Penguin dating

I have just come across PenguinDating “where book lovers meet”, a partnership between Penguin and You can go on singles nights in libraries and there’s even a hybrid speed-dating book club in a pub. Here at Penguin Books we’ve teamed up with to create You can be intrigued, perplexed, turned off or … Continue reading Penguin dating

Google Book Search channelling

Regular readers will know that I follow the Hitwise blog. I was interested to see their note on Google Book Search the other day, prompted by the settlement which discussed which sites benefited from downstream traffic from that site. In other words, where do people go when they leave Google Book Search by following links. … Continue reading Google Book Search channelling

Are you Asking …

After a recent makeover, search engine Ask has a nice clean interface and some nice features. One that is foregrounded is the ‘related searches’ feature. I could not immediately see how they were generating this list, but it was often helpful. I was interested in what a search for Lorcan Dempsey returned …

A local view

I have had a chance to see more of the Science@Cambridge ‘portal’ and to hear from Cambridge colleagues how they plan to evolve it. As I noted, I particularly like the way in which access to the literature is surrounded by feed-based contextual services. I wondered about a view of materials produced within Cambridge and … Continue reading A local view

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

Worldcat on iPhone

Several colleagues have commented on the view of Worldcat optimized for the iPhone/iTouch created by our colleague Bruce Washburn. It is a nice use of the Worldcat Search API and it pulls data from Worldcat and Worldcat Identities. As I don’t have a Safari browser or an iPhone to hand, I am cheating by showing … Continue reading Worldcat on iPhone

Chrome links

The new Google Chrome browser has captured major attention since it was launched a few days ago. Here, without extensive comment, are links to some interesting posts about Chrome. Nicholas Carr considers strategic motivations …. To Google, the browser has become a weak link in the cloud system – the needle’s eye through which the … Continue reading Chrome links

Really one box

Some time ago I was going to look at something on the web with my son. He looked on incredulously as I began to type in a (medium-sized) URL. “What are you doing?” he asked “why don’t you use the other box?”. I hadn’t realized until then that his preferred entry point for everything was … Continue reading Really one box

Google was here

We live a hundred yards or so off High Street, the historic North-South thoroughfare in Columbus. In fact, the picture below is taken from High Street and the exit is the entrance to our street. I just noticed this on Google Maps; I don’t know how long they have had it up. They are getting … Continue reading Google was here

SEO is part of our business

John Wilkin has another nice post, talking about making resources available in such a way as to make them more likely to be crawled by Google and hence more generally discoverable and, importantly, useful and used. We often go wrong, however, when we try to share our love of complexity with the consumers. We’ve come … Continue reading SEO is part of our business