Full text indexing HOLLIS: a hacky mashup

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This project comes from an amateur, not from the excellent devs here at the Lab. I’m a co-director, not a developer. If you look at the code (github) you will have a good laugh. On the other hand, the fact that someone at my level of “skill” can create a semi-workable piece of code is… Read more »

CURIOSity for collections

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[The next day: Edited to incorporate suggestions from Wendy.] Wendy Gogel says says a few factors led to this proposal for a new service: Preservation Services, Academic Technology Services, and Library Technology Services have gotten inquiries about online collection building for faculty, librarians and other staff. We need to replace our aging online collection building… Read more »

Dan Cohen on the DPLA’s proposal to the FCC

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I’ve posted a podcast interview with Dan Cohen, the executive director of the Digital Public Library of America about their proposal to the FCC. The FCC is looking for ways to modernize the E-Rate program that has brought the Internet to libraries and schools. The DPLA is proposing DPLA Local, which will enable libraries to… Read more »

What I learned at LODLAM

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On Wednesday and Thursday I went to the second LODLAM (linked open data for libraries, archives, and museums) unconference, in Montreal. I’d attended the first one in San Francisco two years ago, and this one was almost as exciting — “almost” because the first one had more of a new car smell to it. This… Read more »

Posted by & filed under catalogs, dpla, ShelfLife, stacklife.

Last week we launched what we think is a useful and appealing way to browse books at scale, timed to coincide with the launch of the Digital Public Library of America. (Congrats, DPLA!!!) StackLife DPLA (a version of what we use to call ShelfLife) shows you a visualization of books on a scrollable shelf, which… Read more »

Are publishers out-competing libraries? Podcast with Andrew Odlyzko

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[mp3 here] Last week, Andrew Odlyzko [wikipedia] a mathematician and historian, and former head of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center, posted a research paper that concludes that the data suggest that libraries are losing their competition with the publishers of academic journals. Andrew is a long-time open access advocate, so he’s not saying… Read more »

Library e-book licensing: overview

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The Berkman Center’s David O’Brien, Urs Gasser, and John Palfrey have just posted a 29-page “briefing paper” on the various models and licenses by which libraries are providing access to e-books. It’s not just facts ‘n’ stats by any means, but here are some anyway: “According to the 2011 Library Journal E-Book Survey, 82% of… Read more »