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Is Everything available for free on the Internet?


oadl - Wiki Now has a rough structure of the "GUIDE TO DEVELOP OPENLY ACCESSIBLE DIGITAL LIBRARIES". Any suggestions?


Collaborative Editor

Collaborative editor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A collaborative editor is a software application that allows several people to edit a computer file using different computers. There are two types of collaborative editors, real-time and non-real-time. Real-time collaborative editors allow users to edit the same file at anytime, including editing at the same time. Non-real-time collaborative editors do not allow editing of the same file at the same time. Non-real-time collaborative editors are similar to revision control system.

There Are No Dumb Questions

Creating Passionate Users: How to Build a User Community, Part 1

Encouraging a "There Are No Dumb Questions" culture is only part of the solution. What we really need is a "There are No Dumb Answers" policy.

Firefox at the Reference Desk


Online Publishers' Trap

Top mistakes made by new online publishers - Don't fall into the traps that have left too many other journalists muttering that 'no one can make money online.'

Open Archives Initiative - OAI-PMH

EBM Librarian Wiki

EBM Librarian is a wiki is to develop a community of librarians who are involved in teaching and supporting the practice of evidence based medicine (ebm) or evidence based practice (ebp).


Open Access and Digital Libraries

"I am back from an International Conference on Digital Libraries, 5-8 Dec. 2006. It was organised by TERI at New Delhi (ICDL 2006).

In one of the session there was comment that nothing is being done for "Open Access" movement in India. I feel this is incorrect. Lot of things are being done but by very few people. Yes, now we need to involve more and more people in this movement — LIS professional as
well as educators, researchers and policy makers.

A first step, I can think of is forming a discussion group. I know there are other groups as well — but these are mostly oriented towards LIS professionals. We never know what our target users feel about issues that may dear to us.

So a Group called "Open Access and Digital Libraries" has been created. If you are interested in Open Access, you are welcomed to join it.

The forum aims to promote and adopt Open Access principles for developing Digital Libraries which can be accessed by anyone. No intranets and no Login / Passwords — Simply Open Accessible."


Openserving - Free Content For All

You can set up your own collaborative blogging site.


Open-ILS is an open source Integrated Library System (ILS), named Evergreen. It is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 252 public libraries. This software can be downloaded for free, and anyone can contribute to development efforts.


Demonstrating Value of Actionable URLs

DLF-Aquifer Asset Actions Experiment: Demonstrating Value of Actionable URLs

Metadata records harvested using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) are often characterized by scarce, inconsistent and ambiguous resource URLs. There is a growing recognition among OAI service providers that this can create access problems and can limit range of services offered. This article reports on an experiment carried out by the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Aquifer Technology/Architecture Working Group to demonstrate the utility of harvestable metadata records that include multiple typed actionable URLs ("asset actions"). The experiment dealt specifically with digital image resources. By having for all images a consistent set of well-labeled URLs (e.g., pointing to thumbnails, in-context presentations of images on data provider's Website, or medium and high resolution views), the service provider was able to insure consistent results across repositories of content from multiple institutions. With predictable retrieval, advanced features such as thumbnail result displays, image annotation and manipulation, and advanced book bag functions are possible. It was even possible to overlay for use with this widely dispersed content a locally developed digital object collector tool from the University of Virginia. Results illustrate the potential of asset actions and support the need for further work at the community level to define and model actionable URLs for different classes of resources, and to develop agreements on how to label and convey these URLs in concert with descriptive metadata.


New policy for adoption by IR managers

UTas ePrints - The Patchwork Mandate

This document describes a new policy for adoption by IR managers who have been unable to persuade their management to bring in an institutional mandate.



LearningSpace - OpenLearn LearningSpace - The Open University
OpenLearn website - free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world.

Are Libraries doing something illegal by sharing books?

Just read the following argument that Libraries are doing something illegal by sharing books:

What if book publishers started to sue libraries? at Torrentfreak

"..Yes, libraries! Libraries are evil, evil places. One single copy of a book, movie or music album is borrowed and abused by tens, if not hundreds of self-centred, ignorant pirates. Hell, they even have copiers in most libraries allowing pirates to copy every book on the shelves.."

