thammond – 2007 February 05

In Search

Nelson Minar has a short post on Google’s Search History ‘feature’ and how it can be used to enhance your search experience. I guess that should be SearchULike.

What’s My Link?


thammond – 2007 February 05

In Linking

Simon Willison has a great piece here about disambiguating URLs. Best practice on creating and publishing URLs is obviously something of interest to any publisher. See this excerpt from Simon’s post: _“Here’s a random example, plucked from today’s popular. is a new online debating site (tag clouds, gradient fills, rounded corners). It’s listed in a total of four times! has 36 saves has 148 saves

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Ed Pentz – 2007 February 02

In Blog

Due to spam the comments and trackbacks were turned off on the blog since last week. Comments can be moderated so they have now been turned back on. Glad to see postings picking up.



thammond – 2007 February 02

In Blog

Somebody is both reading (and recommending) this blog - see Lorcan’s post here. Just my opinion but would be really good to see more librarians following this in order to arrive at better consensus.

RSC launches semantic enrichment of journal articles


rkidd – 2007 February 01

In StandardsWebInChI

The RSC has gone live today with the results of Project Prospect, introducing semantic enrichment of journal articles across all our titles. I’m pretty sure we’re the first primary research publisher to do anything of this scope. We’re identifying chemical compounds and providing synonyms, InChIs (IUPAC’s Chemical Identifier), downloadable CML (Chemical Markup Language), SMILES strings and 2D images for these compounds. In terms of subject area we’re marking up terms from the IUPAC Gold Book, and also Open Biomedical Ontology terms from the Gene, Cell, and Sequence Ontologies.

Digital Objects


thammond – 2007 January 30


A couple weeks back there was a meeting of the Open Archive Initiative‘s Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) Technical Committee hosted in the Butler Library at Columbia University, New York.


Lorcan Dempsey of OCLC blogs here on the report (PDF format) that was generated from that meeting. As does Pete Johnston of Eduserv here.

An Open PDF?


thammond – 2007 January 29

In Standards

Adobe announces today the following: “SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it intends to release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).” The full press release is here. (Via Oleg Tkachenko’s Blog.)

Jon Udell and DOIs


admin – 2007 January 29


Not to get too self-referential here, but it was very cool to see that Tony Hammond has managed to get Not to get too self-referential here, but it was very cool to see that Tony Hammond has managed to get This based on a podcast interview with Tony posted on January 26th.

W3C Recs for XML - Eight of ‘Em!


thammond – 2007 January 25


Although most folks will already know about this it still seems significant enough to blog the arrival of XQuery 1.0, XSLT 2.0, and XPath 2.0. See the W3C Press Release.

Use of PRISM in RSS


thammond – 2007 January 23

In Metadata

Was rooting around for some information and stumbled across this page which may be of interest: Namespaced Extensions in Feeds Thursday, August 03, 2006 posted by Mihai Parparita “I wrote a small MapReduce program to go over our BigTable and get the top 50 namespaces based on the number of feeds that use them.” Seems quite an impressive percentage for PRISM.