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13 years ago
The publishing group at Nature has launched a news aggregation and networking site called Scintilla. It is just getting started, but it might be worth considering as a model for the type of education news publishing site we have been discussing at the program level (e.g. Philosophy of Ed, etc.). From the About page it seems that this is assembled with Drupal, Solr, SimplePie and Icons from famfamfam.
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One of the nice things about working out of a University is having access to tons of expensive content that you don't have to buy directly. I came across JupiterResearch (link via Proxy), which does research on the Internet and emerging consumer technologies. They have a lot of research that could be helpful for both NetGen research and Channel research. Here are some of the reports they have recently put-out:
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13 years ago
Still in touch with your college friends? How about the gang from high school? Getting together with your middle school chums on the weekends? How's that old kindergarden playgroup doing? Lance Ulanoff claims that MySpace, Second Life, and Twitter Are Doomed. If social networks decay and fall, can social networking sites escape the same fate? Put another way, what conditions would be necessary for such social networking sites to sustain themselves? And should they try?
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13 years ago
Projects that combine design, technology, information, and interaction are becoming more and more feasible, and their educational potential is likely to be enormous. Check out this description of a project by Parsons Student Julia Vallera who created t-shirts with bar code designs that can be read by cell phones. Her website Dear Diary allows people to order a t-shirt with a customized personal diary entry that can be read by others with cell phones. You might also find...
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A San Francisco Chronicle article talks about an artist who has the viewer write their own headlines to front pages on his website. Perhaps we can do this as well in the cafe where students write their preferred headlines. I was also thinking about this for another interactive activity in the gallery where the viewers write their own titles to the art works and then find out the original ones online. This way there is an investment of time and a relating of ones experience. Who...
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13 years ago
Check out this letter from Public.Resource.Org, a non-profit dedicated to the creation of public works projects on the Internet. The letter explains why the the Smithsonian cannot own copyright for works prepared by Smithsonian employees paid from federal funds. In a direct challenge to Smithsonian Images, a government e-commerce site built on a repository of 6,288 images of national significance, Public.Resource.Org has taken these ima...
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Microsoft has recently created a new program called Photosynth that takes images, analyzes them and constructs a 3-D space of the associated pictures. Photosynth was demonstrated at TED in March. You can also try the Tech Preview (sorry Mac users, it only works on Windows; I had to use IE as Firefox gave me an error). Try it out and post your thoughts. It's very interesting. This technology is beginning to change the w...
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This human computation video talk showcases some ways in which technology is being used in gathering information from humans. The technology is powerful yet the idea is relatively simple. It uses a simple and very interesting game to get work done accurately and quickly and a whole slew of other cool things. (The main topic starts around the 6m45s mark...
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What are people watching online? What is compelling video? You can get a sense of this through checking out Vidmeter, which tracks the top videos online. It may be an interesting research project to create a taxonomy of characteristics, and classifying the top videos. This may give a sense of where to direct our energies for our channel. Vidmeter gathers data from across the web to provide an accurate representation of the most popular online videos. While it is impossible to tell the exact number of views a given video has received f...
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Waxing Philosophical, Booksellers Face the Digital While publishers and authors lament e-publishing at the BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual convention, OnDemandBooks.Com is planning to become the first company to globally deploy a low cost, totally automatic book machine (The Espresso Book Machine), which can produce 15 - 20 library quality paperback books per hour, in any language, in quantities of one, without any human intervention. Th...
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