Blog? Where did that come from? A short history of net lingo.

July 9, 2008

Blog, Byte, Cell phone, fractal, computer virus, … Network world gives a brief history of common internet & technology words and phrases…

HP, MIT bolster DSpace open-source archives

April 11, 2008

Kind of old news at this point (it’s been floating around in my inbox!), but I find it interesting that someone from the Internet Archive has been appointed the director of the DSpace Foundation. Verrry interesting…


Users of DSpace digital-archiving technology will now receive help and support via a not-for-profit organization set up by the creators of the tool, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Hewlett-Packard.

Announced Wednesday, the DSpace Foundation will provide support to more than 200 institutions around the world that use the open-source online tool to manage their digital document archives, HP and MIT said.

The organizations also announced that Michele Kimpton, formerly of the Internet Archive, has been appointed as director of the DSpace Foundation.

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What is Net Neutrality and why is it important?

April 10, 2008

…and then for some classic ‘net neutrality’ fun with some internet celebrities…

Searching Internet Archive by CC Licensing

March 28, 2008

Because I can never remember where these is located on the webpage (FAQs, actually)
I’m snipping this out for myself with the search links, of course (i.e., just click the link to execute the search in IA). The IA has great stuff for digital collagists, movie makers, & other arty folks.
I used stuff from the Prelinger Collection to make my movie about cataloging and also for my digital collage on communication.

Can I search by Creative Commons License?

Yes, you can. But it’s a little complicated.

Here’s how to break it down. See the license types at creative commons. When you want to find all of the items that have a certain license, you’ll plug their abbreviation for it into this search query:


So if you’re looking for Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd), you’d put this in the search box: /metadata/licenseurl:http*by-nc-nd/* And you’d get about 33,000 items back.

If you want to use this in combination with other queries, like “I want by-nc-nd items about dogs” you’d do this: /metadata/licenseurl:http*by-nc-nd/* AND dog And you’d get 195 items. The AND tells the search engine all the items returned should have that license AND they should contain the word dog. AND has to be in all caps.

Just to make it easier, here are the basic searches:

  • Public Domain
  • Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd)
  • Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)
  • Attribution Non-commercial (by-nc)
  • Attribution No Derivatives (by-nd)
  • Attribution Share Alike (by-sa)
  • Attribution (by)

  • Lost on the internet (humor)

    March 16, 2008

    To see it full size:

    those strange domain names on ‘net

    November 30, 2007

    A brief article from the Washington Post about naming conventions on the 'net.