and we’re in for the next round

Last night at the launch event for the Open Content Alliance, RLG was announced as a partner. RLG is contributing the RLG Union Catalog as a source for data to OCA participants. press release These 48 million titles will help to describe the digitized library materials that will be contributed, to keep track of what …

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The future has to start…

Yesterday I participated along with two other RLG colleagues in an invitational day-long workshop sponsored by the Open Content Alliance (OCA) hosted by one of the founding participants The Internet Archive. This working session was capped by an evening reception at which Brewster Kahle shared his vision of the kind of “open library” that the …

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Archivists’ Toolkit

Lat week, I attended an advisory board meeting for the Archivists’ Toolkit project. The AT aims to provide open source software that will help archives of all sizes manage and describe archival collections. The software is being built modularly, and the draft specifications are online for anyone to look at now – although as a …

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Who took that picture?

A long commute of listening to NPR makes for a person who has a lot to contribute at dinner parties, and it also helps with the occasional blog entry. Here’s an item from yesterday’s All Things Considered: in an interview with Purdue University Professor Edward Delp, I learned that every printer, scanner and digital camera …

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Showing up

About a month ago my colleague Günter wrote a post about the way in which our communities interact with industry. He wondered “How do we communicate that the use of standards would actually give a product a competitive advantage in the marketplace? How do we communicate that our interest in long-term preservation isn’t so special …

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The more things change…

Today is the last day at RLG for one of the community’s best advocates and long-time leaders. Linda West, who has managed RLG’s Member Programs and Services for nearly a decade is winding things up and heading back east. She’s going with our greatest good wishes and lots of sadness that we won’t have her …

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Metaphors and Visions

If you like big metaphors and glowing visions of our technological future, I recommend that you read this article on Web 2.0. Even if you don’t enjoy that sort of thing, I still think this is a fine and instructive read – it provides a solid idea of how a number of fairly recent technologies …

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Ning: a playground for social applications

Ning, a new free service that helps to enable…well, the FAQ says it best. Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for people to build and run social applications. Social “apps” are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people. Okay, the …

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Librarian as genius

So, now many of us can now claim that we know a genius. Last month, the MacArthur Foundation announced its most recent fellows, the recipients of the so-called “genius award.” On that list is Terry Belanger, founder of the Rare Book School at University of Virginia. It’s interesting looking over the list of current and …

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