Monthly Archives: September 2007

QOTD 2: identifers again

Tony Hirst of the Open University says: In the days when this blog was dominated by library related concerns, I used to spend a lot of time working out how to use ISBNs as pivot points for various book related searches; (librarians, of course, don’t rate ISBNs – they’d rather focus on the city a … Continue reading QOTD 2: identifers again

QOTD: URI patterns

A quote about URIs: I propose that a resource and its URI ought to have an intuitive correspondence. …. URIs should have a structure. They should vary in predictable ways: you should not go to /search/Jellyfish for jellyfish and /i-want-to-know-about/Mice for mice. If a client knows the structure of the service’s URIs, it can create … Continue reading QOTD: URI patterns

RLG and OCLC union catalogs

I am occasionally asked what was the impact on Worldcat of the addition of the RLG Union Catalog. 52M records were processed as part of the load. 41.7M records were matched to existing Worldcat records. There was a net add to Worldcat of 8M records.


I have recently been following the blogs of Harvard economists Danni Rodrik and Greg Mankiw. The high quality of Harvard economist Danni Rodrik has a post about libraries: I have been reading Erik Reinert’s How Rich Countries Got Rich… and Poor Countries Stay Poor, which is a lot of fun because it covers ground that … Continue reading Discards

Economic sustainability: digital preservation

The NSF has set up a blue ribbon panel, with support from Mellon, to explore the economic sustainability of digital preservation activity. I am pleased to report that my colleague Brian Lavoie – who has a background in economics as well as an important record of work in digital preservation – is a co-chair of … Continue reading Economic sustainability: digital preservation

QOTD: antisocial networking

From the personal ads in the current London Review of Books: Divorced, 1950s born man, deeply at odds with the frivolous and incomprehensible nature of everything outside of this typeface and that pair of brogues seeks absolutely anyone who isn’t on facebook at box no. …. [London Review of Books 20 September 2007]

Tablet and powerpoint

Mike Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Information School, University of Washington, gave a presentation in OCLC during the week. The topic was education and the emergence of the iSchool movement. There was good and engaged discussion afterwards. I was struck by the mode of presentation. As we all do, Mike used PowerPoint. However, … Continue reading Tablet and powerpoint

Life as it is lived

A report on the use of information and communications technologies among prospective university students was commissioned by JISC from Ipsos MORI. The findings have just been published [pdf]. I was interested in the popularity of social networking sites. 501 people responded to an online survey. 65% used social networking sites regularly, 23% used them sometimes. … Continue reading Life as it is lived

Discovery happens elsewhere, again

The decision by the New York Times to open up for general reading the formerly for-fee TimeSelect parts of its website is being widely discussed. The rationale given is interesting. Since we launched TimesSelect in 2005, the online landscape has altered significantly. Readers increasingly find news through search, as well as through social networks, blogs … Continue reading Discovery happens elsewhere, again

Metadata creation

“One of the main issues facing libraries as they work to create richer user services is the complexity of their systems environment.” [The network reconfigures the library systems environment] This was how I began a post the other week about libraries and the systems that support their services. Karen Smith-Yoshimura has just posted some preliminary … Continue reading Metadata creation