Archive for August, 2006

Gutenberg gegen Wikipedia

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Pat guestblogging here again…. Project Gutenberg started in 1971 as a result of the gift of a grant of a large amount of University computer time to Michael Hart. Over the years, he organised a large number of volunteers around the world to receive and digitise books that, for one reason or another, are exempt […]

Wikimedia Conference Netherlands

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

The Wikimedia conference netherlands is happening in utrecht this weekend, and I’m helping to organise! ( No wonder I’m only writing short and to the point blog posts at the moment )

Dawn of the Embedded Library

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

NEASIS&T is hosting The Dawn of the Embedded Library: Integrating Library Services into People’s Trusted Networks at Tufts University in Medford Mass on Tuesday, October 3, 2006. Speakers include Nicole Henning from MIT Libraries, Annette Bailey and Godmar Back, creators of the LibX Firefox toolbar extension and Tim Spalding and Abigail Blachly of LibraryThing. Cost […]


Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

WikiMatrix compares the various wiki software programs side by side link via beSpacific

Brave New Workplace

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Again, Pat Gunn here, guest-blogging. Western societies in modern times are in a state of permanent revolution, as changing technology and wider generation gaps make each generation’s growing environment further distant from generations before. Commentators of various persuasions have commented that society is disintegrating (for the earlier link, stop by your library and pick up […]

To Ear, From Mouth

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Pat Gunn here again. Many of you have used DEC’s Babelfish software or one of the more modern tools in that genre. A semi-recent common amusement is to translate a text across several languages and then back to the original, as a variant of the old party game, telephone. Cumulative errors typically produce amusing results. […]

Enabling Technology and Information

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Pat Gunn, guest blogger here. Today, I’d like to talk about enabling technology, information, and how they apply to libraries. It is said that Ptolemy decreed that all visitors to Alexandria were to loan any scrolls they might be carrying to the Library of Alexandria for copying. Before the invention of movable type, working with […]

Introducing another guest blogger

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

My name is Amy and like Kim, Pat and Rich, I’ll be guest blogging on the scratchpad. I thank my good friend and mentor j for giving me this opportunity.

Where did I leave my towel?

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Reality follows art, what more can I say? Apparently in all innocence, several wikipedia editors have finally come up with the following policy: Seriosuly, don’t panic. Many Douglas Adams fans will be surprised and delighted to find that finally Wikipedia has come around to their point of view. Posted by Kim Bruning

One Way to Fix Bad Apostrophes: Firefox’ Web Developers Toolbar

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Last December, I wrote a bit about problems I was having with stray apostrophes in the HTML code eating blog posts. Two of the geeks who will be guest blogging here in my absence broached ideas about how to fix the problem and one of them actually did (Thanks, Kim!). He then promptly introduced me […]

Podcamp Boston September 9-10

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Podcamp Boston is being held on September 9-10 at the Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. The event is free, but you have to register to attend. Several librarians have registered.

Economist: Special Report on the Newspaper Industry

Friday, August 25th, 2006

"Newspapers are making progress with the internet, but most are still too timid, defensive or high-minded" begins the Economist’s bit on the newspaper industry. The article explores why newspapers are declining in popularity and facing revenue decreases. It explores some successful methods of newspapers as well as making suggestions for improvements.

Guest Blogging on frogloop: I Dream of Wiki with the Light Brown Hair

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

I met Justin of Care2 on a Web 2.0 panel in June. He subsequently asked me to write a bit for frogloop about wikis as a guest blogger.

Paul Graham

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Paul Graham is a well known IT essayist. Many of his essays are online, and are quite fun to read.

Pirate Party

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

The Pirate Party is participating in elections in sweden just a few days earlier, on september 17. Sneaky! Thank you! 🙂

Internet Librarian 2006

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I’ve heard a lot of really great things about past Internet Librarian conferences. Three to five days of geeking with librarians. Sounds like my kinda crowd, doesn’t it? I got a preview of some of the wiki talks at Wikimania. Terrific stuff. If you’re waffling about going, let me tell you now that I’ve heard […]

Annihilating Trackback Spam, or, Another Reason Why I Love Geeks

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Ok, well, you’ve read my thoughts on trackback spam before. I was discussing the problem I’ve been having deleting the huge mass of spam that’s been accumulating on some of the posts to a programmer friend of mine. Within a few moments, he came up with an easy way to mass select and delete much […]

Taking Time Offline

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Yeah, so, um, like Kim says, I’m going to be taking some time offline between Sunday, August 27 and Monday, September 11. I’ve picked a few folks to keep content going on the scratchpad in my absence, so, hopefully, you will continue to find something new here each day. It’s funny: when I first learned […]


Monday, August 21st, 2006

Bewarre of the Pirates! Thar they be! Dude, Talk like a Pirate Day is next month.


