Why not head down to your nearest Woolworths and pick up a copy of my "best of" album — it's pumpingly rocktastic!
Whilst working on Pewbot, I wondered if you could really predict the future borrowing pattern of a user based on a specific book — in other words, if they borrow book X will they then go on to borrow book Y and then book Z?
Anyway, I've knocked together a basic script that will extrapolate the most likely lending path (both past and future) for a specific book.
For example, here's the lending path for "Learning SQL: a step by step guide using Oracle":
The book in question is displayed in bold. The title directly before it ("Java: the first semester") is the title that is most frequently borrowed prior to "Learning SQL", and the one directly after ("Database systems: a practical approach to design…") is the most likely to be borrowed subsequently.
In turn, I then continue to extrapolate the paths in either direction until I run out of data or a title gets duplicated.
What we end up with is a hypothetical path showing what someone is most likely to have borrowed previously, and will then go on to borrow in the future.
What's interesting is the flow of subjects along the path — the books before are all IT books, but the future path flows into HCI, IT management, and then into corporate strategy and business titles.
If you click on a book title, then it'll take you though to the OPAC. If you click on the "path" link, then you'll see the lending path for that particular title.
Once you're in the OPAC, there's a link to the lending path at the foot of every full bib page (although the path can only be generated if there's enough raw circulation data).
If nothing else, it proves that our students are sensible enough to borrow the Harry Potter books in the correct order!
Those who know me well will know that I'm a fan of good "bad" music — from the awesome "The Shaggs" and the Portsmouth Sinfonia, through to the frankly surreal Swedish Elvis impersonator Eilert Pilarm. By the way, if you've never heard Eilert in action, here's a taster of what you've been missing: Jailhouse Rock (MP3)
Anyway, for the life in me I can't remember how I came across this gem, but Tape Findings is a site containing recordings from cassette tapes bought in thrift stores and garage sales. From band demos to recorded letters, it's a treasure trove of the wonderful and the bizarre.
I'm still working my way through the archive, but here's a few to get you started:
- week 15: stalacpipe organ — half recognisable tunes played on the "Great Stalacpipe Organ" (an underground organ hooked up to stalactites)
- week 32: easy listening organ — the "2001/Star Wars Medley" is like the soundtrack to your worst nightmare
- week 52: all women's kazoo band — my fave so far… you've not lived until you've heard "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" performed on kazoo
It's going to take me a little while to annotate all of the photos, so they haven't all got descriptions yet!
The pages use Ajax and should automatically refresh with updated content every few seconds (assuming that someone has been searching the OPAC recently).
No points for guessing that the larger the font, the more times the word has been used in recent searches!
Just realised I've not blogged about my ongoing wuv affair with the MediaWiki software!
Earlier on in the year, I started moving my existing Hitchcock web site into a wiki, and I've been having fun writing extensions to add extra features to the wiki — for example, on the page for "Vertigo", Hitch is keeping track of the film rating and a custom extension is providing links through to the Image Gallery images for the film…
The latter is an attempt to bring together all of the information we have about our resources into a single location, and also to support collaboration from the Library staff. It's still early days for the wiki, but the feedback from both staff (including Academic staff) and students has been very positive so far.
At present, only Library staff are able to edit the main articles, but anyone can edit the discussion pages. Hopefully it will grow into a useful resource for our students!
I can't remember the last time I was up and out of bed before 6am, but this morning I'm giving a remote presentation about Web/Library 2.0 to the 2006 CODA Conference in Brisbane, Australia.
Given the choice, I'd much rather being doing it in person… instead of being sat here in Huddersfield where it's pitch black outside and raining heavily!
A few years ago, I'm sure doing this would have involved someone running a copy of the presentation at the venue whilst I spoke over the telephone. However today, we'll be doing it with free software and it won't cost either CODA or myself a single penny/cent/dollar.
Plus, I get to do the presentation wearing a pair of jogging bottoms and an old t-shirt, and unbrushed hair!
Well folks, CODI 2006 is over!
It looks like it was another excellent conference, so congratulations to everyone involved in organising the event and many thanks to those of you who kept the rest of us up-to-date with your blog posts and photographs
If you were at CODI 2006 but you're not a blogger, please consider posting your session notes and conference summaries to The Gordian Knot — there's a lot of Horizon & Dynix sites out there who would love to read them!
The updates from the final day are…
The codi2006 tagged images at flickr are now up to 459 — that almost 3 times as many as last year!
It's 9am in Salt Lake City on the 3rd and final day of CODI 2006.
Let's catch up with the overnight action!
There's now nearly 300 photographs tagged with "codi2006" at flickr
Over at The Gordian Knot, Super Susan and Luke have been playing catch up:
Â» The Missing Face (Steve Nielsen)
Â» Good news for serials catalogers
Â» OZDUG stars shine at CODI meeting
Â» The World of Indexes According to Shelley
Â» Migration – The Path toâ€¦
There'll probably be a couple more updates, but let me say that I hope everyone has a great final day and a safe journey home!
It's 11:30pm in Utah, so the 2nd day of CODI 2006 is coming to an end.
Here's a quick update of the latest action…
Phyllis has a post about RFID:
Â» CODI 2006 – Day 2
Kevin has posted some more photographs to his flickr account: