Archive for March, 2010

Triangle Business Journal announces that the new Cheerwine distributor Pepsi Bottling Ventures will be making Cheerwine and Diet Cheerwine available in fountains that also serve Pepsi beginning in April. Look for the wine dark beverage be in NC and SC’s Myrtle Beach distribution areas.

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A couple of months back, I did a little interview with the Renaissance Computing Institute aka RENCI for their Renaissance People series. I’ve worked with them on a number of projects including their business incubator Launchpad and with some visualization examples (Jeff Heard’s neat-o spheres of ibiblio is one side project from that work).

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Open Government and the World Wide Web

The opening ceremony of WWW2010 will include a plenary panel offering perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic on the move to make data more open and accessible on the Web (data.gov and data.gov.uk). The panel features inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee; Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero; Professor James Hendler of RPI, who will moderate the discussion; UNC professor and Director of iBiblio.org, Paul Jones; Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Executive Office of the President; and University of Southampton Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Director of the Web Science Trust and of the Web Foundation.


Tim Berners-Lee’s TED talk is a brief preview of that we’ll be talking about at WWW2010

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Our family joke: “He knows so little, yet he says so much” is meant to be a kind of zen koan, an insult at one reading and praise at the next. I get that kind of reaction when I come home and describe the talks and classes I’ve done. This past week was one example of many parts of my life colliding — not so much like legos that might eventually click into place, but like a grab bag of tinkertoys, legos and mechanos.

Not documenting everything by far (skipping Public Health presentations that I was only attending, class which you are welcome to check out, the WCHL community lunch, a dinner with the good INTRAHealth OPEN folks, and a murder mystery solved), but looking at two that have some documentation to present, I spoke at the UNC Law Cyberlaw class about FLOSS licensing — slides below — and at the Society for Collegiate Journalism National Conference at NCSU — great writeup by Tyler Dukes linked from the lovely dog picture below.
Serious Journalism

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Imagining the Internet

For the past two days, I’ve had the Geek Quote of the Day on The Great Geek Manual site. Both came from the new Pew Internet and American Life Report called “Imagining the Internet IV.” While I’ve imagined the Internet for Pew three other times, I don’t think that my imaginings have gotten such nice pass-along attention. Thanks, GGM. Also with great geek futurings is Fred Stutzman who will no doubt become quoted as well.

Google allows us to be more creative in approaching problems and more integrative in our thinking. We spend less time trying to recall and more time generating solutions.
– Paul Jones in the “The structure of the Internet” report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Google will make us stupid and intelligent at the same time. In the future, we will live in a transparent 3D mobile media cloud that surrounds us everywhere. In this cloud, we will use intelligent machines, to whom we delegate both simple and complex tasks. Therefore, we will loose the skills we needed in the old days (e.g., reading paper maps while driving a car). But we will gain the skill to make better choices (e.g., knowing to choose the mortgage that is best for you instead of best for the bank). All in all, I think the gains outweigh the losses.
– Paul Jones in the “The structure of the Internet” report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

One correction: The quotes are not in the Structure section of the report but in the Future of Intelligence section also known as “Does Google Make Us Stupid” My claim is that most of us don’t need Google for that ;->

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I got one of the best speaker’s gifts ever given by a conference thanks to Bess Sadler Of UCSD Stanford. She got RENCI’s Jeff Heard to do this very cool & beautiful visualization of ibiblio virtual host traffic. The X, Y and Z axises of these globes are the top 3 octets of the IP numbers of the sites accessing the various ibiblio-hosted sites. Don’t worry so much about the analysis tho; it’s a beautiful work of art. Thanks Jeff and Bess.

Groklaw's world

Here’s one globe representing the Groklaw World. More globes and a better explanation at Jeff’s RENCI Visualization blog.

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