OCLC's Hanging Together blog has just concluded a really interesting series of posts analyzing the responses they got to a recent survey on implementation of linked data projects. If you're at all interested in the semantic web, you really should check out the series:
Many thanks to all of you who participated in the international linked data survey for implementers or disseminated the survey link! I’ve been summarizing the results in a series of HangingTogether posts, which just concluded today:
In August 2012, ERIC temporarily disabled access to its collection of full text documents due to personally identifiable information found in some of its older documents. Over the past two years, the ERIC team has worked to clear and re-release many of the documents.
ERIC will be hosting a webinar on September 16, 2014 from 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT to answer many of the questions that have been asked about this process, such as:
Why did ERIC remove access to full text documents?
What process did the ERIC team use to restore the PDFs?
Why did it take almost two years for ERIC to restore the documents?
What are the next steps?
Please email email@example.com to register. Additionally, if you have specific questions, please email them in advance to ensure that it will be answered in the webinar.
Yay, the Chrome Library Extension now supports Calgary Public Library. When you're on Amazon.com (not Amazon.ca though), a small box will appear to the right to tell you whether you could borrow a book you're looking at from CPL, either in paper or via Overdrive.
I've asked that the UofC be added as well, and enquired about support for Amazon.ca
What does it feel like to interact with a digital version of a book? How can we replicate the experience of working with physical collections – on the web? What features will enhance a researcher’s experience of using digital collections? What if we could build tools with Wellcome Library in mind, but make any software we develop available to other libraries under an open source licence?
We asked these big questions, along with innumerable others, during the development of the Wellcome Library’s ‘digital asset player’ and interactive timeline.
I love the idea that HBSP might be overstepping its bounds legally, at least here in Canada, with respect to Fair Dealing. I also love the idea of taking action to have Harvard Business Review dropped from the FT Top 45.
I hope this one doesn't slowly sink away before the right thing is done!
This is an overview article that makes the case for and describes the concept of altmetrics (alternative metrics for scholarly output such as blog posts, conference procedings, preprints, and even traditional journal articles). For some reason, until I read this article I'd been pronouncing it alt-i-metrics in my head, but whatever :-)
ReadWriteWeb lists their Top 10 Feed & RSS Technologies of 2011, and there are a few on the list that were new to me, so I thought I'd share. Path caught my eye, and while I need another social networking/check-in app like I need a hole in the head, I'll probably give it a try. Are any of you using that one?
If this then that (ifttt) is another I started using only a few weeks ago, and I hope to have a quick post for you on how I use that one.
Last week I got an email from ebrary as a followup to their recent survey on ebook usage. The following paragraph caught my eye (emphasis mine),
Some of the results were surprising. For instance, patron awareness of e-books has not increased over the last three years and reported usage of e-books has not increased significantly either. What’s more interesting is that the survey results were a direct contradiction of ebrary’s internal usage statistics that show skyrocketing usage of e-books. This contradiction produced interesting discussion between the presenters and audience at Charleston. The leading hypothesis that emerged from the discussion is that students do not realize, or simply do not care, if they are in an e-book or another format, such as a journal, which led to underreporting of e-book usage.
I noticed this message at the top of my Facebook page the other day:
You currently automatically import content from your website or blog into your Facebook notes. Starting November 22nd, this feature will no longer be available, although you'll still be able to write individual notes. The best way to share content from your website is to post links on your Wall. Learn more about notes.
If you follow the Learn more link you'll eventually land on this FAQ page, which explains,
We want you to connect with your fans in the most effective ways possible. That's why as of September 30th you'll no longer be able to automatically import posts from your website to your Page notes. The best way to get people to interact with your content is to give them insight into the links you share on your Wall by adding personal comments and responding to feedback from fans.
I'm so glad Facebook has decided for me what's the best way to connect with my friends and "fans". Thanks for making me do extra work, Facebook!
A year ago I blogged about an article I had read that looked at different tools that could be used to either create screencasts, or allow screen sharing, in support of virtual reference transactions.
Six months ago a representative from ScreenConnect sent me an email suggesting that tool would be a good addition to the list from that post. I finally got around to taking a look (can you say "swamped"), and have to agree. A full cross-platform remote-control product, ScreenConnect is a self-hosted solution, which may be a turn off for some libraries, as so many services appear to be cloud-hosted, but I guess that's how they keep the price down.
Lots of good documentation on the site, including this page describing how ScreenConnect fits in amongst its competitors. I also like the "Charlie Brown Teacher" component of their screencast. I must admit I didn't actually use the product, but you can download a fully-functioning 30-day free trial if it looks like something you want to explore. Oh, and there's an app for that too.
(Last) Wednesday, Google retired a longer-standing “plus”: the + operator, a standard bit of syntax used to force words and phrases to appear in search results. The operator was part of Google since its launch in 1997 and built into every search engine since.
Of course I won't leave Google over this, but it does give me a reason to check out DuckDuckGo... (do you continue to use it, D'Arcy?)
Holy Crap, know what else they ditched? Google Labs! Apparently this was announced in July, but I was out of the country then and totally missed it! :-( Either follow my wayback machine link above, or troll through the painfully-slow-to-load pages at the CIO Magazine website to refresh your memory on all the goodness that once was...
Gasp - two posts in one day! Lifehacker links to a nice simple utility called ChimpFeedr (from the makers of MailChimp). Give it as many RSS feeds as you like and it will spit out a single feed combining them all. That's all it does, but it does it well. (See also FeedSnitch and Feed Informer).
I've had a few posts about Discovery Services piling up in Google Reader:
Library Technology Reports, Volume 47, Number 1 / January 2011, is an issue dedicated to Web Scale Discovery Systems. "This report describes in detail the content, interface, and functionality of web scale discovery services developed by four major library vendors: OCLC, Serials Solutions, Ebsco, and Ex Libris." (LTR is available in Academic Search Complete and Academic OneFile).
Marshall Breeding has a brief column in the latest issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter entitled Building Comprehensive Resource Discovery Platforms. "When populating an index for a discovery service, it’s helpful to gain access to large numbers of articles in a single package through a deal with an aggregator. It’s also possible to represent the same content in the indexes through cooperative arrangements with the primary publishers and content providers covered within any given aggregated database of article content."
Regardless of who was first, this is probably pretty good news for the smaller institutions out there. There should be absolutely no reason not to be offering remote access to library resources in this day and age. My only concern, and one probably only for larger institutions, is how much fine control one would have over these configurations. But then that's always one of the concerns of Software as a Service.