Monday, December 25, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The complete works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are now available for free on the Internet. The resonance of this new resource is overwhelming (more than 400.000 hits during the first 12 hours). This may lead to delays in accessing the web site. We are about to provide additional server capacities.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
A friend from Texas directed me to the WordPress OPAC (WOPAC). It's kind of a cool idea. Although these days I'm more in the put links in Google and Amazon camp than I am fix the OPAC. What do you think?
For your consideration
- Pine -- Georgia Libraries Public Information Network....like browsing the catalog; offers several suggestions for where to go when you didn't get many hits and ways to refine your search; faceting.
- NCSU -- Endeca front end to their now famous catalog http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/
- Queens Library -- http://aqua.queenslibrary.org/ It uses Aquabrowser http://www.medialab.nl/
- Howard County Public Library -- It uses Aquabrowser and has a visual search display (sometimes)
- Rochester University Library -- separate search area for videos -- http://www.library.rochester.edu/index.cfm?page=videos
- The catalog that puts SFX data in the record [University of Huddersfield|http://library.hud.ac.uk/catlink/bib/396146/cls/]
- University of Canterbury http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/
- customized new title list with many options
- subject portal (one place to find all kinds of information)
- catalog tutorial in HIP (find help where is needed)
- customized new title list with many options
- Hennepin County Library
- author alerts (how about subject alerts?)
- new title list by format
- different styles for different audience (check the kids and teen pages, we can have different portal for undergraduate and graduate)
- author alerts (how about subject alerts?)
- Harford County Public Library http://www.hcplonline.info/
- separate tab for audio, movie & music (how about dissertation?)
- Evergreen -- open source catalog from the Georgia libraries
- Penn State uses tabs to show brief and full record, also they use SFX to display holdings http://cat.libraries.psu.edu/
- WOPAC -- an opac that uses WordPress! Very simple, very interesting. The more I look at this the more I like it.
h5. Library projects using SOLR
|SOLR is an open source project that does similar to what Endeca/NCSU does. It has not yet been used for a large scale library, but is being used for several 'digital initiatives' type projects.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Anyway, here is my avatar looking at a poster from an education poster session. Some other groupst that have buildings: OCLC, UNC Chapel Hill, Michigan Libraries Consoritum, IBM. Many more to come. It will be interesting to see what applications are developed.
Last night, I visited OCLC's interactive search engine. You talk to it on a special channel and you can pull up search results in another Internet window. There is also a central reference desk and various exhibits being developed by librarians. I looked at one about cats in mysteries. There is also a big medical library where you can search PubMed and do a lot of other things. I didn't stay there too long since I was a little overwhelmed by it.
One idea I had was to have virtual office hours in SL. It's almost impossible to get offices in departments. You can also include links on web pages to teleport users to your location. The hurdle would be assuming that a user had a computer adequate enough to run Second Life. I had to upgrade my home computer clunker to be able to run it...although I was able to get a really good deal on an HP 1610, which is very quick and can run SL.
Anybody want to meet me there sometime? Let me know. My building currently only has a glass table and perhaps a renegade planet. I managed to recapture most of a solar system script I ran, but couldn't catch Mercury (to darn quick).
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
From a Stanford colleague who attended Internet Librarian:
According to those who attended Internet Librarian one of the vendors that sells services to libraries has paid for an "island" for such purposes for a year. There is a reference desk and others are building "libraries" there. From the snapshots I've seen they're pretty specialized (like speculative fiction). OCLC has also given some limited access of some kind as well...
...there's also a blog about this at http://infoisland.org... from The San Jose State Spartan Daily, Nov 6, 2006, article by Ryan Berg: “Ken Haycock, director of the San Jose State University school of library and information sciences, said the school has just recently purchased its own island on Second Life, which the school will use to build learning resources that people can access in the virtual world.”
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Here's some examples of it. Not any for libraries yet. Maybe that needs to be rectified. Wouldn't it be great to have a search engine for (engineering) standards and include just the data sets you wanted? Or patents? Or genomics data....and link that stuff to journals or whatever?
