Tuesday 30 June 2009

Charles W. Bailey Jr :Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Long time web users from the academic and publishing end of the spectrum will need no introduction to Charles W Bailey's ongoing project, the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography.

1966 - to present : from e-mail to Creative Commons - to blog
Running since 1996 - pause to take that in - first by email - then by PDF, and more recently by custom search, it now offers everything under the Creative Commons imprimatur.

The blog
It has also introduced a blog which gives people a regular update to the sources that are being logged for the main annual edition.

Be advised there is no casual chat here - actually there is no chat at all - just the rolling update of articles and sources as they come to hand.

The RSS feed is plainly on view - shortcut here - so even I could figure out this was a brilliant way of keeping up with key trends and articles, especially those speaking to issues like open archive repositories, et al .

Personal Top 100
In short, though his site may never set the Webby judges on fire, Charles W. Bailey is definitely a candidate in my personal top 100 people who, in their determination to make a contribution, make the web fit for purpose.

Taster - June 10, 2009
The current blog post - be advised - not for the fainthearted!

American Archivist 72, no. 1 (2009): Includes "A Brave New World: Archivists and Shareable Descriptive Metadata," "Digital Preservation through Archival Collaboration: The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences," and other articles.

Ariadne, no. 59 (2009): Includes "EThOS: From Project to Service," "Publish and Cherish with Non-Proprietary Peer Review Systems," "The REMAP Project: Steps towards a Repository-Enabled Information Environment," "Three Perspectives on the Evolving Infrastructure of Institutional Research Repositories in Europe," and other articles.

Bailey, Charles W., Jr. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition. Houston: Digital Scholarship, 2009.

D-Lib Magazine 15, no. 5/6 (2009): Includes "Evaluation of Digital Repository Software at the National Library of Medicine"; "Towards a Repository-Enabled Scholar's Workbench: RepoMMan, REMAP and Hydra"; and other articles.

The International Information & Library Review 41, no. 1 (2009): Includes "E-Theses and Indian Academia: A Case Study of Nine ETD Digital Libraries and Formulation of Policies for a National Service," "Managing Digital Information Resources in Africa: Preserving the Integrity of Scholarship," and other articles.

Journal of Archival Organization 7, no. 1/2 (2009): Includes "Choosing a Digital Asset Management System That's Right for You"; "Planting Seeds for a Successful Institutional Repository: Role of the Archivist as Manager, Designer, and Policymaker"; "Why Archivists Should Be Leaders in Scholarly Communication"; and other articles.

Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries 6, no. 2 (2009): Includes "Better Control of User Web Access of Electronic Resources," "Core Competencies for Electronic Resource Access Services," "Database Coverage and Impact Factor of Open Access Journals in Pharmacy," "A Licensing Survival Guide for Librarians," and other articles.

Journal of Library Administration 49, no. 4 (2009): Includes "The Future of Academic Publishing: A View From the Top" and other articles.

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 60, no. 1 (2009): Includes "Author-Choice Open-Access Publishing in the Biological and Medical Literature: A Citation Analysis" and other articles.

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 60, no. 3 (2009): Includes "Do Open-Access Journals in Library and Information Science Have Any Scholarly Impact? A Bibliometric Study of Selected Open-Access Journals Using Google Scholar" and other articles.

LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries 19, no. 1. (2009): Includes "The Jigsaw Puzzle of Digital Preservation—An Overview," "The KB e-Depot: Building and Managing a Safe Place for e-Journals," "Taking Care of Digital Collections and Data: 'Curation' and Organisational Choices for Research Libraries," and other articles.

Library Review 58, no. 24(2009): Includes "Choosing Between Print or Digital Collection Building in Times of Financial Constraint" and other articles.

Morris, Sally. Journal Authors' Rights: Perception and Reality. London: Publishing Research Consortium, 2009.

New Library World 110, no. 5/6 (2009): Includes "Customized Mapping and Metadata Transfer from DSpace to OCLC to Improve ETD Work Flow," "Putting the Public in the Public Domain: The Public Library's Role in the Re-Conceptualization of the Public Domain," and other articles.

OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives 25, no. 1 (2009): Includes "Bioline International: A Case Study in Open Access and Its Usage for Enhancement of Research Distribution for Scientific Research from Developing Countries," "An Interactive Reading Environment for Online Scholarly Journals: The Open Journal Systems Reading Tools," "Open Access Dissemination Challenges: a Case Study," "Open Access Indicators and Information Society: the Latin American Case," "The Open Access Movement and the Library World Seen from the Experience of the E-LIS Project," "Promoting Open Access in Germany as Illustrated by a Recent Project at the Library of the University of Konstanz," and other articles.

Research Information (June/July 2009): Includes "Partners in Open Access," "Publishers Relax Author Rights Agreements," and other articles.

