February 26, 2002

Long-Term Preservation of Digital Material
This thesis describes the creation of an archive for retaining digital artefacts. Substantial decisions and measures to prevent the perishing of the collections are discussed. These include the selection, acquisition, storage, long-term preservation, and usage of the objects, as well as considerations on economic and legal aspects. The Austrian On-Line Archive is presented in detail and compared with other international initiatives in this field.
Content-Based Multimedia Information Handling: Should we Stick to Metadata?
Paul Lewis, David Dupplaw and Kirk Martinez discuss retrieval and navigation as ways of accessing multimedia information and the use of content as an aid to these activities. They ask whether content-based techniques are really making a useful contribution or whether we should restrict ourselves to the use of metadata.

UNC gets $530,000 to create 3-D, digital rare book library
Paul Jones, ibiblio.org director and supervisor of the new project, said he believes the 3-D library will be the first of its kind on the Web. Previous attempts to convert library collections into digital form have often resulted in flat, two-dimensional images that leave out key elements, including paper texture and graphical information, he said. The 3-D digital library will enhance these components of rare books and historic documents, giving readers the sense that they are actually handling the books.
I don't think I'll ever quite understand the seemingly (to me anyway) blind pathos to recreate the analog out of the digital.

February 25, 2002

Risks Prompt U.S. to Limit Access to Data
Since Sept. 11, the Bush administration has gone to what academics, lawmakers and civil-liberties proponents describe as unprecedented lengths to control the dissemination of information in the name of national security, escalating the debate over how to balance protection with the public's right to know.

February 14, 2002

Use Triple-I? NOBLE Swap Shop
These resources were developed for NOBLE member libraries and our shared Innovative Interfaces system. Field group tags, scopes, indexing, etc., are specific to our system. Other Innovative Interfaces libraries may freely copy, borrow, and adapt any of this material for use with their own system.

February 13, 2002

What if Harry Potter 5 Was an E-Book? Interesting discussion over at Slashdot.
Big Brother is watching you read
Increasingly, the government is demanding that bookstores reveal what books their customers have purchased. Bookstore owners and privacy advocates say that's scarier than a Stephen King novel.

School in heart of tech country teaches without PCs
But Swallowtail students won't study how computers work, learn to use a keyboard or perform research on the Internet until they graduate from eighth grade and move on to high school. Still, about one-third of Swallowtail's 53 students come from families that earn their money designing computers or working closely with technology.
I've mentioned the works of Clifford Stoll before, but this article reminded me that they bear repeating.

February 12, 2002

Eastern Europe is in the house y'all!

Drustvo bibliotekarjev Ljubljana As near as I can tell, this is some sort of Slovenian library portal/blog. Most of the translators out there did a terrible job, but I'm assuming they have nice things to say. Anyone care to translate?
All Hail Creative Commons / Stanford professor and author Lawrence Lessig plans a legal insurrection
In a boon to the arts and the software industry, Creative Commons will make available flexible, customizable intellectual-property licenses that artists, writers, programmers and others can obtain free of charge to legally define what constitutes acceptable uses of their work. The new forms of licenses will provide an alternative to traditional copyrights by establishing a useful middle ground between full copyright control and the unprotected public domain.

February 10, 2002

A new chapter for libraries / Preference for online research has its price
Academic libraries were once hushed, austere temples dedicated to study and research. No more.
Now students largely ignore the stacks of books, instead congregating with lattes and even Krispy Kremes while they work on group projects. The fortress- style reference desk is on its way out, with librarians joining students at the computer, teaching them the ins and outs of online research.
Independent libraries are gaining momentum
HAVANA - The holes in her roof are patched with sheets of zinc. A Santeria altar is displayed under the television in one corner of her cramped living room. And in the other, Yolanda Triana Estupian, a former preschool teacher, busily gives her neighbor a manicure.
Improbable as it may seem, Triana Estupian's home is the setting for one of the fastest-growing sectors of Cuba's limited civil society: independent lending libraries. She has only about 250 books arranged on two wooden shelves, and most are decidedly apolitical, including beautifully illustrated children's stories, novels and poetry.

February 09, 2002

University libraries to create one of the worlds largest online databases.
Called the Text Analysis Portal for Research, the libraries will combine their electronic databases, which include legal documents, stories in aboriginal languages, rare poetry, oral statements and Old English texts.

February 07, 2002

BAILANDO Project: Flamenco
The rapidly expanding size and complexity of information collections necessitates new interfaces for exploring, searching, and understanding their contents. The Flamenco project investigates how to effectively incorporate large category hierarchies into information access user interfaces.
Non-library related: Forwarding Address: OSX Having recently made the switch, I'm glad these folks are out there.
artbomb.net
Reviews of graphic novels. If you're into that sort of thing.

February 04, 2002

JoDI: Journal of Digital Information
The current issue focuses on metadata.

February 01, 2002

From Aristotle to the 'semantic web'
Most of the content of today's world wide web is designed for humans to read, not computers to manipulate. Alan Gilchrist explores the principles of classification and indexing that underlie the concept of the 'semantic web', which might one day lead to much more accurate and targeted automatic searching and retrieval than is possible at present.
Archive CD Books Project
The Archive CD Books Project exists to make reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians, and to co-operate with libraries, museums and record offices in providing money to renovate old books in their collection.

Search for tomorrow
A Rutgers team has created a competitor for Web search king Google. But can it take hold in the age of the Internet bust?