The history of online video

January 1, 2010

Very interesting overview of the rise of online video, especially as relates to journalism.


Coinciding with the election of 2004 was the prevalence of broadband speeds, and with half of American homes reaching better than dial-up transfer rates, along with all the noise created by the blogs and pundits of the internet, an audience was born, capable and accustomed to online payments (i.e. market potential) and finally able to watch video, on demand by the masses.

..and now we can watch tv online, both episodes from network television as well as original programming.

85 reasons to love your librarian

December 30, 2009

heh heh… some of these are actually well thought, while others are clearly humorous…

1. Librarians take care of libraries, which are still invaluable today.
2. Not all information is on the internet.
3. Older books still hold great cultural significance.
4. Libraries are still repositories for some of the most valuable works of literature in the world.
5. Even with the internet, the library is still the best place to do research.
6. Girls with glasses can still rock the “sexy librarian” look.
7. “Sexy Librarian” is still a popular costume at Halloween.
8. You can’t exactly find periodicals like The New England Journal of Medicine in Barnes and Noble.
9. For that matter, looking at turn-of-the-century National Geographics is still pretty entertaining.

Love LOVE no. 15: Somebody has to help lazy people find what they want.
…and wait, there is more!

Blue beanie day — support the semantic web

November 21, 2009

Arches @ noon. Nov. 30.
The 3rd annual Blue Beanie Day will be celebrated on Monday, November 30th, 2009

On Monday, November 30, 2009 thousands of Standardistas (people who support web standards) will wear a Blue Beanie to show their support for accessible, semantic web content.

Join the fun!

The 2009 event page is here:

It’s easy to show your support for web design done right. Beg, borrow, or buy a Blue Beanie and snap a photo of your mug wearing the blue. (Or get creative with Photoshop). Then on November 30, switch your profile picture in Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, (and any other social network) and post your photo to the Blue Beanie Day event page.

For more information:

Upload your Blue Beanie photos to the Flickr group:

Follow Blue Beanie Day 2009 Festivities on Twitter: or search #bbd09

Watch a BBD09 video on YouTube (tell your fiends):

Want to help with planning the 3rd Annual Blue Beanie Day? Organize a group photo in your city? You might qualify to win a free copy of Zeldman and Marcotte’s (brand new) Designing With Web Standards 3rd edition.

Contact Douglas Vos

Semantic web, social web, and the progression of the web (presentation)

October 21, 2009

Well, this is a pretty unwieldly subject to pack into a 1 hour presentation (and I didn’t go very far into the details of the mechanics of the semantic web, at all)….

Facebook changes in privacy

June 29, 2009

Okay, I don’t feel like tinisizing that URL, but you can follow it on a blog, right? 😉

Interesting article about the upcoming changes in facebook privacy. I’m not surprised facebook is moving towards public feeds, because as the article puts it:

Facebook holds a giant reservoir of demographic and sentiment data. It is the mother lode – and it’s been inaccessible so far because everything has been private so far.

For public entities and organizations such as libraries, a public feed might make facebook more useful for outreach and education. However, for the general user or private organizations, I can see where the changes will be huge, especially, if facebook doesn’t clearly explain how to opt out or restrict the public feed.

Professional & Cont Ed Group online

October 29, 2008

The Professional & Continuing Education Interest Group (PACE) of GLA (the Georgia Library Association) chaired by Robin Fay & Beth Thornton have decided to do a free online community portal (a ning).

Even if you are not a member of the Interest Group or GLA, feel free to participate. We decided to give this a try to see if we pool the library, IT and/or web2.0 resources that come across our desks (training, webinars, links, blogs, library videos, tutorials, etc.) we’d have a good mix of stuff, as well as a place to find help, network & discuss issues relating to librarianship.

Oh, and you can subscribe to the site via your rss reader (google, bloglines, etc.)

If you have any questions or thoughts feel free to drop me a line.

Wandering around in Second Life and musings on digital identity

October 8, 2008

Although I was late, I managed to attend the Carolina Conversations webinar in Second Life. Yep, I actually got my avatar to the presentation and I got her to sit down. I’ve been wanting to attend an academic event in SL for a while, but they always seemed to either cost money (real money!) OR were at 3AM my time. Sorry, I may be an insomniac at times, but even I have to sleep occasionally! 😉

It was a very interesting experience and I could see how that there might be a place for SL (or other virtual worlds, such as Smallworlds or with distance ed, presentations, committee/project meetings, training, etc.

I was too far back in the crowd to see if anything was being projected on a screen, but I think that it would be very neat to have visuals. Although I haven’t spent alot of time in SL (the old joke, I don’t have time for my first life — ha ha! is definitely true for me), I did find it easier to move around. I’m not sure if SL has changed things, but I felt there were more prompts to guide me. I was also able to finally change my avatar’s clothing. In my first foray into SL, I managed to find a free box of clothing, but I could never figure out to actually change outfits.

At one point during the webinar, I was listening to the presentation in SL and working on revising the Libraries’ blog CSS template based upon recent feedback, and I noticed that my avatar had “away” above her. I suppose because she hadn’t moved in a while, so SL thought I walked away from my computer. In actuality, I was just listening and working on other things.

The webinar itself was interesting — at least the portions I could hear. I had to access SL via my laptop and wifi, which is probably not the best way. I had a few small issues with dropped sound and a few echoes. I will listen to the webinar archive when it is up, because I thought it was interesting — lots of discussion about digital identity, one of my favorite topics.

It was also interesting because earlier I attended the Faculty Learning Committee on Emerging Technologies and we spent a considerable amount of time discussing digital identity. Very interesting stuff indeed. My personal belief is that digital identity will become the next big thing. People online are already starting to decide what to reveal or not (such as changes in facebook privacy controls) and some of the other tools such as allow users to stake their claim on their identity by designating what is their content (or about them or even not about them.)

As someone with a very common name, I’ve been working to establish my own digital identity. I bought my namesake domain when it became available a few years ago (the previous owner was a Real Estate Agent in NY) and I setup a claimid to start separating myself from all of the other folks with my name. Right now, that probably all seems like overkill.

As the world becomes a smaller place, and we all know more about each other (just google yourself!), it makes sense to apply some control over that collective identity. If I don’t shape my digital identity, then who will? Facebook? Google? Photos in flickr tagged with my name (which may or may not be me)? The presentations I do? Old school assignments? Old outdated webpages that I created years ago that are now poor examples of webdesign by today’s standards?