Information Retrieval

Microsoft "Academic Live" - well, is LIVE! writes " 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"

Corporate Alzheimer's: Coping With Forgotten File Formats 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?

Grant allows OSU to develop library software

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.

Taxonomy of sequels, remakes, and adaptations

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.)

Techies Ponder How to Cut Through Info Overload

Anonymous Patron writes "CNET 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?""

The "Ben Franklin" Search Engine Debuts

Search-Engines writes

Welcome to the Benjamin Franklin web portal: a comprehensive, one-stop site that includes carefully curated educational resources, Franklin's own writings and proverbs, and tens of thousands of websites scattered throughout cyberspace. Befitting this founding father's leadership in establishing the country's first public library, this free site, in honor of his Tercentenary, is accessible to anyone with an internet onnection.

Speech Recognition, Podcast Search Engine Launched writes "When you type in a word or terms, PODZINGER not only finds the relevant podcasts, but also highlights the segment of the audio in which they occurred. By clicking anywhere on the results, the audio will begin to play just where you clicked.PODZINGER, powered by 30 years of speech recognition research from BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, transforms the audio into words, unlocking the information inside podcasts. Using PODZINGER you open up a previously untapped source of content via a simple web search."

Ambient Findability -- a review of the book

Martin writes "This article from Slashdot reviews a recent book by Peter Morville, an information architect. He defines "ambient findability" as "a realm in which we can find anyone or anything from anywhere at anytime." The reviewer recommends that many people, including librarians, should read the book, saying that it will "amaze and delight you. It will give you new insight into how ubiquitous computing is affecting how we find and use information and how we, as users, can and will shape the future of how data is stored and retrieved.""

Your Right to Be an Idiot

Article at that discusses information literacy both in regards to the Internet and Wikipedia and books. The article starts this way: Let's get something straight from the get-go. The First Amendment is sacrosanct. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of thought, the whole ball of wax -- it's the DNA of the United States, the stuff America is made of. You don't mess with it, ever. Without it, we're North Korea with a few shopping malls.

New transparency law shifts balance of power in Mexico

Sign On Sandiego takes a look at the the first federal open-records legislation in Mexican history, passed in 2002. The political cost of enacting a transparency law has been high for Fox and his government. But for Mexican citizens, the law has opened the door to a once-secret world and allowed them to see the inner workings of their government.
"This is a very ancient culture of secrecy, of concealing things, so the response by the public has been limited," said José Carreño, who heads the journalism program at Mexico City's Iberoamerican University. "Ordinary people don't know what to do with this information."


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