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Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online.

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Way Cool Search: What did Rumpole really say?

Another one from the ProgrammableWeb file: The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913, describes itself as a “fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at

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#c4l12 Wrap-up

My recent week chock full of Code4Lib goodness was sponsored by Amanda Vizedom of Wind River Consulting. She’d been lucky enough to grab one of the precious few available registrations in the hour or so before they sold out, but

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Train Wreck

A value scenario for the use of metaphor in design Metaphor has a power to mislead and misdirect. Kensing and Madsen (1991) introduce it as a tool to start conversations about a new design and to open up fresh possibilities

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Artifacts to Embody Design Ideas

(class assignment, IMT 540) Within the design process, scenarios and personas are described as techniques for collecting disparate relevant facts into a cohesive representation of the design situation’s full context and the probable effects of the proposed design upon it.

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News: Reuters apparently wants us to think about state-supported hacking as a rapidly legitimizing element of the national arsenal. Exploit traffic is the new rocket’s red glare apparently, faster, cheaper, and more effective than the old-school methods of sending a

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Intrusive Instruction

In developing my iSchool portfolio lately, I’ve been struck by the extent to which instruction is represented. I’ve done plenty of training in my past along with development of training manuals and other process and functional documentation. It’s been a

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Yeah, .htaccess this!

Oof. My brain is largely mush at this moment, thanks to a battle spanning 2 days with the evil, nasty mod_rewrite function in my hosting environment. This site is hosted in a subdirectory with several others, also in subdirectories, running

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Update: High-Context Context

The experience of actually implementing my high-context friend’s navigation program fully validated my understanding that parsing context is what’s hard, nevermind the simple linear stuff like math. Google Maps definitely knew the street and the place on it indicated by

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Taxonomy at work play

I’m thinking a comprehensive taxonomy of cocktails is needed to really fulfill the promise of the House of Bols online cocktail selector. Who’s with me?

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