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This link recently saved by vielmetti on December 13, 2008
dave pattern has liberated a bunch of checkout data from huddersfield, in a data format that's plausibly reusable and browsable. what do you do with all of this? there's some network graph to create and then slice through to see how that book network lives and changes over time. n.b. recommendations "people who checked out x also checked out y" are weird in public libraries because of parents checking out books for their kids - not necessarily bad weird, just not the same as Amazon. which is ok.
This link recently saved by vielmetti on September 10, 2008
OPAC vendors: you probably downloaded iTunes 8 last night, as I did. You probably set up the Genius function too, like me. You were probably pretty impressed by its ability to build a playlist based on a single track: give Genius a song, and it finds more to go with it. It's not perfect: it picked some Sugababes and Destiny's Child to go with rockin' '80s classic Summer of 69, but the playlist I listened to on the way to work this morning - based on a White Stripes track - worked really well. Wouldn't it be good if the OPAC was like iTunes, but for books? It has a nice, clear interface; it has pretty pictures of album covers; it allows you to arrange content by genre; and you can attach any tag you like to any track.
This link recently saved by vielmetti on November 27, 2007
More specifically, web search innovators all need to think through what makes results "interesting" for a given domain. I like what flickr has done in calling out "interestingness" as a quality worth searching for, and leaving it as a playground for explo