Some interesting ideas that have come up this year:
- the SOLR platform for indexing and faceting a library catalog or a digital library of anything really, XML based
- The Talis platform's concept of data "stores": large bodies of xml data that can be queried and related to data in other stores in an unlimited number of ways using "web scale" infrastructure
- the idea of hooking up openurl resolver type services as a microformat
- using del.icio.us as a content management system for library subject guides
- a subject recommendation engine based on crawling intellectual data associated with university departments
- using a protocol like zeroconf so that library patrons can auto-discover library services upon entering the physical library space
This is not to say that the what the big players are doing isn't useful or interesting to us. It's just different and makes me wish we had more opportunities to creatively manipulate the digital content to which we provide our patrons access.