1. Babelfish is almost a reality
2. Rochester has already done the find videos thing we want to do-- we'll just steal from them
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The idea behind the game is that you start out as a single-celled organism. Once you gathered enough DNA points, you can begin to evolve. Then you colonize the planet. Once you've accomplished that you are awarded a rocket to explore outer space.
The interesting thing I thought is that the creations are then uploaded on a file server and begin to populate the games of other players. So while there will be an interactive War of the Worlds just yet in terms of the players, the characters will be built and then go off to explore the universe out of the control of the original creator.
Interesting concept. I wonder how long it will take somebody to figure out how to create a Trojan alien?
-Digital Editions will support Adobe Content Server DRM, which many lending libraries currently employ.
-Publishers who like the service but aren't necessarily PDF-centric can also build e-books in Open eBook format (an x-html standard)
-Publishers will be able to offer content for free or include ads
-The client is built on Flash and displays covers and contents of ebooks, magazines, and other types of publications
Sunday, September 24, 2006
One interesting quote (although I'm not sure this is new or just applies to the Internet):
"The less one is powerful, the more transparent his or her life. The powerful will remain much less transparent..."
I'm going to the CODI confrence in Salt Lake City in a little over a week so I'm following the Gordian Knot -- a blog for Syrsi/Dynix users. (CODI stands for Customers of Dynix) A new posting there today by "suzyq" says she can summarize her 5 weeks worth of training and migration to 8.0 with a Foxtrot cartoon.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
"In one example of how ACAP would work, a newspaper publisher could grant search engines permission to index its site, but specify that only select ones display articles for a limited time after paying a royalty."
The aim is to control spiders but I wonder if this has implications for bloggers?
Friday, September 22, 2006
Turns out some guys in Cambridge have come up with a thin, flat metal that can snap from one shape to another--from a flat sheet to a rolled up sheet. The metal is cheap and easily produced so could work well for 'flexible electronics.'
They point out that it would also do nicely for buildin emergency shelters. Although I'd worry that a heavy wind might snap my tent into a rolled up piece of metal.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Go to this site to see what your web pages looks like on a phone http://emulator.mtld.mobi/emulator.php?. Oooh, the library catalog doesn't look good at all. I wonder what one of the library's portal channels would look like?
more info at http://pc.mtld.mobi/mobilenet/index.html
Could be a good Scrapple topic for Wednesday.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
The intension of the overall project is to create a grid of information about thousands of villages in India. Different people associated with the Hansdehar project seem to have different ideas about its benefits--advertise for local businesses, help students find colleges and employment, and my personal favorite: publish the nature of local problems so that the government can deny knowledge. Could also do a lot for the world in general to know a bit more about how a big chunk of the human race lives -- in rural areas with limited means.
For the non-Latin-speaking readers
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
So I guess we'll have our very own Way-Back machine. Maybe I'll write Brewster for a grant to buy disk space for all the backups.
Truth in blogging confession: I hate to weed and so I don't back up most of my files -- but I do back up the ones I want to keep. At work I have the luxury of a network drive that someone else backs up regularly. I put anything I want to preserve there -- performance appraisals, budget spreadsheets, etc. Same with e-mail. I only archive stuff that I think I might be called upon to use later. At home I print out any text I want to save and put I put my precious pictures up on Flickr (n.b., many are not precious.)
Monday, August 07, 2006
Even a list of libraries that have Flickr accounts.
Friday, August 04, 2006
The blackboard looks homemade. I had a friend there who made one with carbon from worn out batteries. He used it for teaching arithmetic to a number of people in town. Hard to tell from the picture but this one could have been made the same way. There's not a lot to work with over there just now.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
The reason they need this technology is that the texts in question -- a 10th century monk's transcription -- was obscured by a 13th century monk who recycled the parchment by scraping away the original text and writing his own text on top. (Bonus points for those who know what this practice is called.) To top it off, last century a forger tried to increase the value of the manuscript by adding gold religious paintings. You can't seem much of anything of the original. Cataloging something like this makes our 'bound-with' cataloging problems seem frivolous.