Research Information Network. E-Journals: Their Use, Value and Impact. London: Research Information Network, 2009.

Research Library Issues, no. 263 (2009): Includes "Achieving the Full Potential of Repository Deposit Policies," "Author-Rights Language in Library Content Licenses," "Digital Scholarly Communication: A Snapshot of Current Trends," "Strategies for Supporting New Genres of Scholarship," and other articles.

ScieCom Info 5, no. 2 (2009): Includes "A Digitizing Project and Open Access Publishing of an Established National Journal"; "Open Access to Scientific Publications: The Situation in Lithuania"; "Open Minds—An Interview with Rune Nilsen Professor of International Health, The University of Bergen"; and other articles.

Technical Services Quarterly 26, no. 2 (2009): Includes "The Crisis in Scholarly Communication, Part I: Understanding the Issues and Engaging Your Faculty" and other articles.

Technical Services Quarterly 26, no. 3 (2009): Includes "The Crisis in Scholarly Communication, Part II: Internal Impacts on the Library, with a Focus on Technical Services" and other articles.

Webology 6, no. 1, (2009): Includes "Citation Analysis of Library Trends," "Moving from Script to Science 2.0 for Scholarly Communication," and other articles.

Next Weblog update on 7/15/09.

Mr Bean at the Library

Monday 29 June 2009

Three Hawkes Bay moments - Pearce, Popplewell, Maughan

Hawkes Bay secrets
The Hawkes Bay is one of New Zealands most well known secrets - home to the Art Deco town of Napier, mile upon mile of award winning vineyards - orchards overlooked by austere windswept hill tops, as well as being the big backyard to a growing bunch of artists and like minded souls, who still use Auckland as their market place. These include:

Ben Pearce
I discovered three of Ben Pearce's works in the In from the Garden Exibition curated by Matt Blomeley, at Objectspace over the weekend. They are intriguing, and definitely engage a conversation.

Grandfather Clock
The first, Grandfather Clock, to me looks more like a water tower crossed with a tree house. In this, my imaginary, there are no ladders up the structure, and no way of entering the wee hoose when you get to the top- but it has a wonderfully semantic domesticity, as if the kiwi shed, now on stilts, had closed down for a chat with Kierkegaard , or some of the lesser loons of the emerging existential - but there again if its a clock - then fine. It's still a stotter of a work.

Alone Home, No 1
The second, an installation of three sets of tin cans, mimics the tin can radio/servers of our childhood, the message singing along the string with all the frustration of the childhood con trick.

The third, and the one illustrated above, blends all of the above - its called Alone Home No 1 - I love it - it has that brilliant sense of effortless play with a hidden intellectual edge that is the best of the emerging Hawkes Bay arts colony.

Martin Popplewell
Talking of intellectual edge, Martin Poppelwell is another Hawkes Bay artist looking for multiple conversations - sometimes at the same time - which occasionally makes for a noisy encounter, There is even an occasional moment when he aint listening too well, even to himself.

But that's okay - more than okay - because there is no shortage of the vision thing - and definitely a whole lot going on that is well worth a few moments of your silence.

For examples, check out some of the works at the Anna Bibby Gallery I love them.

Karl Maughan
Finally, I need to confess - Karl Maughan is, to my certain knowledge, still happily living in Auckland. However, I did say hallo to him in passing as he was packing the car outside the studio of his long time friend and ex teacher, Dick Frizzell, resident godfather to the growing Hawkes Bay arts landscape.

I also include him courtesy of the works on view in his new show at Gow Langsford Gallery.

Every Day is like Sunday

The exhibition, which opened last week, Every Day is like Sunday, already looks a sell out. Hardly surprising given the iconic popularity of Maughan's garden works - each flower picked out in dazzling colour and detail.

And if you want to see some of these older works - then next time you are at a conference in the Auckland Sky City Convention , then slip next door to the foyer of the Sky City Hotel. They have three in a row! Stunning.

The works in Every Day is like Sunday are not so detailed and pristine - indeed there is a much rawer more explosive energy on view. It's not just the rougher texture to the plants and their landscape which provokes this thought, the artist himself feels more present at a visceral level - with less of the characteristic independence of gaze of his earlier works.

Also, in these works, horizons are pushing themselves into view - as if asserting the need for time and place to take up residence, with the rougher hues of the New Zealand pastoral entering the frame for a different phase in the conversation. Love it to bits!

Saturday 27 June 2009

Satarday Source 2 : Nielsen Study: teens still use traditional media

"What Teens Want"

EJC Media in their weekly email on current media news is quoting a Nielsen Co study which cautions about making sweeping statements about teens abandoning traditional media.

"Don't get too caught up in the hype of digital media usage.
That is a key message of a new research report by The Nielsen Co. that it will present in New York Thursday at its annual "What Teens Want" conference.

