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)….

I’m on the road… upcoming presentations and talks

September 17, 2009

Since my calendar thingie is not working so well, here is what I have on my schedule for upcoming talks/presentations:

Sept. 19, Digital Initiatives w/ Tim Daniels, GPLS Director’s Meeting,
Current and emerging trends in library technology — is my part

Oct. 22 Semantic web. vs. Social Media, Master of Internet Technology Program, Gwinnett Campus: What REALLY is the semantic web and is it at odds with social media and user generated content? Can folksonomies exist alongside dublincore metadata?

Oct. 23 Facebook, privacy, and your digital identity, UGA Web Editors Group (Dweebs) Have you wondered what digital identity you are leaving behind? What about privacy? If you are not actively cultivating your online identity, is someone else creating one for you? Even if you are not a Facebook user, chances are that you know someone who is — someone who could be sharing information about you.

We’ll talk about the uses of Facebook by individuals and organizations, as well as its role in developing identity and how to control what is shared. We’ll talk about social media etiquette and what it means in this world where we are all “friends”.

Nov. 16 Learning about cataloging: free online tools to help your learn about cataloging from the basics to more advanced, USG Cataloging Committee (ONLINE)
Do you know there are FREE cataloging tools and training on the web? While some are interactive and some are not, there are a variety of tools and resources out there to help you learn about cataloging, metadata, and databases. Explore some of the resources found on the web … you might even find some time saving resources!


yeah, I know, I am a busy girl…

Various links: academia online, sustainability of digital projects, LC and Cloud storage, web tools & more

July 20, 2009

Link roundup… Lots to read and consider and ponder….

Very cool…Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars.

a multi-year, international exploration of the strategies being used to support digital initiatives over the long term.

Social networking site for researchers aims to make academic papers a thing of the past

LC tests cloud storage

Yahoo pipes… if you haven’t played, you should!

Data rot. sigh.

Google to launch operating system to compete with Windows
Yay? I don’t know — both are still commercial companies.

An unofficial Q and A about the Discontinuation of the XHTML2 WG

Question of the Day: what will not migrate in Google Pages?

June 27, 2009

So, google pages (the online editor/hosted website creator available for free to google/gmail customers) is going away. It will be replaced by google sites. I, as well as a ton of other google users, received the following message (prompting a question from friend, about whether her site would migrate properly):

However, we’ve identified you as using Google Page Creator to host files that Sites doesn’t support. We are writing to inform you that, as part of this migration, if you take no action to address this, your hosted files will likely break. If they are important then we suggest you move them to a different hosting service.

The problem is NOT the files that she uploaded. Nope — nothing nonstandard about those, very run of the mill. The problem is going to be her embedded widget for flickr, which although from flickr is CSS + Javascript.

My answer:
…but I think the problem is your flickr script (from Googles blog):
“Google Sites does not support custom JavaScript or CSS at this time for security reasons. Many embeddings are available on Google Sites through Google Gadgets (insert -> More Gadgets…), but arbitrary JavaScript and CSS will not work once the content is migrated to Google Sites.

So, they are moving away from allowing you to add Javascript and/or custom CSS, even embedded widgets UNLESS it is an approved Google Gadgets. Sooo, if you’ve done a custom designed Google page, sorry, my friend. Your CSS and/or Javascript is just not going to work. If you have used a common widget (such as flickr) there will hopefully be a widget available via Google Gadgets. Sucks, doesn’t? Even blogger gives you more control over your site than that.

Well, you could complain make suggestions here but the voting has been closed.
Oh, and the templates are way ugly — just sayin’ — Google you should know better than to add to the fugly on the ‘net.

Coding likes its 1999

May 28, 2009

Very interesting post on coding using HTML4 vs. HTML5 or XHTML.

9 browsers (a comparison), css your icons, & standard icons for use

March 10, 2009

A few links to share today:

she’s geeky

January 13, 2009

How cool is this? I’d love to go, but I don’t have enough travel money and I am swamped with work, freelance, & committee stuff at the mo — intense xhtml/css training at the end of the month, too. of course, if someone paid my way, I’d find the time, ya know. 😉

e-Publishing? Isuuu?

December 28, 2008

Has anyone used Issuu to epublish? If so, what do you think?
I’ve been considering switching platforms for the arts magazine. I like PacerCMS, but I don’t have much time for development these days. I chose PacerCMS because it created a nice issue and did everything I wanted out of the box (and it pretty much does, once I created my CSS templates). So, I don’t HAVE to switch to anything… but whoa, does Issuu look good. However, the free version is ad based. ;-(

Is there anything opensource like Issuu? I’d rather run something on my own server, but I understand these can be embedded into a website.

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?

Library news roundup: nexgen catalogs, institutional repositories, and more

July 23, 2008

Well, since I have so many little library related tidbits floating around in my reader, I’m just going to do a roundup:

  • Over at the shifted librarian, she has a nice blog post about the new startup project, bibliocommons @ the Oakville, Ontario library, to build a library catalog interface from scratch. The interface includes things like reviews, tagging, faceted searching, etc. Looks very drupalesque to me.
  • A few discussions about defining repository and of course, wikipedia’s definition.
  • Pew statistical study on blog reading: “‘ Do you ever read someone else’s online journal or blog?’. In total, 33% of internet users (the equivalent of 24% of all adults) say they read blogs, with 11% of internet users doing so on a typical day. ” I wonder how many people read blogs without knowing they are reading a blog.
  • EDUCause’s 7things you should know about Wii (I always think the 7things series are just great!) including an overview of what it is and how it works, why it is important, and how it can be used for teaching and learning.
  • From Equinox’s blog, Five public libraries and one academic moved to the opensource Evergreen library catalog software. Approximately 30 more migrations are in the works.
  • Mobile! Mobile! Mobile! Honestly, if you’re already tired of hearing about the iphone, just wait until Google’s Android hits. On the move with mobile web; Semantic web, mobiles and libraries picking up the pace; the catalog in your hand; and just google iphone or android, for the billions of articles and blogposts about them. 😉