e-zine using wordpress

September 17, 2007

I’m going to add this to my e-zine list, but I think this e-zine template for wordpress looks really good.

I do wonder about the pre-publishing and issue creation, though. One of the advantages of pacercms is that I can create the issues prior to publication. I do think draft posts could accomplish some of that, but…

5000 resources to do just about anything online

September 9, 2007

5000 resources to do just about anything online

I love mashable and I can’t possibly summarize everything in this article, but if you are looking for new things to do with your blog/website, or just to have a little fun on the ‘net, do take a look. You can find things such as 30 widgets for a wordpress blog, 70+ podcasting tools, 12+ twitter tools, etc. Lots and lots of wordpress stuff. 😉

7 things you should know about ….

March 24, 2007

series of articles from educause regarding new technologies, impacts of technology, etc. including

–creative commons
–open journaling
–digital storytelling
–map mashups

as well as the common suspects (facebook, youtube, virtual communities, blogging, etc.)

interesting that opensource as a community and force hasn’t been addressed yet.


New copyright blog

February 15, 2007
----------------------The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) at the University of MarylandUniversity College is excited to announce the launch of a new blogportal addressing the cultural, political and legal context of copyrightissues:

(c)ollectanea! http://chaucer.umuc.edu/blogcip/collectanea/

The new (c)ollectanea blog will serve as an online discussion platformfor the current and future Center for Intellectual Property scholars.Today, join one of the leading copyright scholars in the country,GEORGIA HARPER as she provides insight and leads discussions with guestbloggers on issues relating to copyright generally, with a specificfocus on issues facing the education and library communities.   GeorgiaK. Harper serves as the CIP 2006-2008 Intellectual Property VirtualScholar and the Scholarly Communications Advisor for the University ofTexas at Austin Libraries. Previously, Ms. Harper specialized incopyright law and created the well known and widely used onlinepublication, The Copyright Crash Course, for the University of TexasSystem

CIP is one of the leading online educational centers providing training,and solutions on copyright issues affecting the higher educationcommunity. This new blog, (c)ollectanea, furthers the Center's missionto provide timely copyright resources for educators.  Although the blogwill address the needs of the education and library communities, all arewelcome to engage in the discussion and contribute.

Share your thoughts on copyright issues. Join the blog group(c)ollectanea, collected perspectives on copyright.http://chaucer.umuc.edu/blogcip/collectanea/

CMS for bloggers

September 19, 2006

So, I’m still investigating a CMS (Content Management System) for the libraries web editors. A CMS is just a easy way to get content onto the web, without having to do much in the way of design. Blogger in some senses is a very primitive (primitive because it is limited in what it can do) CMS. Unfortunately, my quick and informal survey of web editors has yielded, ummm… not much. A lot of them still seem to use Dreamweaver and templates (our current setup), a few Contribute, and then every thing in the middle, including (shudder) FrontPage.

As for myself, I am in a similiar situation. It’s time to either renew my license with ee or skip on to something else. sigh.
I want something easy to use (ee is!) with a photo gallery (ee has but I’m not using it for a variety of reasons) and something that is not so expensive for a small commerical license. I’m currently operating under the personal license but it is definitely restrictive in terms of what I can do. So.
I want one thing to do everything. That would sound like a cms, no? One design software that I can control with css, that supports flexibility (alot of it) in terms of templating.

Here’s some interesting research:
searching for the perfect photo/gallery software

an article about mambo vs. drupal

Here is what I’ve tried and used so far with a brief review of features:

Expression Engine (now also a free version ‘Core’ for personal sites):
Categories & Subcategories
Photo Gallery builtin
Templating via CSS

and some knowledge of CSS

199$ for personal, noncommercial with annual fee of 19.95$
Drawbacks: Cost and limitations for what constitutes personal use
Plus: Excellent tech support

Movable Type (I used the free version, before all of the changes to a more commerical product)

Categories & Subcategories
Templating via CSS

and some knowledge of CSS

Cost: not sure now
Drawbacks: slow at times and very prone to spam

Categories & Subcategories
Templating via CSS

and some knowledge of CSS

Cost: free, no longer supported?

Free, no installation needed
Supports CSS
No categories, very little customization, not much support for images

more on myspace

May 23, 2006

myspace and other online social networking things are kind of interesting, ya know? Although blogs/journals have an aspect of social networking, especially with the use of feeds, comments, and blogrolling/links tools, social networking online really started to take off with six degrees. The Six degrees community was loosely based on the kevin bacon game which is loosely based on the play six degrees of separation which is loosely based upon the theory of Small World Phenomon which was developed by Stanley Milgram. Basically, the everybody is related theory. 😉 Six degrees the community was online from ’97 to 2001 and sold for 120$ million US. Yes, million. Following the success of six degrees, Friendster (2002), LinkedIn, and finally myspace (2003). After what sounds like a falling out at Friendster over people posting pet info, dogster.com and catster.com started as offshoot of friendster.

Developing sort of at the same time but with a slightly different scope (online publishing vs. social networking) was the blog: xanga (1996), LiveJournal (1998), blogger(1999), Diaryland(1999).

I’m not sure I really like myspace, mostly because it seems so juvenile in a lot of ways. I was part of six degrees and friendster and I even participated in a six degrees study a few years ago which was very interesting. Basically, you were given the name of someone else in the study, and you had to try to find a way to send a message (predetermined from the researcher so that we all had the same message) without direct contact. You could only use friends, aquaintances, etc. and it all had to be done via email. I do not know if my message every made it to my intended target, I know that whoever had my name never got their message to me. Of course, when you take into account how many people actually vote, or do community service, or anything to better the world in anyway, well… the fact that the messages ended up in limbo, is probably to be expected.

Anyhow, a few interesting/odd things about myspace:
Teen posts suicide note on myspace

MySpace Celebrities
more about myspace as a culture

the myspace generation

social networking blog
wikipedia: six degrees
wikipedia: six degrees of separation