Thursday, March 22, 2007

News from the Distributed Storage World

There was a post running on the FUSE mailing list that captured my attention this week. A Google FS-like sort of distributed file system named Startfish.

In their FAQ, there are several claims (and bar charts) about good performance results regarding several performance metrics (i.e. read/write throughput, scalability, etc) compared to NFS, SAMBA and Lustre file systems. But, I think a deep evaluation seems to be needed to assess these claimed advantages.

Also, this seems to be a major milestone on the increasing number of FUSE-based file systems. It would be nice to try it out.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Art of Tagging Libraries

It turns out that there is a system that allows users to tag virtual library catalogs.

Thanks to my fellows at OpenTag.

The system is called PennTags and it is developed by people at University of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Art of Tagging

This seems a very interesting idea on how to extract the perception of public about objects, particularly, art works. Furthermore, it is also a clever way to understand what is the vocabulary actually used by the majority of the audience to describe the art works.

The Art Museum Social Tagging Project

There is a workshop paper about it in the program of WWW2006 Conference:

Investigating social tagging and folksonomy in art museums with

An interesting application of the same idea would be to add tagging capabilities to online library catalogs, where users of public libraries could categorize items that they've read (or intend to) by using tags online. This could give a clue about the content of the item, a kind of highly compacted review.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Rethinking your role...

The BBC has published this article about a petition by European institutions requesting a that all government funded research should be easily available to the public - you can read the article here

Particularly, the idea of providing open access to government funded research publications seems a sensible move. However, the whole picture is a bit more complex, I guess. The article nicely points out what it may be the fundamental question regarding the discussion on "To Open or Not To Open", which is the role of researchers in disseminating information.