The X-ray florescence technique involves scanning the surface with a very fine beam. One page can take up to twelve hours to scan. I'm assuming there will be a digital output to archive. Now that would be a fun thing to cook up metadata for.
Go to the Exploratorium website today to watch the process. There's a live feed at 4 pm PST but they seem to archive their broadcasts if you miss it live.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
"When you have a long URL that you need to send in an e-mail, and youwant to keep this problem from occurring, there's an easy way tocreate a short URL, called "TinyURL." Go to http://tinyurl.com/ and paste your long URL into the box on the screen. The program willcreate a short URL that will open the original Web page! You can evencreate a special TinyURL bookmark for your Web browser. Then, whenyou open a Web page with a long URL, you need only click on yourTinyURL bookmark, and it will automatically create a short URL foryou, without your having to cut and paste."
accessible by leveraging your investment in WorldCat.
If you have an e-management service, such as Ebsco A-Z or Serials Solution etc. you can have your records loaded into World Cat.
Here's what OCLC says the eSerials Holdings can do:
* Increases usage of your electronic serials collection by making it more visible to searchers and ILL librarians
* Enables you to automatically control and/or deflect ILL requests from colleagues in the OCLC cooperative
* Cost-effectively keeps your electronic serials holdings up to date in WorldCat, without adding to your cataloging workload
* Helps bridge the gap between print and electronic materials
* Increases the value of your investment in A-Z lists, OpenURL
resolver, and WorldCat
I'm unclear as to if this will forever be a free service, or a free service for a short time to encourage adoption.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
- You had no real idea of what you were searching because OCLC was vague about what records they exposed to Google and Yahoo
- You had to know a search trick to get WorldCat records
In August OCLC will launch a specific website where you can search all the WorldCat records for free. It will be http://www.worldcat.net. And OCLC says they are putting all of their records in this service.
I wonder what search and display engines they will use. Perhaps this is something they got from absorbing RLG. The RLG free service RedLightGreen has a next-gen catalog look and feel.
So in August we will know where we can easily search all of WorldCat for free. I'm adding it to my resources for graduate students who are working from afar.
That leaves the question: will anyone outside the library community know or care? I say put their free search box everywhere. Spread the word.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Recently, I came across this posting on Library Stuff and it reminded me of some conference talks I've heard recently.
Personally, some of the concept I like...like connecting patrons to library services with a give 'em what they want attitude. But I still remember the first time I heard this term I was turned off by equating this--in my mind--to Netscape 1.0, and subsequent versions.
Library services and our relationship with patrons are more complicated than 1.0, 2.0 aren't they?
Or are people who are 2.0 the ones who can work outside the "library" box and look at new possibilities?
Thursday, July 06, 2006
[A] Wikipedia citation can be an appropriate convenience when the point being supported is minor, noncontroversial, or also supported by other evidence. In addition, Wikipedia is an appropriate source for some extremely recent topics (especially in popular culture or technology) for which it provides the sole or best available synthetic, analytical, or historical discussion.He goes on to say it's unacceptable to use Wikipedia for any argument that is controversial or complex. And, of course, any citation absolutely must include the date/time when the quote was taken.
Pedagogy at its finest -- take a problem and turn it into a teaching moment. What are we looking for in a source to cite? (HINT: How would I use my Uncle Henry's analysis of the Vietnam War in a paper?) Why do we include citations? (HINT: try finding the 'government report' you saw mentioned in Newsweek)....
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
"A major academic publisher has donated more than $1-million in electronic books to seven university libraries in New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina. With the gift, from Springer, seven Louisiana libraries will get free, permanent access to more than 10,000 electronic books, mainly in the sciences, technology, and medicine."
