Ot there again, I might just take my cue from everything around me - be still - thankful and connected.
p.s the image isn't mine - it is from, Flickr from here.
1. Fair UseTweetdeck
The next step in the Sec 92a project - create a space for a discussion on Fair Use. I also get to mention the Sita Sings the Blues post, here.
2. Streetview UK
We also had a chat about the UK Streetview. I don't think Jim is much of a fan but is was too much of a gentleman to let on too much. He and others might be interested in this great comment I got from someone who listened to the sopt.
She said she was using Streetview with her 82 year old mother who has some computer savvy. She introduced her to Streetview. Her Mum has never been to the UK and may never go, but has, apparently, just taken a walk around Hyde Park. Having suffered a couple of small strokes, my correspondent is forever looking for ways to ensure she keeps her diminishing memory as sharp as possible. Sending her off around the virtual world is a great way to do this. ... "
Ain't that a brilliant piece of feedback.
3. The Twitter Thing
Gave this another twirl as well. Got a couple of new twists to it, including the rather bizarre news that TVNZ has a Twitter correspondent, but they are still downsizing the newsroom as part of their economy drive. Feels like an unfortunate combination of events? Maybe they need to watch some more TV - see the next story.
The Thick of It
We also discussed Nat Torkington's recent tweet on two BBC fictional characters, Malcolm Tucker and Jamie MacDonald from the hit comedy The Thick Of It who are now on Twitter.
The Thick of It is a fantastic show - great satire on Westminster politics and the management of the news agenda etc. Having two of the more excitable characters twittering away is a brilliant way of both keeping the dna of the show alert to current politics, as well as keeping the show alive in peoples heads.
All of which only works if it continues to be funny on Twitter - which it is. Check them both - Malcolm, here, Jamie, here The Wikipedia article on the show is here.
Opening up his blog to outsiders
",,, There's some twittering at present about whether CILIP has (or should have) any "official" presence on various lists or micro blog sites.
The simple answer, of course, is no. In terms of "official" activity, cyber life is just like real like - if it happens in a CILIP-sanctioned space, it's official; if it happens down the pub or in someone else's space, it isn't.But there's a deeper question to address. As everybody networks with everybody else in an increasingly informal and always-on way, how do organisations maintain a culture of inclusion and, at the same time, retain a methodical approach to work planning, managing, and decision-making? ..."
full post - here
The post about Twiitter
On his original post on Twitter - well - as my comments below might suggest, I think he is just plain wrong on that one. CILIP needs to be on Twitter starting from today. It's a wonderful place to share thinking/networks
However, I would like to congratulate him on opening up the blog to outsiders and for his more recent comment, "CILIP needs to develop a culture of working on the web" This sounds like a willingness to be part of a conversation, and I'd like to make a contribution to that.
Web site to web presence
For the record, I spend almost all of my time working out where digital is at the moment - and where it is going.
There is a major sea change happening in the web right now - it is rapidly moving away from the notion of Web 2.0 as a series of participation tools in the likes of blogs or new services/platforms like Twitter.
This change is about replacing the notion of a stand alone web site, or institutional presence with the notion of 'web presence' where everyone has a myriad of personalised digital touch points to family - work - community - society - et al. This means we will all be part of a vibrant digital ecology of place - tools and service points.
The entire web will be social
And as part of that people will move away from social networks as special places to do special activities like being social, and will in contrast use the web as one giant social network.
In short the next generation web will be a a social web.
I also strongly believe that libraries have a very big part to play in this transformation and that, accordingly, libraries, their stakeholders, and their institutions [like CILIP] need to extend their current DNA, including their collections expertise, into all the different parts of the emerging web ecology.
By web ecology I mean all of the pieces and places that now define the emerging next generation of web services and web activities.
This isn't a smokescreen for being more web 2.0 - e.g about Bob's blog having an RSS feed - it's about my being able to take all the digital pieces of CILIP [and by extension my local library] and managing them within my own web landscape of sources, people, and personal professional/cultural/ practice.
In this definition there is no closed CILIP world of professionalism - rather the professionalism that defines CILIP is on show inside 'my' personalised knowledge/learning/cultural landscape.
In short - being digital means just that - i.e. participating in both the development and the outcomes of a world in which people - place and cultural/economic/social/political practice will use digital pathways to extend and develop their lives.
I think CILIP has a big role to play in this - as do it's members and the institutions they work for. I also think that if CILIP and their members fail to rise to this challenge/opportunity - they are toast.
Flickr API - Google Maps
This re-purposing of museum data uses the Flickr API to create a KML file from the Powerhouse Museum's photographic collection in the Commons and merges it with the Google Maps and the Google Maps Street View.
The Powerhouse has details, hereBBC
Measuring the Internet Economy - The ICT Development Index (Note: PDF)
From the International Telecommunication Union website
"This report, published in 2009 by the ITU, compares developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) in 154 countries over a five-year period from 2002 to 2007. The Index combines 11 indicators into a single measure that can be used as a benchmarking tool globally, regionally and at the country level. These are related to ICT access, use and skills, such as households with a computer, the number of Internet users and literacy levels."
Australia: Internet access in public libraries survey 2008 (Note: PDF)
From the Australian Library and Information Association website
"This report is a follow-up to similar survey reports in 2002 and 2005 and a more specialised report on internet filtering in 2007 and provides current information on how public library internet services are managed, delivered and used in responding libraries. This report of internet services in public libraries in Australia is made possible by the voluntary participation of a significant number of public libraries across Australia."
