Archive for November, 2006
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.
Nov 12 2006
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.
Nov 11 2006
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?
In the press release [PDF], NCLIS sets forth Four Principles:
The four principles are:
Nov 09 2006
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 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.
Nov 08 2006
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).
The best part is that I get to invite everyone to a reception at the end of the talk ;->
Nov 07 2006
Upcoming speaking of Jones.
Nov 07 2006
David Menconi unearths this monster of the id, “I want to be your personal penguin,” [video and mp3 on this page] 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.
Nov 06 2006
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:
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.
Nov 06 2006
Nov 06 2006
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.
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.
Nov 05 2006
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.
Nov 05 2006
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 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.
Nov 04 2006
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).
Nov 04 2006
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.