Monthly Archives: June 2006

Guardian on the web

An interesting note on the UK Guardian newspaper: We have come to one of those forks in the road that affect the direction of the entire newspaper industry. From tomorrow, the Guardian will publish stories first to the web, ending the primacy of the printed newspaper. [Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | The web trail]

Registries, research and jobs

A colleague drew my attention to an advert for a Bioinformatics Curator at the University of Manchester, which interestingly touched on several different issues that have been on my horizon recently. Here is an excerpt from the ad: We have an opportunity within the highly successful myGrid project for a bioinformatics curator. myGrid provides a … Continue reading Registries, research and jobs

Does it exist?

abebooks.co.uk has an advert in the current London Review of Books. It suggests that ‘if you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist’ and reports that it has ’80 million new, secondhand, rare and out-of-print books’. And here is a note from (both the UK and US) website: With over 80 million new, used, rare … Continue reading Does it exist?

ISBNs: an interesting data point

About a third of the print books in WorldCat have ISBNs. Brian Lavoie provided me with this number based on the data extracted from WorldCat to support his joint work with Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka on the systemwide view of library collections. (Their presentation to CNI is available [ppt]; an article describing their results is … Continue reading ISBNs: an interesting data point

Blog search and intentional data

I have been using the (related) blog search systems from ask.com and bloglines.com the last few days. I had pretty much settled down to using Technorati.com and blogsearch.google.com. I am impressed enough to use the Ask/Bloglines offering for the next while. Well, it’s finally time for a tasty collision: introducing Blog & Feed Search, which … Continue reading Blog search and intentional data

Federated search that doesn’t very well

I have written quite a bit in these pages about metasearch (see list of related entries below). In some recent presentations I have also suggested that metasearch is not a long-term solution to library or user needs. This has sometimes caused query or consternation, as libraries are investing considerably in metasearch approaches. It is a … Continue reading Federated search that doesn’t very well

The owl of Minerva

The home page of the Rush Rhees library at the University of Rochester displays a picture of a statue of Minerva. I sat through an interesting presentation this morning from Jennifer Bowen and David Lindahl about the Extensible Catalog project at Rochester. Their powerpoint template prominently featured a picture of a stutue of an owl, … Continue reading The owl of Minerva