The argument is flawed in comparing online services like Google with Physical Libraries. In the digital world a "copy" is transmitted from the server to the end user's client (Browser). However in Libraries, no "copies" are made. They are rather circulated. When no copies are made, Howcome copyrights are violated?

Google's SMTP server to send mails

How to use Gmail as your SMTP server - Lifehacker

Free G-Mail inviter - The free G-Mail inviter

Why Wiki

Why Wiki?
Online video course will introduce you to the benefits and disadvantages of this new and controversial publication format.


Zotero - The Next-Generation Research Tool
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. 


The Scientific Paper of the Future

Timo Hannay, The Scientific Paper of the Future, a slide presentation for the the Microsoft eScience Workshop at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, October 13-15, 2006).

Ethnographic methods in Internet Librarianship?

Information Wants To Be Free » Blog Archive » Internet Librarian Day 1: Using Ethnographic Methods to Know Your Users
.."They did a two year project to determine what undergraduates really do when they write research papers. They had a multi-disciplinary team including an anthropologist who taught the team about ethnographic methods. The findings from this would inform their Website design, instructional design, etc..."


Works of Charles Darwin Online

The complete work of Charles Darwin
Site contains every Darwin publication as well as many of his handwritten manuscripts. All told there are more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important works for understanding Darwin's context.


Actionable URLs

DLF-Aquifer Asset Actions Experiment: Demonstrating Value of Actionable URLs
Metadata records harvested using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) are often characterized by scarce, inconsistent and ambiguous resource URLs. There is a growing recognition among OAI service providers that this can create access problems and can limit range of services offered. This article reports on an experiment carried out by the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Aquifer Technology/Architecture Working Group to demonstrate the utility of harvestable metadata records that include multiple typed actionable URLs ("asset actions").

12-Oct-2006 - Free programming and computer science books, ebooks and lecture notes
Lists free online computer science and engineering books and lecture notes, all of which are freely and legally available over the Internet.


Web Curator Tool

Web Curator Tool
The Web Curator Tool (WCT) is a tool for managing the selective web harvesting process. It is designed for use in libraries and other collecting organisations, and supports collection by non-technical users while still allowing complete control of the web harvesting process.


Origins of Medical Informatics

Medical informatics  has evolved over years as medicine learned to exploit the extraordinary capabilities of the electronic digital computer to better meet its complex information needs. The first articles on this subject appeared in the 1950s, the number of publications rapidly increased in the 1960s and medical informatics was identified as a new specialty in the 1970s.


eTBlast is a unique search engine for searching biomedical literature. It lets you input an entire paragraph and returns MEDLINE abstracts that are similar to it.


Future Digital Librarians

What Is Needed to Educate Future Digital Librarians: A Study of Current Practice and Staffing Patterns in Academic and Research Libraries
Digital libraries are the future of academic and research institutions, and digital professionals will be required to have more breadth and depth of knowledge and skills across the dimensions of traditional library knowledge, technology, and human relations. Because of the complexity of digital libraries and digital library projects, professional education programs for digital librarians should provide not only technical skills and traditional library training, but also should place greater emphasis on management, including project management skills through practical experience of a digital project. In addition to the necessary technical skills, library professionals need to develop strong interpersonal and team-work skills.

Will Research Sharing Keep Pace with the Internet?

E-LIS - Will Research Sharing Keep Pace with the Internet?
Johnson, Richard K. (2006) Will Research Sharing Keep Pace with the Internet?. The Journal of Neuroscience 26(37):pp. 9349-9351.

From ResourceShelf

ResourceShelf » UK: National Archives, Highlights of new Freedom of Information releases in September 2006

New Compendium of Knowledge

Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge is an  interesting article. Is this the future of Knowledge?

Larry Sanger makes his argument in four parts:

1. Thinkers of the world, start imagining.
..Tens of millions of intellectuals can work together, if they so choose...
..In the next year, by the end of 2007, every major university, library, museum, archive, professional organization, government, and corporation will be asking themselves with increasing urgency: how, using what systems and methods, can we pool the entire world's intellectual resources to create the ideal information resource?..

