Edgar and Emily and I are now on a comfortable flight back from Baku, where we had a most wonderful few days. A week ago I could not find the place on a map and now I count it as one of the most friendly places I know.
In addition to getting to know Tai Ai Cheng, the deputy chief executive of the National Library Board, Singapore (mostly through her frequent baby-sitting of Edgar, when the former foreign minister Turkey or the former presidents of Croatia or New Zealand where not running away with him), as well as as a host of other, mostly library people (for the Summit of The Book) and former world leaders from the previous international conference which we essentially gate-crashed. It was quite a thing.
The HyperGlossary project and the notion of Socratic Authoring
I presented the HyperGlossary project and the notion of Socratic Authoring to a good result, with many wanting follow up, particularly on making documents open to the server. Mind you, the night before, at the gala dinner, which Vint Cerf had flown in all the way from the US to give, he gave a special mention to Brewster Kahle who was in the audience, which was to be expected, and to me and the importance of my work (his words), which was certainly much less expected. The context was therefore quite good to present the work.
Deep Linking for eBooks
This afternoon, after the conference, over coffee with a former president of Romania and the chief of the African & Middle East division at the Library of Congress, later joined by representatives of the Library of Alexandria and The Berlin School of Library and Information Science, something which Chris and I had discussed and which I thought was my idea (it wasn’t, it turns out to be mostly a ‘remembering’ of what Chris has been discussing), I presented a way to have high-resolution addressing to digital book media, without the need to have any copyright issues. It’s based on the idea of a citation having two parts (document name and location/page number), just as it did in the physical world, and that the reader should be able to choose how to access the cited book or journal article. The proposal was then this, which went down very well, and which I’ll be sending them a more formal proposal for, in order to engage them in dialogue to design this in a way actually useful in the real world: Deep Linking for eBooks