Monthly Archives: October 2007

QOTD: digital information

Library and Archives Canada has released a digital information strategy for consultation. Those involved with the development of this Strategy believe that if we apply a combination of will, clarity of vision, collaborative effort across sectors and jurisdictions, and investment from both private and public sectors, we can make Canada the most information rich and … Continue reading QOTD: digital information


I was in CISTI in Ottawa yesterday and saw an interesting and regrettably brief presentation from Glen Newton about the work of their research group They are doing some nice things to layer useful functionality across large data sets (e.g. clustering, mapping citation patterns, recommendation, …). Some examples of their work are visible through CISTI … Continue reading CISTI lab


Our Openly colleagues have added a new service, xISSN, alongside xISBN. The xISSN Web service supplies ISSNs and other information associated with serial publications represented in WorldCat. Submit an ISSN to this service, and it returns a list of related ISSNs and selected metadata. The service is based on WorldCat, the world’s largest network of … Continue reading xISSN

Whither the academic library …

A more than usually interesting set of powerpoints is available from the Sustaining the Digital Library : Symposium, 13-14 September 2007, University of Edinburgh. It looks at the future of academic libraries from several perspectives. The presentations from Peter Buneman and John Houghton may make folks think a little differently about things, which is always … Continue reading Whither the academic library …

QOTD: the market of ideas

From the introduction to the Becker-Posner blog. Becker is a Nobel prize-winning economist; Posner the prolific judge and legal theorist. Blogging is a major new social, political, and economic phenomenon. It is a fresh and striking exemplification of Friedrich Hayek’s thesis that knowledge is widely distributed among people and that the challenge to society is … Continue reading QOTD: the market of ideas

QOTD: The celebrity social networker

Stephen Fry writing in the Guardian about his secret presences: I have to confess that while gaming as such is not my first interest, and I don’t spend much time in World of Warcraft, Halo or Manhunt, I do have a Second Life existence (you’ll never find me, so don’t look. Lord, there’s a thought: … Continue reading QOTD: The celebrity social networker

Quotes of the day (and other days?): persistent academic discourse

Here is Grainne Conole, professor of e-learning at the Open University writing about academic papers, conference papers, and blogging: Coming back to the question of which represents academic discourse – to my mind it’s all three – in different ways writing a paper, giving a presentation and blogging all help me to formulate and take … Continue reading Quotes of the day (and other days?): persistent academic discourse

OpenURL Referrer

My Openly colleagues have added an IE version of the OpenURL Referrer extension. The Firefox version is already available. OpenURL Referrer is a browser extension that can take certain kinds of citations on the web and convert them to direct links to one of your local library’s databases. This can be accomplished thanks to OpenURL, … Continue reading OpenURL Referrer

Jon Udell interviews Stu Weibel

Jon Udell interviews my colleague Stu Weibel about Dublin Core, Worldcat, and related issues. On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell invites Stuart Weibel to reflect on his leading role in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. They also discuss how databases like the Online Computer Library Center’s WorldCat – which consolidates bibliographic … Continue reading Jon Udell interviews Stu Weibel

The experiential gap: that Rhino again

Stephen Abram gave a lively presentation to OCLC Members’ Council on Sunday night. Several times he remarked that somebody has to have tried a service, Second Life or Facebook for example, and ‘had the experience’ if they are to speak sensibly about it. This reminded me of a favorite image which I have used a … Continue reading The experiential gap: that Rhino again