"If libraries, newspapers and chambers of commerce could come together to provide information about a city (via PDA downloads), that would be a great service." How many public/academic librarians actually work with their local chamber or newspapers? I would think more chambers than newspapers, right?
Another POV on the Chieftan.com article - this one from Steven @ Library Stuff. He's probably right, although, in our little town, we pretty much bump elbows with everyone.
"Search Google directly from AIM or MSN Messenger!! Make "Googlematic" your buddy, then just type in a search term and the first hit is sent back to you via chat!!!! Imagine the possiblilities for Live Reference work. There are libraries that are using AIM to answer reference questions now. I hope that Live Person incorporates it soon so I don't have to keep switching back and forth bewteen the software and the browser. I know that Google is not the be all and end all of reference work, but it does make it easier, right?"
File this one away for future reference (uhh...no pun intended there)...I knew there was something else we forgot at the technolgy stratagy meeting we had discussing future LibIT projects. Perhaps the GoogleAPI could open other oppurtunities for remote reference as well.
Library PDA Content"It's a niche market. I don't think it's going to drive the rest of us out of business. If libraries, newspapers and chambers of commerce could come together to provide information about a city (via PDA downloads), that would be a great service." - Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas Public Library District"
Interesting idea. Similar to the Digital History E-book concept by Jenny @ The Shifted Librarian. I'm going to think this through a bit and if I come up wtih anything useful, I'll post it.
"Anything But Country Sat, 13 Apr 2002 06:29 PM You hear it countless times, especially if you hang around certain hipster circles. What kind of music do you like? "I'll listen to anything but country." You may hear it less since the start of the irresistible flood of "roots music" sentimentality that's been prominent recently, but still some people's impression of country music has been beaten into such crushing submission by contemporary bubble gum garbage that they've slipped into a demented prejudice about one of this country's genuinely original art forms. Does that make Johnny Cash punk? "
Amen brother! I'm starting to regain my appreciation of the genre myself. And it doesn't include the bubble gum stuff either.
I am a pretty regular reader of angrynerd.com and I keep telling myself 'I'm going to scrape this site with RSSDistiller some time.' That way you'd also have his insightful inline annotation links as well.
Myelin: "This is a web server, written completely in Python, that implements the xmlStorageSystem protocol used by Radio UserLand, a popular weblog tool.
This could definitely have some potential. Even appears to contain parts of RCS's functionality. Something else I've never considered, but I sure is possible with some amount of programming, is the ability for non-Radio blog tools to utilize the xmlStorage system. XML-RPC ??? Food for thought.
"Outreach Project Tool (OPT). OPT is a Web-based tool that provides improved communications with customers, offering easy access to project information, including tasks, enhancement requests, e-mail, trouble tickets, a repository of documents plus a couple of other features. Back when I had a software development staff at work, we were planning to integrate most of OPT's features into our Intranet, giving us an extranet tool designed to help us share project information with clients. I need this more than ever today, but without staff, don't have the resources to develop it independently. OPT looks like a good compromise."
Doug Miller makes mention of a tool that looks like it might have a promising future @ work - that is if I can get them to remove the 'people-won't-use-it-very-much' mindset and convince them that there is value in a intranet site.
OPT Demo site is not up at the moment, but I'm going to download and give it a try as soon as I get the intranet server up and running.
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...However, the cool thing about Google making it's search results available to web applications available to web applications is the trend that it starts. How long before we have a MSN, AOL or Jabber API that will allow other people to not only link to your website, but list your current online status on their page? For example, I'm going to be in Boston next weekend, how cool would it be if I could push out that message using an IM client, which pushes out to my website the message "Mike's in Boston", which is then picked up through an API to every site that links to my website, so the link would look something like "Mike's Blog (Mike's in Boston)" where the Mike's Blog link takes you to my blog, and the "Mike's in Boston" part takes you to an IM API page where you can see more details about my status, send me an instant message, or I can leave other details about how to reach me, or not reach me while I'm in Boston. Call it the ultimate in "presence", people can know your online status without ever having to come to your site, or look you up on the IM client. I can also leave in my information a message that says "Won't be updating the blog until I return." so everyone who spots a link to my site will know that until the "Mike's in Boston" status changes, there's nothing new on the site. It saves them clicks. And just think of the corporate application of such an API! You could publish everyone's status to an intranet page and the status could be updated as often as it needed to be by using any available internet connection and an IM client. <<< [Life of a One Man IT Department]
Instant Outlining is a something of a start on this concept. It exists in addition to your main blog feed, though I'm certain there is (and most likely will be) a way to incorporate it into your main channel. Radio only for the moment though I'm certain that will change as well.
"What the heck is Blogrolling.com? This site provides a free, easy to use service to manage your buddy lists on your blog that works with every major blog tool and website. " If I wasn't already using the similar capability built into "NIF", I'd definitely put this service to good use. Several ways to display on your blog site and easy editting are enough to earn a look, but you also get a blog tracker pane util that will give you quick access to your favorite blogs. Cool!
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