Public service announcement: your low-tech dowdy public libraries have slicked up high-tech. The old days of long searches through card catalogs and filling out forms in triplicate are gone. Since moving to the east bay several years ago, I've been impressed with the Contra Costa County Library's online catalog that searches all of the branches in the country, online reservations and inter-branch transfers. One of my favorite features is the visual topic clustering.
All said, I'm a fan of the search and clustering technology enabled by AquaBrowser that the CCC library is using, it's had me wondering how well it would perform against the more volatile data set flowing through Technorati.( Nov 27 2008, 11:43:13 AM PST ) Permalink