Monthly Archives: January 2008

Librarian tops poll

OK, I am cheating a little. The Times has produced a list of the greatest British writers since 1945, and Philip Larkin heads the list. Larkin was of course Librarian at the University of Hull for many years. “My job as University Librarian is a full-time one, five days a week, forty-five weeks a year. … Continue reading Librarian tops poll

POTD: Facebook fatigue

No Facebook – Blessington St, St Kilda Originally uploaded by avlxyz A nice picture. I saw it via Martin Weller who uses it alongside some general reflections about Facebook. You only understand it by doing it – as many people have commented (e.g. Ewan), in order to understand web 2.0 you have to act 2.0. … Continue reading POTD: Facebook fatigue

On the record: report of the LC working group on the future of bibliographic control

The final report of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has been submitted and is now available on the LC website. On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (January 9, 2008) Read final report [PDF, 442 KB] [News and Press Releases … Continue reading On the record: report of the LC working group on the future of bibliographic control

To ‘extract, transform and load’ or to federate

One of the major questions for library systems is the role of metasearch or federation. I have written about this here (Metasearch: a boundary case) and here (Metasearch, Google and the rest). The issue is that libraries have to manage a range of database resources whose legacy technical and business boundaries do not very well … Continue reading To ‘extract, transform and load’ or to federate

Web-Scale development: “the data center is the computer”

More computing is happening in the cloud. Personal and corporate applications are being sourced from network based services. ‘cloud’ is a good way of describing the consumer experience: the consumer does not have to worry about the details of implementation or carry the burden of physical plant. However, it is a little misleading in an … Continue reading Web-Scale development: “the data center is the computer”

Intelligence metadata

An interesting announcement about some metadata standards from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which use Dublin Core. Dale Meyerrose, mentioned in the quote, is associate director of national intelligence and chief information officer at ODNI. These standards are a part of a broader attempt by Meyerrose and Defense Department Chief Information … Continue reading Intelligence metadata

The less common reader

The much-discussed, and somewhat contested, NEA report on reading came out at around the same time as The Uncommon Reader, a fictional account by Alan Bennett of the late discovery of reading by the Queen (of England). The conjunction was discussed in the New York Times: PERHAPS the most fantastical story of the year was … Continue reading The less common reader

In the flow – royally

I was pretty interested earlier to come across The Royal Channel, the Official Channel of the British Monarchy on YouTube. At first I suspected a joke, but there is a link from the official ‘royal’ site. Somebody seems to be putting quite a bit of thought into the Monarch’s web presence. The 2007 Christmas Broadcast … Continue reading In the flow – royally

What the reader intends …

From the ever-suggestive William Gibson .. Did Borges ever imagine a library in which we could know which volumes users were thinking about consulting? [William Gibson] He is pointing to a recent article about the analysis of user data by Google and the types of intelligence they can derive from it. The article cites John … Continue reading What the reader intends …

Google Book Search and document understanding

Google Book Search: Document Understanding on a Massive Scale [PDF] is a brief treatment of issues faced by Google as they grow their corpus of digitized books and work to make it useful in various ways. Luc Vincent of Google discusses OCR (issues of many languages occurring unpredictably in variously formatted volumes, at scale), and … Continue reading Google Book Search and document understanding