with a project on Granville T Woods, a pretty interesting character, born in Columbus, Ohio. We went first to library resources. Eoghan kept wanting to … Continue reading Beam it over …

The hybrid library

The hybrid library was a term in common use in UK digital library development. It originated in the UK Electronic Libraries Programme, and, I think, was coined by that programme’s director, Chris Rusbridge. It was discussed in different ways. The rationale for the term was to get around either-or discussions, and to focus on the … Continue reading The hybrid library


Alf Eaton sent me a note about WebCite in the context of my discussion of the integrity of citation in a digital environment. WebCite® is an archiving system for webreferences (cited webpages and websites), which can be used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure that cited webmaterial will remain … Continue reading WebCite

Excitations …

In these pages a while ago I wrote about Wikipedia as an addressible knowledgebase: a part of its great attraction is that one can invoke elements of that knowledgebase with a URL. Jerry MacDonough made the reasonable point that one cannot rely on a URL to have a stable referent and goes on to say: … Continue reading Excitations …

Conferring about learning

It is always interesting seeing how conferences are shaped. Sometimes you will just have a list of speakers strung around various social events. Sometimes you can actually sense the emerging shape of an area or a good overview of its concerns from a well-designed conference program. I am not quite sure where alt-i-lab 2006 and … Continue reading Conferring about learning

Hotels in the network age: an early Friday afternoon thought

Think about conferences in those big rooms with disco balls or chandaliers, with makeshift screens, projectors on trollies, ugly lines of stuck down cable, shiny curtains, and so on. Or simple things like not having sockets beside desks in the rooms, or taking it up a level, not having worked out network access. I find … Continue reading Hotels in the network age: an early Friday afternoon thought

How much is that book in the window …

Jack Ammerman has an interesting point in relation to my entry about what ‘owning’ a book might actually mean (Sharable and licensable). I note that given the restrictions on what one can do with the intellectual content of a book which is still in copyright that the gap between our putatively owned materials and our … Continue reading How much is that book in the window …