Monthly Archives: July 2006

The long tail: aggregating supply and demand at the network level

The Long Tail book has arrived and has achieved airport display levels of prominence. Not unsurprisingly, there has been some renewed discussion about the long tail argument, and a notable critique appeared in the Wall Street Journal. In his commentary, Nicholas Carr links to this and to the response by Chris Anderson, the author of … Continue reading The long tail: aggregating supply and demand at the network level

Where do you get your ideas from?

If you have an idle moment check out Dave Pattern’s The Library 2.0 Idea Generator. Endless minutes of distraction …. 😉 It is nicely done. Occasionally, something modest is thrown up. I generated ‘invent your library’, for example, which might bring you back to the thoughts of that youthful curmudgeon, Dan Chudnov.

QOTD: fads

James Surowiecki – of Wisdom of the crowds fame – has a nice little piece on Boeing and Airbus in the New Yorker using recent reports of their relative fortunes as an example of premature rush to judgement. Because we underestimate how much variation can be caused simply by luck, we see patterns where none … Continue reading QOTD: fads

Balcony TV

A little off-topic, but Balcony TV is too nice not to share …. … songs are recorded on a balcony in Dame Street, Dublin. The archive is on YouTube. Will it make it big 😕 Update: cf the role of the web in the careers of Sandi Thom and the Arctic Monkeys.

JISC/CNI presentations

As I have remarked a couple of times in these pages, conference agendas are often an interesting manifestation of current thinking. Presentations from the JISC/CNI conference are now appearing. Topics of interest in this case include a mix of policy, practice and research: changing patterns of information use in research and learning, institutional repositories, open … Continue reading JISC/CNI presentations

The library in the airport

I spoke at the congenial WilsWorld conference yesterday. On my way in, I did not notice a very distinctive feature. When I remarked on the fineness of the airport I was told about: On Wings of Art, the inaugural exhibition in the Art Court at the newly renovated Dane County Regional Airport, features works from … Continue reading The library in the airport

Intute: a retrospective note

Intute is the ‘new face’ of the UK-based Resource Discovery Network. Recently launched, it brings together the various component services of the RDN into a more coherent web presence, from both branding and service points of view. Here is a description from the website blurb: Intute is a free online service providing access to the … Continue reading Intute: a retrospective note

WikiD and OpenURL

And while speaking of OpenURL …. … my colleagues, Jeff Young and Thom Hickey, have an article in the current D-Lib Magazine about the WikiD repository framework which is an OpenURL 1.0 application. Here is the summary: WikiD demonstrates that OpenURL has potential far beyond its roots in citation linking. It shows the potential for … Continue reading WikiD and OpenURL

Resolution and transaction costs

Andrew Pace has a note emphasising the importance of OpenURL and resolution, placing it in the context of overall management of the supply chain that connects libraries and their partners. This is the right emphasis. A major challenge for libraries is removing transaction costs (the effort required to perform the steps necessary to achieve a … Continue reading Resolution and transaction costs

Some more public library reports

I have been looking at Public libraries of New Zealand – a strategic framework 2006 – 2016 [pdf]. Interesting to see somebody brave enough to talk about ten years out, and it takes a suitably general and aspirational perspective. I discovered this in a press release which notes several new reports on UK public library … Continue reading Some more public library reports