This piece from Fast Company discusses the value of content curation in light of the massive content explosion on the web. With the launch of NLT approaching, it will be useful to think about our role in such content curation. Beyond the issues raised in the article, it might be interesting to consider the role that libraries have played in such curation and how the library might evolve as a more powerful content curation force.
As we consider ways to define the audience for NLT, we might want to think about using a psycho-demographic profile like the one suggested by Steve Goldner. This targeting approach highlights both the dynamic nature of the target, and the trade-off between a tighter, more highly relevant focus and the need to reach a certain scale.
Many of us look for hotels with free wifi when we travel, but according to this piece in the Times that "free" wifi may soon be coming at the price of ads inserted into the web pages visited during your stay. If free wifi is at risk, can free beer be far behind?
Three major textbook publishers are suing a start-up for stealing the creative expression of their authors and editors, according to this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is an interesting case because the claim has to do with the major structural elements of textbooks and the strategy employed to mimic such texts in creating free versions for students.
In the early 90s I was working on a project to facilitate the use of data on students by teachers. In the course of the project, I proposed the creation of a heads-up display that would be available to teachers in the course of their teaching. The display would provide teachers with real-time data on student performance at the time they were interacting with students in their classrooms. I abandoned the idea because the system would require 1) a live network connection between a school database and a teacher, and 2) a display technology that would be unobtrusive in the classroom context.
Fast forward 20 years, and it seems that the new Google Project Glass provides the infrastructure for exactly the type of heads-up display I was imagining. So, if you were designing a data system that would be useful for teachers (to enhance their teaching) in the context
According to this piece from Cult of Mac, Apple is slowly preparing us to accept a giant touch-screen computer for our desktops. But these larger touch-screens were specifically dismissed by Steve Jobs at one of his product presentations so it seems unlikely that this is in the cards anytime soon. However, the touch interface might be a more likely candidate for truly large screens where the operator is standing alongside the screen and where the mouse and keyboard seem less advantageous.
As we think more about planning for the renovation of the fourth and fifth floors (or maybe not), this piece from the NYT examines the new space of the Gates Foundation as well as several other firms. What makes for a good work space?
One of the more interesting panels that I saw was on federated social networks. The contrast was made between centralized social networks (mostly Facebook) and the prospects for federated networks - decentralized approaches that would ultimately result in everyone having their own website where they could curate and control their own content while allowing it to be shared as they saw fit. The idea is to start using federated approaches to sharing information. Among the tools and projects mentioned were:
Each of these seems worth investigating for numerous reasons. Some of them provide alternative ways of sharing information via the large social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) while retaining more control of your own information. One of the particular issues that we might consider is how we would use these kinds of federated tools and protocols to allow data from EdNode to interact with data from other social networks.