Thursday, March 31, 2005
An article by Marcus Banks that says Google Scholar--good; Google Print--bad.
Scholar: Unlike Tennant, Banks isn't afraid of crawling and indexing as one approach to searching. The service is immature but he sees where it could be helpful. He points to the Georgia State Library's Google site as an example of how it can be a useful educational tool.
Print: Essentially, he fears for the commercialization of scholarship and with it the possiblity of profit being more important than the quest for truth.
Too cool, huh?
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
"Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday it will soon start invitation-only testing of its new Web log and social networking service Yahoo 360, which aims to better connect users to people they already know."
Monday, March 28, 2005
What is OpenSearch?
"OpenSearch is a collection of technologies, all built on top of popular open standards, to allow content providers to publish their search results in a format suitable for syndication....OpenSearch is not a search engine—it is a way for search engines to publish their search results in a standard and accessible format."Add your own custom column to A9.com and share it, you can make it an optional tab in the a9.com search interface.
n.b., you have to be signed into a9.com to add more than one tab to your results screen.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
According to their website:
CUFTS is an open source (GPL) OpenURL link resolver designed for use by library consortia. It supports multiple sites from one server, online management tools, usage statistics, and includes a knowledgebase of ~165 resources with ~200,000 title records. Sites can individually activate resources they have access to, as well as subserts of titles for packages to which they only have partial subscriptions.
Banks, Marcus A. The excitement of Google Scholar, the worry of GooglePrint. Biomedical Digital Libraries, 2(2). Published March 22, 2005.http://www.bio-diglib.com/content/pdf/1742-5581-2-2.pdf
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
- a Hoopkins IP
- a search string that includes site:muse.jhu.edu
(I know, I'm sick of Google stuff, too. But this is our own press.)
"OCLC has implemented a data visualization pilot project in conjunction with Antarctica Systems Inc. (http://antarctica.net) to evaluate library users’ experiences with searching and display of search results using a visual interface to the Electronic Books database on OCLC FirstSearch.
.... For the purpose of this pilot, users will be searching in a static database of about 211,000 electronic book titles. The pilot will run through April 5, 2005." from a promo e-mail from OCLC
Personally, I'm underwelmed.
Nstein Technologies, Inc., a provider of linguistic-based business intelligence(BI) solutions, and Visual Analytics, Inc., a provider of pattern discovery and information sharing solutions, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to provide homeland security and intelligence agencies with a fully integrated platform for collecting, analyzing, translating, sharing, and visually representing structured and unstructured multilingual data. Under the terms of the agreement both parties will engage in co-marketing and sales initiatives.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Google was sanctioned by a court in France for trademark counterfeiting, unfair competition and misleading advertising. The case concerned the way Google sell 'sponsored link' based on search words. For example, The Wharton Running Shoes store buys the search term Niki. Then you do a search of Google for Niki and find that Wharton Running Shoes is oe of the top hits in the sponsored link section. Niki is not amused.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Site-Flavored Google Search
Create a Site-Flavored Google Search box by copying and pasting the following HTML code into your own web page:
Adding this code to your web site will create a search box that looks like this:
If anyone is interested in becoming a contributor directly to the blog,please let me know and I will add you as a "member." That way you wouldbe able to add content to it as well as correct any content you add.I decided on a blog because it gives me a little bit of editorialcontrol for quality and content. I looked at wikis over the weekend butam still a little wary of using them because they are so wide open. Iwill also set up a second blog, if there is interest, to pipe contentfrom the LibWireless discussion group into it.
The list of libraries with wireless will not be part of the blogdirectly. This list will now be part of Marshall Breeding'slib-web-cats database. This is an ideal location for this information.The database is searchable by many different fields including type oflibrary. Marshall has added two fields to the database, one to indicatea wireless network and one free form field for adding your networkinformation and policies.