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
The library of the future: Will there be one? We should not question
whether it will survive, but whether it will have relevance and impact.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Anyway, somehow I stumbled on a short essay in Wired about Wikipedia and was amazed at the profundity of this writer's insights. For example:
"...Wikipedia exists in a state of quantum significance flux. It's simultaneously a shining, flawless collection of incontrovertible information, and a debased pile of meaningless words thrown together by uneducated lemurs with political agendas. It simply cannot exist in any state between these two extremes. You can test this yourself by expressing a reasonable opinion about the site in any public space. Whatever words you type, they will be interpreted by readers as supporting one of these two opposing views."You've gotta admire a guy who can create a pseudo-concept like "quantum significance flux" and then throw it into the same paragraph with a lyrical phrase like "uneducated lemurs with political agendas."
- Read the whole thing. It's short.
- Skip the podcast version. It's not as well edited and he seems to have a cold
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Sounds very nice.
Monday, June 19, 2006
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. Because everyone catalogs together, you can also use LibraryThing to find people with similar libraries, get suggestions from people with your tastes and so forth.
It's these guys "I'm gonna make a lot of money" scheme that runs on the idea that lots of people will use it to catalog their books (whatever they mean by 'catalog') and, in the social-tagging free-love world, eventually there will be this omnicatalog like wikipedia.
Of course, it doesn't really rely on all those book lovers for metadata. It harvests Amazon.com metadata for current and poplular works and for older, more obscure writings it takes full advantage of all the millions of staff hours the Library of Congress has spent over the years cataloging everything that moves. By the way JH Libraries catalog is also listed as a source for data.
The interface is maddenly clunky. (Who would have thought Horizon could look so good in comparison!) There is a lot of back and forth and screen re-freshing. Importing is whacky--I tried to import my wishlist from Amazon and got a bunch of books I would never read. Maybe I got part of someone else's wishlist. Exporting doesn't follow any bibliographic formatting standards (e.g., RIS). So how am I going to compose a references cited list for my term paper?
That said, it's an interesting idea for non-scholarly work. Has the shared tagging thing going on that creates something resembling a 'people who like what you like also like' world and there is an interesting API called thingISBN (like OCLCs xISBN) which is a kind of FRBR-izing thing -- see the 14 June entry for http://www.librarything.com/thingology/.
I'd be interested in hearing what Scrapplers think of it.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
This year I can now buy a lot electronics on Amazon with my corporate account and some marketplace items. Maybe next I can order pasta?
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Networking Experts Warn Against Government Eavesdropping
available at: http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/index.php?id=1332
"A group of computer scientists today warned that a federal regulation that requires Internet service providers—possibly including colleges—to re-engineer their networks to make it easier for law-enforcement officials to eavesdrop on Internet-based phone calls could make networks more insecure and could harm technological innovation. Among those sounding the alarm were Vinton Cerf, who helped design the Internet, and computer-security experts Matt Blaze, of the University of Pennsylvania, and Steven Bellovin, of Columbia University."
Their report is available here: http://www.itaa.org/newsroom/headline.cfm?ID=2322
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Article is at: http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i41/41b02001.htm and called Beyond Google: What Next for Publishing by Kate Wittenberg of EPIC (not the privacy people, but apparently the electronic publishing people).
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The Big Picture | Related Stories | What's Hot | Latest HeadlinesRelated Stories and Latest Headlines are kind of yawners but I like The Big Piture and What's Hot (graphical view).
The Big Picture is an interactive mapping of related information/stories from the C|Net News site. Grey boxes represent news stories in the archive (the one you are reading should be in the center of the screen), green boxes are for topics (clusters of stories, I guess) and red boxes are for companies. The bigger the box the more articles associated with it. Lines link boxes that are related. For example there is a link between the red box for Apple (as a corporation) and a green box for OS X. Click on any of the boxes and the image will recenter onto the box you clicked on.
What's Hot (graphic) displays the 15 newest and most heavily read news articles in the C|Net collection. Articles are represented by blocks on the screen. Color and size matter. Lighter is newer and bigger has been read by more people than smaller.
Again, interesting to see where the links lead to.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Caroline H. Bledsoe
Women and marriage in Kpelle society.
