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Libraries and librarians' blogs

Weblogs - LISWiki
Many libraries and librarians publish blogs

Maximizing Research Impact

ECS EPrints Service - Maximizing Research Impact Through Institutional and National Open-Access Self-Archiving Mandates
Maximizing Research Impact Through Institutional and National Open-Access Self-Archiving Mandates

Information retrieval (IR)

Information retrieval - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Information retrieval (IR) is the art and science of searching for information in documents, searching for documents themselves, searching for metadata which describe documents, or searching within databases, whether relational stand-alone databases or hypertext networked databases such as the Internet or intranets, for text, sound, images or data. There is a common confusion, however, between data retrieval, document retrieval, information retrieval, and text retrieval, and each of these have their own bodies of literature, theory, praxis and technologies.

link blog

Health Search Engine

Search Engine Optimization

Best Practices Wiki for Library Success

Future of Catalogs - OPAC

Presentation on future of Catalogs by Roy Tennant, California Digital Library.


Open access (OA) entry in Wikipedia

Open access - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Open access (OA) is the free online availability of digital content. It is best-known and most feasible for peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journal articles, which scholars publish without expectation of payment.


Full text database of peer reviewed Indian biomedical journals

Minerva -- 329 (7465): 580 -- BMJ
The Indian MEDLARS centre has designed a full text database of peer reviewed Indian biomedical journals from the year 2000 onwards. It currently contains 26 journals, and the number and coverage are likely to increase. Visit the database free of charge at

Cataloging Internet Resources: A Manual and Practical Guide


Bloglet offers an email subscription service for your blog

ISBN Conversion

The ISBN was originally developed as a 10-digit number, which for more than three decades has performed extremely well as a catalog number for books. However, the International ISBN Agency has determined that sometime in the not-too-distant future they will begin to run out of 10-digit numbers for publishers. Accordingly, in January 2007, the ISBN will be redefined from a 10-digit to a 13-digit number. ManaSystems are able to offer a number of conversion tools and API's to ease the transition by converting existing ISBNs to ISBN-13.

Continuation of the Art of Preparing for an Interview

Lessons in Podcasting


Cool Tools Update for Webmasters

Wikipedia Vs Britannica

Connotea: timo's bookmarks matching tag wikipedia
Links to articles and other online comments arising from the 15 December 2005 report in Nature that compared Wikipedia content with that from Britannica.


Net::Z3950::SimpleServer is a Perl module which is intended to make it as simple as possible to develop new Z39.50, SRU and SRW servers over any type of database imaginable. All you have to do is implement functions handling:


SuprGlu - No MSG, we promise.
SuprGlu is about bringing the pieces of your web content together into one central place for you, your friends, and maybe even your friends to-be.


Wink - [Homepage]
Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.

What is Biblioblogosphere ?

LibrarianInBlack: PLA 2006: Community Building Through Your Web Site: Library Blogs and RSS Feeds
The community of library and librarian blogs is known as the biblioblogosphere


Wireless Networking Book

Wireless Networking in the Developing World
project has released a book on Wireless Networking. The
book covers topics from basic radio physics and network design to
equipment and troubleshooting. It is intended to be a comprehensive
resource for technologists in the developing world, providing the
critical information that they need to build networks.

MyLibrary Manual

MyLibrary is a database-driven website application intended to facilitate digital library collections and services. It has come up with a MyLibrary Manual

Convert your website to Subversion blog
Step-by-step guide to help you convert your currently live website to a handy-dandy revision-control system called Subversion.


Concepts of information retrieval

Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration | Abstract | 1747-5333-1-2 | A tutorial on information retrieval: basic terms and concepts
Having a basic knowledge of the terms and concepts of information retrieval should improve the efficiency and productivity of searches. As well, this knowledge is needed in order to follow current research efforts in biomedical information retrieval and text mining that are developing new systems not only for finding documents on a given topic, but extracting and integrating knowledge across documents.

Google Scholar service matches Thomson ISI citation index

Google Scholar service matches Thomson ISI citation index
The free Google Scholar service does as good a job as Thomson ISI’s science citation index for performing citation counts and could be used as a cheap substitute to the costly Thomson service, says a University of British Columbia professor.

