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Center for History and New Media Launches ScholarPress: WordPress Plugins for Education

Posted in Social Media/Web 2.0 on November 17th, 2007

The Center for History and New Media has launched ScholarPress, which provides WordPress plugins tailored for educational use.

The first two plugins are:

  • Courseware: "Courseware enables you to manage a class with a WordPress blog, including a schedule, bibliography, assignments, and other course information."
  • WPBook: "WPBook works with the Facebook Development platform to create a Facebook Application (addable by users within the site) using a WordPress blog."
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    Major Internet and Media Companies Sign Off on Agreement about Third-Party Copyrighted Materials in User-Generated Content

    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 19th, 2007

    Major Internet and media companies, including CBS, Dailymotion, Fox, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Viacom, and Walt Disney, have agreed to abide by a new set of principles (User Generated Content Principles) for detecting and regulating the use of third-party copyrighted materials in user-generated content.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    The principles, which are attached and available in full at www.ugcprinciples.com, call for a broad range of constructive and cooperative efforts by copyright owners and UGC services. They include:

    • Implementation of state of the art filtering technology with the goal to eliminate infringing content on UGC services, including blocking infringing uploads before they are made available to the public;
    • Upgrading technology when commercially reasonable;
    • Cooperating to ensure that the technology is implemented in a manner that effectively balances legitimate interests, including fair use;
    • Cooperation in developing procedures for promptly addressing claims that content was blocked in error;
    • Regularly using the technology to remove infringing content that was uploaded before the technology could block it;
    • Identification and removal of links to sites that are clearly dedicated to, and predominantly used for, the dissemination of infringing content; and,
    • Promotion of content-rich, infringement-free services by continuing to cooperatively test new technologies and by collaboratively updating these principles as appropriate to keep current with evolving developments.

    You can read more about this at "Consortium's User-generated Content Principles Extend Far beyond Fair Use" and "Studios Unveil Their Copyright Protection Guidelines," and "Unprincipled 'Principles' for User Generated Content."

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      Free Flow of Information Act Passes House, but Limits Blogger Protection

      Posted in Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 18th, 2007

      The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 has passed the House, shielding most journalists and some bloggers who do not want to reveal confidential background story information during federal investigations. At the last minute, the bill was amended so that bloggers and reporters must derive "a substantial portion of the person's livelihood or for substantial financial gain" from their work.

      Read more about it at "House Passes Federal Journalist Shield, Includes Bloggers" and "U.S. House Overwhelmingly Passes Federal Shield Bill, Changes Definition of Who Is Covered."

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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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          Omeka: The Open-Source, IMLS-funded Web Publishing System for Museums

          Posted in Museums, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 11th, 2007

          The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has provided further details about its IMLS grant for Omeka.

          Here's an excerpt from the posting:

          HNM is also celebrating its IMLS funding for Omeka, a next-generation web-publishing platform for smaller history museums, historical societies, and historic sites. From the Swahili word meaning “to display” or “to lay out for discussion,” Omeka is designed for these groups that they may not have the adequate resources or expertise necessary to create and maintain their own online tools. The free, open-source tool will allow many more museums to mount well-designed, professional-looking, and content-rich web sites without adding to their constrained budgets. It will also provide a standards-based interoperable system to share and use digital content in multiple contexts so that museums can design online exhibitions more efficiently. Beginning in October 2007, CHNM will plan, design, test, evaluate, and disseminate Omeka over four phases while working closely with our major partner, the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). MHS represents a wide museum network and a broad range of history and heritage institutions of different sizes, audiences, and subject area interests. In addition, we will make Omeka available to other small museums through conference presentations, direct mailings, and the CHNM website.