2. Wikipedia.

..Wikipedia, started only five years ago, now has millions of articles in over one hundred languages, and has nearly singlehandedly introduced the world's intellectuals to the possibilities of enormous collaborative efforts.  It is a project that shouldn't work, but does--who could have expected such a radically open project to produce anything of value?  But, by giving intellectuals the world over an open platform on which to work together, a clear task, and a simple interface, Wikipedia has shown a global audience what enormous, distributed knowledge collaboration can achieve.  The work of the Wikipedians has astounded the world..

3. A new community and a new project: the Citizendium.

4. The way forward.

Here he describes his project - The Citizendium Project.


Now Microsoft has also launched Video site similar to YouTube. Soapbox on MSN Video Beta. Registration is by invitation only for now.


Grazr, you know for feeds...
"..It's easy to share the joys of feed grazing with visitors to your site. You can add embedded copies of Grazr to your pages.."


Technology Enhanced Learning

National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning
Web site contains materials on topics released by various IITs and IISc till July 2006 and was formally launched on Sept 3, 06. The site will be updated every week and contents will be added as and when they are made available.

Connecting for Health: Global Vision, Local Insight

Connecting for Health: Global Vision, Local Insight is a set of two volume publication produced by WHO and the European Commission for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), November 2005 at Tunis, highlighting the opportunities for eHealth in countries as well as the need for a global, long-term and collaborative approach so that all citizens may benefit.

Volume One -

Connecting for Health: Global Vision, Local Insight
Report for the World Summit on the Information Society

Volume Two -

Connecting for Health: Global Vision, Local Insight
Report for the World Summit on the Information Society
Country Profiles 2006

Publish or Perish

Publish or Perish PPT Slides.


Open access for the medical librarian

E-LIS - Open access for the medical librarian
Morrison, Heather and Waller, Andrew (2006) Open access for the medical librarian. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association 27(3):pp. 69-73.

Librarian's Guide to a JCAHO

Medical Library Association: Librarian's Guide to JCAHO Survey
Guide to help librarians on JCAHO accreditation process as it relates to libraries and information services.



TRIP Database
Internet's leading resources for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Ganfyd is a collaborative medical reference by medical professionals and invited non-medical experts. The site is based around the wiki format, enabling true sharing of knowledge


Intute - the best Web resources for education and research
Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research.


Doc's prescription for tele-medicine in India

Doc's prescription for tele-medicine

-- High investment required for telemedicine is one of the reason for its slow progress in India. Fortunately Internet has the potential to change all that and more, as it reduces communication costs. 

--Majority of the telemedicine applications in India pertain to teleradiology, telepathology and telecardiology.

--However it is the concept of "social inclusion" which is more important than technology for the tele-medicine.


Five New Biblioblogs

Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: Blog Day 2006 (Updated!)

Avoidable Job Interview Flubs

The 10 Avoidable IT Interview Flubs
as covered by seems to be general in nature. Younger generation should avoid such interview flubs:

1. Late to the interview means late on projects and deadlines
2. Lack of enthusiasm means you don't care about your work
3. Little to no company knowledge means you lack research skills
4. Inappropriate dress translates to inappropriate work
5. Too negative is too much: Spells P-R-O-B-L-E-M
6. Arrogance or dominating the interview signals conflict on teams
7. Too quiet means you lack confidence in your work
8. Misstating qualifications means, well, you're a liar
9. Speaking only tech-ese means you won't work well with others
10. Not saying thank you is not welcome

How to build the “next generation” library catalog

LITA Blog » Blog Archive » Building the “next generation” library catalog
How to build the “next generation” library catalog, and to what degree will the process include vendor support and open source software?

Resources for Librarians


Sustaining Non-Traditional-Publisher Open Access Journals

DigitalKoans » Blog Archive » Overcoming Obstacles to Launching and Sustaining Non-Traditional-Publisher Open Access Journals



freenigma gmbh
freenigma adds privacy technology (with strong e-mail encryption) to your favourite webmail service.


Social Softwares / Services

Shared bookmarks & web pages
        , , , and Diigo

Collaborative directories
        , Zimbio and

        , and

Personalized verticals
        Eurekster, Rollyo and

Social Q & A sites
, , , and

Collaborative harvesters
        , , and

Becoming an indexer

The Indexer - Becoming an indexer
If you are embarking on an indexing training course or considering turning to indexing as a career, why not take a look at Becoming an indexer. This is a collection of articles which appeared in the October 2005 issue of The Indexer.


