You Must See This

I blog in so many places I can hardly see straight. So please forgive me for pointing you to a different blog to see my latest post on what an RLG Partner institution has done. Heck, I’m even old enough that I can claim a “senior moment” over whether to post here, there, or elsewhere. And I didn’t even mention yet another blog, which is currently down for maintenance. Don’t ask, unless you know the nuances of a Postgresql upgrade from 8.1 to 8.3 while upgrading the kernel from Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) to 8.04 (Hardy Heron). If you do, email me and you just may get a good bottle of California wine for your trouble.

Anyway, I digress. You have to see the latest thing the National Library of Australia is up to. Mostly because every second question I get is “how do I unify searching of all this different stuff”? I was on a conference call today about this very thing. It’s a constant question because: a) it’s important, and b) it’s darned difficult to do well.

So that makes what one of our RLG Partner institutions has done all the more impressive. I haven’t done the math yet, but we’re certainly talking about integrating access to a dozen data stores that number over 30 million items in total. Sure, most of this is content that isn’t available online, but a lot of it is. In any case, it’s a ton of good stuff. Kudos to our NLA colleagues, and here’s hoping we can learn from what they’ve done.

For those of you attending our Annual Meeting, you’re in luck. Warwick Cathro, who was involved with this project, will be in Boston with us next week. Maybe if you buy him a drink he’ll tell you how they did it. You’ll just have to get in line behind me.

Roy Tennant works on projects related to improving the technological infrastructure of libraries, museums, and archives.