With the advent of the internet and growing popularity of Wikipedia, traditional library reference tools have experienced a decline in use. As a result, many reference publishers began producing electronic books or converting traditional print multi-volume titles to online databases. While this has been a valiant effort, much of the content still goes undiscovered due to limited access from subscription costs, firewalls, passwords, and lack of indexing in search engines.
A new book from IGI Publishing, the first in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) series, discusses the myriad issues with e-reference discovery in libraries. The 23 chapters explore the topic in academic, public, and school libraries as well as from the publishers perspective. The book is available in print or e formats. E formats offer the ability to purchase individual chapters. The first ALIS newsletter featured the preface and 8 selected chapters from the book. Continue reading E-Discovering Reference
Darrell Gunter, CEO of Gunter Media Group, Adam Marshall of Portland Press and Thane Kerner of Silver Chair presented on semantic technology and getting up to speed to better serve your user community.
Each of the speakers posed 5 Questions with 5 Answers
What prompted you to engage semantic technology into your products/applications?
- Darrell Gunter (for Elsevier/Collexis) Needed to develop an expert profile database where the experts can connect with one another
- Adam Marshall: So much data that we no longer know what we know and finding what we find is very difficult. Most of the articles we keep are PDF, which are flat files with no interactivity, and they wanted to develop a new tool to provide interactivity b/t PDFs. Came up with Utopia Documents, which blends the best of the semantic web in PDFs. It connects documents with online data, linking the flat PDF to online databases.
- Thane Kerner: they have large volumes of very specialized content and needed better ways to search and connect content that wasn’t available in current search technology Continue reading Charleston Conference – Semantic Technology
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