Three options for citation tracking

Biomedical Digital Libraries | Full text | Three options for citation tracking: Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science
Researchers have an interest in finding citation information about a given article – both how many times the article is cited and who is citing that article. This may be for the completeness of a literature search, or perhaps to find how often his or her own publications are cited.


AGRIS/CARIS Information Centre Homepage
The AGRIS Repository is now available in a new revised version, which exploits the advantages of both open source search engine APIs (Lucene), and structured XML.


Interface designers be concerned with the user culture?

CHARM-Ethnographic Methods
..Why should user interface designers be concerned with the user culture? There are several reasons why ethnography is of vital importance to good interface design..


Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries

Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries
Article posits a definition and theory for "Library 2.0". It suggests that recent thinking describing the changing Web as "Web 2.0" will have substantial implications for libraries, and recognizes that while these implications keep very close to the history and mission of libraries, they still necessitate a new paradigm for librarianship. The paper applies the theory and definition to the practice of librarianship, specifically addressing how Web 2.0 technologies such as synchronous messaging and streaming media, blogs, wikis, social networks, tagging, RSS feeds, and mashups might intimate changes in how libraries provide access to their collections and user support for that access.


Search the Web for Sounds



The Recordist - Free Sound Effects
The Recordist presents a collection of free sound effects in MP3 format

Library Photocopying

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use - Library Photocopying
The Copyright Act at 17 USC S 108 provides a set of rules regarding library reproductions. In general, a library or archive open to the public (or whose collection is available to specialized researchers other than those affiliated with the institution) will not be liable for copyright infringement based upon a library patron's unsupervised use of reproducing equipment located on its premises, provided that the copying equipment displays a notice that the making of a copy may be subject to the copyright law.


Wikicat is the bibliographic catalog used by the Wikicite and WikiTextrose projects. It will be implemented as a Wikidata dataset using a datamodel design based upon IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)

Indian COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957




Free Image and Video Hosting - Photo Image Hosting Site :
Photobucket provides free video and photo sharing. Easily host and link your images and videos to social networks, auction sites, blogs, and message boards.


Working with Remix Culture: A Fad or the Future

The reuse or "remix" of digital content is one of the hottest topics in web development today. Not a day passes in which there is not some new "mashup" or novel combination of data or services. Although many of these developments are faddishly entertaining, the potential for transformative development for teaching and learning is profound. (Is it too much of a vulgarization to argue that scholarship itself is a form of remix?) This session will provide an introduction to remix culture using two primary examples: 1) mixing Flickr and Google Maps and 2) mixing art imagery and data via the Scholar's Box, a tool that gives users gather/create/share functionality, enabling them to gather resources from multiple digital repositories in order to create personal and themed collections and other reusable materials that can be shared with others for teaching and research. Consider the longer term implications of remix for education and research and hear about a strategy for constructively engaging with remix culture: how we can educate the next generation of librarians to understand remixing and how we might make library content and services reusable to facilitate new educational and scholarly uses.

Night of the living dead librarian

Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (2006) have predict that in year 2021 jobs like librarians don't will be there any more. This small movie is a satire about how two librarians in year 2021 got their revenge over the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies with help from a Super Blogger Girl.

Librarians and Google

Librarians Google to help students and patrons find information.

Google at ALA 2006

Google participated in American Library Association's annual conference, 2006, in New Orleans. Check out some of the Movies at this URL and Google Videos.

Search 2.0 vs Traditional Search

Read/WriteWeb: Search 2.0 vs Traditional Search

Search 2.0 = user preferences, collaboration, collective intelligence, a rich user

-Pattern recognition and Adaptive filtering
-Community-driven Search
-Result Clustering
Collaborative Search

Blogging Libraries

Welcome to the Blogging Libraries Wiki - Blogging Libraries

Are we an endangered species?

Re:Generations: Are we an endangered species?

