Wired Magazine on Amazon’s book index

An ingenious attempt to illuminate the dark region of books is under way at Amazon.com. Over the past spring and summer, the company created an unrivaled digital archive of more than 120,000 books. The goal is to quickly add most of Amazon’s multimillion-title catalog. The entire collection, which went live Oct. 23, is searchable, and … Continue reading Wired Magazine on Amazon’s book index

Couple of interesting things at Duke

I do not know if these are related. But came across two interesting developments involving open source software at Duke recently … The first is an e-portfolio project which is working with Dspace as its repository. An electronic portfolio is an organized, purposeful, collection of your personal achievements, course work, and projects. Here you can … Continue reading Couple of interesting things at Duke

Amazon inside Microsoft

By integrating Amazon Web Services, Amazon.com Research Services for Microsoft Office System will provide Microsoft Office System users with convenient and seamless access to Amazon.com from within Microsoft productivity applications via the Research Task Pane. Users will be able to access Amazon.com information and make purchases without launching a browser or leaving their document, e-mail … Continue reading Amazon inside Microsoft

The big read

I wonder what sort of correlation there would be between the top titles in BBCi – The Big Read and top titles by holdings in Worldcat? This is the ‘top’ 100 novels nominated by a BBC audience. Not clear to me how they are ordered.

Program for managing university information in Australia

Announced on 22 October: Australias research information will become more easily accessible and better managed thanks to more than $12 million in funding to improve infrastructure. [Peter McGauran MP, Commonwealth Minister for Science – Media Centre] The funded projects are: * Meta Access Management System; * Towards an Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories; * The … Continue reading Program for managing university information in Australia

I could get used to this …

More and more people are turning to robots to do their household chores, such as mowing lawns and vacuuming carpets, according to a survey. [BBC NEWS | Business | Farewell lawn mower… hello robot]

Article on changes in scholarly communication

Suzanne E Thorin provides an

Recombinant libraries and special collections in ShelfLife

The October 16 issue of ShelfLife refers to my forthcoming article on portals (now on the website): This article explores the design and use of portals in a library environment. It discusses the motivations for building portals, it discusses portal architectures and typology, and it examines the user environment in which portals are being deployed. … Continue reading Recombinant libraries and special collections in ShelfLife

Collection level description

A coincidence of events has highlighted the issue of collection level description: On his recent visit to OCLC, Juha Hakala spoke about the work of The European Library (TEL) to develop CLDs for National Libraries. Special attention has been paid to digital collections and collection level descriptions. TEL is a collection of collections and it … Continue reading Collection level description

Common services

JISC has issued a call for proposals for studies in digital rights management, authorization, institutional profiling and other services. This is in line with growing interest in “common services” or what JISC calls shared services. The JISC Shared Services Programme: To enable portals and other presentation services to make sense of the diverse digital resource, … Continue reading Common services

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