This will go to whatever link resolver you are using
But if you download the COinS extension for Firefox and configure it for Hopkins you'll see the Find IT button below this citation. Click on the button and you'll get a FIND IT menu that has a link that searches the JH Libraries catalog for the title.
How cool is that?!
OK, if you missed the point, this means that anyone can put a COinS enabled URL in any web page (blog, wiki, etc) and people who have the COinS extension configured properly can get their own link resolving button on that page.
Here's what you need to know:
Go to this link for info about getting the COinS extension for your Firefox browser: http://www.oclc.org/productworks/coins.htm
Use these settings you'll need to configure your extension to work with the JH linkresolver
- Link server base URL is http://sfx.library.jhu.edu:8000/jhu_sfx
- OpenURL version 0.1
- Image location is http://sfx.library.jhu.edu:8000/jhu_sfx/sfx.gif
OCLC has now added COinS capability to Google Scholar and to their "Find in a library" service in regular Google. According to OCLC
COinS has already been implemented in various online resources including Wikipedia's Book Sources Page, Citebase, HubMed, and the British Library's ZETOC service."
Mobile phone penetration is ubiquitous, but fixed line Internet connections are not widely available, while the business and legal environment is weak.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Eyetracking visualizations show that users often read Web pages in an F-shaped pattern: two horizontal stripes followed by a vertical stripe.
I have some questions about the pages they chose to use for the experiment but I could have missed something. I just skimmed the report. Since the text went all the way across the page I just focused on the headers and the images. The F-Shaped superfast skim wasn't possible.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Over the past month, we have received an increased number of notices concerning unusual spider activity. In most instances, we have found the Google Desktop Search with MSIE crawler installed on the machines associated with the blocked IP address. Are others experiencing this problem? If so, have you been able to resolve the conflict? I would appreciate any advice or suggestions.
Mostly I just don't like the idea of an organization that big knowing that much about me. But now it seems they might be an irritant to the community at large.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Serves to remind us that we aren't that far out from women getting the vote in the US. My grandmother on my father's side got the vote the year my father -- her third child -- was born. My mother's mother had two children before she could vote. Can you imagine that? When I was 11 months old my family moved to Galveston, Texas and my mother was not allowed to serve on juries there. I remember discussions about poll taxes when I was growing up and how they kept poor people from voting. (And, by the way, I couldn't have applied to Hopkins when I graduated from high school--women were not allowed. I couldn't even have eaten in the faculty club--again, no women allowed.)
Today it may feel like the air we breathe but the truth is the right to universal suffrage is relatively young. 1920 isn't that far back and people were dying in the 1960s to secure voting rights. OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.
Congratulations to the Kuwaitis.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
http://news.com.com/2100-1029_3-6056746.html?part=rss&tag=6056746&subj=news. Does it surprise me that Singapore is on the leading edge of this technology? No, I have a friend from graduate school who taught in Singapore. He said that he flew in one time and his hair was longish. They whisked him out of line and chopped his hair off before he could enter the country. Of course this was in the 1970s when long hair meant something.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Or can you get a good server for less than that? The above are the configuration we are looking for. I'm getting some price quotes, but wanted to know if any of you thinks this is in line or out of line with what a server with the above specs should cost...
Sunday, March 26, 2006
The interesting thing to me isn't that they are reading off their phones. I've read lots of stuff on my black and white Palm and these phones have color screens. No, it's the effect of this kind of media on the way people write and the reading habits of the people who read it. There's a publishing house that has launched a program to train people to write for the phone. Can't you see it on the back cover of a comic book? 'Make cash in your spare time by learning to write for the mobile phone market.' And at least one science fiction author says this kind of access "is reversing the younger generation's apathy towards reading." Of course they are reading pretty short pieces.
Now before everyone starts jumping up and down about how the world is coming to an end if people stop reading the Brothers Karamatoz because it's too long to read on a phone, check out The Singer of Tales. Or, if that's too long and academic for your reading tastes just breeze through the wiki article on it's author Albert Lord.