The bottom line on open access

The bottom line on open access
The rapidly evolving debate over free online scholarship drives right to the heart of some of the most fundamental questions about research

2020 computing: Everything, everywhere

news @ 2020 computingEverything, everywhere computers that constantly monitor ecosystems, buildings and even human bodies could turn science on its head. Declan Butler investigates.
Tiny computers that constantly monitor ecosystems, buildings and even human bodies could turn science on its head. Declan Butler investigates.


Web 2.0 API Reference

Library 2.0 websites: Where to begin? » Library 2.0 websites: Where to begin?

-Social Software
-Open Source
-Single Sign-on
-Open standards
-Integrated OPAC

Future of Science

Science will continue to surprise us with what it discovers and creates; then it will astound us by devising new methods to surprises us. At the core of science's self-modification is technology. New tools enable new structures of knowledge and new ways of discovery. The achievement of science is to know new things; the evolution of science is to know them in new ways. What evolves is less the body of what we know and more the nature of our knowing

Bibliographic Openoffice

bibliographic: Bibliographic Project Homepage
The bibliographic project will design and build an easy to use and comprehensive bibliographic facility within OpenOffice. It will be easy to use for the casual user, but will meet all the requirements of the professional and academic writer. The new bibliographic facility will utilise the latest open standards and will make the fullest use of emerging XML, XSLT, RDF and SRU/W technology.

Electronic Health Care/Medical Libraries on the Internet

Exposing your metadata

'Marketing' with Metadata - How Metadata Can Increase Exposure and Visibility of Content. OAI-PMH, Z39.50, SRU/SRW, RSS
There are many advantages of exposing metadata. If you want people to be able to find your content, then exposing your metadata in standardised ways makes real sense. This is equally true for data providers with content they wish to give away freely, and also for those who wish to charge for their content or restrict access to registered users.


Cross Archive Search Service for Indian Repositories

Cross Archive Search Service for Indian Repositories - CASSIR has been launched by NCSI [IISc, Bangalore].

OAI Capture by Search Engines

Frank McCown and Others has made a study to determine how much OAI-PMH exposed metadata is being indexed by popular search engines. From their sample they conclude that Yahoo indexed 65%, followed by Google (44%) and MSN (7%).

Art of Preparing for an Interview


Is BASE is the answer what I was looking for in Google Scholar? - an option to limit the set to open / free scholarly literature.

Web Authoring System

Nvu - The Complete Web Authoring System for Linux, Macintosh and Windows
A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.


Web Indicators Portal

Web Indicators - A WISER Project
The portal aims to bring together different groups working on web indicators, provide an network of information resources including leading edges of informetrics and web research in general, offer a platform for discussion and point to science policy implication of web indicator research.

Podcasting: the future of staying current in medicine?

Podcasting: the future of staying current in medicine?
Is podcasting just another over-hyped technology or will it develop into a permanent aspect of the Web? Also known as audio-blogging or blog-casting, podcasting is a combination of the words "broadcasting" and "iPod". Health professionals - and librarians - are beginning to educate themselves about podcasting and its applications in medicine. | Reducing the Friction From Digital Commerce is designed to promote and advance the state of the art in the establishment of the commercial Semantic Web. Any efforts here conform to, and are guided by, standards adopted within the W3C Semantic Web standards initiative.


S.R. Ranganathan Laws and Web

Lennart Bj�rneborn - PhD in webometrics - Royal School of Library and Information Science
# Links are for use � the very essence of hypertext;

# Every surfer his or her link � the rich diversity of links across topics and genres;

# Every link its surfer � ditto;

# Save the time of the surfer � visualizing web clusters and small-world shortcuts;

# The Web is a growing organism

NeuroScholar project

The NeuroScholar project provides knowledge engineering software for use by the neuroscience community.


An alternative interface to the PubMed medical literature database


unAPI - for all your unAPI needs
unAPI is a tiny HTTP API for the few basic operations necessary to copy discrete, identified content from any kind of web application.


What is a Mashup?

Mashup (web application hybrid)
A mashup is a website or web application that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience.


Re: Why can't Google Scholar be like Open J-Gate / OAIster

Thank you friends for responding to my post on “Why can't Google Scholar be like Open J-Gate / OAIster “ to various Groups as well as on my blog. Some of the issues highlighted by you are presented towards the end of this message.

