Archive for November, 2006

As hinted at on the wiki for my talk last Thursday, Sun has, afterall, released Java under the GPL (CNet).

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Sally, her mom, author Elizabeth Spencer and I were at the Chapel Hill Library Foundation fundraiser on Friday. John Grisham was the guest of honor at the event held at UNC President Erskine Bowles home. The place was packed and money was raised. “Significant amounts” according to delighted campaign organizer Melissa Cain.

Among the items of special interest were pigs in a blanket which I hadn’t seen out on a table suited out with a cloth table cloth since I was maybe 12. Keebe Fitch assured me that pigs in blankets are retro-in in the New York area. “Seen at all the weddings” she told me. Why? “They really absorb alcohol.” Secrets of the chefs revealed.

The Daily Tar Heel covers the party here (but has nothing to say about pigs in blankets.

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Sally has a blog entry on Clyde Jones’ homecoming artworks and dinner with Dan Gillmor.

Dan Gillmor has a piece on John Markoff’s Web 3.0 NYTimes article.

Dave Winer has it in for Danny Hillis and John Markoff.

Amy Tiemann wrote up a little about our lunch today and adding a nice long piece on how Amazon referals helped her do research — after we talked about Web 3.0.

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Dan Gillmor
What: We the (Traditional) Media: As citizen media explodes, journalism organizations are finally beginning to understand — and use — the tools and techniques. We’ll look at how this is happening, how far it may go and why it matters.
Who: Dan Gillmor, Director of the Center for Citizen Media and author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People
When: Monday November 13 beginning at 4 pm
Where: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH

Sponsor: ibiblio.org

Dan Lucas made a poster for Dan Gillmor here.

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What: ISIS TechTuesdays featuring Paolo Mangiafico
When: November 14, 2006, 12:00-1:15 PM
Where: John Hope Franklin Center 240, Duke. Derm, NC
Why:

You probably have somewhere in a box photographs and letters left to you by your grandparents, and scholars have always counted on libraries and archives to preserve and provide access to documents and other media for study. Will future generations be able to see and use the terabytes of “born digital” data that our society is creating now? What will it take to make sure that digital materials are preserved and usable beyond the short lifespan of current technologies?

Paolo Mangiafico, Digital Project Consultant with Duke University Libraries, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of digital preservation, and what libraries, archives, and universities are doing to meet them.

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Washington, DC. USA November 7, 2006 – The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) today announced its position on Internet neutrality (“net neutrality”), currently being debated in the Congress…

In the press release [PDF], NCLIS sets forth Four Principles:

The four principles are:

  1. Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  2. Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice (subject to the needs of law enforcement).
  3. Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  4. Consumes are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

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As I’ve been preparing for my Open Source Licensing talk today, I’ve been struck by how many F/LOSS projects have a .org and a .com side.

For Course Management Systems, Moodle operates in development mode as a .org and in a support and certification mode as a .com.

For Customer Relationship Management, SugarCRM also operates as a community development site .org and a service and support and packaged product site as a .com.

In Network Management, OpenNMS is a community supported project as a .org and in its commercial mode acts as steward of the project while providing training, professional services and support.

Others?

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Ruby's Roots Camp
Even as political junkie and OrangePolitics keeper of the relative peace Ruby was getting updates on the results of last night’s election, she was telling me about her Roots Camp being held in Second Life on Better World Island starting today at 4 pm EST.

Ruby tells me that the purpose of this Roots Camp is to “de-brief on the election and get a jump-start on organizing for 2008 by interacting with and learn from other leading Progressives in a cutting edge virtual environment that is likely to play a major role in online political organizing for 2008.”

Roots Camps are modeled directly on Bar Camp right down to the wiki and nearly to the logo. They’re about getting down to your netroots, if your roots are progressive (NewSpeak won’t allow you to say Liberal).

Second Life is a 3D virtual environment built by the residents (NewSpeak won’t allow you to say Users). There were at last count about 1,305,950 citizens (they say people) inhabiting Second Life.

For more on Roots Camp SL go here.

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Dave Weinberger
I get to welcome Dr. Weinberger to SILS and to UNC before his Henderson Lecture here on Thursday December 7 at 2 pm. I believe that Fred will to the introduction or perhaps Gary Marchionini. I’m standing in for our Dean who has a conflict.

The best part is that I get to invite everyone to a reception at the end of the talk ;->

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Got the wiki thing happening for my upcoming Open Source Licensing talk. Check it out and add to or add comments here.

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Upcoming speaking of Jones.

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David Menconi unearths this monster of the id, “I want to be your personal penguin,” sung by Monkee Davy Jones. It’s unshakable but would be better performed with the Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band.

Davy, Sandra, Michael — Call the boys! They’re on tour now but will be available for recording and performance after the first of the year.