The point is that some of the earliest works we think of as literature (e.g., Beowulf, Gilgamesh) are transcriptions of parts of a person's performance of a much longer epic that would be told in different ways by lots of different people. That is, in the act of committing the works to writing we ended up shortening the pieces and fixing texts that had been dynamic. The oral performers of these epics (the singers of tales) varied their performances based in part on audience reaction. We're too hung up on the individual author and frozen text. There are lots of ways to skin a cat.
This could be something that has a transformational effect on society but who's to say that transformation will be bad? Shorter, fixed texts work pretty well for things like treaties and contracts. And while we all lament the passing of the illuminated manuscripts, there is much to be said for the transforming effects of the printed word and the rise of literacy.
And, interestingly enough, I think this is one of my longest entries ;--)
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Maybe the National Health Care should consider IM-ing their younger patients.
ANSWR: No, sir. The nose doesn't normally spew blood. How much blood is there?
*Interestingly enough only a third said they would skip a dental visit because of a wait; sadly, 16% wouldn't give blood because it takes too long
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
"Three versions of the software, called Vista, will be for home users, two will be for businesses and one will be for emerging markets."
Wonder if the one for emerging markets will run on one of those $100 hand-crank computers?
Saturday, March 11, 2006
- Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch).
- Use our simple WYSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc.
- Invite others to share your documents (by e-mail address).
- Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
- View your documents' revision history and roll back to any version.
- Publish documents online to the world, or to just who you choose.
- Download documents to your desktop as Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF*, HTML or zip.
- Post your documents to your blog.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
#2 . I still think the Fox series of Greg the Bunny was funny even though my 18 year old nephew explained to me that it was about as funny as a whoopy cushion.
#3 . I thought the idea of Google hosting the content of everyone's hard drive was a joke. Turns out it wasn't. So now I just think it's scary. Don't they teach Farenheit 451 and 1984 in schools anymore?
Monday, March 06, 2006
ClickZ, a search engine newsletter, has a recent article on the market for videos over the internet. In it they cite a report by Points North Group saying that
"Fifty-four percent of the group expressed interest in the Yahoo! Go service. Interest in Google Video trails Yahoo!'s service with 46 percent of the market."Yahoo Go is their all-in-one suite of services for pc, mobile and video. So why is Yahoo ahead here? They say that
Yahoo!'s offerings have more market share in this situation because the portal has set itself up as more than a search engine.So I'm wondering what this has to say about offering library services. Clearly portals are good (and thank goodness the library has a good start in that area--thank you, Elliot et al.)
But we're still stuck with the problem of presenting a complex search environment in a simple fashion. Federated searching is sort of helpful but it's not a silver bullet.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
We've recently hired an acquisitions librarian away from St. Cloud State University. She's told us about a very nice undergraduate portal for research they had at the last library she worked in.
I love the clean look and compact design and they have a good ear for names.
Find Full Text is their SFX journal/article locator service in a nice interface
Research QuickStart goes to something like our subject guides (again, better name)
Top of the screen is a search box (uses X server?) that chooses some general purpose databases limiting to
- books & articles
- books only
- articles only
I'm really happy that these guys use SFX. I want to pick their brains at the upcoming SMUG (or whatever they call it now) mtg.
They also have a nice way of handling metasearching -- I love the link entitled 'what am I searching?'
Monday, February 27, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
- Post-Search Automated Full-Article Retrieval -- search, click and you got the full text
- Article Organizing -- slect things you've retrieved and then click to dump citations into EndNote, Reference Manager, Procite. In addition to all the bibliographic info you'd expect, each entry will include link back to where you got it from (i.e., PubMed) as well as a link to your own copy on your hard drive
- Full-Text Searching -- but it's not just full text searching; you've got the stuff on your computer so searching ought to be no big deal. what they add is a something sort of like a cross between a cluster analysis and a ictionary of frequently used words. Have QUOSA build one from the articles on your disk or go grab one from, for instance, a dictionary of terms from PubMed Entrez for gene research.
