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Gossip Column Update: Faster Than Light Particles Result of Loose Cable
Submitted by Julia Martin on Wed, 2012-02-22 16:45

Turns out Einstein was a pretty smart guy. As it turns out, the theory of relativity destroying and highly controversial discovery of particles moving faster than the speed of light was the result of a loose cable.
This also is a nice moment for all researchers that even the guys at CERN can sometimes succumb to tech failures.

Wikipedia's Editing policies, Specifically "Undue Weight"
Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-02-17 13:35

In this article from the Chronicle, author and Cultural Studies professor Timothy Messer-Kruse writes about his experience attempting to correct a factual error on Wikipedia and the difficulty that the democratic editing policies pose towards "truth".

4 Elements That Make a Good User Experience Into Something Great Via FastCoDesign
Submitted by Julia Martin on Thu, 2012-02-16 10:51

This article is a report from the Inaugural Interaction Design awards. I thought that in light of Gary's presentation on the expansive and experimental goals of the lab that this article might be of particular interest.

As we begin to brainstorm ideas for reaching people and moving outside of the predictable education system, I think it's going to be more and more important to be building what I think of as "bridge" tools, which live between formerly siloed worlds (Education and Criminal Justice System) are an example. It's easy enough to say that, and hard enough to do.

The Four Principles in this article are

  • Building Platforms:"[The] combination of a solid foundation built with inherent flexibility that allows users to seize something and make it their own is a key characteristic of many of the digital platforms that will flourish in the years to come."
Check Out This Awesome Data Visualization About the Size of the Universe
Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-02-10 12:45

Just click through . . . there aren't ways to explain this other than awesome.

With easy navigation and identifiable (from an American perspective for sure), landmasses and planets for comparison, this is a cool and simple exploration of size and scope within our universe.

Rebecca MacKinnon talks about her book "Consent of the Networked"
Submitted by Julia Martin on Mon, 2012-02-06 11:25

Above find an interview with the author Rebecca MacKinnon on her new book about information/data privacy online and the complexities of this new issue. I for one, can't wait to read this book.

More here.

Creative Library Advertisement
Submitted by Julia Martin on Fri, 2012-02-03 17:41

Check out this library's creative approach to highlighting their collections and offerings:

Library Data Tumblr
Submitted by Julia Martin on Wed, 2012-02-01 14:33

Here's a Tumblr focused on library data which I thought some of you might find interesting.