Personal and professional competencies

Info*Nation: Skills for Success
.."personal and professional competencies, are essential for library workers of the future. Do you have what it takes?"..


iPath 2
iPath is a collaborative platform for exchange of medical knowledge, distance consultations, group discussions and distance teaching in medicine.


work-only Firefox profile

The work-only Firefox profile - Lifehacker

Google challenge Internet pioneer

Google exec challenges Berners-Lee | CNET
A Google executive challenged Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee on his ideas for a Semantic Web during a conference in Boston on artificial intelligence.

Skills for the 21st Century Librarian

Information Wants To Be Free » Blog Archive » Skills for the 21st Century Librarian

NLM Technical Bulletin - NLM Online Update 2006

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jul–Aug 2006, MLA 2006: Meeting Remarks
..Remarks made by David Gillikin, Head, MEDLARS Management Section, National Library of Medicine at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Phoenix, AZ on May 22, 2006..

Teaching Social Software with Social Software

Innovate - Teaching Social Software with Social Software
Ulises Mejias examines how social software—information and communications technologies that facilitate the collaboration and exchange of ideas—enables students to participate in distributed research, an approach to learning in which knowledge is collectively constructed and shared.

MP3 files from web to player

How to easily get mp3 files from the web to your mp3 player - TechLifeBlogged
.."all you have to do is save the link to the mp3 file in your account and it will transfer to your mp3 player the next time you sync it to your computer"..

Portal to free access journals on the Internet

LivRe - Free access journals

Why Librarians Make Good Wikipedia Contributors

Library Juice » Wikipedia and Why Librarians Make Good Wikipedia Contributors
..standards for writing a Wikipedia article are similar to a reference librarian’s approach to answering a reference question..



Free Downloads of Health Related Books

Hesperian Foundation has made following books for free download:

Where There Is No Doctor
Where Women Have No Doctor
A Book for Midwives
HIV Health and Your Community
Helping Children Who Are Deaf
A factory worker's guide to organizing for safe jobs and healthy communities
A community guide to environmental health
Women's Health Exchange


OpenClinica is a web-based software platform for managing multi-site clinical research studies. It facilitates protocol configuration, design of Case Report Forms (CRFs), electronic data capture, retrieval, and management. OpenClinica supports HIPAA guidelines, and is designed as a standards-based extensible, modular and open source platform.


Things you can do with RSS

Basically, you can perform any task with RSS that requires search or information retrieval from a server. Automatically and repeatedly. I use this list to convince people to start using an RSS feed reader. There’s more to RSS than just weblog syndication and news aggregation.

OA to Ranganathan

Library Stories: Libraries & Librarians in the News: OA to Ranganathan


Tagging | TechEssence.Info
Tagging refers to the process by which users assign terms meaningful to them to a resource in the online environment. The rise of social bookmarking Web sites have skyrocketed tagging systems into the mainstream.

Firefox Surges to 16% Market Share in U.S.

TechCrunch » Blog Archive » Firefox Surges to 16% Market Share in U.S.

Open-Source Software for Libraries

Creative Librarian » Library OSS

Use the 2.0 tools

Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: Ten Rules for the New Librarians
..Use the 2.0 tools, not because it's cool, or any number of speakers/bloggers/librarian-geeks tell you to, but do it as one way to harness the collective intelligence of our profession..
Library Dominoes

What else can be done with books.

Digital Natives

2020 Vision - Idaho Library Futures Conference - Idaho State Library
Digital Natives are those individuals 24 years old and younger who have grown up with computers and the Internet since infancy. They have been characterized in the media as being very low users of library services.


Books are for use

DLIST - The Five Laws of Library Science
The First Law from S.R. Ranganathan's The Five Laws of Library Science, Madras Library Association, 1931. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan (1892-1972) was a pioneer in the field of Library and Information Science. S.R. Ranganathan’s The Five Laws of Library Science, the main premise of which is "books are for use," is arguably the most influential work in LIS to date.

Use "Author Addenda" to maximize impact of your work

Scholar's Copyright Project | Science Commons
.."Author Addenda" - a suite of short amendments that authors attach to the copyright transfer form agreements from publishing companies. The Addenda ensure, at a minimum, that scholarly authors retain enough rights to archive their work on the public Internet...


