Monthly Archives: June 2006

Photo synthesis

There was a flurry of conversation last week about Hitwise’s blog entry report on use of web-based image management sites. The surprise was they claimed that had about 44% of the photo-site market, ahead of Yahoo! Photos (18%) and Webshots Community (8.34%). Flickr was in sixth place with around 6%. In the entry, LeeAnn … Continue reading Photo synthesis

Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog

I was recently pointed at the Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog, an interesting list of applications which mobilze Amazon Web Services to generate various service offerings. Welcome to the new Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog. Developers are constantly innovating with Amazon Web Services to build software that empowers a multitude of audiences. The Amazon Web … Continue reading Amazon Web Services Solutions Catalog

Libraries, research and learning

Academic library services will co-evolve with changing learning and research practices in network environments. So much is clear, even if the picture is still a little blurry. We have come through a period – a decade and more – where the main emphasis has been on putting materials on the network, and many library websites … Continue reading Libraries, research and learning

The library makes a difference

The Times (of London) has released its Good University Guide 2007. It has university rankings on its web page. As usual, Oxford and Cambridge tussle for top spot. Why, somebody asks, is Oxford in top place when Cambridge seems to do better in most of the assessment categories. The response: On most measures, there is … Continue reading The library makes a difference

Recombinant modularity

I have been using the word recombinant on and off to refer to changing structures in a network environment. What we see at various levels – from organizations to schema – is growing modularization accompanied by flexible reconfiguration of those modules. Remixing and mashups have some of the same sense in current discussions. In fact, … Continue reading Recombinant modularity

Talking about the catalog

Given the growing discussion about the catalog, I was interested to look back over various entries here in the last while. Here is an incomplete list: Some general discussions: Lifting out the catalog discovery experience Thinking about the catalog The Owl of Minerva The catalog and the integrated library system: The integrated library system that … Continue reading Talking about the catalog

Yet another public library perceptions report

A Research study of 14-35 year olds for the future development of public libraries [pdf]has just been made available. This is work commissioned by several UK bodies in the context of UK public library policy development and was carried out by a group called Define: research and insight. The study examined attitudes of 14 to … Continue reading Yet another public library perceptions report

A learning experience

We have just come back from seeing X-Men: the last stand at the very congenial Studio 35 (where you can have beer and pizza while watching movies). In the opening action sequence, Wolverine seems more casual than his life-threatening situation warrants. However, it turns out that they are participating in a simulation, a learning experience … Continue reading A learning experience

Good relations …

I suggested below that we think about catalog – or other search system – features in terms of rank, relate, and recommend. Things, you notice, tend to come in threes …. In bibliographic systems we have created explicit relationships and we have used controlled data to create relationships – names, subjects, places, titles. One of … Continue reading Good relations …

Obscure Shakespearean gems

For Prospero, his library was dukedom enough. I verified this through a search of The Tempest on Google Book Search just now. Many readers will have seen that Google Book Search has a Shakespeare page: This summer we’re working to make Shakespeare even more accessible with our website at, where you can find and … Continue reading Obscure Shakespearean gems