"The notion that teens are too busy texting and Twittering to be engaged with traditional media is exciting, but false," according to the executive summary. Instead of replacing traditional media with new-media consumption, teens are simply making time for both, it concludes.

Other myths that the report debunks are that teenagers' preferences differ vastly from adults, that teens' media and entertainment spending is insulated from the recession (they actually reduce it, with out-of-home entertainment more affected than in-home) and that traditional advertising can't resonate with teens (once ads break through the clutter, teens like them more).

The leading type of media use among teens is still television, with the average teenager watching 3 hours and 20 minutes per day, debunking the myth of YouTube as the lead medium.

Actually, Nielsen says, teens watch more TV than ever, with usage up 6% over the past five years in the U.S.(Editor and Publisher)"

source - here

Nielsen, How Teens Use Media, 2009 , PDF

Satarday Source: Chatham House, London, UK

Chatham House
Chatham House - home to the famous Chatham House rule [you can use the material outside the room but who said it remains in the room] was founded in 1920, with a mission "to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all."

They have a number of research divisions, including those dedicated to international law, economics, and global health.

Audio/ Video
It has introduced audio and video to a number of their public sessions.

Current work - Iran Election
In addition to a report on UK cyber security, they have new pieces on what they describe as the Iran Election Turmoil , including a paper looking at the election figures.

They also held an hour long briefing to journalists on June 17th, 2009. This is available as a video on the site, here. Alas, no embed.

Note: This briefing was exclusive to journalists - but is now open to all courtesy of the web. Interesting move and one that needs applauded!
Acknowledgment to the Scout Report for the original source

Friday 26 June 2009

Friday moment - Wikipedia the movie

Pirate Bay Party - Digital Britain, Calbamat
Got this College Humor embed from Calbamat, in a blog post talking about the Pirate Bay Party which in turn was looking at reactions to the Digital Britain Report. I know - almost a mirror of the video - but hey, it is Friday morning.

Thursday 25 June 2009

DIGITAL NZ - take two!

Digital NZ have re-done their web site - added a new silo site - Make it Digital - and - be still my beating heart- have put the search box back on the front page, so you can find stuff!!
Brilliant - thank you - happy - sorted - here.

On a more sober note - they are still pushing their leadership role in making their API available for re-use - have enhanced their ambitions around re-mix - and have a new timeline tool.

Project ideas
They are also actively seeking ideas for New Zealand content projects which need digitisation, as well as looking for ideas that can be used to leverage what we have already got in digital format.
So if you have a suggestion on what should be digitised, or what we can do with some collection dear to your heart, then get on over there, now.

This doesn't mean they put your ideas into some kind of hierarchy of projects which they will then complete - the idea is to build a community of practice alongside some great ideas.

Fan No 1
And if I sound like a big fan of all this - then yep - you got it - I am!

New content partners
And of course - they are still looking for new content partners.

Wednesday 24 June 2009

The book meets the brotherhood in Auckland

The Book and the Brotherhood
The first day of the Future of the Book seminar is in full flow at the Hyatt Regency in Auckland. Curiously, it shares the venue with the Telecommunications and ICT conference [TelCon10] . Seems ironic that the world of telcos and digital publishing should be in the same building, but don't have any sessions in common.

Past and Present
The Hyatt in turn sits at the cusp of Auckland University Campus with the old Government House in between. Alongside both runs Princess Street, famous for the original kauri mansions of the first Auckland merchants, one of which now houses the NZ Peace Foundation, tryst guardian to NZ's hallowed nuclear free status.

Next door, tucked away on the edge of Albert Park, is the flat where recipients of the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship struggle with their muse on a six monthly basis. Some of them will publish. A few will earn a living.

Albert Park - from rifles to global learning commons.
Albert Park in turn was once a barracks for the British troops who arrived to help establish the crown colony. A piece of the barrack wall, with intact rifle slits, runs in and out of the entrance to the Auckland University Library. It in turn hosts one of the best digital repositories of academic research and scholarship in Australasia.

Across the street from the original library building is a brand new learning commons where you will struggle to find a spare seat by 7:30am any term time morning.

All of which feels like a lovely big geographic tiki tour to the issues under discussion today in both parts of the Hyatt - i.e. how can creativity - commerce - and the global knowledge commons extend and enhance both themselves and - the world of the user formally known as the audience/reader/learner?

Tuesday 23 June 2009

Digital Britain - and the ones who say no thanks - OxIS, 2009

Internet UK - No thanks
In contrast to the recommendations of Digital Britain around infrastructure and innovation, today, the Oxford Internet Insititute, OII, through their The Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) 2009, says the main challenges in creating a Digital Britain will be to change the perceptions of the third of the British population who choose not to use the internet. The full report, here

The digital refuseniks
The survey goes on to underline that "while most British internet users (84%) are extremely confident about using new technology and see the Internet as central to many activities, over half of non-users of the internet (57%) now distrust new technology more than they did before."

