2007/06/14 Proposed Agenda



  • Introductions
  • Topics:
    • Adam Weiss will be here and has volunteered to talk about whatever of the multitude of amazing stuff he does that we’d like
    • We can also chat about anything – we’ve got several scheduled meetings percolating so if you have a small topic you want to bring up tonight’s a great time for it.
  • Anything else

Upcoming events of interest:

  • See the Berkman Calendar for upcoming Berkman stuff.
    • Berkman lunch this upcoming Tuesday: danah boyd on myspace and social networking among youth (RSVP required)
  • Penguin Day June 22 in Lowell
  • Grassroots Use of Technology 2007 conference June 23 in Lowell
  • DevHouseBoston Sunday June 24
  • Feel free to publicize related events here! Let Erica or j know, comment, or add them yourself if you have an editor account.

Various upcoming & potential stuff on our schedule:

  • June 21, June 28 – open, in process of matching topics to dates
  • July 5 – beer & blogs at the Cambridge Common
  • August 9 – Local-based media extravaganza, led by Lisa Williams
  • Second Life – a guided tour + how-to session. Mike Walsh is coordinating for the near future.
  • Second Life – a debate on it. Good? Bad? Both?
  • Dan Bricklin, known for his work on VisiCalc and wikiCalc
  • People to do sessions on maps & mapping: Ben Sheldon / Adam / Tracy Rolling of Platial
  • Digital natives: ask Erin Mishkin
  • For parents: what *are* your kids doing on the social web? Get a few students to lead it.
  • What’s the latest in the Free Culture movement? Reportback on conference.
  • Skype: How does it work? Why use it? What are the best clients? j can lead something
  • People to do sessions on podcasting: Adam Weiss / Rhod Sharpe (BBC journalist)
  • People to do sessions on video: Steve Garfield / David Temez of Boston Media Makers
  • Boston Placeblogs (ask Lisa to host) – Universal Hub, Boston Globe’s Brainiac, Bostonist, Davis Square LJ mods, etc.
  • OpenID – Why you should use it, why you should develop with it (ask Rod Begbie)
  • Streaming radio – how to make your own streaming radio station, the new rules around it
  • Principles of design/UI, how to learn as a beginner?
  • Latest tools for blogging / Latest mashups and widgets / How have tools changed in the past year or so?
  • you?
  • If you want to help shepherd a potential future topic or if you have ideas of your own, please talk to Erica or j. We’d love – and could really use – your help!

During the meeting, participate via:

1 Comment

  1. reCAPTCHA and help the digital library project « Codeitch- a non coders attempts at writing code

    June 15, 2007 @ 11:27 am


    […] Yesterday at the Berkman thursday blog group meeting Adam spoke about how Luis Von Ahn and others have a new take on using CAPTCHAs called reCAPTCHAs. Apparently, the amount of time spent in solving these puzzles amounts to about 150,000 hours daily . So Von Ahn and his group at Carnegie Mellon figured a good way to put all this time to good use was to help the digital library project. What reCAPTCHA basically does is to collect all the words that fail to be recognized by the optical character recognition ( basically the computer algorithms that convert an image to text) from the digital library project and use them to authenticate users. […]

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