Have a great weekend! Back Monday
Sita Sings the Blues
Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by e-mail. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”
Nina Paley Interviews
Nina has given some great interviews on the topic of copyright and creativity. One of her best lines is that "artists internalise the permission culture", which in turn affects the art the make."
This quote and others on the need for a radical shakeup in our copyright laws are on view in two interviews. The first is a short 3 minute YouTube highlights. This is here.
However, the entire interview with is also available as an embed - and yep - I couldn't resist the temptation to put it up here.
Watch Sita Sings the Blues
"..... But the construction took a dim second place to the sight of this very elderly woman being reunited with this object that holds so many memories, to the most extreme joy to the greatest sorrow.And - yep - thanks to the two Twitter sources who put me onto it - www.twitter.com/publichistorian
She talked about how it felt to see her gown again, and we watched as she laid her hands upon it, feeling the gold threads, surely remembering what it felt like to wear it.
She bent down to kiss it once, and I have to confess to a trained gut reaction of momentary panic (”Don’t touch!”).
But sometimes the pieces in our care become more precious and powerful when viewed and touched by their former owners, and preserving those moments is just as valuable as preserving the object itself.
It had been 23 years since she had seen it, and I am very happy that she was impressed by the care it received and the condition it was in" more
The categories and New Zealand winners:
e-Culture & Heritage: NZ On Screen,
e-Entertainment & Games: Areograph.com, Casebook
e-Health & Environment: Activa Health Works, Preventive Healthcare software
e-Government & Institutions: State Services Commission, National Broadband Map
e-Business & Commerce:Air New Zealand, My Air NZ.com
e-Inclusion & Participation: Horizons Regional Council,Green rig.co.nz
e-Learning & Education: Te Papa, Our Space
e-Science & Technology: MoRST, Future of Food Roadshow
" ... s92A amounts to a mechanism whereby the copyright holder, an unrelated third party to the contract between an ISP and their customers, can interfere with that contract and this could amount to a tort of interference with contractual relations.S92a - when is this going to end?
The Society is also critical of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act's definition of an ISP. It says all manner of businesses and organisations are included in the definition. An attempt in the TCF's draft code to deal with this by defining a "downstream ISP" is not adequate... "
quote from stuff
Note: can't find the submission on the ADLS web site - would be good to see the whole thing. Have I missed it? Can someone point me to it ?
Update: link thanks to twitter.com/HamishMacEwan The full submission is here. [PDF]
As their site, says, it is a non-profit organisation aimed at accelerating the research cycle which they define as "the continuous production and reuse of knowledge that is at the heart of the scientific method."
Science Commons has three interlocking initiatives: making scientific research 'reuseful'; enabling 'one-click' access to research materials; and integrating fragmented information sources.
Its work is of relevance to anyone within the scientific cycle looking to reduce legal and technical barriers to research and discovery.
Thanks to The Source for the re-heads up on this.
"The next step here is to get S92A repealed altogether. Then to start a wider conversation involving artists and Internet folk - some of whom are the same people - to work out how copyright should work in the Internet age. It would be truly wonderful if the government would facilitate that."
" Chinese New Zealand’s early print culture is small and scattered. This is no surprise given the size of the Chinese New Zealand community which until the 1920s was not large enough to support a print culture.NDF Presentation
A small, transient and largely rural community, labour-intensive occupations and the need to support families back in China were all obstacles to the time-consuming and expensive process of publishing.
Despite these difficulties, between 1921 and 1972 at least four Chinese language periodicals were published in New Zealand. Three of these are available on this site.
The Man Sing Times was published between 1921 and 1922, the New Zealand Chinese Weekly News between 1937 and 1946, and the New Zealand Chinese Growers between 1949 and 1972. Collectively these periodicals cover some 50 years of Chinese New Zealand history.
They provide an insight into the political, economic, linguistic, historical and social life of the Chinese New Zealand community.
Making these key Chinese New Zealand publications available online therefore provides a wonderful primary resource for those studying Chinese New Zealand history and it is hoped that it will encourage the study of and further research into Chinese New Zealand history.
The project is a joint venture between the Alexander Turnbull Library and Auckland City Libraries. The Alexander Turnbull Library supplied microfilmed copies of the publications for digitisation. Project management and web enablement was provided by Auckland City Libraries.
A grant from the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust contributed to the costs of the project.
" If a single word could sum up the free-wheeling flavour of alternative music and comedy in Aotearoa during the 1970s, that word would surely be ... Blerta. The ‘Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition' encompassed foundation members of the NZ film and TV industry (Lawrence, Geoff Murphy, Alun Bollinger, Martyn Sanderson, John Clarke) and many other merry pranksters and hippy freaks. Blerta Revisited is an anarchic collection of comedic skits, short films, and musical interludes culled from the Blerta archives. "
Calling anybody who's ever used a computer: set your creativity loose on the world of music, literature, art and video that is free to play with, remix and manipulate.
"Pooling Ideas" is an exciting competition being run by Creative Commons Australia , ABC Pool and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation () as part of the Ideas Festival (a major initiative of the Queensland Government. It aims to get the digital artist in all of us up and running by inviting people to create their own remix works based around the theme "we are what we share".From 2-23 March, mash up a film, tweak an artwork, remix a poem - whatever takes your fancy - then upload it to Pool
The winner gets an internship with ABC Radio National to co-produce an episode of The Night Air while runners up get Creative Commons packs including USBs chock full of remixable material.
Select works will be showcased at the Ideas Festival and pulled apart by our panel of experts at the 'We Are what We Share' seminar (Saturday 28th, 5-6:30pm, State Library of Queensland.
Find out more at www.pool.org.au/poolingideas.