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Video Presentations from 2008 Code4lib Conference Now Available

Posted in Coding, Open Source Software, Techie on June 3rd, 2008

Video presentations from the 2008 code4lib conference are now available from the Internet Archive.

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    Google Book Search Book Viewability API Released

    Posted in Coding, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton on March 13th, 2008

    Google has released the Google Book Search Book Viewability API.

    Here's an excerpt from the API home page:

    The Google Book Search Book Viewability API enables developers to:

    • Link to Books in Google Book Search using ISBNs, LCCNs, and OCLC numbers
    • Know whether Google Book Search has a specific title and what the viewability of that title is
    • Generate links to a thumbnail of the cover of a book
    • Generate links to an informational page about a book
    • Generate links to a preview of a book

    Read more about it at "Book Info Where You Need It, When You Need It."

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      Web/Web 2.0 Tools

      Posted in Coding, Social Media/Web 2.0, Techie on October 12th, 2007

      Here’s a list of a few Web/Web 2.0 resources and tools that developers may find useful.

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        EDUCAUSE Urgent Call to Action on McKeon-Keller Bill's File Sharing Provisions

        Posted in Coding, Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Culture, P2P File Sharing on October 8th, 2007

        You might recall that back in July, EDUCAUSE issued an urgent call to action about a file sharing amendment that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid intended to make to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act.

        It's déjà vu all over again. Virtually the same proposal has been incorporated into Rep. Howard P. McKeon and Rep. Ric Keller's College Access and Opportunity Act of 2007, and EDUCAUSE has again issued an urgent call to action. Get the details at EDUCAUSE's P2P or File Sharing page.

        Also read "A Controversial Antipiracy Measure Re-emerges." Here's an excerpt:

        Like Mr. Reid’s amendment, the House proposal calls on the U.S. secretary of education to identify the 25 institutions that received the most notices identifying cases of copyright infringement of both music and movies. The colleges appearing on those lists would then be required to devise “a plan for implementing a technology-based deterrent” to illegal file swapping.

        Source: Read, Brock. "A Controversial Antipiracy Measure Re-emerges." The Wired Campus, 8 October 2007.

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          Web/Web 2.0 Resources and Tools

          Posted in Coding, Social Media/Web 2.0, Techie on October 5th, 2007

          Here’s a list of a few Web/Web 2.0 resources and tools that developers may find useful.

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            Web/Web 2.0 Tools

            Posted in Coding, Social Media/Web 2.0 on September 28th, 2007

            Here’s a list of a few Web/Web 2.0 resources and tools that developers may find useful.

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              Web/Web 2.0 Tools

              Posted in Coding, Social Media/Web 2.0, Techie on August 17th, 2007

              Here’s a list of a few Web/Web 2.0 resources and tools that developers may find useful.

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                CommentPress 1.0 Theme Released: Paragraph-Level Commenting in WordPress

                Posted in Coding, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on July 25th, 2007

                After a year-and-a-half of development effort, the Institute for the Future of the Book has released the open-source CommentPress 1.0 theme for WordPress, which allows paragraph-level comments that are displayed side-by-side with the associated paragraph.

                Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

                This little tool is the happy byproduct of a year and a half spent hacking WordPress to see whether a popular net-native publishing form, the blog, which, most would agree, is very good at covering the present moment in pithy, conversational bursts but lousy at handling larger, slow-developing works requiring more than chronological organization—whether this form might be refashioned to enable social interaction around long-form texts. Out of this emerged a series of publishing experiments loosely grouped under the heading "networked books." . . .

                In the course of our tinkering, we achieved one small but important innovation. Placing the comments next to rather than below the text turned out to be a powerful subversion of the discussion hierarchy of blogs, transforming the page into a visual representation of dialog, and re-imagining the book itself as a conversation. Several readers remarked that it was no longer solely the author speaking, but the book as a whole (author and reader, in concert). . . .

                We can imagine a number of possibilities:

                — scholarly contexts: working papers, conferences, annotation projects, journals, collaborative glosses
                — educational: virtual classroom discussion around readings, study groups
                — journalism/public advocacy/networked democracy: social assessment and public dissection of government or corporate documents, cutting through opaque language and spin (like our version of the Iraq Study Group Report, or a copy of the federal budget, or a Walmart press release)
                — creative writing: workshopping story drafts, collaborative storytelling
                — recreational: social reading, book clubs

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