CNI recap

I blogged about the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration a while ago, but have not yet summarized presentations from CNI. Here are some notes from presentations I found interesting. (Links will take you to abstract on the CNI site, and hopefully will also get you to PowerPoint and other information.) eXtensible Catalog Project Update I …

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Who is Number One at Christmas?

The excitement I remember when I was young as we awaited the announcement of the Christmas singles chart has been easily surpassed this year on university campuses. The RAE results are published today, and the general mood in UK HE seems to be one of celebration. David Eastwood, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Council …

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LC Reports on Flickr Commons Experience

The Library of Congress just announced a report that was written at the end of October on their experience with the Flickr Commons. The full report spans some 50 pages, but the executive summary is a pithy 2 1/2 pages of text. They also offer a separate seven-page “Report Summary”. One of these is likely …

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Reputation, Refutation, Concentration

Reputation in the university sector has never had a higher premium than at the present time, as the world’s universities compete with each other more overtly and more globally than ever before. Later this week, the results of the UK’s RAE 2008 exercise will be released by the UK university funding councils. Universities across the …

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Easy Access to Digitized Books

Over on the Developer’s Network blog, where I sometimes blog as well as other colleagues involved with OCLC Grid Services, Xiaoming Liu posted something that I think deserves much wider attention than the two readers that blog normally has (Hi Mom!). In a nutshell, he describes how easy it can be to find out if …

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Something New For Something Old (part 4)

The PACSCL panels were capped off by infrastructure. The four panelists focused, appropriately, on different types of infrastructure. Brad Westbrook talked about the Archivists’ Toolkit project, and focused on the history and early motivations for the project (starting with a meeting in February 2002 — I was there and remember it well, although I can …

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