Sunday, February 25, 2007

My OpenID "Aha!" moment.

Finally starting to get a handle on this OpenID stuff, although I have to admit it's taken some rattling around in my head to actually get it to come together. The "Aha!" moment just came something like ten minutes ago, with this tutorial. Took me about five minutes and kapow, I could log into wikitravel, using as my ID and the fine folks at myopenid as a server.

It helped me to think of it as sorta like LDAP, which I've been using with great success on my class's Drupal-based podcast server.

In my opinion, every university with a centralized ID scheme -- like we have here locally -- should implement a OpenID server. We already have LDAP; OpenID seems like a natural progression. Then imagine not having to create accounts on each and every Super Spiffy New social network -- I've already got a text file full of what must be fifty to a hundred different logins to as many different services. Good thing I encrypt it, because.. well, I'd rather not think about it.

Anyway, if you've been hearing about OpenID and want to see it in action, try that tutorial.

Stand by for action!

As lucid an explanation of the importance of Net Neutrality as I've ever seen. Go see it if you haven't.

What if you gave a workshop...

And nobody came?

So, as I've mentioned before I've got a workshop coming up at ODCE, on electronic bibliographic management. Actually the title of it is "Options in Electronic Bibliographic Management" and maybe that title was a bit dry, because I got a phone call from one of the conference organizers last week. She told me, somewhat apologetically, that a grand total of one person signed up for my workshop. They've apparently had a low turnout this year -- the most popular workshop has drawn in a total of ten people -- probably the web 2.0 one -- and would I like to cancel the workshop due to low attendance?

No way, I said - this is fantastic. I *want* to show up. My own personal philosophy has been I'll show up anywhere even if there's only one interested party and hey, here we go. So I got the contact information for my one attendee, thanked them for signing up, and asked them what I could do to make it more appropriate to their situation. So hopefully I'll end up with a very focused workshop and one satisfied workshop attendee. We'll see.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

This is the day, and this is the hour

What a time to be a librarian!

First off I found out that I'm not dooming myself by moving from sysadmining to librarianship -- not too worried about that, but hey -- and I wake up this morning to find multiple references to something pretty damn exciting, and written in Ruby on Rails to boot.

oss4lib sez:

"In a nutshell, LibraryFind is metasearch software developed in Ruby on Rails, and released under the GNU General Public License. It does both federated and local search, provides the ability to harvest metadata collections into a local index, provides an integrated OpenURL resolver to allow for linking to full-text resources, and allows for the ability to customize the user interface (or even to build new user interfaces!)."

Oregon State's got a demo here.

This is pushing all my buttons. I'm at the ref desk currently and I've got to prep for class later today, so I can't really mess with Libraryfind in the way that I'd like to, but once I get some free time I'll be swinging away at it.
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