Thursday, March 17, 2005

Computers in Libraries Summary-Day One

Here are some notes on the 1st afternoons sessions:

Things to watch for in the next few years:
- secure broadband wireless will be huge
- low-power batteries on many things
- real-time infrastructure... emerging
- service-oriented architecture - perfect compliment for how libraries actually run

Hardware innovations in the next decade:
- "Living in a video game" - life might seem like this
- A bridge for physical and electronic worlds
- Smart pills, nanotechnology, etc.
- RFID - interesting challenge
- Trusted computing

Mobile and wireless in the next decade:
- continued integration between phones and PDAs
- mesh network - your wireless thing will know where you are
- mobile commerce - being able to buy articles online

computer human interactionin the next decade:
- biometrics, speech, handwriting, eye position
- head-mounted displays
- natural language, taxonomies, etc - search logic
- GIS - so your device can tell you where something is

Data Analytics in the next decade:
- advanced functionality
- comment - librarians are text based learners. That's why only 20% of the population uses libraries. It's a design thing...
- libraries need to figure out streaming media (CDs and DVDs will go away soon)
- sending a picture of someone to Google to find information about them... wow!

System development in the next decade:
- XML will get big
- Integration with other systems will become more commonplace

Other things mentioned:

* People will spend more time interacting with people in the electronic world
* 93% of kids 19 or younger currently have at least two IM addresses...
* Connected society - wearable tech. smart phones - outsell laptops, phones, PDA, etc.
* Location-based services - like wireless grabs your screen and puts you on a hotel's webpage - libraries should be able to do that, too.
* Handsets will get huge - focus on applications
* e-learning and distance education will get huge... some usiversities already have 60% of students as distance students
* every university will have federated search and open url technology within 2 years, public libs within 4 years - they'll need to have them to survive.
* shared ideas (intranets) shared creation - workflow content management, web conferencing shared presence - IM, video conferencing


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