The search for meaning

Red Harring has This Story on "Categorization Software" they say works like a superhuman librarian, doing the job of a team of readers, parsing every book, and tagging and categorizing the contents according to context.
In corporate settings, the software works with what's known as unstructured data, or data that isn't typically stored in a database, like documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and multimedia files. According to various estimates, unstructured data represents more than 70 percent of corporate data assets.


Computer Trash Is His Treasure

Robin Kildow passed along This Wired Story on VintageTech, a consultancy specializing in obsolete computers. The firm provides a number of services, including data conversion and rental of old computers to movie makers.
They also He also organizes the Vintage Computer Festival the fifth annual show is being held in Silicon Valley this weekend.


Wireless in Syllabus Magazine

Bill Drew writes "The October issue of Syllabus is focused on the use of wireless technology in higher education.

"Syllabus, the only monthly magazine that focuses exclusively on the use of high tech in higher education, provides a platform for advancing new IT solutions at the college level. Read by an audience of 156,000 and influencing decisions made across the higher ed enterprise -- from the classroom to the campus -- Syllabus has been a source of information for educators, administrators and IT professionals since 1988."

Syllabus is also free!!


Fun with XML

Eric Lease Morgan has put together an outline of the process he used to learn a bit about XML, Extensible Markup Language. He calls it Fun With XML. It is presented here in an effort to share his experiences as well as provide him with the means to articulate what he learned.
If you've been curious about this XML stuff, this is a good place to start.


LOC to use distributed computing

According to Bob, Wired reports that the Library of Congress is examining ways to use \"grid computing\" (a la SETI and United Devices) to process their digital collections in consort with the San Diego Supercomputer Center.


Michigan\'s eLibrary Nets High Praise by PC Magazine

The following comes by way of a press release from the Library of Michigan. An article in PC magazine talks about MeL (, Michigan\'s eLibrary. PC Magazine\'s John Dvorak is quoted as saying; \"Astonishing research tool touted as far superior to most commercial sites puts Michigan at the top of the heap for providing its citizens with an amazing information portal.\" Read More.


Tibetan culture finds digital saviour

Cavan McCarthy sent in this BBC story, saying:\"Thousands of historical Tibetan books are going digital in an attempt to save Tibet\'s rich Buddhist-influenced literature. At the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center in New York, a non-profit organisation, workers are scanning hundreds of millions of pages onto a computer. The works are being made available on CD-Rom and, eventually, also on the internet, so that everyone can have access to them.\"


Data Extinction - A Worthwhile Article

steven bell writes \"Libraries are grappling with the troubling issue of the preservation of digital media. An article by Claire Tristram called \"Data Extinction\" appears in the latest issue of the MIT Technology Review. Tristram describes the problem succinctly: \"how to preserve digital things—data, software and the electronics needed to read them—as they age. Paper documents last for hundreds of years, but more and more of what matters to us is digitally produced, and we can’t guarantee that any of it will be usable 100, or 10, or even five years from now.\" The article provides a good overview of the issues, and examines a variety of technologies that may provide a solution. What role will librarians play in developing solutions? Perhaps not much according to one expert. \"People count on libraries to archive human creativity,” Abby Smith says. “It’s important for people to know, though, that libraries are at a loss about how to solve this problem.” The article is found at \"


Internet Hinders Social Life, Library Use

This one comes by way of The Technique. Daniel Uhlig writes..\"If a professor asks a question and wants us to research it, my first step is to pull up Google and quickly search for an answer. Otherwise I would have to flip through a book in the bottom of my stack or, gasp, go to the library... Yes, \'back in the day\' I understand a library was used for research. It might still be; I have not made it past the mesmerizing array of computers drawing me in recently.\" Read More.


A Universal Tool to Rescue Old Files From Obsolescence

Jen Young pointed out This Nifty NYTimes Story on a prototype for a \"universal virtual computer\" — a system with architecture and language designed to be so logical and accessible that computer developers of the future will be able to write instructions to emulate it on their machines.

\"I don\'t need to recreate Acrobat Reader with all its buttons and colors,\" he said. \"That would be overkill.\" Users of the future, he said, will want to see the document and have access to the data. \"They will take the data and store it, probably in a completely different way.\"



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