Information Retrieval


A Tool to Verify Digital Records, Even as Technology Shifts

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 01/27/2009 - 16:24

Simple-to-use digital technology will make it more difficult to distort history in the future.

On Tuesday a group of researchers at the University of Washington are releasing the initial component of a public system to provide authentication for an archive of video interviews with the prosecutors and other members of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Rwandan genocide. The group will also release the first portion of the Rwandan archive.

Carmichael’s federated search journey

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 14:10

At the Federated Search blog there is this entry:

Carmichael’s federated search journey

Carmichael does something in her blog that I’d like to see more of — she shares her federated search journey. Over the past year, but especially in recent weeks, Carmichael has written about her experiences exploring federated search.

Full blog post here.

Why libraries must reject the OCLC Policy: A Call To Action

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 11:46

A proposed OCLC Policy got Tim thinking about compiling all the arguments against the Policy. He wants to start with the process and legal ones, which have gotten very short shrift. OCLC spokespeople are persuasive personalities, and OCLC's "Frequently Asked Questions" allay fears, but the Policy itself is a scary piece of legal writing and, as it explictly asserts, the only writing that matters. He finishes with a call to action:

Have Libraries Lost the Search War?

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 07:25

Dave Lankes shares a conversation because, to him, it goes right to the heart of what he has been saying about the need for librarians to be innovators and leaders.

It is a constant drumbeat that we must change and make our libraries relevant. But dammit, we must move beyond bullet points and slogans and translate this drumbeat into real risk, real action, real new thinking.

He closes with a great series of questions: