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Archives for August, 2009

The dangers of intertwingularity

When I was but a young digital preservationist, I was presented with an archival problem I couldn’t solve. This should not sound unusual. It happens a lot, for all sorts of reasons. If I can keep a few people from falling into traps that make digital preservationists throw up their hands in despair, I’m happy.…

If not now, when?

I said awhile ago that we don’t know who’s going to do data curation yet. I absolutely believe that. I probably should have added, though, that we can have a pretty good idea who’s not going to do it: anybody who isn’t right this very minute planning to do it. Make no mistake, there’s money…

Steve Lawson and the LSW are three-fifths of the way to the goal of $5000 for the flood-ravaged Louisville Free Public Library by September 1. The last two-fifths are the hard part. If you can help, please do. Comment here or send me email (dorothea.salo at gmail) to let me know you’ve donated, and I’ll…

The humble index

I’d like to start our tour of book and library information-management techniques with a glance at the humble back-of-book index. I started the USDA’s excellent indexing course back in the day, and while it became clear fairly quickly that I do not have the chops to be a good indexer and so I never finished…

Tidbits, 24 August 2009

Hello, Monday. My tidbits folder overfloweth. Want to text-mine JSTOR? Looks like you can. Garret McMahon talks about FriendFeed, scholarly communication, and embedded librarianship. Part of the reason I’m here is that I believe, with Garret, that we librarians can’t kvetch about gettin’ no respect if we don’t put ourselves out there in the general…

A little Friday metablogging

Well, I’ve been here for about a month now, and I’ve quite enjoyed myself! (And I finally did send in my contract, Erin. Really. I did.) Thanks to all who have commented. (Well, except a spammer or two, but I got rid of them posthaste.) You’re a civil, engaged, and smart bunch, and I appreciate…

Let Them Eat Disk

Many people, first confronted with the idea of data curation, think it’s a storage problem. A commonly-expressed notion is “give them enough disk and they’ll be fine.” Terabyte drives are cheap. Put one on the desk of every researcher, network it, and the problem evaporates, right? Right? Let me just ask a few questions about…

The classical librarian

Five years ago (really? goodness, it hardly seems possible) I gave a preconference session at the Extreme Markup Languages conference (which is now Balisage) entitled “Classification, Cataloguing, and Categorization Systems: Past, Present, and Future.” I have learned to write better talk titles since then. However. The talk was actually a runthrough of library standards and…

I see a lot of metadata out there in the wild woolly world of repositories. Seriously, a lot. Thesis metadata, article metadata, learning-object metadata, image metadata, metadata about research data, lots of metadata. And a lot of it is horrible. I’m sorry, it just is?and amateur metadata is, on the whole, worse than most. I…

The accidental informaticist

The publisher Information Today runs a good and useful book series for librarians who find themselves with job duties they weren’t expecting and don’t feel prepared for. There’s The Accidental Systems Librarian and The Accidental Library Marketer (that one’s new) and a whole raft of other accidents. I suspect “The Accidental Informaticist” would find an…