User experience

Indirect discovery

I have found that the phrase Discovery happens elsewhere has quite a bit of resonance in discussion. Increasingly people discover websites, or encounter content from them, in a variety of places. Most clearly, this happens through network-level services like Google or Twitter, but also happens in personal services (my RSS aggregator), or services which allow … Continue reading Indirect discovery

3 switches

I have been using these three ‘switches’ as contextual background in presentations for a while: Consumer switch Then: More investment in business/education environments. Now: More investment in consumer environments. It used to be the case that the computer and communications capacities we had at work or in college exceeded those available to us in personal … Continue reading 3 switches

More on VuFind

I wrote an entry on yufind the other day, noting its use of xISBN to cluster editions in results. yufind is an implementation of VuFind. Here is another example of the clustering: Villanova. As Till Kinstler points out in a comment, and as William Denton notes in a discussion of the entry on his FRBR … Continue reading More on VuFind

A web-siting at Yale: other editions and xISBN

I was looking at the Vufind implementation of the Yale University Library catalog – yufind – and was interested to see that it implements a link to OCLC’s xISBN service to pull together other editions of a displayed result. Here is an example where several versions of Krapp’s Last Tape are shown in the bottom … Continue reading A web-siting at Yale: other editions and xISBN

Interstitial reading

Evan Schnittman of OUP has an interesting post in which he discusses three types of digital reading: extractive, immersive and pedagogic. It is worth a read. Looking at his post, I was reminded of a phrase I used for a while: interstitial reading. We do quite a bit of reading in the interstices of our … Continue reading Interstitial reading

More cover notes …

One of three … There was a well publicized spat between Anna Ford and Martin Amis which included some discussion of the latter’s behavior at the deathbed of the former’s husband, Mark Boxer. Coincidentally, somebody asked me last week if I had read any of the books in the A dance to the music of … Continue reading More cover notes …

Data wells: one big index

I was interested to hear the concept of a ‘data well’ discussed when I was in Sweden the other week. It seems to be used in the sense of an infrastructure to ingest, normalise and provide integrated access to multiple streams of data. In this way, library services can be built on a consolidated data … Continue reading Data wells: one big index

The context web

In preparing some recent presentations I have been talking about three primary ways of experiencing the web which emerged successively and continue to work together. Here I will call them the site-web, the search-web, and the context-web (alternatives might be site-centric, network-centric, and user-centric). Site-web. Our early experience of the web tended to focus on … Continue reading The context web

Cover notes

And speaking of The Second Sex reminds me that the Penguin Modern Classic edition is one of those books with an iconic cover which enters deep into the book memory. (Although i could not find this book or its cover on various Penguin sites earlier, which seemed a shame.) The weekend issue of the Financial … Continue reading Cover notes

Choice is hard work: an anecdatum

We got an iMac for family use in the Summer. I never liked the keyboard and the mouse keeps sticking as crumbs and so on get lodged in it. Myself and my son headed off to Micro Center the other evening to explore replacements. They had sold out of the new ‘magic’ mouse, so we … Continue reading Choice is hard work: an anecdatum