The Have and Have Nots

Did the headline for this NEDCC announcement make you break into a wry smile? NORTHEAST DOCUMENT CONSERVATION CENTER STUDY REVEALS NEED FOR PLANNING TO SUSTAIN DIGITAL COLLECTIONS I think everybody engaged in digital preservation has been trying to get everybody who is currently disengaged to grasp the idea that where there’s no plan, there won’t …

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Space – the final frontier

If you thought the sky was the limit for Google, think again: NASA and Google have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines plans for cooperation on a variety of areas, including large-scale data management, massively distributed computing, bio-info-nano convergence, and encouragement of the entrepreneurial space industry. The MOU also highlights plans for Google …

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Works for me…

This blogging thing is really starting to work for me – no, I’m not talking so much about my own attempts at sharing my inner-most thoughts and insights with the world at large (or shall we say the exactly 100 subscribers we have according to Bloglines as we come up on our 3 months blogging …

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The downside of collaborative filtering

Yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News carried an article on recommending systems and collaborative filtering. (You can get the article, actually from the Los Angeles Times, here although you may need to register.) The article pointed out some downsides to collaborative filtering. I wondered which of these downsides would transfer to the scholarly world, and how. …

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It’s a sorry frog that don’t praise its own pond

Libraries, archives and museums today all have the common responsibility of managing digital information. Whether its born or reborn digital stuff, seeing it through its life cycle involves capturing, naming, describing, nurturing, keeping it alive, letting it speak, and ultimately letting it die or depositing it into cryonics. Preserving digital data means ensuring the proper …

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The hills are alive…

Indoor plumbing. Co-ed housing arrangements. Vending machines. Internet access. Music downloading and file swapping. What are considered the “basics” for American college undergrads are being redefined yet again. On Thursday, the University of California, California State University, and North Carolina University systems announced deals with Napster. This brings over 40 schools into a club that …

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Industrious

Over the last couple of years, I’ve had various experiences of interacting with the people from the other side of the fence – they’re usually called vendors, manufacturers, or “the industry” and the difference between them and us is that we’re non-profit, and they’re for-profit. Standard procedure of course being that non-profit feels morally superior …

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Google Blog Search

You knew it was coming. Google Blog Search. Here’s a prepopulated search, if you can’t think of your own. The advanced search is pretty interesting, and takes advantage of some RSS tags.

better than a red wheel barrow

The receipt of the following haiku was sufficiently serendipitous, satisfying and apt that I want to share it. a blonde girl, wearing a pink skirt, on a blue bike, willed the red light green A former RLG staff member, Dylan Tweney, publishes a lovely daily haiku magazine, tinywords. (He’s also the executive editor of Mobile …

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What the neighbors are up to

This isn’t brand-new anymore (it got published on August 31st), but it’s still funny – the Onion headlines “Google Announces Plan to Destroy All Information It Can’t Index.” “Our users want the world to be as simple, clean, and accessible as the Google home page itself,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt at a press conference …

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