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Christina's LIS Rant
Thursday, March 23, 2006
  CIL2006: Notes from Thursday Morning
Keynote

Megan Fox

http://web.simmons.edu/~fox/pda

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

Lorcan Dempsey

(came in late, at ~10:45)


Greasemonkey Script

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


Live Search

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)

See also: LCSH Live


Fiction Finder

Fiction records from WorldCat, show genre, setting, clustered using FRBR-inspired system, faceted browse, new interface Spring 06

Browse by general term, returns work level results, ranked by holdings (so 1 Don Quixote, w/2k editions each with holdings), with format (audio books, large print, e-books, etc.), in facets, links to find in a library

Special indexes for fiction such as fictional characters (sandman), setting


Web 2.0

Flat applications – lightweight service composition and web services

Rich interaction – Ajax

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

Participation

Audience questions

Non-fiction finder?

FRBR will be, looking at what other things can benefit from this approach, maybe music

API? -

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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