News Items for _Journal of Internet Cataloging_
Robert H. Terry
rhterry at RBSE.Mountain.Net
Mon Nov 4 10:03:49 EST 1996
Our Software/WWW SBIG is available for public consumption without User
Authentication at: http://rbse.mountain.net/cs/ . It has approximately
100 Collections and two types of searching mechanisms. Feel free to open
it up and drop a comment on you way if you are so moved.
On Mon, 4 Nov 1996, Jon Knight wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Tom Tipsword wrote:
> > When you think about how much time we spend seriously (!) discussing
> > things like cataloging the Internet, it's no wonder that librarians have the sort
> > of image that leads to stuff like the Packard Bell commercial which has been the
> > cause of so much wailing and gnashing of teeth lately. Seriously, have you
> > ever heard anyone who wasn't a librarian demand that catalogers come in
> > and straighten out this messy Internet thing?
> Yes I have; me. I'm a computer scientist, not a librarian and I'm not
> alone. Manual cataloguing of Internet resource has a number of features
> that make it a useful adjunct to the "vacuum cleaner" robot generated
> indexes such as Lycos and Alta Vista. For one thing human's bring with
> them the ability to make value judgements of quality and the ability to
> assess the semantics of resources that machines currently find _very_
> difficult to do (its still hard for humans). An manually generated
> catalogue of resources is never going to be as comprehensive as the robot
> generated indexes but then they don't have to be; many people just want to
> find the quality resources associated with their field of interest.
> To this end the UK Electronic Libraries programme has funded a number of
> Access to Network Resources (ANR) projects specialising in Subject Based
> Information Gateways (SBIGs). The SBIGs make use of manual record entry
> and resource quality assessment in order to shift "the wheat from the
> chaff". There are currently a number of operational SBIGs including ones
> for social sciences (SOSIG - <URL:http://www.sosig.ac.uk>), medicine (OMNI
> - <URL:http://www.omni.ac.uk> and art and design (ADAM -
> <URL:http://www.adam.ac.uk>. See <URL:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/elib/> for
> more details of the Elib program and the other ANR projects.
> The Internet is a wild and wacky place and there is room for a number of
> different techniques for introducing some order into the proceedings to
> help people find information. And finding information is what librarians
> are all about.
> Tatty bye,
> Jon "Jim'll" Knight, Researcher, Sysop and General Dogsbody, Dept. Computer
> Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, Leics., ENGLAND. LE11 3TU.
> * I've found I now dream in Perl. More worryingly, I enjoy those dreams. *
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