The survey, questioned 2000 people in 2009. It found that cost, a lack of access and a lack of interest were the main reasons that led to people deciding to stop using the Internet.

The detail
On the detail the report offers a breakdown of where the digital divide lies: twice as many people from higher than lower socio-economic groups use the Internet.

Age has an impact on digital choices with the proportion of Internet users between 25-54 increasing considerably since 2003. In contrast there isn't a significant change for other age groups.

The proportion of retired people going online has inched forward from 30% in 2005 to 34% in 2009. However, the gap between male and female users has nearly closed with 71% of men and 68% women now using the Internet; gaps in self-confidence between men and women, however, remain. 100% of students and 88% of households with children said they had access to the Internet.

Attitudes and beliefs the key
And just to underline the difference of opinion/perspective - Professor Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute says the major issues are neither infrastructures nor innovation. The key concerns are the attitudes and beliefs of individuals uninterested in the Internet.

Non users still like the tele or the radio
While users opt for the Internet as their most trusted medium, non-users or people who have stopped said they trusted television and radio the most.

Non-users were most concerned about the negative aspects of online communication, with 86% agreeing that people can find personal information too easily online, as compared with only half of users.

Over two-thirds (68%) of non-users said that there was too much immoral material online and nearly three quarters (71%) of non-users wanted greater government regulation of the Internet, as compared with 57% of users.

Internet Addiction
Both users (77%) and non-users (71%) agreed that the Internet can be addictive. People who had stopped using the Internet (41%) were twice as likely as users (23%) to say that dealing with the amount of information was exhausting.

There was little difference between unemployed, retired and unemployed ex-users in finding someone who could help them on the Internet (88-93%). The most popular person for ex-users to ask for help was a friend (69%), while non-users were most likely to ask a child or grandchild (68%).

The OxIS 2009 Report
Dutton, W.H., Helsper, E.J. and Gerber, M.M. (2009) Oxford Internet Survey 2009 Report:
The Internet in Britain. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. [PDF]

Cultural Agoraphobia and The Future of The Library , James Boyle

Future of the Book Seminar, Auckland,
Prospective attendees of the Future of the Book Seminar being run by Martin Taylor in Auckland tomorrow and Thursday, might be curious to learn, I have just sent an email to Unity Books asking them to put aside The Public Domain, the Future of the Commons, by James Boyle.

The Public Domain, the Future of the Commons
Nothing exceptional there, you might say. True - but the curious thing is, the book has been available as a PDF under a CC licence for some time, here. And yet it continues to sell. Why?
This summary might help unpack the appeal to both traditional and new media audiences alike. Also, for some, including me, his argument is of seminal importance to libraries and other public learning institutions.

" Our music, our culture, our science and our economic welfare all depend on a delicate balance between those ideas that are controlled and those that are free, between intellectual property and the public domain.

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (Yale University Press) James Boyle introduces readers to the idea of the public domain and describes how it is being tragically eroded by our current copyright, patent, and trademark laws.

In a series of fascinating case studies, Boyle explains why gene sequences, basic business ideas and pairs of musical notes are now owned, why jazz might be illegal if it were invented today, why most of 20th century culture is legally unavailable to us, and why today’s policies would probably have smothered the World Wide Web at its inception."

First Arcadia Lecture
Courtesy of the Arcadia Programme, people curious as to both the message and the calibre of the thinking now have an opportunity to hear the author thinking out loud in a podcast of the First Arcadia lecture held earlier this year.

"Cultural Agoraphobia and The Future of The Library"
First Arcadia Lecture: March 12th - 2009 - Professor James Boyle (Duke University) on "Cultural Agoraphobia and The Future of The Library"

The Podcast
- James Boyle lecture podcast [MP3]

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
"In his new book 'The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind' James Boyle argues that we have a bias that makes us unduly skeptical of open networks, systems and methods of production.

The success of non proprietary systems -- ranging from open source software to Wikipedia and the open Internet itself -- fills us with surprise.

Cultural Agoraphobia
He calls this bias "cultural agoraphobia." In a world where all texts were tangible, the institution of the library stood for the proposition that a certain degree of openness was good; that a place that allowed free access to knowledge by every citizen was one of the defining institutions of a liberal society and culture.

How will that principle change or evolve in the digital world? Will it survive at all? What is the future of the library in a world grappling with cultural agoraphobia? .."

The Arcadia Programme
The Arcadia Programme is a three-year programme funded by the Arcadia Fund to Cambridge University Library. The grant enables them "to explore the role of academic libraries in a digital age, create new programmes and services, particularly for undergraduates -- and also to improve the external environment of the library".