Each library in my original list will have to update or input your information. The database is at:http://www.librarytechnology.org/libwebcats/
Wilfred (Bill) DrewAssociate Librarian, Systems and ReferenceMorrisville State College LibraryE-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
AOL Instant Messenger:BillDrew4
Wireless Librarian: http://people.morrisville.edu/~drewwe/wireless/
SUNYConnect: http://www.sunyconnect.suny.edu/My Blog: http://babyboomerlibrarian.blogspot.com/
"To teach is to learn twice." - Joseph Joubert
On his web site Williamson describes hmself as "Java Mentor, author, BlueDragon architect, CFML guru and generally a good egg."
Monday, March 14, 2005
OK, here I'm going to just copy & paste from a msg on LITA-L about the article.
"Basically, this Op Ed piece lists 'five reasons not to tear up your library card quite yet':
- Copyright. Obviously Google has some issues to work out regarding their intent to scan copyrighted works at Stanford and Michigan.
- Past Failures. Not past Google failures, but rather past failures in large scale digitization projects by other organizations.
- Preserving Books. What impact will industrial strength/speed digitizing have on the physical books? The author suggests that Google may have "underestimated, perhaps substantially, the percentage of books that will be damaged or that cannot undergo rapid digitization."
- Google's Future. Basically concerned about what happens if Googlegets out of the book digitization business, if libraries rely too heavily on one source for digitization.
- Ecological Concerns. The author is concerned about increased demand for printing, and use of paper.
The author then lists a few other concerns:
- Increased potential for plagiarism;
- Heavy reliance on English-language materials;
- Will there be advertising;
- The books would promote 'picking and choosing, not really reading'".
Senior Library Information Systems Consultant, ILCSO
University of Illinois Office for Planning and Budgeting
Study finds that 1/3 of the 1,126 web citations examined went to dead or no longer correct links. Yeah, but notice the journals examined: Human Communication Research, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and New Media & Society. We're not talking JAMA .
Anyway, isn't there some work on print citations that says almost a half of them have mistakes?
Wonder what the role of the library is in this? Scholars who link from the URL furnished by their libraries may be using unstable links. What if the link goes through Ingenta or through a database like EBSCO. When they change their servers that could cause problems.
Friday, March 11, 2005
I want a sofa made out of this stuff or
the world's thinnest, flattest light bulb
And this light transmitting concrete on display at the National Building Museum in DC - click on the Future of Concrete).
Not that this has anything to do with technology, but I also want a fu-chest, although it's much too expensive imho.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
"...part of it is that I got the machine for free...."
DASER: Digital Archives for Science & Engineering Resources
April 29-May 1 2005
College Park MD
According to the website, the conference will cover:
Impact of OA on the future of STM libraries;
Institutional repository models: what works and what doesn't;
Publisher-library collaboration strategies, now and in the near future;
Institutional repository object issues--theses, datasets, learning objects, etc.;
User needs and patterns related to digital libraries.
They are marketing it to various populations including systems people and
digital library professionals. It would be funny if they called them digital librarians.
Ok, well I’m off of EBlogger. It just doesn’t have the features I want!
So I exported from EBlogger to WordPress, and moved my blog site off of MSE resources. Thus, my new blog url is http://uppertank.net/blog. WordPress is sweeeet!
My old feed links:
redirect to my new feed link:
If you are using Sage or any other intelligent RSS reader, it should follow the redirect for the old link feeds.
The move wasn’t totally painless. The two major issues were
- that comments on my EBlogger posts didn’t export or were imported improperly by WordPress (I haven’t looked into the exact cause).
- that EBlogger permalink urls were not mapped to WordPress permalink urls.
<paul harvy>... and now, the rest of the story.</paul harvy>
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Codified Innovations: Data Standards and Their Useful Applications
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Monday, March 07, 2005
Letter to Editor
I just read Paula Hane's article, "Google's Projects Continue to Generate Shock Waves" in the [March 1] InfoToday NewsLink E-newsletter (http://www.infotoday.com/newslink/newslink0503.htm), and thought it would be appropriate to clarify the statements attributed to John Lewis Needham at the NFAIS meeting (as reported by Marydee Ojala) regarding Google's activities with JSTOR.
