Search and Discovery Tragicomedy

October 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

This is probably a bit esoteric for the general public, but a shenanigan nevertheless. William Denton and Adam Taves put together a presentation about searching for information that turned into a play entitled “After Launching Search and Discovery, Who Is Mission Control? A Tragicomedy in 8 or 9 Acts.” Here’s a snippet of dialogue:

Adam: Let’s start at the beginning. What is the name of it?
Bill: Correct.
Adam: What?
Bill: Exactly.
Adam: What is the name of this search and discovery layer?
Bill: Wait, I believe we have a slight misunderstanding. Our name for the system is actually the word What. But when you say “What is the name of this product,” you’re asking a question, but I thought you were making a statement.
Adam: I’m glad we got that sorted out.
Bill: Indeed. We call it What, but really it’s VuFind.
Adam: VuFind. Let’s call it VuFind from now on. But this is the first I’ve heard of any of this.

The script and other materials are available for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada license. Thanks, Marianne Aldrich!

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