Dang — almost got the full set…

Typical — just when I’m having fun messing about with Amazon Web Services, almost every Amazon site in the world breaks down…

USA

UK

Canada

Yorkshire

Germany

France

…I almost got the full set, but Amazon Japan is still going strong…

Japan

Given Amazon’s dominance, I wonder how much it’s costing them in lost sales per minute to have their entire Western World web presence offline? By my reckoning, they’ve been offline for at least 30 minutes now.

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The Library 2.0 Idea Generator

There’s an ancient Japanese proverb which translates roughly as:

“If you put an infinite number of programming monkeys into a room, one of them will write a Library 2.0 Idea Generator”

So… tonight, Matthew, I am going to be that programming monkey and I proudly unveil the…

If you get any particularly juicy ideas, please post them as comments — here’s a “starter for 10“:

hack OCLC using LibraryThing

[update] I’ve added the ability to save your favourite ideas to the Library 2.0 Whiteboard

[update] To complement the Idea Generator, I’ve hacked together…

DUG/HUG 2006 – Day Three

A little later than planned (due to a mislaid memory stick containing the final Powerpoint!), here’s a link to the “Free Software” presentation:

http://library.hud.ac.uk/mediawiki/dughug2006/UsingFreeSoftware.zip

…and here are the photos from the end of day two and from the award ceremony on day three:

http://www.daveyp.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=14
http://www.daveyp.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=15

Grace Bays also emailed her photos through to me, so I’ve added them to the conference wiki:

http://library.hud.ac.uk/dughug2006/DUG/HUG_2006_photographs

…if you have any photos you’d like adding to the wiki, please feel free to email them to me: d.c.pattern[at]hud.ac.uk

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the sessions I presented in — I’m sure you were all sick to death of the sight of me by Friday, but I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share some of the things we’ve been doing at Huddersfield!

Also, many thanks to David Bigwood, Michael J Giarlo, Luke the Librarian, and Susan Johns-Smith for their Library 2.0 examples.  I just managed to squeeze the Web/Library 2.0 presentation into 45 minutes but, given the chance, I could have happily gone on for another 45.  However, that would have meant missing Professor Bruce Royan’s excellent keynote speech “The Library, The Web, and the Warp Factor“.

Finally, another big thank you to everyone at Lincoln for making us feel so welcome, to the DUG/HUG team for all of the hard work they put into organising the event, and to the staff at SirsiDynix — I can’t wait for the conference next year!

white dog poo?

Sarah Houghton (aka LibrarianInBlack) has blogged that Answers.com has a new natural language “Web Answers” feature which lets you pose life’s great unanswerables – e.g.:

(I should point out that Sarah didn’t pose that exact question, but it’s one that’s been niggling at the back of my mind for years!)

After reverse engineering the new feature, it looks like they’re using Ajax and XML – e.g.:

Some of you will already know that we’ve been using Answers.com on our OPAC to provide serendipity keyword suggestions, so I’ll have a go incorporating the “Web Answers” output into those suggestions too.

DUG/HUG 2006 – Day Two

The only problem with offering to do presentations is that they don’t leave you any time to blog about the actual event itself!!!

For those who prefer an electronic version, here are the 3 presentations I gave today:

If you have any questions or comments, you can always use this blog or you can email me at:

  • d.c.pattern [at] hud.ac.uk

….right — got to dash off to get ready for the conference meal!!!

DUG/HUG 2006 – Day One

ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!

It’s 01:02am and I just spent the last 30 minutes writing up an in-depth blog entry for day one… by the time I submitted it, the University of Lincoln network has timed my web connection out and refused to reload the page containing the text I’d just typed.

I honestly don’t have the energy to type it all out again, so here’s the O’Reilly “DUG/HUG Day One In a Nutshell” edition:

AM: no training sessions, so went to castle.

PM: Welcome speeches, Peter Gethin’s speech, my presentation about HIP tweaks (big thank you to everyone who came along — hope you found it interesting/useful!), evening meal, and lots of good networking!

…so tired, Homer need sleep now!

DUG/HUG Day Minus One

Martin and myself travelled down to Lincoln yesterday (via Sheffield) on a train that seemed to stop at everywhere else in the UK — what is about a 1 hour drive from Huddersfield to Lincoln is a good 2½ to 3 hour train ride along bumpy winding country tracks.

No sooner had we checked in, we were back at “the shed” — one of two pubs within a stagger from the conference venue:


Yep, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – that’s David “Mr CODI” Schuster sampling the best that “the shed” has to offer!

After popping into another pub, we joined Jim Fraser (from Angus Council) and headed off for a curry at the Royal Tandoori (118 High Street). A fantastic curry, loads of chapatis, a cup of coffee, a complimentary glass of brandy, and all for less than a tenner each… life is good! :-)

There’s a few more pictures here, including some shots of the “Glory Hole”.

looking for Library 2.0!

I’m giving a presentation about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 later on this week at the DUG/HUG (UK) Conference 2006 and I’m wanting to demo some of the great things libraries have done with Library 2.0 and Web 2.0.  In particular, I’ve got one slide that has two spare bullet points of space left and I can’t decide what to put there…

Here’s what I’ve got already:

  • Westmont Public Library – publicises new books using Flickr
  • University of Connecticut – staff documentation & info stored in a wiki
  • Ball State University – recruiting students via weblogs
  • Dowling College Library – podcasts of library and local information
  • Birkbeck College Library – RSS feed of library news
  • Plymouth State University – Casey Bisson’s Weblog OPAC
  • ?
  • ?

I’ve no idea if anyone will read this blog post in time, but if you can come up with one or two more great examples of libraries doin’ it for themselves, please post a reply! You’ve got exactly 12 hours before I need to finalise the presentation and get the handouts printed — the clock is ticking!

I reserve the right to cherry pick two of the best responses (that’s assuming I get any!) and in return you’ll get to have your name in lights …well, projected on a screen during the presentation :-D

Cheers in advance :-)