Meeting on the ledge

(or why I don't get out much…..)

Aquabrowser

Over the past couple of days I’ve seen a couple of test aquabrowser implementations running off Horizon databases and have to say I’m very impressed. I won’t copy the URLs here as although they were released on the Horizon email list it is up to their providers to release them publicly. However you can see it working here at Queens Library in Jamaica.

Apart from the faceted searching on the right hand side of the screen they also have a very impressive conceptual mapping system on the left. This allows the graphically-inclined to move through a visual mapping of subjects. If Stephen Abrams is right (and I think he is) that the ‘millenial generation’ are more graphically-inclined than we textual dinosaurs that should be a real bonus to them. One of the installations in particular showed it working very well with Syndetics enrichment, which further adds to the visual gain.

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December 20, 2007 - Posted by | Libraries

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