My posted was purely from an end user’s point of view. Who is not interested what all Google Scholar can offer and whether it helps in citation analysis [1]. The requirement was plain and simple “Result set should be restricted to Free / Open Full Text Scholarly Literature”. The purpose is to save unproductive “clicks” to paid / locked literature. Dr. S N Sarbadhikari [4] is quite near when he suggests adding “open access full text” words to the query as such. However, it will remove many useful hits where these words are not part of the text. Having an option to restrict to free / open literature in the advanced search interface would had been handy. I have written to Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar to provide such an option. It up to him -- to ignore the suggestion or profit from it.

I am myself a fan of Google Scholar. Who knows ? - in future it could even beat Web of Science. The way it is negotiating with Journal Publishers for their content [2] as well as entering into agreements with libraries to provide full texts [3] -- the future could be near. Integration with OpenURL resolvers is also an interesting trend to watch [5].


[1] Sh. Jitendra N. Dash

"I found the following write-up by Mr. Singh is interesting but he avoided the strong point of Google Scholar(GS), free citation retrieval search engine."

[2] JK Vijayakumar
/>"Google Scholar is negotiating with Journal Publishers for getting into their server, and harvest their ToC, Abstract and reference parts of each article. When GS comes out with its full version, any one can search for Scholarly literature, from the vast array of Free and Paid journals, at the same time and at single place. The beauty of its Citation search adds GS's expected acceptance among Academia."

[3] He further refers a News Item:

"The internet's search engine and the world's greatest research library are joining forces to offer researchers, students and academics desktop delivery of millions of full text scholarly research articles.

From today, searches on Google Scholar ( will include links to the British Library's document delivery service. Search results will be matched against the Library's holdings and where a match is made, users will have the option to obtain articles held via the British Library's online document ordering interface, British Library Direct ( "

[4] Dr. S N Sarbadhikari
" I tried to test Scholar Google with the search phrase: - benchmarking organizations open access full text - and could get access to many free full text articles from the very first result page. "

[5] Saiful Amin

Highlights out how Google Scholar can be integrated with OpenURL resolvers.

Suggestion for Google Scholar

I have a suggestion for Google Scholar. Can Google Scholar provide a way to restrict search result set to only to Free / Open Access full text material. It will save some clicks for a person who is just looking up some reading material but not ready to pay for it.
My previous post also talks about it.


Why can't Google Scholar be like Open J-Gate / OAIster

This morning was frustating with Google Scholar.

I just wanted to get hold of some scholary literature on "Methods for Benchmarking Organisations". So, opened up Google Scholar and fired the first term - "benchmarking". Good - 149,000 hits to good quality looking literature. So, started clicking by one by one to see the hits. But, what is this?!! Almost every click was asking me to pay somewhere 20 to 40 Dollars to have the access to full text. Obiously - this is the locked up knowledge for me. What is the use of these wonderful hits to high quality literature when I can not view them.

Next I opened up Open J-Gate and fired the same term "benchmarking". Had to wait for the results. Ultimately got the result - 216 hits. This served my purpose. Not that these pointed to high quality papers. But I got what I wanted in return for what I could afford to pay for. No wasting of time in clicking and waiting to learn that I can't afford to buy the stuff.

Later found that OAIster gave 1674 hits for the same term. But then, all Open/Free Access literature may not be OAI compliant.

Why can't Google creates a service for just Open/Free Access Scholary Literature and name it as OpenScholar?. Its better technology can help small mortals like me.

Five laws of library science

Five laws of library science - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
S. R. Ranganathan, considered by librarians all over India to be the father of library science, proposed five laws of library science. Most librarians accept them as the foundations of their philosophy:

These laws are:

1. Books are for use.

2. Every reader has his or her book.

3. Every book has its reader.

4. Save the time of the reader.

5. The library is a growing organism.

Structured Blogging plugins

Structured Blogging
BETA versions of Structured Blogging plugins are currently available

Liberating the Textbook

Freeload Press - Liberating the Textbook
Textbooks are too important for students to go without. Freeload Press is liberating the textbook so students from all financial backgrounds can use these important learning tools.