A really cool tour of what universities are doing and what’s coming for mobile devices. More than just maximizing sites to be viewed on mobile devices, there are new services that make use of things like the camera phone. We heard a little about this from Gary Price in other presentations, but apparently we’re closer to having visual mobile search. It’s still pretty limited, but you’ll be able to take a picture of a movie billboard and send it to a specific site and get reviews, buy tickets, etc. It’s limited because it has to know that you’re sending movie info or CD info – it’s not just find more information about a random image. She mentioned something where you could be in the bookstore and snap a picture of a book and put a copy of the book on hold at your local library. I’m not sure who would pay to develop such a system – certainly not the bookstore!
Also, apparently if you buy movie tickets at Fandango, you can display the ticket on your screen and the barcode can be scanned directly from the screen – no need to print a verification or stand in line when you get to the theater.
Exploiting the Value of Structured Metadata
(came in late, at ~10:45)
Web service – sits on the network
Greasemonkey script, finds an ISBN, looks up information in the OCLC web service
Mining exploring exploiting data we have about books, making the data work harder
Automatic guess at audience level based on what libraries hold it (school=0, public=0.33, academic=0.66, arl=1.0) gives a hint about content, also provides party game to guess J - added to Amazon page using Greasemonkey
Like google suggest – brings back results based on what you’ve typed so far (not what others have searched), FRBR-ized results. Satisficing results.
Ajax interaction (in the browser, not going back and forth to the server), has indexed every three words in the database, ranked by holdings (OCLC-wide?), on the lhs class numbers for things retrieved (DDC numbers)
Fiction records from WorldCat, show genre, setting, clustered using FRBR-inspired system, faceted browse, new interface Spring 06
Flat applications – lightweight service composition and web services
Rich interaction –
Data is the new functionality – make the data work harder, get your moneys worth from years of building and collecting data, what can we say about books that will help our users based on the data we have
FRBR will be, looking at what other things can benefit from this approach, maybe music
To google, yahoo
Will be a search box that can be included
Will be more of a user interface
Are considering more machine interfaces
Can we build the audience thing into our software?
Available same as xISBN, in Greasemonkey, web service, and as user interface
Yes, but on an as is basis
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