Note: Social Presence (SPS) systems aren’t about “Lunch” “Shower” “Cab” that dull narcissistic catalog of an unreflected and unsurprised life but about “giving the URL of a great website, a snippet of a news story, or a link to a new blog post. The conversations aren’t one sided either. Lots of folks start their messages with an “@soandso” to direct their messages in reply to another message. Jaiku has comments on entries so sub-conversations can start as well.” Right on Intellagirl.
Archive for May, 2007
Today is a Locopops day! It’s warm — about 80 F. I’ve been up and cooking exotic eggs — made exotic by what’s left in the fridge. I’m making coffee my way — after being on the road for about a week. I’ve been to the gym — where otherwise harmless weights were waiting for me to disturb them and they in turn disturb my muscles. I finished the NYTimes Xword. Mexican Chocolate, although not a regular, is still on the Locopops menu.
Later this evening, The Old Ceremony is playing outdoors at Southern Village.
I have been pretty feckful this week. Today I feel free to be feckless.
May 19 2007
Much less blogging when I’m also speaking. Blogging is sort of like speaking to a mid-size group in a dark room. You can’t quite see them out there, but you can occasionally get everyone talking a little — and you interacting too.
We had a good meeting in which a bunch of folks ended up piping up and I got to learn a lot about the digital preservation challenges in this area. Like many places, who owns what and who manages what is a problem that is so locally specific and often tied to personalities more that organizations or content. That aside, there is much to be done in this history rich area and there are great folks that want to help get the job done.
Asheville is now more Boulder than Boulder. ID and I went to “green drinks.” Folks meeting at a local art gallery and bar that work on various eco-friendly projects. Whist there we met a couple from Boulder who had been in town about 18 months. He was going to do a show at the bar later on maybe. Things were vague. An art show? No music sorta. What does he play? Drums but now a jazz or rock set. You know drums. And some electronic. He’s really figuring it all out sorta. Then a tall slender woman approached us. She was wearing a lot of Egyptian jewelry. She has a sorta Egyptian name although she looked more northern European. She leads spiritual quests to Egypt. All the holy places of the pharaohs. Nevermind that the pharaohs shifted the religion as it suited them politically, I thought seeing Amenhotep listed beside Ramses in her flyer. What the heck is all about energy points she was explaining. The trip is a little expensive she apologized, over $4K. But for only $1600 more you can be initiated at a power spot and the Knowledge will be yours if you are ready. I tried to find out what you would be initiated into, but somehow even when asked directly she wandered in her talk. Where? To the Secret. She knows people in that film and in that book. They are sincere and know the Power. I am looking at ID for help. We escape and go to an upstairs place that ID calls “a punkrock veggie eats place.” It is! Full of folks who are too young to miss the Ramones but would die to be them. And pretty good veggie food too. The place is nicely crowded without being overly so. Rosetta’s Kitchen. ID is on a good tear about sustainability for the planet. To that end, we decide to walk to coffee up at a French Bistro beside what used to be the oldest store in Asheville. Back at the hotel the GI Joe Summer Convention is setting up. Plastic men are being put on display by folks who go to the gym more than I do.
Up now and heading down the mountain. Thinking of rural mountain cultural heritage and digital preservation in midst of the Asheville I just visited.
Off for a long drive up into the NC mountains where I’ll be speaking at the Living in a City of Bits: digital preservation of our cultural heritage conference to be held tomorrow morning at UNC-Asheville.
I love the downtown of Asheville, the great used books, the good food and the mountains all around.
Peter Freedman who has been handing the media side of the Blooker Prize writes us, the judges, to say that the Prize and more importantly the overall winner, Colby Buzzell and his blook, My War: Killing Time in Iraq, have been getting a lot of attention. Peter sends this:
May 16 2007
Spending the day at the “Digital data preservation, sharing, and discovery: Challenges for Small Science Communities in the Digital Era” aka DRIADE conference in Durham. The minutes will be posted later — I’m promised so I’m not liveblogging the conference.
I did take a break to do a little radio on the Blooker Prize for WCHL our local AM voice. Peter Freedman writes to say that the Blooker and our winner, Colby Buzzell, were covered by the BBC alone over 15 times on different media.
In the meantime, Xeni and others alert us that NPR has, finally, decided to make a fuss about the latest challenge to Internet Radio. They do a good explanation of the history of the current problem, of solutions that are underway, and of calling you to take action.
We picked the Blooker Prize winners earlier and they were just announced. The winners are: In Comics, Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies. In Fiction, Doorbells of Florence by Andrew Losowsky. In Non-fiction, My War by Colby Buzzell. The BBC reports the Prize here with quotes from Nick Cohen, Arianna Huffington and myself.
Nick Cohen writes about his Blooker judging experience here at Guardian Unlimited. And he gets a bit snotty. Nick, Bridget Jones is a steal from Tales of the City mixed with Jane Austen fercrissake. Not to say that BreakUpBabe is either. And you passed completely on PostSecret and Doorbells.
I’m just back from two days in Dublin, Ohio in an intense learning experience about some of the many things that happen at OCLC.
I started my time there by giving a talk and answering questions (see article below or as one person summarized the summary “Részvételen alapuló digitális könyvtár – Paul Jones (az ibiblio.org igazgatója) beszédének összefoglalása, hasznos linkek és források”).
Taylor Surface, Director for Digital Content Management, and I spend some time talking about ContentDM. Mostly Taylor explaining to me all that ContentDM can and will do. Amongst the interesting capabilities is ContentDM’s use of JPG2000 — ContentDM is particularly good for image stores and is used for that at UNC for the Billy Barnes Collection.