Monday, August 21st, 2006

Hi I’m Kim, I might be guestblogging here a little when j will be away.

Lemann: Where are we with citizen journalism?

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Nicholas Lemann writes a piece for The New Yorker looking at citizen journalism, its growth, and its value during the last few years.

Congrats, Andy, on your new job!

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Check out Andy Carvin’s great news about his new job with National Public Radio! How exciting! Kudos to Andy for getting a position with such a fine institution and kudos to NPR for moving into the realm of journalism and Web 2.0 stuff! (OK, I admit that I feel a twinge of jealousy ’cause his […]

The Atlantic Monthly has a bit about Wikipedia

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Rich wrote to tell me The Atlantic Monthly has an article about Wikipedia.

E-mail Client Recommendation?

Friday, August 18th, 2006

I would like a recommendation for an e-mail client. I am not at liberty to discuss what’s going on in great detail here, but basically I’ve been using elm for a particular e-mail account because of certain features it has I haven’t been able to find in another suitable client. The server this account and […]

Kidnapped Journalist Jill Carroll’s Story

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Jill Carroll, a freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped while in Iraq and held hostage for 82 days. The Christian Science Monitor and Boston Herald are printing her story as a serial.

GSLIS Student Dispatches from the Field

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

One of our community members at Simmons College’s GSLIS (Graduate School of Library and Information Science) told me about a blog some students are using for a summer project in Nicaragua. The students and professor are there doing some volunteer work and learning about Nicaragua’s libraries. The blog is used by others doing international work, […]

In Praise of the Typewriter

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Yeah, ok, this post is slightly off-topic for this blog, but when I saw this article about typewriters, I couldn’t stifle the desire to post it. When I first learned how to type, I favored typewriters over computers, although I had been using computers longer. There’s something nice and productive feeling about pressing a key […]

Wikimania: Lawrence Lessig

Monday, August 14th, 2006

I realized I never wrote about Lawrence Lessig’s talk at Wikimania and now I realized I lost my notes from the talk. I really enjoy Lessig’s presentation style. For most of his talk, I was sitting there admiring his style and dreading that I had to present in the time slot following his talk. For […]

Have I mentioned the Wired piece on One Laptop Per Child?

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

One Laptop Per Child is a project affiliated with MIT’s Media Lab that seeks to produce inexpensive computers and distribute them with content to children around the globe. Wired magazine published an article about their work recently.

Web 2.0 Widget or Star Wars Character?

Friday, August 11th, 2006

I can use some levity, so perhaps you can, too. Here’s a quiz asking if something is a Star Wars character or a Web 2.0 gizmo*. I thought I was doing ok on the list until the friend with whom I was skimming it informed me I either need to spend more time watching Star […]

The Boston Globe on Global Voices

Friday, August 11th, 2006

The Boston Globe looks at Global Voices, a project started by some fellows at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society that showcases bloggers around the world in an effort to educate everyone about what life on our planet is like. Kudos to the GV folks for getting such great press!

Reminder: OneWebDay, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

At tonight’s blog meeting, we talked a bit about OneWebDay, a holiday described as "Earth Day for the Internet," on Friday, September 22, 2006. The organizers are looking for people to spearhead OneWebDay activities around the world. Interested? Contact them. They’re hoping it will become an annual activity. I’m tempted to help in a major […]

Wikimania: Tips for Conducting Research and Evaluating Information

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

The workshop I submitted for Wikimania, Tips for Conducting Research and Evaluating Information, ended up being something very different. About two weeks before the conference, someone contacted to ask me if Gary Price could share my time slot. How could I say no? He and I finally managed to snag time on the Wednesday before […]

Where in the world is the news?

