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Entries from August 31st, 2006

Using VOIP to visit the past

August 31st, 2006 Comments Off on Using VOIP to visit the past

Back in the pre-internet days, then back even further to my first computer, a Commodore 64 (of course!), I used to dial in to BBSes (bulletin board systems) on a 300 baud modem. For a moment I got excited when 1200/75 connections were possible to a commercial BBS-meets-teletex news system called Viatel here in Australia. […]


Simple example of Web 2.0 in a museum

August 31st, 2006 1 Comment

One of the best examples at the Powerhouse Museum of Web 2.0 thinking across the museum (not just the web services team) is in fact our Preservation Department’s use of This was such a simple idea – but with profound impacts on internal processes. Preservation get a lot of enquiries from the general public […]


Radical trust & Web 2.0

August 31st, 2006 1 Comment

Cath Styles from the National Archives of Australia has a nice succinct summary of Web 2.0 presented as a paper to the Australian Historical Association online at Assembly. It is a easy read and another straightforward overview of the range of technologies Web 2.0 embodies as well as some of the more relevant examples from […]


Flickr and geotagging

August 31st, 2006 1 Comment

I’m a little late on this but Flickr has implemented geotagging which is very nifty. I hope this means a widescale uptake of this feature.


OPAC2.0 Quick log charting of object popularity

August 29th, 2006 Comments Off on OPAC2.0 Quick log charting of object popularity

A few weeks back I posted an initial chart showing distributions of object usage on our OPAC2.0. Here’s a quick updated chart but done with logarhythmic scales on both axes. MS Excel seems to only cope with 32,000 values on one axis so it cuts off artificially at 32,000 (out of 55,134 objects viewed of […]


Reviewing web metrics

August 29th, 2006 2 Comments

Evan Williams (one of the makers of Blogger) posts a strong argument for why organisations should be moving away from using page views as a metric much in the same way we all moved away from hits in the late 90s. Looking at MySpace he compares page views with ‘reach’ (effectively uniqiue visitors) and maps […]


OPAC2.0 More on tag clouds

August 23rd, 2006 Comments Off on OPAC2.0 More on tag clouds

Lynda Kelly at the Australian Museum has relayed some reporting on tagging from a recent Web Usability seminar. (Lynda is part of an ARC project we are collaborating on.) Roger Hudson took us through a brief history of classification and taxonomy(Linnaeus I think, Dewey, etc etc), making mention of an interesting Indian historical figure who […]


Kapor on Second Life

August 22nd, 2006 Comments Off on Kapor on Second Life

3pointd presents his very comprehensive notes and outline of (Linden Labs board member and IT pioneer) Mitch Kapor’s talk on Second Life at the Second Life Community convention. There is some really fascinating talk contained within – about innovation, about paradigm shifts, about disruptive technologies. “Today’s skepticism about Second Life, and I hear this not […]


Notions of class and ‘digital natives’

August 20th, 2006 1 Comment

Norm Friesen from Simon Fraser University questions the whole notion of a ‘net generation’ (or as we might say, drawing on Marc Prensky, ‘digital natives’), drawing to the fore issues of class rather than age. This is the first in his E-Learning Myths series where he aims to dispel, or at least, challenge many of […]