Search in 2017

On Friday, I attended the long-running “Friday afternoon seminar,” (also known as the “Buckland-Larson-Lynch seminar,” also known by its formal course title…) at UC Berkeley. The seminar is available through the iSchool (formerly known as the “School for Information Management and Studies,” formerly known as the “School of Library and Information Studies”…) and is available …

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Rediscovering “It” Online

Anne’s posting prompts me to recall a favorite book from my own childhood: Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It (1902), in which a group of young Londoners, exiled to the countryside, unearth It. “It” is an ill-tempered sand fairy (the Psammead) who, only after some good-natured badgering, agrees to grant the children one wish each …

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Rumors of our demise…

The rumors of our demise have not, in this case, been exaggerated, or at least not greatly. Starting in September, we began to communicate our plans to shut down RedLightGreen, and people like Gary Price over at ResourceShelf picked up the story. Last week, after a round of emails went out to RedLightGreen users to …

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Visual navigation of textual information

Anne’s recent post about the nice Programs and Research mugs featuring our own decorative tag cloud made me think about the overall lack of success at leveraging visual displays to aid in the navigation of textual information. Tag clouds are one of the few that seem to have traction and add value beyond the decorative. …

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ArchiveGrid.org – the boon of my existence

Archives, the historical records, documents, evidence created by people, families, organizations and governments are essential for understanding our achievements and failures, our social and ethnic heritage. These resources are used to transmit our culture from one generation to the next and help us have a tangible connection to the past. Like the people and organizations …

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The Japanese do the verb string

I’m still working through thoughts from my horrendously brief trip to Tokyo and one of my discoveries there connects up with recent posts by Lorcan Dempsey and my colleague Merrilee. Lorcan’s post in which he mentioned RedLightGreen was appreciated: “I was reminded of the discover-locate-request-deliver string as I have been looking at various publicly available …

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Got Subjects?

In the wake of a great conference in Boston, the listserv [link to sign-up – sorry, no archive!] of the Museum Computer Network (MCN-L) has been teeming with stimulating discussion. One of the most recent threads covered subject cataloguing in museums, as well as the emergence of folksonomies as a potential tool for providing improved …

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Google smarts vs my bandwidth

Merrilee wrote how Google got smarter the other day, and provided a neat dog example. Since they get smarter so often, and I have only so much bandwidth to keep up with them, I apologize if this is old news to you: I just did a search on Norman Rockwell, and found at the top …

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