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Search Engines WEB sends us something from TechDirt "Even if you can store the data perfectly forever, without the right applications, it's meaningless. Matt Sullivan writes in with yet another article on the topic, this time from Popular Mechanics, that suggests we could be facing a "digital ice age" as plenty of data from this era of history are lost to bad archiving capabilities."
shoe writes "Via Slashdot comes an article confirming something we as librarians see every day on the front lines... People (in this case, college students) are unable to evaluate web resources for things like objectivity, timeliness or audience. And (don't scream) they can't narrow down a search. Who'd a thunk it?"
TransLibrarian writes "The national library of the Netherlands, the KB has recently started a research project to archive the estimated 1.4 million active websites and 60 million webpages based in Holland. From a blog entitled Will this blog be preserved for eternity?"
Shelves are empty, but not because of missing or stolen books. The reading room at the New York Public Library is letting go of the outdated ordering system created by John Shaw Billings, the library system's director from 1896 (the year after it was founded)until his death in 1913, and replacing it with a system people might actually understand.
The current system is used only by the New York Public Library. Its greatest drawback is that no one but the system's librarians really understands it. They are switching to a classification system parallel to that used by the Library of Congress [dividing all knowledge among 21 classes, each signified by a letter]. New York Times reports.
http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "http://academic.live.com/ Windows Live Academic is now in beta. We currently index content related to computer science, physics, electrical engineering, and related subject areas.Academic search enables you to search for peer reviewed journal articles contained in journal publisher portals and on the web in locations like citeseer.Academic search works with libraries and institutions to search and provide access to subscription content for their members. Access restricted resources include subscription services or premium peer-reviewed journals"
Law.com Asks What if the file formats in which we save text documents, spreadsheets, charts and presentations -- all that stuff generated by so-called productivity software -- were not supported by future versions of the programs used to create them today, or by some as-yet-unimagined successor products? Could drifting file formats cause a kind of corporate Alzheimer's that threatens our ability to recall contracts, insurance policies, financial records, payroll data and other critical documents?
Interesting Story from Oregon where they recently received almost $73,000 to develop a meta-search tool. The money was part of more than $163 million in grants doled out by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to state library agencies. The Oregon State Library received about $2.2 million, which was divided among various Oregon library project proposals, including OSUs.Most of the grant money will go toward hiring a software developer. A preliminary version of the program should be available for use at OSU in about a month, Frumkin said, although the project won't be completed until late May or early June 2007.
Over at Strange Horizons, James Schellenberg ponders the question, "If there are too many books, then why is it so hard to find a worthwhile one to read?" Considering the various strategies we employ in winnowing out, from the vast array of options available, the next book to read or the next movie to see, Schellenberg suggests that a sequel to a known work can offer a shortcut for the chooser. But of course even the realm of sequels is loaded with too many options and variations ... so Schellenberg proposes a taxonomy of sequels, remakes, and adaptations.
From Schellenberg's article:
I'm a librarian by training, and I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, so my obsessive side (less politely: my nerdy side) often gets a workout. I was contemplating the proliferation of sequels and their ilk -- mostly when people argue about this stuff, it's to judge between the items. For example, are sequels written by other people inherently worse than sequels written by the original creator? But any argument needs to have its terms defined.
So here is a taxonomy.
Read the article and the taxonomy: "Sequels, Remakes, Adaptations," by James Schellenberg.
(Note that Schellenberg solicits comment and plans to maintain an updated copy of the taxonomy at his website.)
Anonymous Patron writes "CNET News.com In today's gadget-jammed, sensory-overloaded culture, drawing and keeping a consumer's attention is more important than ever to businesses. "In the attention economy, the two scarce resources are time and people," he said. "How do you create value from this?""