Thursday, February 19, 2009

GIS For Visualization Of Library Usage Data And Holdings

Visualisation of Library Data / Informationszentrum Chemie Biologie Pharmazie / Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)
The Chemistry Biology Pharmacy Information Center of the Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland) has mashed a Geographic Information System (GIS) with library usage and holdings data to create Several Most Impressive Visualizations

[http://www.infochembio.ethz.ch/en/holdings.html]

Also

System requirements for data visualisation: Java browser plugin, Java Run Time Environment version 1.4 or later. A large amount of data is displayed in a Java applet of 1200 pixel x 800 pixel size and a wide screen is recommended.

Source

[http://www.infochembio.ethz.ch/en/holdings.html]

Martin Brändle / The DeveloperOfTheProject / Has Requested Feedback / His E-Mail Is / braendle@chem.ethz.ch /

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

WebQubed: Web 2.0 Mixed and Mashed

Colleagues/

While I believe that many Web 2.0 developments are quite Innovative, I sense that the integration of Web 2.0 technologies are/is not as Radical as they could be …

For Example:

Are There Current Web 2.0 Mashups / Services / Sites / Etc. That Allow A User To:

>Add a relevant audio / photo / video / etc. TO a PDF / Word / TXT / document ?

>>Add a tag to relevant audio / photo / text / video / etc. that is linked to a relevant audio / photo / text / video / etc.

>>> Add a linked-tag to national catalog record (via Open WordCat[?])? To a local OPAC record ( A PennTags & Plus) ?

The Question(s)
Of The Day is:

To What Degree Has The Wide Variety Of Media Been Integrated Into Other Media ? / To What Degree Has Such Media Been Mixed And Mashed To Create A New Medium ?

>>And Most Importantly<<

How Might Libraries Benefit From Such Integration?

BTW: I have created a Global Facebook Group that is “devoted to consideration and discussion of any and all (Im)Possible / (Im)Probable intergrations of Any and All Web 2.0 technologies” which is available at

[
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=50352429799 ]

BTW: I Am Aware of All Things Web 2.0

[http://www.allthingsweb2.com/]

>> !!! Let The Radical Thinking Begin !!! <<

Your Thoughts ? / Reactions ?

/Gerry

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Free YouTube College Lecture Downloads

New From YouTube: Free Downloads of College Lectures / David Shieh

The Chronicle of Higher Education / Wired Campus / February 13 2009

YouTube began testing a new feature that lets users download videos posted to the site from partner institutions — including colleges — rather than just watching the videos in a streaming format. That means people can grab lectures from Duke and Stanford Universities and several institutions in the University of California system to watch any time, with or without an Internet connection.

YouTube partners have the option of charging users for such downloads, but all the universities have offered to make their lecture videos free instead, using Creative Commons licenses that restrict usage to non-commercial purposes and prohibit derivative work.

[snip]

Scott Stocker, director of Web communications for Stanford, said the university had made audio and video content available for download through Apple’s iTunesU since 2007. But Mr. Stocker said that iTunesU and YouTube attract different audiences: Users of iTunesU generally search out content to download to their devices, while YouTube users stumble upon content through videos embedded on blogs or links shared among friends.

Mr. Stocker said Stanford had no plans to charge money for its video downloads, since the university sees giving away lectures as part of its educational mission.

[snip]


Source

[
http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3615/new-from-youtube-free-downloads-of-college-lectures]

Related

YouTube Goes Offline

[http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=Mp1pWVLh3_Y]


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Web Conferencing Systems For (Distance) Education?

Colleagues/

An associate of mine from our College of Veterinary Medicine is in the process of evaluating Web Conferencing Systems for their Distance Education /Learning program.


In addition to an extensive literature review that I am conducting, he/we greatly are greatly interested in Any and All Personal/ Professional Recommendations of Web Conferencing Systems that others currently are using and/or formerly used for Distance (or Other) Education(al) initiatives.

We are particularly interested in Personal/Professional Comparisons Of Web Conferencing Systems.

Please Post Any and All Recommendation On This Blog Entry and/or On The Wall Of The Facebook Group Devoted To Web Conferencing For Libraries At

[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60516806184]

BTW: Wikipedia Has A Nice Comparison Chart That Compares Systems:

License / Capacity / Linux / Mac OS X / Microsoft Windows / Audio Support / Video Support / Chat Support / Desktop Sharing Support / Upload PPT / Upload PDF

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_conferencing_software]

BTW: Citations/Links To Recent/Key Reports/Literature On Web Conferencing Systems Would Be Most Appreciated / Thanks !!!

Regards,

/Gerry

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Academic Earth: Video Lectures By Top Scholars

Academic Earth

Thousands Of Video Lectures From The World's Top Scholars

Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.

[http://www.academicearth.org/]

As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education? At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning.

We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars. Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment that in which that content is remarkably easy to use and in which user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.

We invite those who share our passion to explore our website, participate in our online community, and help us continue to find new ways to make learning easier for everyone.

Source

[http://www.academicearth.org/about]

FAQ

[http://www.academicearth.org/pages/faq]

Subjects

[http://www.academicearth.org/subjects/]

Universities

[http://www.academicearth.org/universities/]

Instructors

[http://www.academicearth.org/speakers/]

Advanced Search

[http://www.academicearth.org/lectures/advanced]

Terms of Use

[http://www.academicearth.org/pages/terms-of-use]

Facebook Page

[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Academic-Earth/11544573198]

News Coverage

The Chroncile of Higher Education / Wired Campus / February 2,2009

New For-Profit Web Site Repackages Free Lecture Videos From Colleges / Jeffrey R. Young

[http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3591/new-for-profit-web-site-repackages-free-lecture-videos-from-colleges] [Subscribers Only ?]

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Web Conferencing in Libraries

Colleagues/

In addition to library use of Wimba. I am also interest in the use of other Web Conferencing systems.

The Name Of The Facebook Group created for Wimba has been changed to Web Conferencing in Libraries but has the identical Group ID

[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60516806184]

/Gerry