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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Collaborating in the Cloud (or maybe stuck in the quicksand...) [video]

Nice overview of distributed information, collaboration (Wired recently also has a great graphic about the hivemind vs. the individual brain, too) and web2.0 -- lots of the usual candidates (google products,, etc. etc.) but nicely organized.

One thing I am wondering though: What are the emerging technologies in libraries -- not the same ol' same old we've seen in presentation after presentation? Surely there are new things are the horizon (and drupal is not new, people...) Koha? Vufind? Endeca? Evergreen? Penntags? MTags? Those are all catalog or catalog related and some of those projects have been around for a while, too.

Second Life? Virtual worlds?
I don't know, are libraries really going to go there? 3D/Virtual worlds would seem to be the next evolution but considering the sheer computer power to run most of those, budget cuts, staff reductions, etc. I could see where staffing a 'real' reference desk would take priority.

Google maps mashups? Geo services?

Finally, am I just cranky or is lolcats on the way out? (please, let it be so... the cute factor is long gone....)

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