Monthly Archives: March 2009

Programmatically promoting data

Several items have come over my desk (?) in the last few days which together point to the growing importance of techniques for programmatically promoting data from unstructured documents, including web pages. The Economist had a piece about Autonomy, the search sofware company a while ago. Yet the most important reason for Autonomy’s success is … Continue reading Programmatically promoting data


A few features I noticed recently on library web-sites … Oregon State University explicitly notes resources that are unique to the institution … These include the University Press, the institutional repository, and a range of digitized materials from different collections. With the exception of the University Press, these are materials that come ‘below the line’ … Continue reading Web-sightings

Concentration and diffusion again

From the Financial Times: According to Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid, around 20 per cent of all the servers sold around the world each year are now being bought by a small handful of internet companies – he named Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. That is an amazing statistic, and certainly not one I’d heard … Continue reading Concentration and diffusion again

Needs, wants and expertise

I came across Frank Kermode’s 1995 obituary of JB Trapp, scholar and librarian of the Warburg Institute before becoming its director, recently, while looking for something else. I have bolded some phrases which seem to me to be a quite nice statement of purpose. The library of the institute, as arranged by founder Aby Warburg, … Continue reading Needs, wants and expertise

A multiscale catalog

From the Worldcat Local implementation at the University of Washington: The user can telescope between institution, consortium and Worldcat. I am not sure that ‘telescope’ is the right word here 😉 Aside: As we know we have different access models for stuff in journals and stuff normally found in the catalog. There is one distinction … Continue reading A multiscale catalog

Levels of amplification

I was very aware of the UKRDS conference this week as it left many traces in my network environment. It discussed aspects of data curation and reuse in a national context. I was interested to see these three blog reports, covering the same event with very different levels of immediacy. Here they are, getting progressively … Continue reading Levels of amplification

Tile and organizational evolution

A set of documents from the TILE project has appeared. TILE continues the work that was done by this group on the ILS last year. It extends this work by looking at library systems and services in broader contexts. In particular it looks at the library in the context of Web 2.0 and of service … Continue reading Tile and organizational evolution

One big index: Google Scholar in Google

Google Books results in searches on big Google are common (in my experience, anyway). I hadn’t noticed before, however, what appear to be Google Scholar results mixed in. I am sure they have been there, I just haven’t seen them. I still continue to be surprised when people talk about what Google can and can’t … Continue reading One big index: Google Scholar in Google

A Columbus triangle

I appear to live near the middle of a triangle whose corners are the offices of LibLime, OCLC and OhioLINK 😉