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June 2008

The Petabyte Age

The June 23, 2008 issue of WIRED MAGAZINE (issue 16.07) has several stories about large datasets.

The Petabyte Age: Because More Isn't Just More -- More Is Different

IASSIST '08 Followup, Part 1: Try Aquifer!

Like everyone else, I've managed to catch up after being out of the office.  But IASSIST was worth every minute!  It was a pretty jampacked week, so I'm just getting around to blogging a few observations.

I allocated too few moments to visiting the poster sessions.  One that intrigued me was the Digital Library Federation's American Social History Online project, or Aquifer.  (Maybe it's the fact that I was a history major.)  Aquifer brings together fascinating resources from over 100 digital collections, all delivered right to your desktop: sheet music from the 19th century; a great photo of Teddy Roosevelt speaking to members of the National Negro Business League;  portraits of the Brooklyn Dodgers (remember them?);  a firsthand travel account of Scandinavia from 1863; U.S. political cartoons that make current caricatures look pretty tame.

Do check out Aquifer:

Pam Baxter IASSIST U.S. Region Secretary

And so ends "The Best IASSIST ever"

And another conference has passed. It's so sad to think that it will be another year before we get together again but at least we can play virtually on our lists, this blog and maybe even in SecondLife! I'm still trying to round up more conference reports but in the meantime, here's the official conference song lyrics. Sing to the tune of The Band's song "The Weight" more...

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