AV Related Digitisation General Interactive Media – social bookmarking

In my race to catch up and get into this brave new world of blogging, rss feeds, etc, I’ve come across which seems to make sense as we look for more opportunities to make the museum experiences open and accessible…

» is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add web pages you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only among your own browsers and machines, but also with others.
» Once you’ve registered for the service, you add a simple bookmarklet to your browser. When you find a web page you’d like to add to your list, you simply select the bookmarklet, and you’ll be asked for information about the page. You can add descriptive terms to group similar links together and add notes for yourself or for others.
» You can access your list of links from any web browser. Your links are shown to you with those you’ve added most recently at the top. In addition to viewing by date, you can also view all links with a specific keywords (you define your own keywords as you add the links), or search your links for keywords.
» What makes a social system is its ability to let you see the links that others have collected, as well as showing you who else has bookmarked a specific site. You can also view the links collected by others, and subscribe to the links of people whose lists you find interesting.

This 5 minute screencast takes you through the process of using

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new take on video interactivity


The Khronos Projector is an interactive-art installation allowing people to explore pre-recorded movie content in an entirely new way. A classic video-tape allows a simple control of the reproducing process (stop, backward, forward, and elementary control on the reproduction speed). Modern digital players add little more than the possibility to perform random temporal jumps between image frames. The goal of the Khronos Projector is to go beyond these forms of exclusive temporal control, by giving the user an entirely new dimension to play with: by touching the projection screen, the user is able to send parts of the image forward or backwards in time. By actually touching a deformable projection screen, shaking it or curling it, separate “islands of time” as well as “temporal waves” are created within the visible frame. This is done by interactively reshaping a two-dimensional spatio-temporal surface that “cuts” the spatio-temporal volume of data generated by a movie.

watch here

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Australian Fair Use Discussion Paper

The Attorney General’s Dept has posted a discussion paper on the implementation of ‘fair use’ in Australia post DMCA/FTA.

Read it here


Graphic Designer Hotel

Check out this – a different designer for each room.

There are some amazing pieces here . . . . from all the next gen big guns.

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Analysis of Adobe/Macromedia Merger

“Adobe’s purchase of Macromedia makes perfect sense, to allow it to achieve the scale needed to compete against operating system vendors; for that reason, it probably won’t raise anti-trust flags. The two companies have almost as small an overlap as when Aldus and Adobe merged, which resulted in Adobe unloading FreeHand to Macromedia. If the FTC cares at all, it may force Adobe to spin off GoLive, FreeHand, and Fireworks in favor of market leaders Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Photoshop.”

From Toms Hardware Guide –


Mozilla Kiosk Info

If you missed the short chat I gave about the Brooklyn Museum’s open source Mozilla Kiosk plugin then you can check out the project here –

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Broadband Reality

Broadband uptake is still woeful.

From Whirlpool –

“OptusNet announced today that its subscriber base has passed the 350,000 mark after adding 63,000 subscribers in the last three months. Optus Consumer MD Allen Lew attributed the growth to the bundling of Optus landline, mobile and ADSL products. The company’s success “stems from the increasing strength of the company’s bundling strategy which now sees more than 95 per cent of OptusNet DSL customers taking up multiple Optus products,” Lew said. He also noted the importance of broadband in future strategic planning. “With the trend across our industry for consumer fixed line voice revenue … flat to declining, broadband revenue is key to the future of integrated telcos like Optus,” he said. Despite this recent growth, OptusNet remains just under half BigPond’s size. Six months ago BigPond claimed 533,000 broadband subscribers and OptusNet 250,000. BigPond’s latest available figures, confirmed today, claim 718,000 broadband subscribers. ”


digital natives digital immigrants

In my last blog comment I referred to marc prensky and his digital natives essay. Here’s the link.,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

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Open Source As Culture/Culture As Open Source

Siva Viyahadyanathan wrote an excellent introductory book to US Copyright, the DMCA etc a few years back titled Copyrights & Copywrongs. Here he is again with an article on Open Source.

“Abstract: The Open Source model of peer production, sharing, revision, and peer review has distilled and labeled the most successful human creative habits into a techno- political movement. This distillation has had costs and benefits. It has been dif cult to court mainstream acceptance for such a tangle of seemingly technical ideas when its chief advocates have been hackers and academics. On the other hand, the brilliant success of overtly labeled Open Source experiments, coupled with the horror stories of attempts to protect the proprietary model of cultural production have served to popularize the ideas championed by the movement. In recent years, we have seen the Open Source model overtly mimicked within domains of culture quite distinct from computer software. Rather than being revolutionary, this movement is quite conservatively recapturing and revalorizing the basic human communicative and cultural processes that have generated many good things.”


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m-learning with mobile phones

This pdf reports on a pilot project and makes recommendations regarding the use of mobile phones, text messaging, etc in a learning program for disadvantaged youth. It includes numerous links to further research.

A little while back I was appalled whilst attending an Adobe product launch (for education priced premier elements and photoshop elements for schools) as the adobe education manager was going through the fabulous new features of pshop including the bundled image management system – photoalbum. The system has the feature to auto send images direct to mobile phones capable of receiving mms. The attitude of the presenter was that mobile phones were the scourge of the school yard and should be confiscated on sight.