Arcadia Fellowship Programme
A major part of the Programme is the Arcadia Fellowship Programme. Fellows work on projects aimed at increasing the library's capability to provide users with services appropriate to a networked world. Each Fellowship has 'deliverables' (broadly defined) associated with it and our findings and outputs are be shared the [academic] library community worldwide.

Monday 22 June 2009

Hamish Keith: Captain Grumpy to Doctor Grumpy

Honory Doctorate to Hamish Keith - author, social history commentator
BookMan Beattie is currently leading with the news that the University of Waikato has announced, it is conferring an Honorary Doctorate
on author and social history commentator Hamish Keith.

The Big Picture
Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says Keith, who in 2007 opened New Zealand art history to an even wider audience through his television series and companion book The Big Picture, will receive the University’s most prestigious award, for his very significant contribution to New Zealand as a social and cultural historian.

Te Maori
“As an early driver of the Te Maori exhibition, a former chairman of the Arts Council, and a passionate defender of the concept that we are ‘all in one waka’, Hamish Keith brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for communication to his roles as author, social commentator and New Zealander,” Prof Crawford says.

“Bestowing an Honorary Doctorate on Hamish Keith is recognition of a man who has spent a lifetime engaged with the arts and with the cultural history of New Zealand.”

His doctorate will be conferred at a Waikato University graduation ceremony in October.

Auckland Single City
Hamish Keith's current concerns include the One City , Many Voices blog, and the Simple Super City web site, which contains his submission The Parliamentary Select Committee: Local Government (Auckland Council) Bill . And yes, he is looking for people to sign up as co-submitters, here

Matariki - NZ On Screen collection from Whai Ngata

Matariki on NZ On Screen Collection
NZ On Screen have just put up The Matarki Collection, a stunning selection of Maori related NZ film and video works, curated by Whai Ngata, whose background in NZ radio and television goes back 30 years. He is also the former Head of TVNZ Māori Programmes.

The project
The aim is to contribute to the growing cultural footprint of the Matariki Festival, the Maori New Year.

Though sometimes controversial as a concept, over the last few years Matarki has become the defacto winter festival for New Zealand, Aoetearoa.

As Wikipedia, our trusted stalwart, tells us "Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster, which was important for agriculture in establishing the correct time to plant crops. There are two explanations of the name Matariki: firstly, mata-riki (small eyes) or mata-ariki (Eyes of God). The constellation is also believed to have been used by navigators.

The first rising of the Pleiades and of Rigel (Puanga in Māori) occurs just prior to sunrise in late May or early June, and this indicates that the old year has ended and the new year has begun.

The actual time for celebrating Matariki varies, depending on the iwi (tribe or clan). Some iwi celebrate it immediately. Others wait until the rising of the next full moon, or alternatively the dawn of the next new moon.

It has become common practice for various private and public institutions to celebrate Matariki over the period of a week or month anywhere from early June to late July. Other iwi used the rising of Rigel in a similar way.

In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year. Offerings of the produce of the land were made to the gods, including Rongo, god of potato. This time of the year was also a good time to instruct young people in the lore of the land and the forest. In addition, certain birds and fish were especially easy to harvest at this time."

The OnScreen Collection
The titles in the Matariki collection include the early 1970s documentary series Tangata Whenua, made by Michael King, Barry Barclay and John O'Shea , and acknowledged as the first time Pākehā television viewers got a significant window into the Māori world.

Also from the 1970s, is episode one of the landmark drama series The Governor, which gave a then rare Māori perspective on our colonial history.

The long-running TVNZ Māori Programmes' productions Koha, Te Karere, Waka Huia, and Marae also feature in the collection, as does TVNZ's coverage of the Te Maori exhibition and Te Arikinui, Dame Te Atairangikaahu the Māori Queen's Tangi.

Ngata acknowledges the talent of Māori entertainers on television, by including the work of Billy T James in his collection. He also includes the Māori biography series Pounamu, and the drama series Mataku, which told Māori supernatural stories.

New Zealand movies Ngati and Once Were Warriors are also in the collection, and Ngata says of Warriors: "this movie has to be included for highlighting the problem of domestic violence, not only among Māori, but all societies. It gave a very strong message of the huge problem that transcends race and social status."

Sunday 21 June 2009

Acropolis Museum and Elgin Marbles

Acropolis Museum and Elgin Marbles
This week in Athens, after 40 years in the planning and costing 130m euros, Athens' new Acropolis Museum finally opened and the Greek culture minister says he hopes it will be a catalyst for the UK to hand the Parthenon sculptures back.

Source: video news source - UK Chanell 4, here
Note: the Channel 4 report says there were no British Museum representatives at the opening. BBC World Service reports the BM was represented.