Librarians and OA

T. Scott: Funding Open Access
"Many librarians seem happy to get on the OA bandwagon, as long as somebody else is going to pay. Take it from funding agencies, or take it from the research budget, or take it from a society's membership fees -- just don't take it from my budget! OA is a great and wonderful thing -- as long as somebody else is paying for it."

Permanent Change

T. Scott: Permanent Change


Another Photo Hosting Service

I have been using FLICKR for sometime now. Today I came to know about It also provides free photo sharing. In addition, it provides for video sharing -  and in that sense it is better than FLICKR. You can link your images and videos to social networks, auction sites, blogs, and message boards.

Points for Library Service Policy

Blog about Libraries has suggested 20 points on excellent library customer service. I feel Dr . Ranganathan Five Laws should be starting points for any library policy.


How Can Scholars Retain Copyright Rights?

DigitalKoans » Blog Archive » How Can Scholars Retain Copyright Rights?
..Scholars are often exhorted to retain the copyright rights to their journal articles to ensure that they can freely use their own work and to permit others to freely read and use it as well. The question for scholars who are convinced to do so is: "How do I do that?"..


New Features in PubMed

NLM Technical Bulletin, May–Jun 2006, Technical Notes
.."In upcoming months, searchers may encounter options designed to lead them to additional Entrez resources. Currently, searchers can find a link on the Abstract display that will take them to a new version of that format."..


Online Reference Services for L.I.S.

Online Reference Services for L.I.S.


Jookster - Search, Find, Share
Discover fresh web content through social networking!

Diffusion of Science

The Digital Road to Scientific Knowledge Diffusion: A Faster, Better Way to Scientific Progress?
The process by which science knowledge is spread is called diffusion. It is therefore important to better understand and measure the benefits of this diffusion of knowledge. In particular, it is important to understand whether advances in Internet searching – such as simultaneous, ranked searching of distributed digital collections made broadly available via the Internet – can speed up the diffusion of scientific knowledge and accelerate scientific progress.


How to build the best paper airplane in the world

Paper airplane - How to build it

Top technology trends in libraries

LITA Blog » Blog Archive » Eric Lease Morgan’s Top Tech Trends for ALA 2006; “Sum” pontifications


Business group chat: Campfire
Campfire lets you set up password-protected web-based chat rooms in just seconds.


MarkaBoo :: better bookmarks for everyone
MarkaBoo makes it easy organize your data and share it with others.
Space for
photos, videos, podcasts
and your blog

Orkut Invitations

Hello, I am member of ORKUT Community. Please let me know by send an email [esukhdev AT gmail DOT com] if you need an invitation for it.


Handbook of Medical Informatics - Web Site

eHealth Literacy

Journal of Medical Internet Research - eHealth Literacy: Essential Skills for Consumer Health in a Networked World
eHealth Literacy: Essential Skills for Consumer Health in a Networked World



RapidShare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
RapidShare is a One-click_hosting. The site operates from Germany and is financed by Google AdSense and by the subscriptions of paying users. It also claims to be the world's largest in its scope.


CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using it's built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

Came to know about CamStudio from The Distant Librarian: CamStudio - Free Screencasting Software Post.

Steps to Professional Blogging

Randy Charles Morin suggests Ten Steps to Professional Blogging
-Determine what you want to blog about
-Register a blog with Blogger
-Create a FeedBurner account
-Write 1+ blog entries everyday
-Read other blogs like yours
-Register for a account
-Leave 1+ comments everyday
-Register for an AdSense account
-Don't give up
-Check your stats and refine



Google now testing Web Photo Albums

It’s all about the photos

Impact Factor Manipulations - Science Journals Artfully Try To Boost Their Rankings
..Scientists and editors say scientific journals increasingly are manipulating rankings..

Technorati Tags:

Web Capture

Web Capture (Library of Congress)

Technorati Tags:

WEB 2.0: Addressing the permanence issue » Addressing the permanence issue
..As libraries, we are far more concerned about longevity of data and content than commercial entities. The major difference being that when a company goes belly-up, they no longer care what happens to their data. They will either destroy it or sell it to the highest bidder where who-knows-what will happen to it..

