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Fifteen polar bears and one architecture

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff 2009-12-01

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Today I gave a presentation on our metadata work. It was meant to be about METS and MODS, but it became more of a justification for our work than about. As usual I had too many slides. My main idea was to use google images instead of slides, but then I had to add some slides anyway because the navigation overhead was too high and I had difficulties to remember which images to click on.

The google searches are interesting. The visual result sets give you an overview very different from the text search. The visual search engines (see, for example Search Cube) base their navigation on some kind of canned screen dumps. That's nice but it isn't the images produced by the author, but an image of the text.

Please find below an annotated list of links to searches I like:

URI & representations & resources
Architecture of the worldwide web

Figure 1

Architecture of the worldwide web

First hit is Figure 1, from the appropriate W3 recommendation. Then there are fifteen polar bears belonging to the cover of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, a title that I think I should read when I get the opportunity.

Library catalog

This one isn't as spectacular as the architecture, but it gives you an idea on what people know and believe they know when it comes to what libraries and cataloging is about.

Eric Lease Morgan's musings on next generation catalog
Eric Lease Morgan's musings on next generation catalog

Figure 2. Eric Lease Morgan's musing on the Next Generation Opac

There is a wonderful image (Figure 2) showing what we were all thinking about around 2006. When I think of it, we still are. The range of protocols to support, and the list of metadata formats are the same. The ideas doesn't change that fast.

Circulation desk

All libraries I know have a circulation desk. Searching for it in Google images yields 978000 hits. Adding quotation marks reduces the number to 34400. None of them are particularly interesting, except perhaps the one at Doheny Library.

My fascination is more due to fact that they are all there, all these desks. I mean, how interesting is a circulation desk?

Works, expressions, manifestations and relations

Figure 3. Knut Hegna (2004) Using FRBR

work expression manifestation item

This one hard core information science. Work is the ontological work, before it is expressed in a manuscript. The platonic blog entry, before it hits the web.

There are other hard core ones, such as collect preserve organize provide access. As a web search, it yields hits mainly in library & archive mission statements.

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