Miscellanea

The Book of Trogool

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I have intentionally steered Book of Trogool away from open access. I still believe in it; I still work for it. Toward the waning days of Caveat Lector, however, it became clear that I was shedding more heat than light on the subject, so I made a conscious decision not to repeat that mistake here.…

Access recap

I am back from Access and feeling wonderful? and wonderfully exhausted. Data and its care and feeding were the dominant themes at the conference. I strongly recommend reading the session summaries at Pete Zimmerman’s blog. It’s hard to pick star sessions out of so very many good ones, but the Leggott, Hartman/Phillips, Turkel, and Sadler…

Access notes

There’s quite a bit going on at Access 2009 that’s data-related in one way or another. Delegate Pete Zimmerman is taking excellent notes at his blog. The Twitter hashtag is #access2009pei. I’m up right after lunch. There may or may not be a live video stream; if not, there will be canned video later. In…

Because I feel neglectful

I know I said I’d be neglecting the place for a bit? but I still feel bad about that! Here’s what I’ve been working on. I’m afraid this is sort of the Cliff’s Notes version, but at least it looks pretty? Grab a bucket! It’s raining data! If you’re coming to Access 2009 next week,…

Webcast in a week

I wanted to call attention to this event at Harvard, which will be webcast live next Friday at 12:15 Central. The difficulties in combining data and information from distributed sources, the multi-disciplinary nature of research and collaboration, and the need to move to present researchers with tooling that enable them to express what they want…

When is text in a PDF not text?

I see this confusion so often it seems worth addressing. If you scan a page of text, what you have is a picture. A computer sees it not as letters, numbers, and punctuation?but as pixels, bits of light and shade and color, just like the pixels in your favorite family photo on Flickr. You can’t…

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…

Yesterday the city of Louisville suffered a freak thunderstorm that dumped half a foot of rain in an hour and a quarter. Their library has been devastated, to the tune of a million-plus dollars in damage. As a proud member of The Library Society of the World (and I have the Cod of Ethics to…

There’s a string of “day in the life” librarian posts happening, so I thought I’d throw one in. Today wasn’t a typical day, I suppose? but I don’t really have typical days, especially these days. 6:00-ish am: Wake up, kick the cat off the bed accidentally, get out of bed. 6:20 am: Dressed and etceteraed,…