I saw this mentioned on Web4Lib and there was a lot of concern about systematic downloading and licenses. I can see that as an issue to be worked out but really, how cool is this tool?
Monday, February 20, 2006
Did you know that Google's Larry Page is a UMich alum? From InfoToday
|University of Missouri - Columbia||School of Information Science and Learning Technologies|
Feb 16 cast is about a project to establish a research agenda for the field of online info seeking behavior. These are people from SIG-USE group in ASIST.
|FEBRUARY 15, 2006|
|SciAm Podcast: 02-15-06|
|In this episode, Scientific American staff editor Christine Soares talks about avian flu; Bruce Mirken discusses marijuana policy in the U.S. and England; and paleontologist Gregory Erickson describes the newfound long-lost cousin of T. rex. Also: test your science smarts with our quiz and hear how yesterday's comics might have handled today's news.|
|FEBRUARY 08, 2006|
|SciAm Podcast: 02-08-06|
|In this episode, Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie reflects on the Korean stem cell debacle; the National Inventors Hall of Fame announces this year's inductees; and evolution defender Eugenie Scott discusses the importance of the decision in the recent Dover evolution trial. Also: hear outtakes from the CSI show you're never going to see on TV.|
Monday, February 13, 2006
Last week I was in Mexico with Austin Smiles and I got a chance to chat with Roberto, the guy who was making a video of the mission for AS. He used to have a cool job as a photographer (videographer?) for Sony Corp in Spain. He worked on music videos for artists like Ricky Martin and really loved his job. Then Sony cut way back on staffing for videos because there was such a huge problem with piracy. Roberto says you can buy copies of music videos on the street in Mexico for twenty-five cents.
He lost his job with Sony and went back home to Mexico where he is now making videos of things like this mission and kids birthday parties. He said, 'If you'd told me 5 years ago that I'd be doing this I'd have thought you were crazy.'
I know there are people who'll justify pirating by saying the the rich artists can afford it but
- it's still stealing &
- those rich folks aren't the ones who suffer -- it's people like Roberto.
I'm really creeped out by the number of people who seem to believe it's ok to steal.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The ruling these groups want overturned could require ISPs and colleges to rewire their networks so that federal investigators can more easily track individuals' Web browsing and e-mail use. College and library officials argued that the rewiring would prove prohibitively expensive, and that it would inevitably lead to violations of their network users' privacy. (Sources: CNET News & Wired Campus)
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
It sure seems like a cool technology but I've never been able to figure out if it's more than just cool sounding because the data available to search are so small. Academic Search Premier should be a good one to try this out on.
- EX LIBRIS meeting we got good news from about date for starting to use x-server (earlier) and info about training (web based and we can subscribe to it for a year if we want -- I'm not sure what that means exactly but it sounded good.)
- Sirsi/Dynix meeting was pretty ordinary except I found I like the president of the company better than the last time I attended one of these meetings. Probably because he also likes the idea of a movie-only search space. I still don't know if we can do it now but it helps to know the president of the company is enthused about doing it.
- Scholarly Stats -- I hope we can get this. It's a service that harvests all your e-use stats (even non-counter compliant ones), cleans them up and puts them in a csv file. If you've ever had to gather use stats you would be falling down at these guy's feet. It's about $30-40 for each platform (FirstSearch, CSA, EBSCOhost, etc.)
- Web of Science -- got a contact for xml gateway but the guy I spoke with pointed out that this is definitely a dbase we'll need to watch for excessive turn aways.
- WebFeat (http://www.webfeat.org/) -- saw presentations by several institutions using it. Some had features I like (e.g., check off box for dbase selection) I made notes so we can borrow liberally.
- Alamo -- I walked by it every day but never went in. I'd been in several times before and was pretty sure it's about the same--I'm absolutely sure they still haven't put a basement in it.
- Souvenir shops -- the best ones (if you like odd/quiry artesanal products) are definitely not on the first floor. I bought several more coconut masks (like the one hanging in my office) and a microscope made out of a spark plug, washers and other bits of metal welded together. There is some great self-taught sculpture from scraps around. Had I a few hundred dollars to waste I'd need a trunk to get it all back.
