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Entries from May 8th, 2006

Hacking iPods for museum use

May 8th, 2006 2 Comments

The Walker Art Center has a fantastic post on hacking the firmware and interface of the iPod to make them more usable in a museum setting. Lending iPods out to patrons is much more involved than just the simple question of how you clean them, or avoiding theft (those items of business are handled by […]


More on ‘hanging out’ on MySpace

May 8th, 2006 Comments Off on More on ‘hanging out’ on MySpace

Youth and social network researcher Danah Boyd continues her examination of MySpace in a new talk presented to American Association for the Advancement of Science earlier this year. The sizeable quote gives an excellent thesis on what MySpace really represents and defines the three types of space that teens use MySpace to recreate. So what […]


ScreenSpeak presentation – Mike Jones

May 8th, 2006 6 Comments

Here are the presentation slides from the ScreenSpeak Seminar at the Powerhouse Museum on the 6th May 2006. They are licensed under Creative Commons. Audio recordings of the talk : Part 1 | Part 2 Wikis, Blogs and the New World Order: The produser, the digital native and the new tools of ‘text’. ┬áby Mike […]


‘Zones of silence’ vs ‘digital divide’

May 7th, 2006 Comments Off on ‘Zones of silence’ vs ‘digital divide’

Thought provoking piece on First Monday about the problems with the term ‘digital divide’. As the author suggests, the term ‘zones’ of silence’ may be a better term as it focusses on the how/what and why of communication rather than simply assuming everyone needs/wants to talk like those on the ‘fortunate’ side of the ‘divide’. […]


Social networking websites for education users

May 7th, 2006 Comments Off on Social networking websites for education users

Interesting paper at First Monday reporting on the results into a study of K-12 needs and users on the Internet. The advantages of SNWs are five–fold. First, they are more likely to save time and energy than supply–oriented sites. Instead of spending a couple hours doing trial and error excavations, the user may take 10–20 […]


Wikipedia usage part 3 / long tail of production / further thoughts

May 7th, 2006 Comments Off on Wikipedia usage part 3 / long tail of production / further thoughts

Nicholas Carr’s post last week about participation rates in Wikipedia has set some ripples in motion across the Web 2.0 blogosphere. Ross Mayfield weighs in with an excellent post on the ‘power law of participation’ which basically confirms what some of us have thought for a while, whilst still retaining a sense of a paradigm […]


Collective knowledge, South Korea, Google

May 3rd, 2006 Comments Off on Collective knowledge, South Korea, Google

Very interesting piece from the Baltimore Examiner. Google is not the dominant search tool in South Korea. Apparently a local company called Naver which uses a collective knowledge, community-based question and answer service is. This is an interesting parallel to something like Wikipedia – and very clearly demonstrates the impact of local culture on the […]