Digital Library Will Automatically Identify… Fish?

November 28, 2007

Bet you didn’t see this one coming. Digital libraries may soon come to the rescue of perplexed anglers. (And maybe others later).


World’s Largest University-Based Digital Library

November 27, 2007

The Universal Digital Library has now digitized over 1.5 million books in more than 20 languages. This differs from the projects discussed here earlier from Microsoft and Google in that it’s sponsored by¬† universities — in this case universities in the US, China, and India.


Open Source Open House Report

November 21, 2007

Missed the Open Source open house hosted by SLIS-LITA on November 15th? Don’t worry- we have the overview up on the wiki!


Can An Online Dictionary Be Addictive?

November 17, 2007

Yes. Yes it can.

Try the word “library” for a good example.


Top Nonprofit Website Is A Library

November 17, 2007

The Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange has named the Solano California library website as the best nonprofit website. This story in The Reporter has additional background.

Perhaps not surprisingly… it’s a really nice site.


Digitizing the Oxford Bodleian Library

November 17, 2007

In this Times Online article, Ben Macintyre waxes poetic on the far-ranging implications of book digitization, particularly inspired by the digitization of books from the Bodleian Library at Oxford.

“According to one estimate, Google is digitising books at the rate of ten million a year, and it is not alone. Microsoft, Yahoo! and Amazon are all taking part in what amounts to a digital-literary goldrush.”

I’m still trying to understand where the gold is. Ads?


Peek Under the Hood of a Search Engine

November 13, 2007

The people behind the hakia search engine have opened up some of their inner workings to the public. The hakia-Lab is worth checking out. Just be careful with their ontological semantics (OntoSem) demo, though- it can be a very effective work/school attention distracting device (like a certain person found out…*whistles*).