News: August 2009 Archives
Libraries subscribe to databases of content, like you and I might subscribe to a newspaper or a magazine. Like us, libraries buy these subscriptions based their interests or the interests of their communities.
A medical library at a university might pay for access to highly specialized content about surgical techniques, but that access is limited to their students, staff and professors. A public library might subscribe to a database that provides environmental or business regulation data for their entrepreneurial and business communities. This content is hidden deep within subscription-based Web sites that require authorization. The content is seldom exposed in Web searches, but your library can make some of this hidden content available to you.
Libraries that have set up access to their subscription databases on WorldCat.org, enable their users to search these hidden, licensed databases as well as the print, audio and video collections in the library all at one time. If your library is doing this, you have access to a lot of deep Web content. But the rest of us do not.
And that is the topic of a panel discussion that OCLC has proposed for the 2010 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. We've submitted a proposal for a panel on "Discovery, Identity and Rights: Three Deep Web Problems." But we need YOUR "thumbs-up" in order to increase the odds of our proposal being selected.
The selection process closes on Friday, Sept. 4 so please take a moment to visit the SXSW PanelPicker and give us a thumbs up: http://bit.ly/vuPu5. You'll be asked to register, but it's a very simple process.
Help us and a panel of licensing, business and identity experts answer the question: "What if you could search all of the content available to you?"
Twitter messages from the @OCLC account between Friday, August 21 and Thursday, August 27 2009.
- Clive Thompson on the New Literacy (Wired)
- Google Docs now supports translation of online documents in 42 languages (Google Blogs)
- RT @MerrileeIAm -- Turning "labeling archives" into a game at Dartmouth College:
- OCLC and RDA: Beyond the record (Metalogue)
- RT @geekthelibrary Do you geek your local librarians? Nominate them!
OCLC announces agreements in Europe to extend coverage in WorldCat
- Google makes 1 million+ public domain books available in Open EPUB format
- Sony Comes After Kindle with a Wireless, Touch-Screen Device (NYTimes.com)
- Flat World Knowledge offers free textbooks on the Web, charges fees for print versions and extras (Ars Technica)
- Register for the OCLC Digital Forum West by Friday, August 28, for $20 early bird discount.
- OCLC Distinguished Seminar Series: Helene Blowers to present on the future of libraries. Oct 9, Dublin OH.
- Gates Foundation presents "Access to Learning" award to Colombian org for innovative use of tech in libraries
- Wikipedia to impose a layer of editorial review on articles about living people (NYTimes.com)
- Barnes & Noble Gets Aggressive in the E-Book Wars (Fast Company)
- OCLC names participants for 2010 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program
- Twitter API Adds Location Data
- AtYourLibrary.org 7-part interview w/ Cory Doctorow on librarianship, media, copyright, gaming
- Back to School: Apps Every College Student Should Try (ReadWriteWeb)
- VALAtech Boot Camp OCLC API Mashathon 8 Feb. Preconf event for VALA2010 in Melbourne, Australia #vala2010
- Back to school with Wolfram|Alpha -- Chemistry 101
- Rural broadband = more jobs, better salaries(Ars Technica on Dept. of Ag. study)
For those developer/tech-oriented among us, we have some good news.
WorldCat Search API enhanced
The WorldCat Search API now enables developers to limit the results returned to an individual library, without authentication.
With this functionality enhancement, the eligibility requirements for the WorldCat Search API have also been updated.
NB: ALL 200+ current WorldCat Search API WSKeys will remain active through at least September 1, 2010. This eligibility change should affect very few future requests for service. In addition, there is even more good news if your library doesn't currently qualify--or if you're a developer who is not connected to a library.
WorldCat Basic API planned
As much as we love WorldCat.org, we've wanted to provide an additional general Web service to WorldCat for a long time now. So we're very excited that later this year you'll have access to a simple API into WorldCat that anyone and everyone in the world can use, for noncommercial use. Called the WorldCat Basic API, it will provide a mashable access point for lightweight apps built by developers who may or may not have ties to the library community.
Sign up for the monthly e-mail updates to hear when WorldCat Basic API is available, and start planning your apps now!
Despite Twitter's growing popularity, though, some people prefer to get their online news in other formats, of course, including blogs. Since some of the links we post from Twitter might be interesting to readers of the WorldCat Blog, we thought we would try copying them from there to here once a week. If folks think it's useful, we'll keep doing it.
OCLC Tweets from August 14 - August 20, 2009 (in reverse chronological order; most recent to least).
- Give a thumbs-up for libraries to be at SXSW. "Deep Web" panel to explore what doesn't appear in search results and why
- Nancy Pearl on NPR: Mysteries You Might Have Missed. Related: WC list of Edgar Award Winners
- Going to IFLA? Register for OCLC's "Industry Symposium: The Future of Management Services on the Web"
- OpenSearch added to VIAF (Outgoing)
- The Making of the NPR News iPhone App (via O'Reilly Radar)
- RT @archivesopen National Geographic Set to Open Up Its Image Archive (ResourceShelf)
- FCC launches "Blogband" to blog about the US National Broadband Plan
- BnF (Nat Lib France) does digitization deal with Google (from RT @Personanondata @echildress)
- iPhone now the most popular camera on Flickr (Wired)
- Create custom reference books from selected Wikipedia articles
- Wikipedia Releases an Official iPhone Application (Lifehacker)
- RT @LorcanD 'A voyage around the world' Cambridge University Library Darwin exhibition.
- OCLC's Andrew Pace on "Web Scale Management Services" (streaming video & powerpoint)
- How to Use Facebook: 5 Tips For Better Social Networking (ReadWriteWeb)
- Register for next Wed (8/26) 1 hour OCLC Research webinar: Library a la Carte
- Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 4 (ReadWriteWeb)
- WorldCat.org adds search for a library feature: WC Blog entry.
- NetLibrary catalog reaches 200,000-title milestone (OCLC Abstracts)
- English Wikipedia hits three million articles (guardian.co.uk)
- Should Consumers Fear The Internet of Things? (ReadWriteWeb)
- The Unquiet Librarian geeks inspiration. #geekthelibrary
- Digital Textbooks in CA (NPR/audio)
- PARC on changing editor resistance in and slowing growth of Wikipedia
- 10 OCLC presentations from ALA Annual now online
- College Textbooks Hit iPhone (PC World)