Aug 212007

Eric Schmidt Defines Web 3.0:Google CEO Eric Schmidt was recently at the Seoul Digital Forum and he was asked to define Web 3.0 by an audience member…. He said that while Web 2.0 was based on Ajax, Web 3.0 will be “applications that are pieced together” – with the characteristics that the apps are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the apps can run on any device (PC or mobile), the apps are very fast and very customizable, and are distributed virally (social networks, email, etc).Most scientific publishers probably think of Web 3.0 (if at all) in terms of the semantic web.

Aug 202007

Communication & Technology Watch Quarterly’s August issue is devoted to The Coming Revolution in Scholarly Communication & Cyberinfrastructure, guest-edited by Lee Dirks and Tony Hey of Microsoft. I haven’t had time to read it yet but there looks to be a lot of interest, including these that I turned to first:The Shape of the Scientific Article in The Developing Cyberinfrastructure, by Clifford LynchWeb 2.0 in Science, by Timo Hannay…

May 312007

An article in Fast Company from last September talked about how users are adding iMixes to the iTunes Music Store (ITMS), and how this creates value:“McGuire and his research partner, Derek Slater of Harvard University, predict that recommendations by music consumers online will drive 25% of all Web-based music transactions by 2010, up from less than 10% today…. EndNote has some of the iTunes functionality (though with a very clunky old-fashioned interface) but it doesn’t link to a single source like iTunes links to ITMS, so that there is no way for users to create and share recommendations directly through EndNote.

May 252007

A nice article by James Surowiecki in the New Yorker on feature creep:Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle.

Apr 202007
Wonderful visualisation of scientific literature

Extract:This map was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 published papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as pale circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved black lines) were made between the paradigms that shared papers, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms nearer one another when a physical simulation forced every paradigm to repel every other; thus the layout derives directly from the data.

Feb 222007

I’ve just written a short article describing a framework for helping publishers decide whether they should develop and host their own proprietary online journals systems, or whether they should outsource this activity…. The article will be published in Learned Publishing in its July issue.

Nov 172006

A story from data-recovery experts Ontrack UK’s list of Top 10 data disasters: Ontrack UK – Top 10 List of Data Loss Disasters of 2006:Beware of Bananas – A customer left an old banana on the top of his external hard drive which proceeded to seep its contents into the drive, ruining the circuitry. The drive would no longer run, but Ontrack was able to clean the drive and repair the circuit board so the drive would spin long enough to recover his data.

Nov 132006

I blogged a note the other day about the development of libraries and library services on Second Life, the online virtual environment. Information Today’s blog had a piece from the Internet Librarian 2006 conference about the InfoIsland Library:InfoIsland Library, the new library service that’s been built within the virtual-reality world of Second Life.

Nov 132006

Microsoft has demonstrated a wonderful new program, Photosynth, at the recent Web 2.0 conference. It’s a bit hard to explain in words – much better to view this video of a demonstration given by Microsoft’s Gary Flake – but this is what Microsoft’s site says about it:Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.With Photosynth you can:Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it’s megapixels or gigapixels in size.See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing.Send a collection – or a particular view of one – to a friend.The potential applications are tremendous – it’s hard to see who couldn’t benefit from this, from archaeologists and architects to zoologists.