The comments attributed to Mr. Needham overstated Google's involvement with JSTOR when he announced that "Google Scholar was adding JSTOR journals". In fact, JSTOR has only initiated a pilot project with Google to investigate the possibilities of enhancing the resource location alternatives for the journal content archived by JSTOR.
JSTOR does not presently have an agreement in place with Google to include any content from the JSTOR archive in Google Scholar. The pilot project, as it stands now, only includes the indexing of a small number of titles within the main Google engine. We are in the process of evaluating this pilot project with Google - as well as possible projects with other similar resource location search engines - to understand better the benefits to our participating researchers, libraries, and publishers.
Ms. Hane also reported that Ms. Ojala wrote that the journals archived by JSTOR and included in Google Scholar are all in the discipline of economics. The pilot project with Google currently includes 20 journals found in JSTOR, ranging in a variety of disciplines. All of the content from these journals has not yet been indexed by Google, so it could be that Ms. Ojala was only
able to locate articles from journals in the discipline of economics.
Director, Library Relations
Especially as it relates to weblogs.
See Sam's presentation on Atom in Depth which provides a compare/contrast between RSS and Atom and the features of the Atom data model.
Mark Pilgrim on xml.com
From their F.A.Q.
# What is KwMap ?
KwMap.com is a complex keyword refining tool, aiming to help you discover new keywords. It is a fact that search engines can only help you in finding something if you know the right keywords.
KwMap.com runs on a multi-gigabyte database of keyword inter-relations. You can search all common concepts and you will be presented with related keywords (eg. 'car' -> 'wind shiled', 'formula 1', 'bmw') and keyword variations (eg. 'car' -> 'car parts', 'car insurance', 'rent a car'). We also run pertinent links associated to most of the keywords.
# How do I use the keyword chart?
The keyword chart contains two axes, one of them is for keywords which are different but related to your search keyword, and the other is for keywords which contain your search keyword. We try to place the most relevant keywords in the middle. You can navigate by simply clicking on the keywords. When you reach a dead-end or you want to change the theme, use on the "New Kw" button.
'wind shiled'??? I guess it helps you pick up sites even if the authors can't spell...if that's what you want.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Friday, March 04, 2005
Unfortunately, this sort of thing has happened elsewhere:
There's a black market for this material and some even sell library books on ebay (I know, my husband has gotten some).
"if the first broken window in a building is not repaired, then people who like breaking windows will assume that no one cares about the building and more windows will be broken. Soon the building will have no windows...."
Now the theory is being reconsidered because new research shows that people's perceptions of disorder don't always match the actual disorder in their neighborhoods. There is also an older (2001) article from the Chronicle.
If our perceptions for disorder are off, what about our perceptions for order? Does this perception thing have any implication for libraries?
More on the shuffle from Apple...must...resist....buying.......
Thursday, March 03, 2005
"Google agreed with the principle that if there are multiple versions of an article shown in the Google Scholar search results, the first link will be to the publisher's authoritative copy. Google would like to use the DOI as the primary means to link to an article so CrossRef and Google will be working on this as well as a template for common terms and conditions for use of publishers full text content." (my emphasis added)
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
"I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Project Gutenberg, where the contents of books that are out-of-copyright are available to be printed out or pasted into another document. Apparently this will not be allowed when Google has their database of books in place, even for books that no longer come under copyright restrictions. I read in the NYTimes a few years ago about a women who printed out an entire Jane Austen novel. It took her the better part of a day, but at least her effort was cost-free, except for the paper she used. Does Google have any idea that there is already a magnificent book digitization project on the net?"
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Barbara Fister's article in Library Issues 2005 is a more nuanced article than I've seen elsewhere. My favorite line from the article: "Technological change tends to be met with utopian optimism or dystopian gloom, and Google’s partnership with libraries is no exception." To true.