Monthly Archives: January 2007

Metadata complexes

The current Ariadne has an interesting article outlining the work done by Eduserv and UKOLN on an application profile for e-prints. This application profile represents a relatively innovative approach to metadata, taking as it does the FRBR model and applying it to scholarly works. By making use of the benefits afforded by the DCMI Abstract … Continue reading Metadata complexes

Communicating communications research

While looking at the Open Journal Systems pages I came across a link to the International Journal of Communication. This is probably old news to folks but I thought it quite interesting. It is a publication of the USC Annenberg Center. It is edited by Larry Gross and the distinguished chronicler of the ‘network society’, … Continue reading Communicating communications research

Moving compound objects

Herbert sent me a pointer to the report [pdf] of the first OAI-ORE Technical Committee meeting. From the website blurb: ORE will develop specifications that allow distributed repositories to exchange information about their constituent digital objects. These specifications will include approaches for representing digital objects and repository services that facilitate access and ingest of these … Continue reading Moving compound objects

Music library

I was listening to the audio for the ALA Top Tech Trends session on the LITA Blog. Cliff Lynch discussed the emergence of personal libraries and used music as an example. This reminded me that I had spent an interesting while (well, an hour or so) looking at the iTunes ministore over Christmas. I am … Continue reading Music library

Tundish, maps and emergent knowledge

There is a famous passage in A portrait of the artist as a young man where Stephen Dedalus is talking to an English priest and is made uncomfortable about the Irish way in which he speaks English. Stephen uses the word tundish for funnel, a word unfamiliar to the priest. Stephen self-consciously jokes that it … Continue reading Tundish, maps and emergent knowledge


Here is something to watch. Amapedia is from Amazon: Amapedia introduces an exciting new way of organizing products we call “collaborative structured tagging”. In a nutshell, it makes it easy for you to tag products with what they are and with their most important facts, and for others to search, discover, filter, and compare products … Continue reading Amapedia


One of the more interesting discussions I had at ALA was with Martha Whittaker of Serials Solutions. She was talking about their use of the expression ERAMS (Electronic Resource Access and Management Services). Here is some blurb from Serials Solutions leaflet describing ERAMS: Now that the nature of library collections has changed and the majority … Continue reading ERAMS

Standards: libraries, research and learning

I came across the helpful JISC Standards Catalogue while checking something for a presentation. It is in the form of a Wiki maintained by UKOLN and provides descriptive information about standards of interest to the educational community.

Off the grid

I have been in Seattle since yesterday at some pre-ALA meetings, and will be here for the next few days. I will probably not be posting much, if anything, for a while. I am writing this courtesy of a wireless connection in the Seattle Public Library. This is my first time in this landmark building … Continue reading Off the grid

QOTD: second life

Given the general interest in Second Life I was interested in this one of Michael Cairns’ predictions for 2007. EBay will buy Linden Labs (Second Life). Within six months they will integrate Ebay selling tools into SecondLife enabling virtual store fronts, sales assistance and virtual trading. Will launch program with major retailers and create first … Continue reading QOTD: second life