Monday, July 31, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
For those of us wed to Ex Libris in a sort of codependent "love-hate" marriage the news brings a mixed response. On one hand an infusion of solid management and a dose of cold, hard cash can certainly be a good thing. On the other hand, equity funds expect performance and it is likely that the entire Ex Libris product line will be evaluated for return on investment. That doesn't bode well for a couple of products, notably their Aleph LMS. Ex Libris said in their internal announcement that nothing will change, stating:
"Ex Libris will continue to develop and enhance its existing products based on market trends and requirements generated by our customers. The financial backing of Francisco Partners will enable us to explore acquisition opportunities for complementary products in the library automation and e-resource markets."
Time will tell.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
link to the main site with links to recommendation engines for music, films and books. And here's the link to the literature-map, the book recommendation engine. Lots of fun. Watch your favorite author's names fly on near-collision courses as they are arranged to show relevance by proximity.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
More information and links here
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
33 Places to Hangout in the Social Networking Era
This entry, in particular, caught my attention:
BookCrossing - In the real world, bookcrossing is 'the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.' BookCrossing aims to turn this concept virtual, and exactly that.
Best for: Book lovers
Check out Connotea.This site provides the ability to create your own tags, bookmarks and more related to research. It also provides the detailed citation information and allows you to see what others have found that may be related to your area of research.
The front page looks strange at first glance but what it is actually providing is a look at what other Connotea users are currently reading about. The size and colorization indicates recent usage and how frequently a tag is used.
Along with the services it provides, it incorporates brief (2 minutes or so) tutorials targeted at specific areas or needs. Take a look and see what you think.
The site is provided by the Nature Publishing Group (http://www.nature.com/index.html)
Monday, July 10, 2006
World eBook Fair is sponsored by Project Gutenberg , World eBook Library Consortia , DPP Store , Baen Books , Qoop , Ask.com
Please visit us (see below) from July 4th-August 4, 2006 to download your selections from 1/3 million free eBooks.
July 4th to August 4, 2006 marks a month long celebration of the 35th anniversary of the first step taken towards today's eBooks, when the United States Declaration of Independence was the first file placed online for downloading in what was destined to be an electronic library of the Internet. Today's eBook library has a total of over 100 languages represented.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
From the site:
Coolgorilla is dedicated to bringing you free iPod software. That's right, every download on this site is free and won't cost you a penny. So if your looking to turn your iPod into a phrasebook to help you learn another language, turn it into an interactive encyclopaedia crammed full of facts about your favourite sport or just have some fun and use it to play games you've come to the right place.
Samsung’s Braille mobile phone for the visually impaired has won the Gold Award at the Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), one of the world's most authoritative design competitions.
The “Touch Messenger” enables the visually impaired users to send and receive Braille text messages. The 3 x 4 button on the phone is used as two Braille keypads and text messages can be checked through the Braille display screen in the lower part.
At the moment, the “Touch Messenger” is just a concept, but Samsung is willing commercialize it some day, which could boost the quality of life for as many as 180 million people worldwide.