Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
Last night, I visited the local primary school where the youngest member of the household starts in September.
I was hugely impressed by the school library; well equipped, light, spacious, and full of books and computers.
I was also impressed by the library management system, which catered for the undeniable truth that 5-11 year olds lose library cards by identifying borrowers via a scan of their thumb. Presumably the local authority feels that five year oldsoutsidethe school building (and their parents!) are better able to look after a library card, as members of the local library service (even the five year olds) still need to have and be able to find their card. What's wrong with the thumbs of the wider population?
Amongst all this light airy modernity, I was somewhat perturbed at the prominence given toDewey numbershanging down from the ceiling above the shelves.
Last night, I also learned that a day time visit to the school with Little One has moved from the date I could do to a date I can't; I'm due to be in York hearing Lorcan Dempsey speak to the JISC/CNI Conference. So Lorcan - please make sure it's a good 'un, as I'll have to explain myself to a five year old!
Oh, and finally, is it a universal truth that the designers of school uniforms are colour blind child-hating sadists? Or is that only in this country?
“UK music fans no longer face the threat of prosecution for copying their own CDs on to PCs or MP3 players, as long as the songs are only for personal use.
Peter Jamieson, chairman of the British Phonographic Industry, said consumers would only be penalised if they made duplicates of songs for other people.
Currently anyone transferring music to portable devices breaks copyright laws.”
Isn't that soniceof the BPI? They have the generosity of spirit to magnanimously permit me to copy my own music from my own CDwhich I have paid (a lot, usually) for, so that I can listen to it on my own iPod.
About **** time!
Don't they understand that most peoplewantto do the right thing, and that their idiocy comes pretty close to actively driving the majority toward unwilling illegality?