On Saturday I leave for Veracruz for an Austin Smiles mission on which I'll be translating. We stay in the Hotel Camino Real. We're at the Red Cross hospital pretty much all day but in the evenings we go out to eat together.
If I get a chance to update things in Mexico I will.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
- The best thing I've seen here is Scholarly Stats, a company that will go out and gather all your online use stats, normalize them where possible and hand them to you as a csv file so that you can do your own analysis. I'm hoping we can get it.
- Sirsi/Dynix has a new scheme for rolling out their new products. They will have 'migration scripts' that will allow us to go on using the existing version of the system while we are testing our own data and then do the cut over when we want to. What's not to like.
- They told Ron that they understood why the sloooow response time to the WebReporter and think the most recent upgrade should have fixed it.
- The prospects for getting a slightly early start on x-server look good.
- Unfortunately my scheduled meeting with some folks from the International Relations Round Table fell through. We were going to talk about setting up an open URL link resolver for folks in deveopig nations. I'm not sure what happened, they just didn't show.Go figure.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
I'm heading out this morning to go back home since I've been in San Antonio since Tuesday for an intensive seminar for new library directors. If you go to any of the interesting technology show case sessions, please post some of your thoughts here. I'm wishing now I had stayed longer, but also want to get back to Jonathan.
I'm looking forward to ACRL Baltimore....we'll have to have a Scrapple alum meeting there for current and past Hopkins folks.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I've been using a graphical password for some time now with my bank but it works slightly differently. They show me an image and a phrase I created myself to make me confident that I have indeed gone to their web site. When I see that I can be confident ane enter my password. Trust goes both ways.
- restrict all searches to material type "videos, dvds..."
- restrict all searches to location "Eisenhower AV"
- change names of fields from author/contributor to director, writer, actor, etc.
- offer the choice of format -- dvd or video (we could do this because DVD call numbers begin with DVD and video call numbers begin with video)
- steal from the ncsu catalog format and give our interface a side frame with links to all the named people in the record, maybe to genre types like feature film, comedy, film noir...
- lots of records for films include a summary that would be good to highllight
- wonder if we could get images like the ones you see in IMDB?
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Here's a good powerpoint on the thinking behind it --“The Dis-Integration of Library Systems of the Future” (Kristen Antelman) http://www.lib.virginia.edu/ptpl/2005antelman.ppt
I love what she has to say -- she understands that you just can't shove everything into a single Integrated System. No matter how hard you try, something new will come along that doesn't fit the model. You have to be able to pull up related info from different sources in real time. She calls the system as a whole the E-Matrix and says what we really need is a mashup of all these different pieces of info.
OK so right now we've got (or will soon have) these knowledgebases -- if you will forgive the term
- MetaLib (JHsearch)
- our catalog records (MARC info)
- new E-Resource Management System
- vendor A&I dbases like EBSCO (some full text)
And how do we make the switch without traumatising our patrons?
The interface is cluttered and you still have to pay for the article. If there is a way to show our link resolver it's not immediately obvious.
We won't be promoting it any time soon.
I think they are either Sirsi or Dynix but they are using Endeca to power the searching. I wonder how that works? And how does it interface with the ILS? Very interesting.
the catalog is at: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/
I have some reservations about the number of options. We've been headed towards a cleaner interface but still...
They also have a nice interface to their e-resources. I like the narrower/broader distinction in their related dbases list.
Monday, January 16, 2006
"Criminal gangs were unlikely to target this flaw as it would be too labor-intensive to exploit, predicted MessageLabs, saying that it was "really a threat from script kiddies".from c|net http://news.com.com/Windows+Wi-Fi+vulnerability+discovered/2100-1029_3-6027399.html?part=rss&tag=6027399&subj=news
Friday, January 13, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Worth reading: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/
I'm looking forward to the reader that is about the thickness of and moves like a glossy magazine page.
Think of what it would do for people who have vision problems reading? Sounds like a great advance.