Information Retrieval


Grant allows OSU to develop library software

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/31/2006 - 13:32

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.

Taxonomy of sequels, remakes, and adaptations

Submitted by Mock Turtle on Wed, 03/15/2006 - 03:45

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 ...

The "Ben Franklin" Search Engine Debuts

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 01/10/2006 - 14:51

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

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 01/06/2006 - 03:14 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.

Ambient Findability -- a review of the book

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/03/2006 - 20:44

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.

Your Right to Be an Idiot

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 21:12

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

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/20/2005 - 17:09

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.

Students face tech inequity

Submitted by rochelle on Sun, 11/13/2005 - 11:24

rudimyers writes ""The 30 laptops and wireless networking that make it possible were paid for through a nearly $70,000 grant the school received earlier this year from Intel Corporation.
School officials pursued the grant after they realized it could be some time before the Olympia School District would be able to afford the equipment."

This problem exists everywhere. Think of the implications of teachers writing grants. When spending time doing that, what is going by the wayside?