Technorati Tags: ,

Wikipedia and Academic Use

The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation

OOo Label Templates 1.0

OOo Label Templates 1.0 | oss4lib

Hazards of the New Online Collectivism?

Edge; DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism By Jaron Lanier


arc90 lab : tools : Unobtrusive Sidenotes
Unobtrusive Sidenotes is a simple mix of Javascript and CSS that makes it ridiculously easy to incorporate sidenotes into your web pages or blogs.

Plays of Shakespeare on Google Books

Explore Shakespeare with Google


Peer-Review is Dead – Long Live “Peer-Review 2.0”

Before an article gets published in a traditional scholarly journal – Print or Online – it undergoes a quality-check process called Peer Review. But this process does have some drawbacks. First one is that it is time-consuming process. Which adds to the delay in publication. Such a delay could be very significant if research results could be used to immediate problems – for example ‘avian flu’. Second drawback is that it could add to the “biases” as quality control is in the hands of two or three peer-reviewers.
Interactive nature of Internet has offered scholarly journals to experiment with peer-review process. "Nature" for example is undertaking an open peer review trial. In this trial, authors whose submissions to Nature are sent for peer review will also be offered the opportunity to participate in an open peer review process. In this three month trial, authors can choose to have their submissions posted on a preprint server for open comments, in parallel with the conventional peer review process.
Now an Open Access Publisher - Public Library of Science is coming up with PLoS ONE . It claims to offer a new approach to the way that scientific research is communicated. It will “identify” papers that are technically sound and publish them “rapidly”. These will be presented for open and continuous review to whole scientific community. They believe that published papers are not some form of absolute truth but part of an ongoing discussion. Interestingly their PloS ONE site is subtitled “Open Access 2.0”.
BMJ also has been trying to answer problems of traditional peer review [see its editorial - Peer review: reform or revolution? Time to open up the black box of peer review. It also has a RAPID RESPONSES feature which enables readers to comment on published articles.

There are some extreme views also to do away the “Peer-Review” as such. In a pitch for Wikipedia Concept, Peter Frishauf [Are Traditional Peer-Reviewed Medical Articles Obsolete? A Pitch for the Wikipedia Concept, -Reguires Free Registration] argues, “ we depend on peer-reviewed articles in print and online. But is this method obsolete? And is there a better way? Traditional medical articles are often outdated before publication. Consider HIV, SARs, avian flu -- even hormone replacement therapy. They're not comprehensive: For any topic, we have to read dozens of articles to be informed. And bias is always present, regardless of peer review… Based on a radical new model of publishing, on Wikipedia nearly anyone with a Web connection can start or edit an article. Contributors must agree to write in neutral point of view (NPV). Opinion is fair game for deletion by the first Wikipedian who reads it -- typically within 30 seconds of publication.”

What ever it takes – the era of “Post-Publication Peer Review” has begun. I wish to call it “Peer-Review 2.0”.

myGrid: an e-Science toolkit for bioinformaticians myGrid e-science toolkit
myGrid: an e-Science toolkit for bioinformaticians, comprising Web Services that provide data and semantic metadata management, workflow and service discovery, and e-science process orchestration.

BlogStreet India

Found a directory of Indian Bloggers.

Innovative Practices to Connect Every Book, Its Reader

Information Visualization: Innovative Practices to Connect Every Book, Its Reader


IndiBloggers - Index of Indian Bloggers Came to know about this from Mohamed Taher. However does not seem to be comprehensive as His and Mine blogs were not there in the list.


Pligg Beta
Pligg is Web 2.0 Content Management System (CMS) unlike any other existing CMS. Pligg's Web 2.0 user interface gives your visitors a reason to come back to your site by making them decide on the site's content and giving them the chance to social network.


Web 2.0 List

DiTTES.iNFO BLOG » Most Comprehensive Web 2.0 List

Hubdog Toolbar

Hubdog :: Add RSS channels to your Pocket PC via IE or Firefox !
Hubdog Toolbar: generate Online and Mobile media channels by aggregating any content feed available on the web

How Long Will America Lead the World?

