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Entries from December 29th, 2006

Simple gender determination from linguistic analysis

December 29th, 2006 3 Comments

The Gender Genie is a little text analyser that suggest the gender of the writer based on the frequency and occurrence of particular words. (via Gizmodo)


OPAC2.0 – Multiple images and new acquisitions added

December 28th, 2006 Comments Off on OPAC2.0 – Multiple images and new acquisitions added

A couple of minor new things to report on our collection database. A few minor additions to our collection database have been implemented today. These have been on the ‘to-do’ list for a long time! Multiple images Ever since OPAC2.0 launched we have been hiding multiple images of objects. Now they are all publicly accessible […]


Stutzman on customizing the Tagometer

December 22nd, 2006 Comments Off on Stutzman on customizing the Tagometer

Fred Stutzman shows how to customise the brand new Tagometer by overriding the default CSS for the Tagometer. The Tagometer is a simple widget to enable visitors to your site to ‘ it’ as well as showing the number of people who have tagged your site and the most popular tags for it. As […]


Shirky (and boyd) on problems of reality in Second Life

December 20th, 2006 3 Comments

Typical – the day I go on internet-free holidays is the day Clay Shirky posts on Second Life. Shirky’s examination of Second Life bores through the hype generated by ever increasing media coverage (yes, even in Australia) of Second Life. He asks, pertinently, what is the churn rate of users – that is, how many […]


Swivel and Nationmaster – data visualisation online (updated)

December 20th, 2006 2 Comments

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about data visualisation – both as part of the Design Hub project and to find new ways of opening up the OPAC data to developers and researchers. Paul McCarthy put me on to Nationmaster which lets you compare various statistics by country and across countries. There are some […]


Museum Blog Survey for Museums and Web Conference 2007

December 19th, 2006 11 Comments

We are conducting the first comprehensive survey looking at museum blogs and blogging practices. If you write for, or operate a museum or museum-related blog, please fill out the survey on the Museum Blogs website. Seb Chan (Powerhouse Museum) and Myself (Ideum) are the conducting the survey. The results will be presented in a session, […]


Boyd on ‘writing community into being on social network sites’

December 6th, 2006 1 Comment

danah boyd’s latest article, Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites in First Monday is a good examination of the nature of ‘friend-ing’. Like many people who actually use social networking sites themselves, boyd is frustrated that a lot of people talking about these sites seriously misunderstand how they […]


Some thoughts on disaggregation and museums

December 3rd, 2006 3 Comments

Tim O’Reilly writes some words on what he calls the economics of disaggregation. He draws on this quote from the WSJ from Slate on unbundling news, “Bulkeley explains how the photographic film industry, encyclopedia publishers, the music industry, and the advertising industry feasted on buyers by forcing them to purchase things they didn’t want – […]


Comparing WIki software

December 3rd, 2006 2 Comments

WikiMatrix is a very eat way of comparing the difference features of the ever growing multitude of wiki solutions on offer. You can compare technical features, server requirements, license terms and much more. One of the biggest problems for those implementing wikis in their organisations is the unfamiliarity of the language used to write wiki […]


NZ National Digital Forum 2006 – Wellington, Te Papa (updated)

December 2nd, 2006 4 Comments

(updated 29/12/06 with streaming media of all presentations) Jim Spadaccini from Ideum has blogged extensively about the NDF and the presentations so I’m just going to add a few comments of my own rather than recap the whole event. Day one Jim started proceedings with the opening keynote address that gave a broad overview of […]