General - Systems and Technologies

Big data .. big trend

[I spoke at the Lita Top Technology Trends at Dallas. I had a trend in reserve – big data – but did not use it. Here is something along the lines of what I might have said …] Big Data is a big trend, but as with expressions for other newly forming areas, it may … Continue reading Big data .. big trend

Sympathy for Microsoft …

We are watching a handful of companies battle to support our work and learning lives, our communication, entertainment and social network. The good guys are no longer quite such good guys (Apple, Google?). And the CEO of Facebook can characterize Microsoft as the underdog. My title is prompted by the very fair review of the … Continue reading Sympathy for Microsoft …

The amplified event …

I introduced the phrase The Amplfied Conference several years ago to describe the way in which a conference experience might be shared by people who were not physically present, through the amplification provided by a range of network tools. On reflection, of course, such amplification is also a way of enhancing the experience of people … Continue reading The amplified event …

Information management on campus: CRIS, IR, CERIF, CRM, PIPAL

One of the consequences of our network world is that more and more activities are ‘informationalized’: they generate data and the management of data is an important part of their operation. We will increasingly see applications which want to mix information about researchers and publications with information about projects, organizations, and so on. This prompts … Continue reading Information management on campus: CRIS, IR, CERIF, CRM, PIPAL

The network reconfigures library space … mobile redux

So taken was I by William J Mitchell’s comments on the impact of the network and mobile communications on space that I have quoted it here a couple of times already 😉 Here it is … The fact that people are no longer tied to specific places for functions such as studying or learning, says … Continue reading The network reconfigures library space … mobile redux

QR Codes and exhibitions

We spend some time in the very congenial Dayton Art Institute this afternoon. We wandered around the Modern Masters exhibition (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum). I was interested to see the QR codes by the pictures. Here is a somewhat fuzzy picture taken by my son on his phone: Now, the exhibition is an … Continue reading QR Codes and exhibitions

Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

[This is 3. Here is 1 and 2.] I was pleased to participate in LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel at ALA this year (see the video and live coverage). We were each asked to talk about three trends: current, a bit further out, and a bit further out again. In thinking about the exercise, it … Continue reading Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

Recommendation and Ranganathan – retread

[I have been quoting the distinction made by Gavin Potter, a participant in the Netflix competition, about how our emphasis is shifting from sorting out supply to sorting out demand. I thought it might be useful to re-present this entry, the one where I first noted the distinction. I could have deleted the first half, … Continue reading Recommendation and Ranganathan – retread

QR codes again …

Andy Walsh of the University of Huddersfield gave a very nice presentation on QR Codes at the recent EMTACL10 conference at NTNU in Trondheim. I particularly liked his introduction in which he provided some motivating context for his work. He noted that as library spaces became places for social activity, their specifically informational dimension was … Continue reading QR codes again …


Layar created a ripple of interest a while ago. It is yet to be released. It is an application for Android based phones which will allow data from various partner resources to be ‘layered’ over the view through a camera phone. Partners discussed include banks (for ATMs), realtors, and a social network site with data … Continue reading Augmenting