Monthly Archives: May 2009


I got a note from Debbie Campbell, Director, Collaborative Services, at the National Library of Australia the other week about their new prototype discovery service. The service is available at and provides integrated access to over 42 million metadata and text resources from a range of the National Library’s collaborative services and from elsewhere. … Continue reading Searching

A single business system environment redux

The new prototype discovery service from the National Library of Australia caused a ripple of interest the other week when it was released. One reason for the interest is that it brings together access to a range of NLA resources (Picture Australia, Libraries Australia, and Pandora, among others) as well as to external resources (Oaister, … Continue reading A single business system environment redux

Weekend reading

I am pleased to note two recently released RLG Partnership reports. Schaffner, Jennifer. The Metadata is the Interface: Better Description for Better Discovery of Archives and Special Collections (.pdf: 190K/17 pp.) Smith-Yoshimura, Karen. Networking Names (.pdf: 135K/25 pp.)

Scientific data sets

As attention to research data management and re-use grows I was interested to see the Gateway to Scientific Data provided by CISTI at the National Research Council Canada. Access to data from scientific research is increasingly important to collaborative research. This section aims to improve access to scientific research data for Canadians and support the … Continue reading Scientific data sets

Three sentences

I just spent a very congenial couple of days in Champaign, Illinois, at the Summer Institute for Humanities Data Curation. Here are some memorable sentences … Karen Wickett shared a very nice Rule in discussion: “I like to do favors for my future self”. I used this sentence of Geoff Bilder‘s in my presentation: “For … Continue reading Three sentences

QOTD: libraries and museums

CILIP is the UK professional organization for library (and other information) workers. I was interested to read the passage below in a recent submission it made to a parliamentary group looking at public libraries in England. It is referring to MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, a government sponsored body which exists to promote … Continue reading QOTD: libraries and museums

Reputation enhancement

I was interested to see the combination of services presented on the Research and Enterprise pages of the London School of Economics. These include: The LSE experts directory LSE Research Online (the institutional repository) Links to corporate relations, commercialization activites, and to podcasts, videos and other public outputs. I was especially interested in the Motivating … Continue reading Reputation enhancement

Web 2.0 and air freshener

Web 2.0 is often talked about in terms reminiscent of an advert for air freshener: spray it on and there will be a major improvement in the quality of life, or at least of your service. Add tags or an RSS feed and you will be future-ready. You will smell of roses. Now, of course, … Continue reading Web 2.0 and air freshener

The library of the future …

A recurrent theme of this blog has been that networking changes the way we think about organizational boundaries. That said, there is generally not very much discussion of this issue in libraries, where the focus tends to be on individual services or applications, or on changing user behaviors. For this reason, I was interested to … Continue reading The library of the future …


The organizational coalescence of Dspace and Fedora, announced yesterday, is welcome and not too surprising. This arrangement concentrates the resources of two organizations with similar missions and should strengthen their joint ability to secure future resources and to improve their products and services. The new organization is to be called Duraspace. The press release suggests … Continue reading Dura-sell