Aimed at kids who have read and reread Sandra Boynton‘s book, “Your Personal Penguin,” the song could easily become a theme for the Fedora Project and any other friendly Linux desktop project. Ubuntu? There are penguins in Africa. I saw them on the Cape.

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As part of the Office of Technology Development‘s Carolina Innovations Seminars, I’ll be speaking on “Open Source Licensing: The Basics, The Benefits, The Buzz” on November 9 from 5:15 to 6:15 in 014 Sitterson Hall.

In the spirit of Openness, please dear readers and potential attendees, use the comments here to let me know any specific questions or areas that you’d like to see covered. I don’t want to talk endlessly on the differences between GPL 2 and 3, for example, unless someone cares, but then if someone does I want to be sure to be prepared and to do a good job.

Some helpful source material (pun intended) can be found at these links:
Free Software Foundation
Open Source Initiative
GNU Project
GNU Philosophy including the 4 Software Freedoms
Software Freedom Law Center
Wikipedia on Free Software
Wikipedia on Open Source Software

For non-software, see Creative Commons, iCommons (international Creative Commons movement) , and the Science Commons Project.

This is another experiment in opening the conversation like the one I just did down at Berry College where using the wiki really worked well. This time a blog post instead.

So Post at this link.

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Dan Gillmor
What: We the (Traditional) Media: As citizen media explodes, journalism organizations are finally beginning to understand — and use — the tools and techniques. We’ll look at how this is happening, how far it may go and why it matters.
Who: Dan Gillmor, Director of the Center for Citizen Media and author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People
When: Monday November 13 beginning at 4 pm
Where: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH

Sponsor: ibiblio.org

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Thanks to Garrett French for posting Google Tech Director Craig Silverstein’s talk on his blog and on YouTube. The talk is here in 5 segments and 9 questions from the Q and A following the talk.

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Gannett announcements, found in Wired and Romenesko, are setting the stages for some very serious ways of looking at citizen media. This is a major reorganization of a broad and big news company to take advantage of crowdsourcing.

Of course, they’ll need to be aware of Wired’s Five Rules of the New Labor Pool.

Dave Sifty’s State of the Blogosphere for October 2006 is out. Most of the Top 50 Blogs are from the Mainstream Media. English is still the major blogging language (tracked by Technorati) but it’s down to only 39% of the total.

Joi Ito, the multi-talented international entrepreneur, is interviewed by Japan Times.

YouTube has three different versions of the Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band‘s Equestrian Statue! Low budget near live. High budget music video (high for the 60s). Live mimed German TV version.
Also their 40th Anniversay Video!

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Andrew Chin and I will be speaking to Computer Science 380 classes on “Digital Rights and Innovation” soon. Andrew will be speaking on November 14 and I’m up on November 28. Both are scheduled for 5:00 pm in Sitterson 014.

For my part, I’ve asked the students to read Chapters 1 and 8 of Eric von Hippel’s Democratizing Innovation. Chapter 1 is an Introduction and a Summary of the book by chapters that will give a great overview. Chapter 8 “Adapting Policy to User Innovation” is the meat of our discussion from a policy and law point of view.

Both chapters and in fact the whole book can be bought or downloaded for free from Eric von Hippel’s site.

I’m also asking folks in the class that have questions and/or issues that they’d like discussed to post them here as comments.

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Sayan writes:

I came across this article on BBC where TBL says “When you look at university courses, web science isn’t there – it seems to fall through the cracks ”

The latter half of the article is entirely devoted to this idea. I think this is a good opportunity for SILS to pursue. Just my $0.02 Love to hear your take on the issue and what SILS is planning to do about this.

I reply:

The announcement from Southhampton and MIT gives a little more background.

I see this announcement as Computer Science trying to pick up all the threads they lost when they ignored anything besides technology. Web 2.0 and News 2.0 and Business 2.0 use technologies but the secret sauce that makes GooTube, Flickr, Blogger, even NetFlix and Amazon work and be worth millions isn’t the technologies — I keep saying.

Kathy Sierra has a nice and timely bit on her “Creating Passionate Users” blog called “Why does Science/math/engineering education education in the US suck?”. Kathy is on to what’s left out and why Information Science done right won’t turn out mere engineers.

In UNC SILS, we like to think we are already there using sociology, psychology, history, story telling, systems thinking, etc starting from a human interaction perspective.

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Yesterday November 3, 2006 ibiblio delivered answers to over 16,409,292 requests! That’s total hits (excludes errors like File Not Found etc and not including Internet Radio listeners or Bittorrent or Rsync transactions).

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Joneses held the Guiness certified world record for getting the most folks with the same last name in the same place. Over 1200 verified Joneses showed up in Cardiff for the event which “consigned Norbergs (previous record holders) to the dustbin of world record history.”

There is no word on how many Paul Joneses were there.

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