> not, for instance, and entire library catalog?  If I could "check out" the
> library catalog onto my computer & use whatever tools I wished to search,


You might be interested in Art Rhyno's experiment.  Here's Jon Udell's summary:

Art Rhyno’s science project
Art Rhyno’s title is Systems Librarian but he should consider adding Mad Scientist to his business card because his is full of wild and crazy and — to me, at least — brilliant ideas. Last year, when I was a judge for the Talis “Mashing up the Library” competion, one of my favorite entries was this one from Art. The project mirrors a library catalog to the desktop and integrates it with desktop search. The searcher in this case is Google Desktop, but could be another, and the integration is accomplished by exposing the catalog as a set of Web Folders, which Art correctly describes as “Microsoft’s in-built and oft-overlooked WebDAV option.”


Jason Stirnaman
OME/Biomedical & Digital Projects Librarian
A.R. Dykes Library
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas
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>>> On 10/25/2007 at 10:47 AM, in message
<[log in to unmask]>, pkeane
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Jakob-
> Yes, I think you are correct that it is a bit much to think that a
> distributed archiving model is a bit much for libraries to even consider
> now, but I do think there are useful insights to be gained here.
> As it stands now, linux developers using Git can carry around the entire
> change history of the linux kernel (well, I think they just included the
> 2.6 kernel when they moved to Git) on their laptop, make changes, create
> patches, etc and then make that available to others.  Well, undoubtedly
> change history is is a bit much for the library to think about, by why
> not, for instance, and entire library catalog?  If I could "check out" the
> library catalog onto my computer & use whatever tools I wished to search,
> organize, annotate, etc., then perhaps "mix-in" data (say holdings data
> from other that are near me) OR even create the sort of relationships
> between records that the Open Library folks are talking about
> (
> l)
> then share that added data, we have quite a powerful distributed
> development model.  It may seem a bit far-fetched, but I think that some
> of the pieces (or at least a better understanding of how this might all
> work) are beginning to take shape.
> -Peter
> On Thu, 25 Oct 2007, Jakob Voss wrote:
>> Peter wrote:
>>> Also, re: blog mirroring, I highly recommend the current discussions
>>> floating aroung the blogosphere regarding distributed source control (Git,
>>> Mercurial, etc.).  It's a fundamental paradigm shift from centralized
>>> control to distributed control that points the way toward the future of
>>> libraries as they (we) become less and less the gatekeepers for the
>>> "stuff" be it digital or physical and more and more the facilitators of
>>> the "bidirectional replication" that assures ubiquitous access and
>>> long-term preservation.  The library becomes (actually it has already
>>> happended) simply a node on a network of trust and should act accordingly.
>>> See the thoroughly entertaining/thought-provoking Google tech talk by
>>> Linus Torvalds on Git:
>> Thanks for pointing to this interesting discussion. This goes even
>> further then the current paradigm shift from the old model
>> (author -> publisher -> distributor -> reader) to a world of
>> user-generated content and collaboration! I was glad if we finally got
>> to model and archive Weblogs and Wikis - modelling and archiving the
>> whole process of content copying, changing and remixing and
>> republication is far beyong libraries capabilities!
>> Greetings,
>> Jakob
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