Monday, September 18, 2006

ECDL2006 Tutorials

I made it through the first day. Some interesting stuff starting with the 5S Framework for Digital Libraries. This seems worth taking a closer look at.

In the afternoon I went to the second half of the tutorial on Distributed Digital Libraries, which at that point was covering the DILIGENT, BRICKS and DELOS systems, and was followed by some 'Collection Manager' API talk before I was just too tired - late flight last night - and had to go home. Hopefully the presenters will put their material up on the web so I can revisit it after the conference.

Interestingly, both covered Personal Digital Libraries and related concepts.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


I'm being followed by an axe murderer, AXE MURDERER, axe murderer.
Leaping and chopping like an axe murderer, AXE MURDERER, axe murderer.

(to the tune of 'Moon Shadow')

Monday, July 24, 2006


Originally uploaded by Stephen De Gabrielle.
It's a duck at Kew Gardens. Nice duck.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Are blogs and wikis the same?

How quickly can I get into trouble with this?

  1. Of course they are - they let people communicate on the web by populating websites with documents and metadata!
  2. Of course not

Users who voluntarily publish documents and metadata often care that they are correct!

Users often even try to assign some sort of metadata.

Now metadata and its use has its problems. Any one who has used a search engine knows about metacrap.
People lie, are lazy, stupid, and that's even before you realise not only is classification tricky, but as Clay Shirky explains in his essay 'The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview', it is difficult to use in many of the ways we dream about.

Despite all these problems, the users of wikis and blogs and all create the same sort of idiolect driven terms and often group them into a 'folksonomy' of sorts.

I hope you believe me - I have some examples in case you don't:
1. Tim Bray - the 'What' taxonomy in ongoing :BlogWikiHuh.

2. diveintomark: using the more accepted 'tremble as if they were mad' classification system.

3. Ted has one too. It even has a Lisp category.

I'm hoping this rambling has made sense. I didn't really know where I was going when I started but I now think I have made a little more sense of it for myself.

My final conclusion: Blog, wiki,, etc. are all the same sort of thing:

  • they all share the idea of the unique identifier (hyperlink) for a document,
  • they all have metadata
  • in a blog this can be those used in the title or the document itself, or those in a classification system
  • has its tags,
  • wiki's have WikiWords
  • they all use links as metadata to find other documents; wikiwords, tags, trackback.


Gmail is my spell checker

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

How to get a n70 on Optus provide data to a 770

This link showed me how...

in "Connectivity Settings"
set "Dial-up number" to "*99#"
Click on the "Advanced" then "other" tab.
entered the following as "Supplementary AT commands":
(I also turned off PPP compression. not sure if that made a difference)

'internet' is the access point name used by Optus (note the lowercase i)