Very interesting!  I will check it out....


On Thu, 25 Oct 2007, Jason Stirnaman wrote:

not, for instance, and entire library catalog?  If I could "check out" the
library catalog onto my computer & use whatever tools I wished to search,


You might be interested in Art Rhyno's experiment.  Here's Jon Udell's summary:

Art Rhyno?s science project
Art Rhyno?s title is Systems Librarian but he should consider adding Mad 
Scientist to his business card because his is full of wild and crazy and ? to 
me, at least ? brilliant ideas. Last year, when I was a judge for the Talis 
?Mashing up the Library? competion, one of my favorite entries was this one 
from Art. The project mirrors a library catalog to the desktop and integrates 
it with desktop search. The searcher in this case is Google Desktop, but could 
be another, and the integration is accomplished by exposing the catalog as a 
set of Web Folders, which Art correctly describes as ?Microsoft?s in-built and 
oft-overlooked WebDAV option.?


Jason Stirnaman
OME/Biomedical & Digital Projects Librarian
A.R. Dykes Library
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas
Work: 913-588-7319

On 10/25/2007 at 10:47 AM, in message
Hi Jakob-

Yes, I think you are correct that it is a bit much to think that a
distributed archiving model is a bit much for libraries to even consider
now, but I do think there are useful insights to be gained here.

As it stands now, linux developers using Git can carry around the entire
change history of the linux kernel (well, I think they just included the
2.6 kernel when they moved to Git) on their laptop, make changes, create
patches, etc and then make that available to others.  Well, undoubtedly
change history is is a bit much for the library to think about, by why
not, for instance, and entire library catalog?  If I could "check out" the
library catalog onto my computer & use whatever tools I wished to search,
organize, annotate, etc., then perhaps "mix-in" data (say holdings data
from other that are near me) OR even create the sort of relationships
between records that the Open Library folks are talking about
then share that added data, we have quite a powerful distributed
development model.  It may seem a bit far-fetched, but I think that some
of the pieces (or at least a better understanding of how this might all
work) are beginning to take shape.


On Thu, 25 Oct 2007, Jakob Voss wrote:

Peter wrote:

Also, re: blog mirroring, I highly recommend the current discussions
floating aroung the blogosphere regarding distributed source control (Git,
Mercurial, etc.).  It's a fundamental paradigm shift from centralized
control to distributed control that points the way toward the future of
libraries as they (we) become less and less the gatekeepers for the
"stuff" be it digital or physical and more and more the facilitators of
the "bidirectional replication" that assures ubiquitous access and
long-term preservation.  The library becomes (actually it has already
happended) simply a node on a network of trust and should act accordingly.

See the thoroughly entertaining/thought-provoking Google tech talk by
Linus Torvalds on Git:

Thanks for pointing to this interesting discussion. This goes even
further then the current paradigm shift from the old model
(author -> publisher -> distributor -> reader) to a world of
user-generated content and collaboration! I was glad if we finally got
to model and archive Weblogs and Wikis - modelling and archiving the
whole process of content copying, changing and remixing and
republication is far beyong libraries capabilities!


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