Bet you didn’t see this one coming. Digital libraries may soon come to the rescue of perplexed anglers. (And maybe others later).
Missed the Open Source open house hosted by SLIS-LITA on November 15th? Don’t worry- we have the overview up on the wiki!
Yes. Yes it can.
Try the word “library” for a good example.
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?
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*).