Elgin Marbles.
The story of the Elgin Marbles, and how the came to the British Museum, and the resulting claim and counter claim to their ongoing custodianship has many strands. Some sources to unravel them, include:

"The Elgin Marbles, also known as the Parthenon Marbles/Sculptures, are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, inscriptions and architectural members that originally belonged to the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens.[1][2][3][4] Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799–1803, had obtained a controversial permission from the Ottoman authorities to remove pieces from the Acropolis. ..."

British Museum
The British Museum has prepared their own [undated] position statement on the Partheaon Marbles, here

Room 18
They also have a video and an online tour, here

Saturday 20 June 2009

DLTJ Alpha Bing Squared screencast

Disruptive Library Technology Jester

A screencast exploration of Wolfram|Alpha, Microsoft Bing, and Google Squared services. The screencast corresponds to a blog posting by the Disruptive Library Technology Jester, here

Friday 19 June 2009

Digital Britain - Final Report

Digital Britain: Core Facts

  1. Universal access to today’s broadband services by 2012

  2. Next Generation fund for investment in tomorrow’s broadband services

  3. Upgraded mobile networks

  4. National Plan to improve Digital Participation

  5. Robust legal and regulatory framework to combat Digital Piracy

  6. Support for public service content partnerships and revised digital remit for Channel 4

  7. Funding options for national, regional and local news

  8. Programme of Digital Switchover in Public Services

Report sections

Full Report

Clay Shirky: How Twitter can make history

Clay Shirky on TED
While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly).

11/17: Lulan Artisans Textile Competition

Lulan Artisans and CC designs
Creative Commons International reports."Lulan Artisans, a for-profit social venture that designs and produces high-quality, hand-woven textiles, recently launched a competition - 11˚/17˚ - to solicit community designs for Lulan’s 2010 collection.

Lulan will accept submissions until October 15th and are encouraging participants to publish their work under a CC BY-NC license and additionally make them available to independent artisans for commercial purposes and for use without attribution.

Database of CC Designs
The goal is that the designs submitted will “populate a database of Creative Commons designs that weaving cooperatives around the world can use to increase their ability to make a sustainable living and be less at risk of poverty.”

Competition’s guidelines at the 11˚/17˚ website.

Thursday 18 June 2009

Fresh protest under way in Tehran

Source BBC, here

Brady Forrest - O'Reilly Radar - Want a Map of Tehran
Brady Forrest, from O'Reilly Radar has written an excellent survey of the mapping initiatives of the major players in trying to track and publish photographs from the fallout around the Iran election by , Yahoo, Mapquest, Google, and Bing . His article, Want a Map of Tehran, is here

Other sources

Flickr Iran photos - last visited - Noon NZ time, 18th June, 09 - 279,152 images
You Tube - Iran videos - last visited , Noon NZ time, 18th June, 09 - 155 videos
Wikipedia - 2009 Iranian election protests - page changes a lot

Twazzup; multiple twitter feeds and news updates

Twitter Update - Help Iran Election site
Puts a green overlay on your Twitter icon - see here, for details

Nat Torkington - on NZ National Radio
Spoke about Twitter and the Iranian protest. MP3 Audio, here. His online links are here.

See especially this series of events from Gawker, here.

UK Channel 4
The Gawker time line includes this excellent UK Channel 4 video direct from Tehran the day after the election, where British journalist Lindsey Hilsum files this remarkable report, in which she says she feels as though she "went to sleep in one country and woke up in another."

Wednesday 17 June 2009

Re-Mix My Lit: Through The Clock's Workings

Re-Mix My Lit - Through the Clock's Workings
Remix My Lit has released it’s first publication, Through the Clock’s Workings. The project brings together 9 original stories from nine Australian writers like James Phelan, Cate Kennedy and Kim Wilkins, and 13 of the best re-mixes created by people who responded to the Australian Council funded, ReMix My Lit project.

Creative Commons
To make it happen the original works were licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike licence. This allows an artist to offer re-use rights to their works under certain agreed conditions. The Australian version[s] is explained here. The NZ version[s], here. Creative Commons International lives, here.

Through the Clock's Workings
Published by Sydney University Press, Through the Clock's Workings, is only a taste of the wider reach of the Re-Mix My Lit project, which also includes masterclasses at writers festivals, writing jams at pubs, and random site uploads.

The Ongoing story
As part of a bid to continue the conversation between author and reader, co-creator, the whole book - original stories, the remixes, even the fonts - continue to be free for reuse.

Buy - download - participate
Hard copies of Through the Clock’s Workings, are available from the Sydney University Press eStore. A free download version is available, here. More remixes are available on the Remix My Lit website.

Tuesday 16 June 2009

TEDx - Jane Poynter- Biosphere 2 : first in the series

Jane Poynter- Biosphere 2
Jane Poynter tells her story of living two years and 20 minutes in Biosphere 2 -- an experience that provoked her to explore how we might sustain life in the harshest of environments. This is the first TED talk drawn from an independently organized TEDx event, held at the University of Southern California,

TEDx event.
This is the first talk to be featured as a TEDx event, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

It marks the official launch of the TEDx concept, and program,. It aims to promote local events with the TED spirit. You can learn more at www.ted.com/tedx.

