musings unclassified

All your databases belong to you
June 4, 2008, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Re-search | Tags: , , , ,

There is a new concept in the formation. ISEN (Internet Search Environment Number). It may end the problem of indexing the databases, which are the main knowledge blocks of the ‘deep web’.

ISEN is the database of databases. Just like every book has its own ISBN , every database will get its own ISEN.

Databases are catalogued by the professionals in the concerned field. ISEN people say,

Then we would create a database of databases or search engine only for databases. Your hit list would only be databases instead of PDF files, blog postings and random HTML files. We pull out the databases. The hits you get would be the interface to databases which provides access to upwards of 500 to 650 times the amount of information available on the “surface web” indexed by the major search engines. ISEN reveals the what is called the “deep web”.

I have joined the Friends of ISEN list.

ISEN Blog gives a platform for interaction.




Yes, it is in Malayalam !
June 3, 2008, 2:12 pm
Filed under: Random thoughts | Tags: , ,


On June 01, there was a workshop on Malayalam blogging at the Press Club, Trivandrum. It was organized by Kerala Blog Academy a new venture in Blogoshere.

It was nice to meet bloggers with a heart filled with  love to Malayalam. Motre than hundred people participated in it, that also was very encouraging about the future of the new media.

Collective or group blogging is the future

-B R P Bhaskar

The right man says the right thing. The future is  there. Collective bloggong will act as a wiki that make deliberations perfect.

Although the decisions after deliberations have thereown pitfalls, it will utilise the collective knowledge that otherwise will not emerge individually.

The workshop gave an opportunity to meet many creative minds and open sources.

Writing in Malayalam may be easy after installing the CD components.

Yes I will try to make one blog in my own language.




AADLIS meeting and seminar on “Deep Web”

This years AADLIS (Alumni Association of Dept. of Library and Information Science, Univ. of Kerala) was on 24th of May, 2008.

Although the annual meeting is the only activity of the Association fo the whole year, they have been doing a good work by honouring the old BLISc batch students and PhD and MLISc rank holders. Some endovments are also instituted such as, one by Smt. K.K.Lalitha Bai.

The concept of Deep web (more suitable to be known as “invisible web”) is not clear to most of the professionals working in the field. More classes should be there.

The possibilities of harnessing the information or knowledge hidden in the  deep areas of the surface web (kown or currently searchable web) is enormous. Academic invisible web is a separate area of study.

It is true that, the lion’s share of authentic information such as in databases, catalogues, digital libraries , etc are only available in the deep web which are not indexed and hence not available to all (search engines).

More explorations must be there in the field.


Kane and Abel
May 28, 2008, 2:40 pm
Filed under: I am reading | Tags:

 Just started reading.

Seems to be a people’s epic.

Library as Classroom Activity
May 13, 2008, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Re-search | Tags: , ,

The condition of library services for primary children is pathetic. Many schools don’t have even good libraries ,so what about primary children.

KVS visioned “Class libraries” for class I to V.The Class teacher will be the incharge.

Class teachers rise many complaints about the functioning of class libraries . For e.g.,

-unavailability of good children’s books

-inadequate number of books

-same set of books for same class for whole year

-no getting enough time

-problem of storage

And what about library activities?

A number of creative ideas are there.

I have put all these on an article named Library as classroom activity in primary Education”

When our teacher speaks

it is like we are listening the sound of a river that always changes

-it is like we are sitting under a tree that re energises our body

-it is like we are on a journey that brings smiles from the strangers

-it is like we are on lap of our mothers listening stories that are not so happy ending

I thank our beloved teacher Smt.Lalitha Lenin, poet,children’s writer and former HOD,DLIS, University of Kerala for her dignified appearance as the Chief guest who inaugurated the activities of “Reader’s Club” for the Academic session 2008-’09.

Her words boost our morale and lead us to explore the terrains less travelled.

Library instruction/initiation programmes
April 8, 2008, 10:47 am
Filed under: School library matters

During the first month of every academic year there should be planned programmes for familiarising the library with the students.Then only they can use the resources and services effectively.They should know how to search the OPAC,how to find the book from the shelf by identifying the DDC numbers,how to review a book, how to refer, how to take notes, etc.

The librarian can conduct presentations regarding this with the help of diplays,ppt. She can publish library guides,booklets or brochures.

Library periods can be used for taking selflearning classes. She can give lectures and invite interested people to mingle with the children.

Remember that it is their first library periods and what efferts we take now will paid later.