Fresh & New(er)

discussion of issues around digital media and museums by Seb Chan

Fresh & New(er) header image 5

Entries from November 30th, 2006

Quick Embed Code to Add Comments To Any Site

November 30th, 2006 2 Comments

Via Techcunch comes this nifty bit of code which will come in handy for many small organisations. JS-Kit is an entirely free little javascript embed that allows you to add threaded comments to any web page in one line. JS-Kit works by running Lev’s javascript code, which along with the website’s referral, fetches the appropriate […]

Tags:

Pew Internet – Actual use of podcasts is low

November 24th, 2006 4 Comments

Interesting reality check from the regular Pew Internet report in the USA (via AP/SMH). A growing number of Americans are listening to podcasts, but very few do so every day. The Pew Internet and American Life Project said that 12 per cent of internet users have downloaded a podcast, an increase from 7 per cent […]

Tags:

Colour tools for web designers

November 24th, 2006 Comments Off

So you are looking for some new colours for your latest design? The first place you want to look is the Color Scheme Generator which will give you a palette of complimentary colours, as well as testing them for various colour-blind effects. Think of the Color Scheme Generator as doing for colours what Typetester does […]

Tags:

Current.TV and an ‘expansion of the pie’

November 22nd, 2006 Comments Off

From “Q&A With Current TV Futurist Robin Sloan” (Robin was one of the duo behind EPIC2014). How has the increased popularity of video affected Current? Do more people contribute to Current? Well, Current was ahead of the curve on Internet video, so really it just means now there’s more competition for both viewers and producers. […]

Tags:

National Digital Forum, Wellington, New Zealand

November 22nd, 2006 Comments Off

I will be presenting a paper on emerging online trends, new user expectations and interacting with collections at the National Digital Forum 2006: Participating with Communities: Digital opportunities, collaborations and celebration in Wellington, New Zealand next week. If you happen to be a reader from New Zealand or will be attending the event then I’d […]

Tags:

Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Captured Koala

November 21st, 2006 Comments Off

Adam Cadre’s story Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Captured Koala is an amusing look at authority and authenticity on Wikipedia and is based on those Encyclopedia Brown books that you may have read as a youngster . . .

Tags:

OPAC2.0 – Search term frequency and the influence of interface

November 19th, 2006 Comments Off

I’ve started preparing some work on search term frequency in our collection database. The system is set up to track only successful searches – which we define as those that result in a user selecting an item from the search results. Taking figures generated last week, the database has served up over 1.87 million successful […]

Tags:

Flash periodic table

November 19th, 2006 1 Comment

This is a really neat Flash-based visualisation of the periodic table of elements – Popsci Periodic Table (via Core77) It looks like quite a few elements have been added since I did chemistry! Being slightly critical I do wonder why they didn’t do this with layers/DHTML.

Tags:

Content management systems and museums

November 19th, 2006 Comments Off

Eric, ex-Walker Art Center points to this interesting piece called Redefining content management by Keith Robinson from Vitamin. Eric built custom systems for the Walker and in my discussions with museums around Australia a common question is “hey, why doesn’t the Powerhouse Museum use a content management system?”. I always answer this by saying we […]

Tags:

Copyright issues of the digital era hits Second Life

November 16th, 2006 1 Comment

It was bound to happen. Nick Carr posts about a fascinating development in SecondLife. Apparently a SL user has created a tool that allows for direct replication of SL objects from within the game. Where many real people and organisations have started to make money from selling unique objects (themselves often virtual copies of real […]

Tags: