Technology

Experts unlock BBC\'s archive of life in the Eighties

Madcow writes \"Another archivists\' nightmare: buried time capsule with digital data outlives it\'s playback devices. Takes experts quite a while to decode. Oh, yeah, it was done in the 80\'s!
Here\'s the
Full Story \"
All the information was recorded on two virtually indestructible interactive videodiscs that could be accessed using a special BBC microcomputer system. But the videodiscs far outlived the computer system, without which they proved useless.
The BBC Also Has A Story

MIT\'s Superarchive

Mark writes \"Sally Atwood of Technology Review about DSpace, MIT\'s super archive. \"
DSpace is not the only digital archive in the United States, but it does occupy unique ground. “If you look at the landscape of digital repositories, there seem to be two types,” says MacKenzie Smith, associate director for technology for the MIT Libraries and the Institute’s project manager for DSpace. “One concerns library holdings that happen to be in digital format. The other is a preprint archive that is tailored to scholarly papers in a discipline and is a vehicle for getting them out quickly. They are not concerned with long-term preservation.” DSpace, however, is committed to preserving not only published papers, but also their supporting documentation.

See Also a story on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology\'s OpenCourseWare Web site.

Conferencing Software: An Overview

Sabrina I. Pacifici writes \"Cindy Carlson reviews

Web-based conferencing products, and the role they can plan in distance training programs. Cindy details application limitations, positive features and system options.
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Dspace Making Headlines

Bill writes \"Dspace has been making headlines a little bit. the Daily News Tribune has an AP story and slashdot has a nice round up, with some excellent comments. MIT has a story, of course, and another and it\'s made it as far as seattle Seattle.
Dspace can be found at Dspace \"

Wireless LANs in Libraries keeps growing

Bill Drew writes \"The growth of Wireless LANs in libraries continues. As of 2 PM Eastern time today, here is the country breakdown as reported to me for my list:

United States of America - 137 libraries or institutions. Number is actually higher as some universities have multiple libraries.

United Kingdom - 1

Italy -1

Canada - 1

Hong Kong - 1

Singapore - 1

Vanuatu- 1

Australia - 1

The complete list can be seen at
The Wireless Librarian -- Read More

The search for meaning

Red Harring has This Story on "Categorization Software" they say works like a superhuman librarian, doing the job of a team of readers, parsing every book, and tagging and categorizing the contents according to context.
In corporate settings, the software works with what's known as unstructured data, or data that isn't typically stored in a database, like documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and multimedia files. According to various estimates, unstructured data represents more than 70 percent of corporate data assets.

Computer Trash Is His Treasure

Robin Kildow passed along This Wired Story on VintageTech, a consultancy specializing in obsolete computers. The firm provides a number of services, including data conversion and rental of old computers to movie makers.
They also He also organizes the Vintage Computer Festival the fifth annual show is being held in Silicon Valley this weekend.

Wireless in Syllabus Magazine

Bill Drew writes "The October issue of Syllabus is focused on the use of wireless technology in higher education.

"Syllabus, the only monthly magazine that focuses exclusively on the use of high tech in higher education, provides a platform for advancing new IT solutions at the college level. Read by an audience of 156,000 and influencing decisions made across the higher ed enterprise -- from the classroom to the campus -- Syllabus has been a source of information for educators, administrators and IT professionals since 1988."


Syllabus is also free!!
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Fun with XML

Eric Lease Morgan has put together an outline of the process he used to learn a bit about XML, Extensible Markup Language. He calls it Fun With XML. It is presented here in an effort to share his experiences as well as provide him with the means to articulate what he learned.
If you've been curious about this XML stuff, this is a good place to start.

LOC to use distributed computing

According to Bob, Wired reports that the Library of Congress is examining ways to use \"grid computing\" (a la SETI and United Devices) to process their digital collections in consort with the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

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