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Adrian Dale – interviews Clay Shirky

On his recent visit to London, Clay Shirky shared some insights which will be part of his forthcoming keynote presentation ┬╗view video

Amazon Web Services in Excel Macro

This is an excellent excel macro which I’ve been using to demonstrate the power of web services and persistent identifiers in training courses. The code is accessible and there is alot to learn from it.

JIS 34(5) Published

The October 2008 issue of the Journal of Information Science has been published. An article by Paul Huntington Web robot detection in the scholarly information environment has looked at the behaviour of web robots and identified that many now ignore the robots.txt protocol:

An increasing number of robots harvest information on the world wide web for a wide variety of purposes. Protocols developed at the inception of the web laid out voluntary procedures in order to identify robot behaviour, and exclude it if necessary. Few robots now follow this protocol and it is now increasingly difficult to filter for this activity in reports of on-site activity. This paper seeks to demonstrate the issues involved in identifying robots and assessing their impact on usage in regard to a project which sought to establish the relative usage patterns of open access and non-open access articles in the Oxford University Press published journal Glycobiology, which offers in a single issue articles in both forms. A number of methods for identifying robots are compared and together these methods found that 40% of the raw logs of this journal could be attributed to robots.

Adrian Dale speaks at Ibersid 2008, Zaragoza

Adrian is taking part in the closing panel of the conference, debating the problems with Library and Information Management education in Europe today. ┬╗download presentation