Monthly Archives: May 2007

American Idol and intentional data

Blake is the favorite to win American Idol in our house but we thought he was going to lose out last night based on last week’s performances. Not so. I was interested to read the comment on the Yahoo! TV blog about why Melinda did not go through: Over the last week, Blake Lewis pulled … Continue reading American Idol and intentional data

Soft bibliographic power

Dario Taraborelli has a reflective post on the potential impact of tagging and social software on scientific communication. His particular interest is how such approaches might “challenge traditional evaluation processes”. Online reference managers are extraordinary productivity tools, but it would be a mistake to take this as their primary interest for the academic community. As … Continue reading Soft bibliographic power

Day-Lewis stock

Andrew Motion, current UK poet laureate reviews the biography of one of his predecessors in that role, Cecil Day-Lewis: Various attempts have been made to lift the reputation of Cecil Day-Lewis since his death 35 years ago, but none of them has met with much success. The poet, who was esteemed as a member of … Continue reading Day-Lewis stock


OpenID has been generating quite a bit of interest as a lightweight decentralized approach to identity management on the web. There is a nice overview article by Andy Powell (Eduserv) and David Recordon (VeriSign) in the current issue of Ariadne, with some reflections on OpenID in an e-learning environment. In the future, it may be … Continue reading OpenID

Mind the gap

Amid all the discussions about generations, millennial and otherwise, there is one in whose existence I truly believe based on experiences with our children. This is the ‘so-not-you generation’ 😉 And hey look at this …. A friend has two children aged 11 and 16. He explains: “The latest thing in Surrey right now is … Continue reading Mind the gap


Glanceability is about enabling “users to understand information with low cognitive effort”. And further: Glanceability refers to how quickly and easily the visual design conveys information after the user is paying attention to the display. These quotes are from a paper Designing glanceable peripheral displays by Matthews, Forlizzi and Rohrbach at Berkeley. [abstract html] [full … Continue reading Glanceability

Old media got socialized

Rupert Murdoch’s short article in the current Forbes is being noted around the place. It is a quick read and worth a visit. Those of us in so-called old media have also learned the hard way what this new meaning of networking spells for our businesses. Media companies don’t control the conversation anymore, at least … Continue reading Old media got socialized

Academic Library Organization

One of the reasons I liked Key Perspectives’ report on Researchers’ Use of Academic Libraries and their Services [pdf] is that it highlights a variety of important questions for libraries, and for the institutions which they serve. I hope to come back to some of the specifics of this report, but here is a note … Continue reading Academic Library Organization

Data convergence

The agreement between RDA and DCMI folks on some shared directions provides some interesting food for thought. There is not a lot of detail in the announcement but it potentially provides a venue to look at a range of ‘levels’ (information model, ‘element sets’, encodings, content guidelines, etc) within a single framework. One of the … Continue reading Data convergence

Searching for answers

While checking up on referrals from the logs – as discussed a few moments ago – I had a look at Yahoo! also which I had not done for a while. I was interested to see results from Yahoo! answers included in search results. Here is the first result from Answers in response to a … Continue reading Searching for answers