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Keeping Found Things Found
The classic problem of information retrieval, simply put, is to help people find the relatively small number of things they are looking for (books, articles, web pages, CDs, etc.) from a very large set of possibilities. This classic problem has been studied in many variations and has been addressed through a rich diversity of information retrieval tools and techniques. A follow-on problem also exists which has received relatively less study: Once found, how are things organized for re-access and re-use later on? What can be done to avoid the need to repeat the process by which the information was found in the first place? (If, indeed, it is possible to repeat this process.) We refer to this as the problem of Keeping Found Things Found or KFTF.
search-engines-web.com sends " this highly entertaining time-waster, the coudal.com Museum of Online Museums which presents links to online exhibits and curious collections of ephemera. Some are traditional museums, such as MOMA and the Art Institute of Chicago. Others are online collections that showcase personal obsessions, such as the Gallery of Old Christmas Lights and the Candy Wrapper Museum."
open-ils.org is information central for the development effort of an open source Intregrated Library System (ILS). This currently unnamed ILS is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 249 public libraries. This software can be downloaded for free, and anyone can contribute to development efforts. Check the FAQ for more info.
Here's a really cool website to encourage voter registration for the newest voters, age 18-24 or so. Often not sure of how, where or when to register, young people may just pass up the opportunity to vote, or blow it off as if it doesn't matter. It matters!
The site is completely information-oriented and non-partisan. With Dave Chappelle acting as as one of the spokespersons (the comedy equivalent of crack...one try and you're hooked!), I'm sure the site will attract a lot of 18+ year-olds.
In the centuries before there were newspapers and 24-hour news channels, the general public had to rely on street literature to find out what was going on. The most popular form of this for nearly 300 years was 'broadsides' - the tabloids of their day. Sometimes pinned up on walls in houses and ale-houses, these single sheets carried public notices, news, speeches and songs that could be read (or sung) aloud.
The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration, humour, tragedy, royalty and superstitions - all these and more Are Here.
Thanks to Bob Cox for another great link.
Check out the acoustic demo (freely available MP3) of Jonathan Rundman's song, "Librarian," available from the artist's website. A brief excerpt below:
and when the day is over I go home at 5:03
and I give thanks to God and to Andrew Carnegie
and the U.S. Constitution and to Orwell, Poe, and Twain
and I'll return at 8AM to open up again
This was posted over on NEWLIB-L.
search-engines-web.com sends " this link to the Joint Commission on Accreditation on Health Care Organizations
Quality Check is a service of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. If you want to "check up" on the performance of your local health care facility, whether it's a hospital, a surgery center, a nursing home or another type of health care organization, you can now tap into Quality Check.Quality Check has useful information about Joint Commission accredited organizations including:"
An organization's accreditation statusAccreditation historyLatest Performance Report