Other highlights
You can see more highlights from TEDx events here:
+ TEDxTokyo

Upcoming events
Other TEDx events on the schedule include Sydney, Australia, Shanghai, China and the Fiji Islands to Qatar and Capetown, South Africa. The complete list is available, here

Hosting our own in NZ
TED is looking for more events from other parts of the world. The details are here. I think this would be an excellent opportunity for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch. Even better it would be great to see one of the big Art Galleries or Museums picking up the challenge?

TEDx explained

Auckland University Workshop: Select Committee on Auckland’s Governance.

Select Committee on Auckland Governance
The University of Auckland’s Political Studies Department is hosting a free public workshop presented by Rob Thomas to assist people interested in making submissions to the Select Committee on Auckland’s Governance.

The Workshop
This is a non-partisan community event to encourage community participation in the decision making process.

At the workshop people can:

  • Discuss a brief history of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Bill 2009
  • Learn how to make a submission to the Select Committee
  • Learn how to effectively formulate ideas for a formal submission

The workshop is open to anyone who would like to make a submission.

There is no RSVP – just come along. Feel free to bring anyone who might also be interested in making a submission.

Friday, 19th June 6-8pm
University of Auckland Clock Tower, Room 039, 22 Princes St, City Campus

Source - Kiwi Blog , and Auckland University,

Monday 15 June 2009

Telecom XT, the iPhone, and the Twitition thing

Telecom XT and the iPhone

Some bright sparks have launched a petition on Twitter to persuade Telecom XT to have the iPhone. From what I understand the difficulty is all on the Apple side. Personally I would much rather they used their considerable marketing budget to sort out how an SME or single user, without a networking degree, can sync with a Blackberry server. But that's me.

The Twitition thing
However, that's not my main interest in this story. I'm much more curious about the idea of using Twitter as a petition tool. Sounds like a great idea in principle, although I suspect, if it takes off, and there is every reason to suppose it will, our Twitter accounts will be infested with the things.

Simple Super City
In short, if you have a bright idea, or a burning question or response, and are looking for people to join in with you - see Hamish Keith's Simple Super City, as an example, then I think you need to get in quick.

How do you set up a Twitter petition?
Setting one up seems to be easy enough. You go to twittion.com , and start one. You will need a Twitter account of course. There are currently 500 twititions on view, signed by 30,640.
Will be interesting to see what that number is when you click and see, here

Food, Inc

Robert Kenner Film, here

Erica Lloyd - Twitter

Sunday 14 June 2009

Rainy Sunday moment : The Cold - Tony Hancock classic

Rainy Sunday - Auckland
Couldn't find a YouTube of the classic Hancock, rainy Sunday, "stone me, at least her gravy used to move about" - but this one, The Cold, isn't a bad substitute, especially given the current obsession with swine flu, et al

Library Thing - Alternative for Rainy Sunday
I am also thinking about heading over to Library Thing to update my collection. Note to self - must take back the barcode scanner Auckland City Library lent me.

Saturday 13 June 2009

Amnesty International Report 2009

A human rights crisis - not just an economic one
In a trenchant critique of the current state of human rights, country by country, across the globe, Amnesty International calls for a different kind of leadership, a different kind of politics as well as economics - something that works for all and not just the favoured few.

The web site
The web site for the report contains country profiles, summaries and numerous calls to actions and opportunities for feedback, here

Full report
The full report is available in multiple languages, here. The English version, as a PDF can be downloaded here.

Select a Country Report

New Zealand
North Korea
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Viet Nam

Friday 12 June 2009

Henry VIII and the British Library

British Library - respect
I have a growing admiration for what the British Library is achieving in the digital realm. It's partly driven by their strength of purpose around copyright, especially Dame Lynne Brindley trenchant critique of how digital rights management endangers scholarship.

However, they also seem to have grasped the harder truth that to maintain the moral and intellectual high ground it's also necessary to show how digitisation can add to both scholarship, as well as the more generic world of the 'visitor experience'

Turning the Pages
One piece of work which consistently manages to bridge this potential divide is their Turning the Pages programme - an ongoing set of projects which digitise a well known manuscript, and then present it alongside a commentary or a translation.

One of the first works they tackled were the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. In it they gave people the chance to interpret the real Da Vinci code - i.e. his curious right to left mirror image writing style. If you have never managed to see it, its still on view here.

Henry VIII Psalter [Book of Psalms]
Among their recent new additions to the Turning the Pages project is the Psalter [Book of Psalms] of Henry VIII.

It is a beautiful piece of work, even on screen. However, what makes it extra special is the marginalia by Henry himself. The project explores this - both as an audio track and an transcript.

