Monday, February 27, 2006

Libraries Australia

Have seen a couple of news stories about this new library catalogue search site.

Libraries Australia

It's a new online internet service. It give access to the 3 main library catalogue systems in Australia. Including at academic libraries system, that about 25 or 30 years old.

Note that the site is part of the Australian National Library's domain. You don't get anymore credible than that. They get a copy of all books published in the country, like the Library of Congress (US) and the Bodleian Library (Oxford, UK).

Had a look today. Did a search of one of my pet topics, "Stirling Engine". Found that the ADFA library (pass ADFA on the way to/from work) has a copy of a book I'm interested in buying, maybe. Must get an inter-library loan.

the book...

Record Id: 13361268 (Australian Library Collections: Subjects)
Author: Organ, Allan J.

Title: The regenerator and the Stirling engine / by Allan J. Organ.

Published: London : Mechanical Engineering Publications, 1997.

Description: xlii, 623 p., [7] folded leaves : ill., plans ; 25 cm.

ISBN: 1860580106 :

LC Call Number: TJ765

Dewey Number: 621.42

Notes: Includes indexes.

Subjects: Stirling engines -- Design and construction.

Language: English
Want to contact your library about this item?: Find contact details
Libraries that have this item:

Academy Library, University of NSW@ADFA (ADFA) 222453 main TJ 765 .O73 1997
James Cook University. Townsville Campus (QJCU) 546471 Held
Murdoch University. Murdoch University Library (WMDU) .b14604772 621.42 ORG 1997
University of Melbourne. The University Library (VU) held
University of Queensland Library. Dorothy Hill Physical Sciences and Engineering Library (QU:PSE) b19944317 TJ765 .O73 1997
University of Western Sydney. Penrith Campus, Allen Library (NUWS:A) 385980 621.42 O1

Mind Maps at the Canberra Linux Users Group (CLUG)

The Canberra Linux Users Group had it's monthly meeting last Thursday (23/02/06). The topic of the night was mind mapping software

Here is Wikipedia entry on the topic.

We looked at 2 Open Source software packages VYM (GNU/GPL) and Kdissert (GNU/GPL).

I think that Kdissert looked the better package. It looked to have the better user interface. Both look better that the Freemind maps I saw about a year ago.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Google & Lent - Any relationship?

Just found this post over on Doc Searls weblog.

So, looking for something to give up for Lent? How about Googlefasting!

A link and another link

Saturday, February 11, 2006

MDA at the Canberra Java User Group

The CJUG had their first monthly meeting on the 08/02/06.

The Topic was doing Model-Driven Architecture using AndroMDA, an Open Source package.

The notes etc are on their site.

Going to give it a "play" some time, in all my spear time!