Robustness of Interdependent Networks

Submitted by Ankit Ranka on Mon, 10/18/2010 - 3:02pm.

I am at Columbia University's Joint CS/EE Networking Seminar Series. Professor Shlomo Havlin from Bar-Ilan University in Israel is giving a talk on "Robustness of Interdependent Networks".

Millenium (III) Products Overview

Submitted by Yodit Kebede on Mon, 10/18/2010 - 1:27pm.

Here is a list from the Innovative Users Group site for their 2010 Conference. This list contains topics that will provide an overview for participants in the EdLab Seminar: Millennium and the Future of Library System (10/20/2010). Topics deal with the III modules such as acquisitions and serials, cataloging and authorities, circulation and interlibrary Loan, electronic resource management, E-tools and WebBridge, statistics and management and reports.

For further III products overview, please refer to the following link.

Potential LFS Resource: Jazz at Lincoln Center Band in Cuba

Submitted by George Nantwi on Sun, 10/17/2010 - 7:17pm.

Last week’s EdLab seminar in earnest started the conversation about the various ways in which we could market the Let Freedom Swing (LFS) Project. It was also an introduction to those previously unfamiliar with the project. Countless ideas were presented and the LFS viral marketing team will hope to start implementing some as soon as possible.

The NYTimes recently wrote a piece on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Orchestra one-week residency in Cuba. The orchestra is led by Wynton Marsalis, one of the primary figures of LFS. The article focuses primarily on the band’s interactions with young musicians in Cuba, some of whom were able to jam with the Marsalis and his band on stage. The article seems an apt resource for the project since LFS focuses on the connections between jazz and democracy and is geared towards junior and high school students. It is also hard to discuss Cuba in any context without noting that it is still a communist state with numerous restrictions on its citizens. Can jazz, the great American music, inspire a cross-cultural dialogue (arts, human rights, citizenship, etc) between America and Cuba?

Live: Start Up School - October 16, 2010

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sat, 10/16/2010 - 2:08pm.

Watch Start-Up School Below:

More about Startup School
Where: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University.
When: 16 October 2010, 9:00 am.

"Are you a hacker who has thought about one day starting a startup? Have you already started it? Then you're invited to a free, one-day startup school this October 16 at Stanford. We'll have a range of experts speaking about startups from their own experience." (from the website)

Watch live video from Startup School on


Submitted by Patrick Carey on Fri, 10/15/2010 - 10:27am.

Bookish is an HTML5 e-book reader that works not only in the browser but on iPhones, iPads, Kindle3, BlackBerry models, or any device with a modern web browser. It seems like they are just getting started but I love this model. As quickly as we are seeing Apps appear in the marketplace we are also seeing people turning to developing very rich in browser alternatives to a big proprietary app.

Trends in Ed, 10.14.2010: The Apptastic Future of Publishing

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 10/14/2010 - 3:42pm.

What do Esquire Magazine, Curious George, and huggable plush toys have in common? They all support interactive reading experiences on the iPhone and iPad thanks to ScrollMotion, a NYC-based company that specializes in creating dynamic digital content for mobile devices.

I want a Woogie! I love that it's marketed as "huggable." I can learn and love!

Since 2008, ScrollMotion has put over 11,000 apps in the app store quickly and inexpensively. 11,000!

Company co-founder Josh Koppel stresses that in repackaging media for the future, the process must be additive and not reductive. It’s not about turning a children’s book into a pdf. It’s about taking advantage of the platform and adding features like games and character manipulations to make it a personalized experience.

Being Productive in the Workplace

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:16am.

What conditions allow us to be productive? This short piece highlights findings from surveys of IT workers on some factors affecting productivity. Do you agree or disagree? Do you see implications for our current work arrangements at the EdLab?

South Bronx United Needs You!!!

Submitted by Idrissa Bangura on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 9:42pm.

As part of its efforts to improve educational opportunities for its players, South Bronx United Soccer Club (SBU) recently started an after school tutoring program. The program runs every weekday from 3:30-6pm at the brand new Urban Assembly High School for Sports, right off the Grand Concourse and 153rd Street in the Bronx. The after-school program is in dire need of volunteer tutors to accommodate around an anticipated 100 student athletes expected to show up during the course of every week.

Marketing Let Freedom Swing (Seminar Snapshot)

Submitted by Skye MacLeod on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 2:51pm.

Controlled Brand Demolition

Submitted by Patrick Carey on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 9:37am.

I am sure many of you are aware of the Gap rebranding fiasco that just played out over the last week or so. This article from Information Architects touches on the implications of a serious rebranding effort in the age of a million design and tech blogs. I found this passage to be especially potent:

A fundamental rebranding is a serious top level management issue. It needs to go hand in hand with a radical reorientation of the company (see Aol). It also communicates to the customer that something fundamental is happening inside the company. You can’t rebrand to just look better. If you don’t change after a deep rebranding you just end up looking hysterical.(emphasis mine)

I thought this may be helpful with the myriad redesigns and branding that seem to be on the burner here at the Lab.

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