Tuesday, April 1, 2003

A wonderfully rich and informative group of headlines today. "A Team Effort" gives a great summary of practical advice for sorting through the gibberish that surrounds collaboration efforts these days. As soon as something becomes worthy of funding, everyone tries to claim a piece of the action, and collaboration is no exception. "Virtual Reference Service and Disservice" points out how many libraries evolved links to inferior content sources, largely to appear virtual, when in fact they should have been concentrating on things such as federated login to higher-quality online sources that the libraries' subscription base could afford. More tools are trying to address federated login, these days, as premium sources both within and external to organizations become important elements of portal services. It's still early days for the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) specification, but the Waveset Alliance announced some progress towards enabling transaction-based content provisioning. Should this ever come to fruition, it will be a huge step forward in enabling high-value, high-context content services to flourish.
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