Technology

A Library as Big as the World

Business Week has This Story on Brewster Kahle, the guy behind Alexa, and the Internet Archive.
Now he\'s trying to develop tools that will make it easier to use the archive to answer involved questions and to expand its content to include digital copies of radio programs, TV shows, and copies of books that are in the public domain.

Of course now it\'s illegal to build a digital library.

Help beta test KeyLogger

Nicholas writes: \"I\'m looking for web sites --both Unix (Linux, BSD, Solaris) and
Windows NT servers to beta test KeyLogger, a very simple
search engine phrase harvesting program, demo at:
www.hastingsresearch.com/software.shtml. Testees get
free installation, PDF user manual when finished (actual literate
documentation), and free upgrades for a year. The program works
fine, I just need to make sure it\'s bulletproof, and get more feedback
for the user manual.

Putting Books Online for the Visually Disabled

Gary Price passed along This One on a nonprofit technology developer, has come up with a book-swapping website that is working to put books on line.


\"
Imagine spending hours tediously scanning hundreds of
pages and converting them to a special digital file every time you wanted
to read the latest bestseller. (Not to mention the cost of the scanner
itself.) Until now, many who are visually impaired have resorted to just
that. Less than 5 percent of books are available in Braille or audiotape
formats, by some estimates. But Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit
technology developer, has come up with Bookshare.org, a book-swapping
website that brings more than 10,000 books to people with visual disabilities.\"

Why Your Digital Data Could One Day Disappear


HBS Working Knowledge
has an Interesting
Story
that says data stored on discs and other
forms of
computer storage are anything but permanent. Worse,
companies that don\'t work to preserve digital data now
might face a dark future, says Harvard Medical School
professor Bryan Bergeron in this excerpt from
Dark Ages II: When the Digital Data Die.

ILA RTSF Technology Users Group Web Logger

IALARTSFTECH writes: Want to try a library technology web blog? If so,
take a look at www.techusers.blogspot.com. This is
a
new betatest of a multi-purpose library technology
web
blog. Many library blogs or web logs are great
sources
of news from an individual or collection of
individuals, or up-to-date information on a topic
or
collection of topics, but the purpose of this
library
technology web blog is to theoretically provide a
web
portal/blog all in one which is collaborative and
interactive, but it is also dependent upon its
members
and participants for the reporting of late
breaking
news, ideas, and applications. It is also a place
to
ask questions about library technology in general,
with specific blogs for popular library technology
applications.
What is the difference between this and electronic
mailing lists that archive their postings? Since
this
is a betatest, we want to see. For instance in
yahoogroups, you have to be a member to post and
to
view the archive. With this, you have to be a
member
to post, but not to view the site. If you are
interested in trialing this, we have a general
library
technology blog, one for live reference, e-books,
pdas
and libraries, and library web blogs.\"

Six Canadian Universities to create giant online database

NationalPost.com is Reporting The Canadian federal government has given $2.6-million to six Canadian university libraries to create one of the world\'s largest online databases of old texts and archives. They say it\'s believed to be the largest single grant to a humanities project.

Called the Text Analysis Portal for Research, the libraries will combine their electronic databases, which include legal documents, stories in aboriginal languages, rare poetry, oral statements and Old English texts. The schools are University of Victoria, University of Alberta, McMaster University, Université de Montréal, University of Toronto and UNB.

The Grid: A New Infrastructure for 21st Century Science

\"Built on the Internet and the World Wide Web, the Grid is a new class of infrastructure. By providing scalable, secure, high-performance mechanisms for discovering and negotiating access to remote resources, the Grid promises to make it possible for scientific collaborations to share resources on an unprecedented scale, and for geographically distributed groups to work together in ways that were previously impossible.\"

I\'m sure there is an application for libraries somewhere in there. Full story.

Spotted at Metafilter.com.

the OSSNLibraries Portal

Presenting the OSSNLibraries Portal
The portal is \"a prototype of an open source software (OSS) in libraries portal -- a combination directory/webliography of OSS projects and information resources designed for and useful in library settings.
The Software section is a directory of OSS software browsable by a number of characteristics. The Webliography lists themes pertaining to OSS in libraries and zero or more links to Internet resources elaborating on the theme.\"

The Promise of Software Libre (Open Source)

This week\'s Library
Juice
has a relatively long webliography on the Free
Software Movement
, with brief annotations. It\'s less
about the software itself and more about the
social/economic implications of the movement. I think
there\'s a natural match between librarians (\"content\") and
Free Software proponents (techne) for a way of doing
things in the information age that forms a viable
alternative to capitalist information practices.

Typographical Errors in Library Databases

Terry Ballard has written Typographical Errors in Library Databases.

This list started as a byproduct of a keyword inspection of the online catalog of Adelphi University in 1991. It\'s a huge a list of misspellings that are likely to be found in your OPAC. More recently, the whole subject was given a boost thanks to Phalbe Henriksen, library director of the Bradford County Public Library in Florida.

There is even a discussion list for librarians interested in this problem, Here.

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