Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 557. Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London <http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/> <http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/humanist/>  From: Willard McCarty <email@example.com> (50) Subject: interoperability?  From: Gerry McKiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU> (24) Subject: Intelligent E-Journals -------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 09:42:36 +0000 From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: interoperability? Recently I had occasion to look into the question of "interoperability", in the course of which I ran into Paul Miller's essay, "Interoperability: What is it and Why should I want it?", Ariadne 24 (June 2000), <http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue24/interoperability/>. If I understand him correctly, interoperability is the defining quality of networks and networking of all sorts. It seems a term of such uncertain limits that it can easily mean very little, though actually I think it means a very great deal. Can anyone recommend a thoughtful, non-specialist treatment of this topic? Meanwhile interoperability prompts a question. I hope you can be patient while I stumble my way to it. Miller offers by way of definition the statement that "to be interoperable, one should actively be engaged in the ongoing process of ensuring that the systems, procedures and culture of an organisation are managed in such a way as to maximise opportunities for exchange and re-use of information, whether internally or externally." Under the political sense of the term he observes that "the decision to make resources more widely available has implications for the organisations concerned (where this may be seen as a loss of control or ownership), their staff (who may not possess the skills required to support more complex systems and a newly dispersed user community), and the end users." He goes on to say that, "As traditional boundaries between institutions and disciplines begin to blur, researchers increasingly require access to information from a wide range of sources, both within and without their own subject area." Do we always and unrestrictedly want this? It seems to me that at the technical level it's hard to argue with interoperability, though this is no simple matter. If, for example, I want to link directly to the online Lewis & Short lexicon at Perseus for the definition of a lemma in the reference work I am making, I find that quite often what I call a lemma is not one in L&S. This may seem trivial, but it isn't, or not always. Considerable editorial intelligence and deep knowledge of Latin is behind the choice of lemmata in L&S; I aspire to my choices being as good, but driven by different editorial principles they will often be different. If in such a small matter we're at an impasse, how about bigger ones? Isn't it the case that the mediation between incompatible schemes (that are the enemy of interoperability) requires other than artificial intelligence? I solve the problem with the online L&S by providing a link to the page at Perseus where one types in the word and receives an analysis back, so that the user of my thing can exercise some judgement -- i.e. knowing that I distinguish between singular and plural nominals at the level of the lemma, he or she can enter the singular. I wonder if that human intervention isn't what we'll always need. Yours, WM ----- Dr Willard McCarty / Senior Lecturer / Centre for Computing in the Humanities / King's College London / Strand / London WC2R 2LS / U.K. / +44 (0)20 7848-2784 / ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/ -------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 09:43:33 +0000 From: Gerry McKiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU> Subject: Intelligent E-Journals _Intelligent E-Journals_ I am interested in learning of *any* and *all* e-journals [or e-magazines or e-newsletters or e-newspapers] that monitor the interaction of a reader with the publication and based on such implicit behavior(s) customizes the publication to match these 'expressed' interests so that the reader is provided with (more) content that in similar / related to the content that he/she had previously selected/read. [Whew, What a sentence! 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