It's entirely up to the viewer as to whether they switch these on. If you have the Latin, you are more than welcome to figure it out. Being of the same ilk as Peter Cook [#] , I was grateful for the translation.

You can get to it, here, or just click the image above. If you click it you will be taken to the site. It's built using Silverlight so you might have to wait for a plug in to install , or you might just ease your way through. I was okay, even on a big Mac.

Henry VIII - Man and Monarch Exhibition
This project fits inside a cluster of activities which the BL are putting on to celebrate the 500 anniversary of Henry VIII accession to the throne . The big blockbuster exhibition, Henry VIII, Man and Monarch, is on to September and is curated by David Starkey. He is also doing a Channel 4 series.

There is some introductory video on the exhibition on the BL site, here. There is no embed option, which was a disappointment.

The YouTube connection
Naturally I went to YouTube to see if I could see it there. And yes, it is, here. However, the embed option has been disabled 'by request'

I know this is entirely the prerogative of the BL - or perhaps it's the author. Whatever the root of the decision, I can't help but think it 's a bad one. Why put it on YouTube if you are not prepared to share. A bit like going to Glastonbury and refusing to pass the duchy.

The Podcasts
However, leaving that to one side, they do redeem themselves with a whole bunch of great podcasts. You can see the context and a more fulsome description of their contents, here. Or use these shorthand links if you prefer.
David Starkey on Henry VIII: The Change 1509-33
Media files podcast94564.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 23.1 MB)

Anne Boleyn's Book of Hours
Media files podcast94330.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 2.9 MB)

Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
Media files podcast94338.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 26.4 MB)

Henry VIII's Psalter
Thu, 21 May 2009 12:30 AM
Media Files podcast94102.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 5.3 MB)

David Starkey: The Young HenSat, 16 May 2009 1:30 AM
Media files podcast93800.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 26.2 MB)

Henry VIII and the Field of Cloth of Gold
Media files podcast93689.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 4.3 MB)

Henry VIII's Music
Media files podcast93288.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 7.0 MB)

Henry VIII's Maps
Sat, 25 Apr 2009 1:50 AM
Media Files podcast93289.mp3 (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 3.0 MB)
Final Note: British Library
The BL have also just launched a new site Business and Intellectual Property web site, here

Thursday 11 June 2009

NYPL hosts Project Runway’s Tim Gunn

Project Runway
Project Runway is hugely popular in our house. During the last TV series here in New Zealand I also heard a dozen or more conversations about it on the Auckland/Wellington Air New Zealand airbus. As for the Koru Lounge, well let's just hope it never goes head to head with an All Blacks test match. I doubt if the rugby crowd would even get close to owning the remote.

New York Public Library Fifth Annual Anti-Prom
Now I find the New York Public Library is also a fan having hosted a meeting with Tim Gunn, the affable but totally scary Project Runway co-host.

The Anti-Prom is an alternative to the High School prom - is aimed at those teens who don't fit into the main stream prom culture.

It's also part of the NYPL's offer to teens - Teenlink - this includes book links, etc.

For the style cognoscenti
As for the detail for the cognoscenti , see here

" Tim Gunn, guest host of The New York Public Library’s Fifth Annual Anti-Prom, is Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. In this newly created role, he is responsible for attracting, retaining, and developing the creative talent within the Liz Claiborne Inc. portfolio of brands. Prior to joining Liz Claiborne Inc., Gunn served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons The New School for Design for close to 24 years and has had a rich and deep history with the institution. Gunn joined the staff in 1983 as Assistant Director of Admissions. In 1985, he was promoted to Associate Director of Admissions and to Director of Admissions in 1986. In 1990, he became Associate Dean.

In August 2000, Gunn was appointed Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons with the charge of retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century. Under Gunn’s direction, the department was repositioned as the indisputable leader in fashion design education in America and as one of only a handful of leading programs in the world. Gunn is currently Honorary Chair of Fashion Design at the school.

Gunn has lectured widely on fashion and lifestyle design as well as the profound role that Parsons has played in putting America on the global design map. His interviews have appeared in a diverse range of publications, from Newsweek and The New York Times, to Entertainment Weekly and Martha Stewart Living, as well as Women’s Wear Daily and People. He has also garnered much broadcast coverage. Gunn covered the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globes in 2006, 2007, and 2008 for The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight. He has written articles for Elle, Seventeen, People, and US Weekly, and has a regular feature on the bravotv.com website. He was also named one of People magazine’s “sexiest men alive” in 2006.

Currently, Gunn serves as co-host of the thrice Emmy-nominated television program Project Runway, a reality-based fashion design incubator, the third season of which broke all cable viewer ratings records. Project Runway’s much anticipated fifth season will premier in the coming months. He is also starring in the second season of his own show, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, which is based on his book, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style, which was published in 2007..."