Zakaria: How Long Will America Lead the World? - Leadership and Innovation -
.."The national academies' report points out that China and India combined graduate 950,000 engineers every year, compared with 70,000 in America; that for the cost of one chemist or engineer in the U.S. a company could hire five chemists in China or 11 engineers in India; that of the 120 $1 billion-plus chemical plants being built around the world one is in the United States and 50 are in China.."

Your ignorance will not protect you

The User Is Not Broken but Your System could be and Your ignorance will not protect you.


Funny Video

I like it!!!

Changing nature of librarianship -- The Librarian & Information Professional's Career Development Center
.."The beauty of librarianship lies in its ever changing nature, and we must change with it."

Social softwares - Power Law of Participation

Ross Mayfield's Weblog: Power Law of Participation
"..Patterns have emerged where low threshold participation amounts to collective intelligence and high engagement provides a different form of collaborative intelligence.."

Library Mashup Competition

Thing-ology (LibraryThing's ideas blog): Library Mashup Competition

Diigo is about "Social Annotation"

Diigo - social annotation and social bookmarking

LibX Firefox extension

The FRBR Blog»Blog Archive » LibX Firefox extension

Year of OPML

Top 10 Sources
"2006 has been called the "Year of OPML," and from the amount of attention it's been receiving lately in the blogosphere, that seems believable. OPML, which stands for Outline Processing Markup Language, is a way of describing collections of links to the Web as an outline".

Cool on a Budget - Library 2.0?

Online Cool on a Budget by Rachel Singer Gordon and Michael Stephens explains how new online tools make it easy and cheap for letting your library show its best side and appear as dynamic. They suggest libraies to try blogs, Flickr,, Google Maps and building wikis. Further libraries can use social networking plateforms like MySpace or Facebook.

Well are they suggesting Library 2.0?

Linking UK Repositories

Digital Repositories Programme



BRICKS - Building resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services
The BRICKS Community is the aggregation of a large community of users, composed of content providers, art professionals, and art researchers, as well as students, citizens, tourists, etc. in order to build a consensus, sharing knowledge and service on Digital Content.

Congratulations NIT Rourkela (India) for having OA Archiving Policy

Congratulations NIT Rourkela (India) for OA Self-Archiving Policy.
"All research papers by faculty and students, MTech (Research) and Ph.D. thesis is to be self-archived in Dspace@nitr or it should be submitted to the librarian for archiving, so that others interested may benefit by referring to these documents. The Administration may
use this archive for assessment of faculty performance when needed."

Online journals publishing practices - ALPSP Survey

"The market for online journals is still in a process of development and experiment; it is only ten years old. Publishers are still grappling with the implications of migrating from a print to an online publishing environment." Academic journal publishers' policies and practices in online publishing - Second Survey, 2005. -ALPSP


Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations

Steps for offering video on demand

Playlist: How to create a vodcast

Next Best Thing to an MBA

The Library: Next Best Thing to an MBA
Across the country, public libraries are giving would-be entrepreneurs a helping hand with resources and expert guidance


Swoogle - Semantic Web Search Engine


dotReader is a new open source e-book reader. It runs on multiple platforms including Windows, Macs, Linux, tablet PCs, and most PDAs can reads multiple document formats with the ability to add additional formats via plug-ins.

Solo Librarianship -- The Librarian & Information Professional's Career Development Center

Future OPAC: Web services that could be mixed and matched?

ALA TechSource | How OPACs Suck, Part 3: The Big Picture
The catalog of the future wouldn't be a catalog; it would be a series of standards-compliant Web services that could be mixed and matched.

Networks are about sharing now

BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » Everybody’s a network
..Networks are about sharing now; they used to be about control. Networks are two-way; they used to be one-way. Networks are about aggregation more than distribution; they are about finding and being found..



Video interview on Open Access

Today I found a Video interview of Richard Poynder, a Freelance Journalist, with Open Access advocate Stevan Harnad. It is an excellent interview of about 30 minutes that can be viewed on a multi-media PC having a Windows Media Player installed. Apart from OA Publishing and Self-Arching, Prof Harnad also talk of role of librarians in OA Movement.

Here are the Broadband and Dial-up Links.


Lazybase allows anyone to design, create and share a database of whatever they like.


jLibrary is a DMS (Document Management System), oriented for personal and enterprise use.