Libraries in Second Life By 2007, there were more than 40 libraries in Second Life and the number is increasing. Many of those libraries can be found in Cybrary City, part of the information archipelago on Second Life. This place was built for libraries to set up their virtual services and for displaying their resources. Libraries can provide their services while also learning new skills for 21st-century librarianship. DocuScope-Department of English What is DocuScope? DocuScope is a text analysis environment with a suite of interactive visualization tools for corpus-based rhetorical analysis. The DocuScope Project began in 1998 as a result of collaboration between David Kaufer and Suguru Ishizaki at Carnegie Mellon University. David created what we call the generic (default) dictionary, consisting of over 40 million linguistic patterns of English classified into over 100 categories of rhetorical effects. Suguru designed and implemented the analysis and visualization software, which can annotate a corpus of text against any dictionary of regular strings that are classified into a hierarchy of rhetorical effects.
Museum collection meets library catalogue: Powerhouse collection now integrated into Trove The National Library of Australia’s Trove is one of those projects that it is only after it is built and ‘live in the world’ that you come to understand just how important it is. At its most basic,Trove provides a meta-search of disparate library collections across Australia as well as the cultural collections of the National Library itself. Being an aggregator it brings together a number of different National Library products that used to exist independently under the one Trove banner such as the very popular Picture Australia. Not only that, Trove,has a lovely (and sizeable) user community of historians, genealogists and enthusiasts that diligently goes about helping transcribe scanned newspapers, connect up catalogue records, and add descriptive tags to them along with extra research. Last week Trove ingested the entirety of the Powerhouse’s digitised object collection.
The Best Tools for Visualization Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything else you can think of. Whether you want a desktop application or a web-based tool, there are many specific tools are available on the web that let you visualize all kinds of data. Here are some of the best: Australian Prints + Printmaking Discover the Australian Prints + Printmaking collection using our five unique exploratory based interfaces. Explore allows you to discover the collection using five new interfaces especially developed for the Australian Prints + Printmaking site. These experimental web interfaces aim to encourage exploration and discovery and they created especially for our collection. They seek to step away from the traditional search and browse model - instead of assuming that you know what you want to find - they allow you to engage in a process of open ended exploration. It is hoped that this process of visual exploration provides an appreciation of the size and diversity of the collection while encouraging you to make new discoveries within it.
The Great Geek Manual » The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries I make no secret of the fact that I’m a hardcore bibliophile, but we’re a common enough lot these day. And the one sight that always makes me linger over a webpage is rows and rows of neatly organized books. So, in an effort to draw more like-minded read here to my little blog, I decided to round-up a gallery of photos of some of the most beautiful libraries I’ve ever seen photos of.