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Re: [xanadu] flecks ?????
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- Subject: Re: [xanadu] flecks ?????
- From: Stuart A Yeates <say1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 09:37:56 +1300
- Cc: s.yeates@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- In-reply-to: Your message of "Wed, 25 Oct 2000 02:02:57 CDT." <39F685A1.DBAF9349@xxxxxxxxxx>
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Jeff Rush <jrush@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Stuart A Yeates wrote:
> > > One area I've wrestled with is the Xanadu idea of royalties.
> > > A central billing system is a threat to privacy.
> > What's wrong with the current system of libraries ?
> > I'm a member of 3 different traditional libraries (a university
> > library and two municipal libraries).
> I'm unclear on your suggestion. Are you saying that traditional
> libraries are intrinsically more trustworthy than a vendor and that
> we should share our reading interests with them and hope they do
> not share them?
Yes. In theory, at least, libraries and librarians are agents for library
users rather than agents for publishers.
> While I believe many librarians work hard to protect the privacy of
> readers, I'm not sure that is universally true, especially in all
Professional librarians in the western tradition have explicit codes of ethics
(i.e. the ALA---American Library Association's code) which emphasize their
role as agents for library users (although they don't use the word agent
usually). Privacy is a BIG issue for librarians.
> Perhaps it's taking place in certain journals or at specific
> conferences. I'd love to fine current discussion of the fine
> points of the Xanadu technology along with many other arch-
> independent algorithms of which you speak.
Well the stuff I'm working on is automated computer recognition and and
understanding of bibliometric data. Bibliometery is a field of Library and
Information Science and Bibliometery data is the core document metadata
(author, title, date of publication---all the stuff from the title page) and
the references in the bibliography.
Broadly speaking the aim is to answer problems such as ``what documents
reference document X'' (traditionally done selectively using a citation
index), ``what are the founding documents of field Y?'' ``who are the most
respected (cited) researchers in field Z?'' ``have any articles by researcher
A ever been cited in a first teer journal?'' ...
Currently these are done in a very crude way by engines such as
This is generalized digital library research, but stuff that Xanadu will need.
-- stuart yeates <s.yeates@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> aka `loam'
"Oh, havoc," cried Pooh, as he let slip the heffalumps of war.