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Ubu Web – Open Art Archive


As they explain themselves, Ubuweb is “the definitive source for Visual, Concrete + Sound Poetry”. Check it out and be amazed, and listen and watch some of out of print music and video and text from a slew of artists whose names will be familiar but whose work is notoriously hard to get hold of.

UbuWeb has no need for money, funding or backers. Our web space is provided by an alliance of interests sympathetic to our vision. Donors with an excess of bandwidth contribute to our cause. All labour and editorial work is voluntary; no money changes hands. Totally independent from institutional support, UbuWeb is free from academic bureaucracy and its attendant infighting, which often results in compromised solutions; we have no one to please but ourselves.

UbuWeb posts much of its content without permission; we rip out-of-print LPs into sound files; we scan as many old books as we can get our hands on; we post essays as fast as we can OCR them. UbuWeb is an unlimited resource with unlimited space to fill. It is in this way that the site has grown to encompass hundreds of artists, hundreds of gigabytes of sound files, books, texts and videos.

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Pests and Diseases Image Library (PaDIL)

PaDIL (Pests and Diseases Image Library) is a image library that combines leading edge technology in light microscopy, digital imaging and image manipulation. It provides ‘virtual specimens’ of a type only previously possible using low-power scanning-electron microscopy to assist AQIS officers and other front-line entities to identify pest species which potentially threaten Australia’s ecosystem using a visual key. Find out more about PaDIL.

Take a look at PaDIL. Count the hairs on the antennae of an Oriental Latrine Fly! View the fact sheets, email them to all your friends.

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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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.