Information Consulting

Monday, January 24, 2011

Information consumers' needs

Three major trends of information consumers' needs caused by the emergence of search engines and Web 2.0 technologies are: Self-service (moving to self-sufficiency), Satisfaction, and Seamlessness.
Services provided by Google, Amazon, OCLC, and similar companies are the major cause of these emerging trends. Customers have wholeheartedly embraced these products because of their ease of use and quick delivery of "good enough" results.
Mi, J., & Wen, C. (2008). Revitalizing the library OPAC: interface, searching, and display challenges. Information Technology and Libraries, 27(1), 5-22.


Thursday, January 06, 2011

Will FRBR turn out to be a failure like DC (Dublin Core)?

Jeffrey Beall (2006) asked an interesting question "Will FRBR turn out to be a failure like DC?"
Obviously DC failed in some way; but I believe that it was and is the basis for many metadata schemas. FRBR will have the same or more effect on bibliographic information systems, even if it fails.

Beall, Jeffrey (2006). Some Reservations about FRBR. Library Hi Tech News, 23(2), 15-16.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

The future of knowledge organization

The role of knowledge organization (i.e., indexing, cataloging and classification) will increase in the future due to the information explosion and overload on the Internet. Metadata standards (RDA based on FRBR, RDF, etc.) are excellent examples.

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