Matt Goyer has some excellent posts about the music industry:
I, too, would pay for most of the things Matt proposes in that last link. The problem, though, is that there's little room for libraries in these scenarios. If the rights management on the digital files is too strict, libraries can't lend them out. On the other hand, if it's too lax, then the files are easily copied while checked out, which probably won't happen given the RIAA's stance. Maybe that should be one of the "good faith" gestures from the RIAA when they sit down to the table with the tech industry - a provision for library use. They've exempted libraries in other areas... why not this one?
This is a great idea, but what we really need is subject access to blogs. I found this out first-hand when I was putting together my presentations last week. I wanted to show personal, corporate, newspaper, and different types of library blogs. I had a heck of a time trying to find what I wanted. Again, you can tell that librarians were not involved in the development cycle of blogging software. I mean, if we're going to start using blogging for knowledge management and information dissemination (along with everything else we're already using it for), then we're going to need better access to the content.
So is there a way to add meta tag macros into blog templates? For example, in Radio, I fill in boxes to provide my name, the name of my blog, the language of each categorie, and a tag line for my blog. That's four meta tags right there (title, creator, language, description) that could be easily converted to HTML or Dublin Core meta tags when the template is processed. The whole setup would be completely transparent for the user, but always easily editable. Can't there be a few other boxes that I can choose to fill in (or not)? It wouldn't be that difficult to handle other DC tags and just add the macros into each template.
Then Google and Daypop could also index by these tags, making subject retrieval a bajillion times better. Sure the classifications would be subjectively entered by the author, but it would at least be a start. Not only that, sites like NewsIsFree could index their RSS feeds by subject as well. Otherwise, it's 500,000 blogs and I can't find the needle.
The music labels should be pretty scared today. Of course, in that parallel universe, this never happened.
I've taught Rosie how to high-five and low-five just in time for March Madness!
Well, that didn't last long. I've been using Atomz, a free search engine service, as a way to search my site. However, the free account allows for 500 pages, and now I've gone over that. I know I could switch to Freefind (although I'd have to pay to be ad-free) or PicoSearch, but I really want to run my own search engine software now that I've moved my blog to my own server. I know I could use ht:dig, but I'm not really technical enough to install it. Any other suggestions? I'm okay at stealing straightforward Perl scripts and adapting them to a *nix environment, but that's about it.
Sheree alerted me to this site a few months ago because her Board President came across it and he wanted to know if there was a way the Homer Library could do to collaborate with them. Barry is blind, so naturally he's very interested in this service. I emailed them some questions, but I never got a response. It's probably time to try again.
This is very cool, and it's a great way to listen to Glass' compositions. I wonder if something like this could be set up to allow browsing through a library's digital audio collection (someday, when we have them). When you find something you want to hear more of, you click a button to check it out.
I just had to point out this great quote of his, though:
"The [MPAA] is to innovation as the Spanish Inquisition was to religious freedom." (scroll down a little)
Tim also adds:
Thanks for the heads-up on this, Tim. FYI to everyone else, I'm adding Tim's book Bringing Children and the Internet Together to the Shifted Reading List. Have you noticed how the section of books I want to read keeps growing but the section of titles I've read hasn't? Sigh.
Check out Tim's blog, too, as there are lots of interesting links on it.
I wanted to make sure everyone saw Russell's comment on yesterday's post about 30 billion text messages sent each month in Europe:
You didn't believe me, did you? I also wanted to let Russell know that some folks are indeed using SMS to post to their blogs. Al has been experimenting with this using his i-mode phone, and there's another blog using SMS for posting but I can't find it at the moment. And someone just posted the links yesterday. Drat. Bad brain, bad. Anyone know which one it is or know of others? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
I find this difficult to believe, too. Not in the future, but in the now. I talk a lot about how libraries need to become more portable in order to serve the Net Gens in their world, but this is another group of people we need to keep in mind as we design our remote services. Just because they're working at home doesn't mean they can drop whatever they're doing and take a drive over to the library to use our resources. In fact, these are the folks who embrace instant messaging because they can just dash off a note or a question to anyone around the world. Except their local library. Hopefully that will change.
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