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            The Lowdown on the MITH/Rice University Our Americas Archive Project

            Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Digital Repositories, Open Access, Rice University, Scholarly Communication, Social Media/Web 2.0, Texas Academic Libraries on October 9th, 2007

            The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities has posted a description of its IMLS-funded Our Americas Archive Project.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Rice University, in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland has received a three-year National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the amount of $979,578 for the Our Americas Archive Project (OAAP), with an additional $980,613 provided in cost share by the institutions. The project will develop an innovative approach to helping users search, browse, analyze, and share content from distributed online collections. OAAP will incorporate recent Web 2.0 technologies to help users discover and use relevant source materials in languages other than English and will improve users’ ability to find relevant materials using domain-specific vocabulary searches. Two online collections of materials in English and Spanish, The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA), and a new digital archive of materials to be developed at Rice, will provide an initial corpus for testing the tools. Rice principle investigators, Geneva Henry (Executive Director, Digital Library Initiative) and Caroline Levander (HRC Director), along with MITH co-PI Neil Fraistat are undertaking this innovative digital humanities project with a view to supporting scholarly inquiry into the Americas from a hemispheric perspective. As Geneva Henry says, “our goal is to develop new ways of doing research as well as new objects of study—to create a new, interactive community of scholarly inquiry.”

            Two significant online collections of materials in English and Spanish supporting the interdisciplinary field of hemispheric American Studies—Maryland’s Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) [http://www.mith2.umd.edu/eada/] and a new digital archive of multilingual materials being developed at Rice [http://rudr.rice.edu/handle/1911/9219]—provide an initial corpus for developing and testing these new digital tools. The two multilingual archives illustrate the complex politics and histories that characterize the American hemisphere, but they also provide unique opportunities to further digital research in the humanities. Geographic visualization as well as new social tagging and tag cloud cluster models are just some of the new interface techniques that the Our Americas Archive Partnership will develop with the goal of creating innovative research pathways. As Caroline Levander comments, “we see this as a first step in furthering scholarly dialogue and research across borders by making hemispheric material available open access worldwide. Our goal is to further develop innovative research tools that will help generate a collaborative, transnational research community.” Ralph Bauer, MITH Fellow, general editor of the Early Americas Digital Archive, and collaborator on the project adds, “the added digital materials and tools to navigate seamlessly through these two collections is enabling new forms of scholarship. Because the OAAP makes available materials that are dispersed in different geographic locations, it facilitates collaboration and intellectual exchange among an international audience. The digital medium offers rich opportunities for multicultural exchanges and is therefore uniquely suited for a hemispheric approach to history.”

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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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                Scriblio Beta Released: A WordPress-Based CMS and OPAC

                Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 1st, 2007

                The Scriblio beta version has been released.

                Here's a description of Scriblio from the About Scriblio page:

                Scriblio (formerly WPopac) is an award winning, free, open source CMS and OPAC with faceted searching and browsing features based on WordPress. Scriblio is a project of Plymouth State University, supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

                • Free and open source
                • Represents bibliographic collections — library catalogs and such — in an easily searchable, highly remixable web-based format
                • Leverages WordPress to offer rich content management features for all a library’s content
                • Free and open source
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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 Resources and Tools

                    Posted in Social Media/Web 2.0, Techie, Weblogs/Websites on September 4th, 2007

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

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                      Crawford's Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples Published

                      Posted in Libraries, Social Media/Web 2.0 on August 26th, 2007

                      Walt Crawford has published Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples.

                      Here's an excerpt from his posting about the book:

                      Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples

                      Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples is now available at Cites & Insights Books. Price: $29.50 plus shipping and handling.
                      The 299-page 6×9 trade paperback (x+289 pages) features descriptions and sample posts for a wide range of blogs from 196 public libraries of all sizes, in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.

                      If your library is considering a blog, this book should help you find blogs from comparable libraries to consider as examples. If your library has a blog and is considering more (or revising the ones you have), this book should help you find interesting examples–the public library blogging community is remarkably diverse!

                      For now, Public Library Blogs is only available from the Cites & Insights Books store at Lulu.com, printed on 60lb. cream book stock. In a few days, a version on bright white paper and with an ISBN will be available from CreateSpace–and, a couple of weeks after that, from Amazon.com

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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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