I’m not sure how a place called Dublin settled mostly by Germans ended up with a driving range and Scottish pub, but Jay Jordan, Chip Nilges and I had a great lunch and talk in the fine May weather there.
Jasmine de Gaia and Bob Schulz and I talked about Worldcat and the inclusion of social networking and social software ideas and experiences in and around Worldcat.org Note: Worldcat includes over 1 billion items in over 10,000 libraries worldwide.
Mindy Pozenel told me about the pilot tests underway with Worldcat Local.
That evening we (Jay, Eric Childress who served as my keeper and host, Tom Hickey, Michael Teets and Bill Carney) talked, ate and had good wine at an espresso-less Italian restaurant. Eric made up for the expressolessness by taking me to a Starbuck’s the next morning (thanks Eric).
The OCLC Research folks are very deep into various interesting information problems. I was doing quite a bit of running to catch up with them.
Brian Lavoie, Ralph LeVan and Jeff Young talked to me about their work in search technologies, repositories and datamining (some of what I would call analytics) including catching me up on their use of the SRU Search and Retrieve via URL protocol. Ralph and I talked about the differences and different successes of DSpace and Fedora.
Ed O’Neill and Diane Vizine-Goetz talked to me about faceted terminologies and about FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology)
Over lunch a larger group of us chatted about many things including the rise of Zombies in literature. Something that would be shown to be later by Diane as and after she showed me FictionFinder: a FRBR-based prototype for fiction in WorldCat.
Bill Carney has a particularly interesting project in trying to identify orphan works and their possible owners and to make some guesses as to the status and various cataloged works.
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Fred, Terrell and ClaimID are featured in Endeavors, the magazine of research and creative activity at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Hotel coffee isn’t coffee. Especially not the stuff left in my room. Downstairs eatery is not coffee either. Last night, we ate at a great and inventive “Italian” Restaurant here in Dublin. Wonderful conversation. Good wine. Very good food. But to my shock, no espresso! According to the wait (not an Italian BTW), “No one every orders the stuff.” I got coffee. No one apparently orders that either. At least no one who likes coffee. Outside in a warm Ohio night, I spy a Starbucks. It’s closed.
My host Eric is a trooper tho. He has promised to take me to good coffee in a few minutes!
Yes I am a whiner.
Ken sends me to the GrindCam; DJ Pez the prize winning barista is setting up chairs in the cool morning. The ugly Grind Trailer is gone. Folks are sitting outside enjoying the Carolina spring. With very good coffee.
Nassib alerts us to this helpful combination of a traveler’s English tutorial and exercise tape, “I was robbed by two men!” It reminds me somewhat of the twin keepers of Mothra and their missing (from the US version) song, but even more of Ex-Fat Girl’s Poodle Exercises.
After a couple of cups of hotel room coffee, I’m ready to be exercised!
After our graduation ceremonies tomorrow, I’ll be off to Dublin (Ohio) to visit the Worldcat.org mothership, OCLC for a couple of days.
I love Fake Steve Jobs and when the blog disappeared for a while, vanished entirely really, I was among the most disappointed. Almost as disappointed as I am now to know that ValleyWag has, it says, unmasked Fake Steve. Fake Steve has his own candidates.
Great mapping of what carbonated bevs are called down to the county level. The project is called Pop vs Soda, but here in Orange County, NC we know that we’re asking for coke, even when we really want Cheerwine. North Carolina is the state most clearly in the Other category (neither soda nor pop nor coke) we know what we want.
Brewster Kahle of Archive.org and Michael Hart of Project Gutenberg were just on NPR Talk of the Nation talking “about how they intend to go about putting every book published online.”
Fred Stutzman, Terrell Russell and ClaimID are featured in a Reuter’s story “PluggedIn: Does your online image need a makeover?” by Paul Thomasch that is all over the net.news:
Erick Schonfeld alerts us to the Second MixDown from the Busiess 2.0 Next Disruptors conference in Chapel Hill. Here DayJet CEO Ed Iacobucci, Lulu (and Red Hat) founder Bob Young, and ChannelAdvisor COO Michael Jones recount how they came up with the ideas for their various startups. While some handsome lugs (Fred, Tola and Me — leaning left of course) mug in the background.
May 10 2007
May 09 2007
Bill Groves was the Director of that was later to be Information Technology Services when we started SunSITE in 1992. Bill retired, but has not quit working and contributing. He’s just completed 10 years of volunteer work in information technology at East Chapel Hill High. There’s a great story about him and his work in today’s Chapel Hill News.
What: UNC Symposium on Academic Productivity
Hosts: Fred Stutzman and the School of Information and Library Science, the SILS Doctoral Students Association, and the SILS Research and Doctoral Committee.
About: The purpose of this symposium is to bring together students and faculty to share tips and strategies for academic productivity. What is academic productivity? It refers to the strategies, hacks or tools you use to get your academic work done. Perhaps you’ve got a good strategy for keeping abreast of new literature, or maybe you’ve got a strategy for backing up your files that you’d like to share. Simple or complex, come out and share what works for you.
Format: This is a three hour event, drop-ins are welcome. Each hour there will be four 10-minute presentations, followed by 20 minutes of discussion/hands on. If you’d like to present, you must be willing to document your hack and share it electronically so others can use it. The talks will generally be “walk throughs” of your strategies. A wide range of subjects are encouraged, and presentations should be casual.