Mendeley, a global IR?

November 19, 2009

Some of you probably know about this project….
“Mendeley offers a secure online database for scientists, academics and researchers to store their research papers in the ‘cloud’, making it easier to share those documents with their peers but there’s an important ’social’ element too (if that’s the right word).”
“[UK] London-based Mendeley, which calls itself “the of research”, has announced that it’s reached something of a milestone today – claiming 100,000 users and 8 million research papers uploaded to the site in less than a year since its launch. Furthermore, the online database is doubling in size every 10 weeks, says the company.”
sounds kind of like a giant IR + Facebook….

on nurturing creativity

August 25, 2009

Three cheers for this ted talk.

medical illustrations and photos free for use

March 16, 2009

Interesting that they have chosen flickr… so these could definitely be used for art purposes. These are remixable (collage! digital mashup! video!) and shareable by attribution (if I’m reading the cc correctly).

“An incredible archive of US Army medical photos and illustrations is being made available free under a Creative Commons Attribution license on Flickr by the National Museum of Health and Medicine:

This previously unreported archive at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., contains 500,000 scans of unique images so far, with another 225,000 set to be digitized this year.”

..and here’s the boingboing article about it.

The politics of collaboration

October 8, 2008

Very interesting article on the political nature of collaboration tech/IT projects, such as web2.0 technologies:

The three most common objections raised to any new collaboration technology (including Web 2.0 ) are security (access control, compliance and governance); cost (initial price and TCO); and productivity (which processes the technology supports and what is the expected cut in cycle times if everything goes well). In working with clients on these objections we find that they often become political. Selection of the collaboration technology is political, who uses it and how can become political. Any resources dedicated to a collaboration project often become political. Changes in compensation to support collaborative behaviors become political. In essence, anything to do with collaboration can become political very quickly!

Free webinar – Second Circle Event Technologies – Beyond Registration to Community Engagement

September 10, 2008

Although not specifically library related, considering how many seminars, workshops, and conferences we all attend, this might be an interesting webinar (and free!)

Second Circle Event Technologies – Beyond Registration to Community Engagement
September 18, 2008
2:00 PM EDT | Register Now!

Events and meetings are a critical element of your overall market relationship management (MRM) strategy – providing customers, employees, partners, and franchises a powerful channel to experience your brand message. Meanwhile, event technologies have moved from being an adjunct support capability to being an essential part of every event or meeting. Unfortunately, too often, events are managed as one-time audience interactions and not as part of a continuous relationship that can address the audience needs over time. Join Stephen Saber CEO, CrossTech Group, with Chris Copelas, Director of Business Development, CrossTech Partners, as they discuss how Second Circle Technologies are transforming the way companies use these interactions to gain a competitive advantage.

Learn a new language with Babbel (not babelfish)

July 17, 2008

I think this sounds like a really interesting way to learn a language — social networking & multimedia style! Mashable has a good overview & review here:

Babbel is the latest site to teach new languages through a social Web-based immersion program, where the majority of the content is packaged into lessons created by Babbel. So far, languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, English, and German are supported. Each lesson package contains material pertaining to a different theme, such as travel or business, so you can learn a series of words and phrases within context.

Although I do like that the information is presented in multiple ways as it SHOUlD create a richer learning environment appealing to a variety of learning styles, I didn’t find a lot in the way supporting documentation, research, etc. on the site. It seems to be all about language and play… but hey if it works (but how will they know?)

I also wonder if they will expand to other languages — seems like kind of a short list, hmm?

Educational uses for social networking sites

July 6, 2008

First-of-Its-Kind Study at the University of Minnesota Uncovers the Educational Benefits of Social Networking Sites
University of Minnesota News (06/19/08) Badaracco, Luisa

University of Minnesota researchers have determined the educational benefits of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook and also found that low-income students are in many ways just as technologically proficient as their more advantaged counterparts. The researchers found that 94 percent of students in the study used the Internet, 82 percent used the Internet at home, and 77 percent have a profile on a social networking site. Students said social networking sites taught them technology skills, creativity, being open to new or diverse views, and communication skills. Data was collected over six months from students in 13 urban high schools in the Midwest. In addition to the initial surveyed students, a follow-up, randomly selected subset were asked questions on their Internet activity while they used MySpace. University of Minnesota learning technologies researcher Christine Greenhow says students that use social networking sites learn and practice the kinds of 21st century skills that educators say are needed to be successful. “Students are developing a positive attitude towards using technology systems, editing and customizing content, and thinking about online design and layout,” Greenhow says. The results show that social networking sites provide more than just social fulfillment or professional networking and have implications for educators, who have an opportunity to support what students are learning on the Web, Greenhow says. The study contradicts a 2005 study from Pew that suggests a digital divide is forming in which low-income students are technologically impoverished.

More at Univ. Minnesota News