Europe and the Right to be Forgotten

Europe and the Right to be Forgotten

The European Court of Justice has ordered Google to remove Information from their Search Results of anyone who asks.

The court’s decision means that individuals can ask Google or other search operators to take down links to web pages that are published by third parties, such as newspapers, containing information relating to them.

Do Stacks make the Library?

Do Stacks make the Library?

Colby College’s Miller Library is only the latest example of a library reducing the amount of space utilized by books. And some people are very upset about that.

The Bookies are quite right to want to save the stacks—but not just for the reasons they give, all of which could be dismissed as the sentimental drowning cries of Luddites.

Burning over FeedBurner

When I first started reading about this, I thought I stumbled over an “old thread from years ago(Protocols and Implementations)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/05/28/protocols. But this is all new. Apparently, Dave is upset about FeedBurner and Google.
bq.So now someone at Google “owns” Feedburner and all their feeds.

Gorman on Web 2.0

bq.The life of the mind in the age of Web 2.0 suffers, in many ways, from an increase in credulity and an associated flight from expertise. Bloggers are called “citizen journalists”; alternatives to Western medicine are increasingly popular, though we can thank our stars there is no discernable “citizen surgeon” movement; millions of Americans are believers in Biblical inerrancy-the belief that every word in the Bible is both true and the literal word of God, something that, among other things, pits faith against carbon dating; and, scientific truths on such matters as medical research, accepted by all mainstream scientists, are rejected by substantial numbers of citizens and many in politics.

Content to the People

Does it matter how people should happen to arrive at your webpage?
bq.Articles are emailed around, copied to blogs for commentary, grouped together with stories on the same subject from rival publications, and found by search engines and aggregator services. I have no idea how you’re reading this column.

Control of Your Space

When you create your presence on the web, how much control are you willing to give up?
bq.When you host your stuff on a Web site that’s free and that you don’t control some nasty crap can happen. Yesterday MySpace started blocking Photobucket stuff.

Machine tags

I hadn’t heard of “Machine tags(Machine tags)”:http://machinetags.org/wiki/Main_Page before, but it is an interesting concept in this era of folksonomies.
bq.The ability for anyone to create a namespace opens up an interesting future as we begin to see patterns and conventions emerge: amazon:asin=B000AA4I1M anyone?

Really Big Storage

Are you depressed that HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are just a high enough capacity storage medium?
bq.Imagine taking the entire collection of historical documents at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and storing it on a single DVD. University of Central Florida Chemistry Professor Kevin D.

Unlimited iPod

It was just a year ago that everyone was talking about a “1 Terabyte iPod(1 Terabyte Ipod)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/12/02/ipod. Apparently, we were thinking small.
bq.Speaking at the FT World Communications Conference, Nikesh Arora, Google’s VP of European operations, told delegates that, in the coming years, the plummeting price of storage and its increasing volume-to-size ratio will give iPods almost unlimited potential to hold music and video.