Monthly Archives: October 2008

Starbucks and Arcadia

Posting has been light as I am in Cambridge (UK) this week. Some of the time I was talking with folks involved in the Arcadia Programme. This initiative is potentially important in that it provides some space for otherwise busy practitioners to do some thinking …. The Arcadia Programme is a three-year programme funded by … Continue reading Starbucks and Arcadia

Books as History

I have just read with enjoyment David Pearson’s finely produced Books as history [Oak Knoll Press][Worldcat]. His theme is that the artifactual properties of books have historic, aesthetic or other interest independent of the texts they convey. He opens with some consideration of the place of the book in the current digital environment, and then … Continue reading Books as History

djatoka, OpenURL and OOMRef-J

djatoka, “A Reuse Friendly, Open Source JPEG 2000 Image Server” developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library, was released recently. An article in D-Lib Magazine by Ryan Chute and Herbert Van de Sompel introduces it. A particular feature of the approach is its use of the OpenURL as enabling infrastructure: When it comes to … Continue reading djatoka, OpenURL and OOMRef-J

Stitching costs

We are familiar with switching costs, the costs of changing a supplier. I may decide not to change my phone or email arrangements, for example, because I do not want to incur the effort of notifying all my contacts. Libraries are very familiar with switching costs given the range of data migration issues involved in … Continue reading Stitching costs

Library resources on the web

Cambridge University Library has launched an interesting new website science@Cambridge. It provides the increasingly common combination of metasearch, catalog and e-resource search. However, around this it provides a range of contextual services, many of them feed-based and dynamic. What I thought was especially interesting was the focus on providing access to collections and to library … Continue reading Library resources on the web

Web 2.0 again

I have just got around to looking at Programming Collective Intelligence [O’Reilly][Worldcat] by Toby Segaran. This fascinating book demonstrates how you can build web applications to mine the enormous amount of data created by people on the Internet. With the sophisticated algorithms in this book, you can write smart programs to access interesting datasets from … Continue reading Web 2.0 again

Optimal disclosure of published materials

Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner released an interesting report a little while ago on How scholars navigate to scholarly content. This is a followup to a similar study carried out in 2005 [pdf], and one of the interesting strands of this report is an account of changes in that period. The focus is on how … Continue reading Optimal disclosure of published materials