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Once again, I’m listening to a presentation about Global Voices Online, a site aggregating international blogs in order to increase the awareness of international news. Ethan Zuckerman has a map showing the media’s interest in areas of the world. It shows where most of the focus is and what regions are neglected. Global Voices Online […]

Wikimania: Blog Coverage

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Of course, Wikimania has hit the blogs. EthanZ

Citizen Journalism Unconference Today

Monday, August 7th, 2006

I finally made it to the Citizen Journalism Unconference today. I was too tired this morning to get out of bed on time. Then, when I arrived, I ended up working on some post Wikimania stuff for a bit before joining the citizen media folks. There’s a live stream at:…. Folks are on IRC (Internet […]

Wikimania: David Weinberger

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

I had the distinct honor today of introducing David Weinberger before his plenary talk at, well, Wikimania. I really enjoy his talks. He started with a really funny set of slides based partly on the presentation style Lawrence Lessig uses and making fun of presenters. He’s talking about knowledge and how we know things. It’s […]

Wikimania: Press Coverage

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Just for fun, I looked at some of the Wikimania press coverage. Boston Herald: Cambridge welcomes Web’s wacky world of ‘Wiki’ The Washington Post: It’s on Wikipedia, So It Must Be True A Guardian blog: Wales: let’s make Wikipedia more accurate The Lowell Sun: A ‘WIKID’ DEBATE: Meehan at center of nonstop ‘edit war’ The […]

Wikimania: The Filipino Librarian’s Posts

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

The Filipino Librarian, who managed to return to the area for Wikimania, has many posts and photos about the conference. Thanks for sharing, Von!

Is society becoming more socially isolated? Or are we just involved in different groups?

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Remember a few weeks ago I blogged about some recent studies about computer addiction and social isolation? I heard a piece on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday about a woman who researched people who are intense fans and discovered that perhaps it’s not that we’re more isolated, but that we’re involved in different groups […]

OCLC Founder Kilgour Dead at 92

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Frederick Kilgour, the founder of OCLC, a developer of the shared catalog WorldCat, and a former Harvard librarian, died on July 31. Somehow I missed the news until I heard a bit on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday this morning. Here are links to a few obituaries: Library Journal The New York Times Weekend […]

Wikimania: Librarianesque Birds of a Feather

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Now I’m leading the Librarianesque Birds of a Feather session. Grab your lunch and come to Pound Hall 200 or the wikimania channel on to join in. Here are some of things we’re discussing: how to remove dead birds from the library how can libraries use wikis libraries and open source software: how can we […]

Wikimania: Brewster Kahle’s Plenary

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Brewster Kahle, known for the Internet Archive, is giving a really fabulous plenary session about some of his projects, like his efforts to spread inexpensively printed books around the globe using a bookmobile. (I thought I had written about his bookmobile before, but I can’t find the post(s).) Joho the Blog has a bit about […]

Wikimania: Libraries and Wikis

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

I’m in the Wikis: Enabling Library Knowledgebases session at Wikimania. I’m not exactly going to do live blogging of it, but I’m realizing I’m so far behind on telling you about Wikimania, that I might as well get started on this one. Meredith Farkas already told us all about Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki […]

NPR’s Weekend Edition has a bit on Wikimania

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday covered Wikimania. (I’m in the libraries & wikis session now, so I’ll have to listen to it later. I only got to listen to part of the show this morning, so I missed it.)

Wikimania: Jimmy Wales’ Plenary

Friday, August 4th, 2006

So, as you might imagine, I’m here at the first day of Wikimania. The first event I attended was Jimbo Wales’ plenary session. Here are my rough notes. He opened with a segment of a Comedy Central show about its entry in Wikipedia. Review of last year Foundation growth, including hiring a lawyer & interim […]

The Globe’s Hiawatha Bray, a Tech Writer, Blogs

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

When I met Hiawatha Bray the other night, I happened to hear him mention he has a blog about tech stuff. He’s a technology writer at The Boston Globe.

Joint Blog Meeting with Wikimania Folks

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Maybe I should have warned you about this meeting, but I failed to. At blog group tonight, we’re doing a joint meeting with some folks in town for Wikimania. They by far outnumber the blog group participants, so we’re having some great discussions about Wikipedia. I asked about citations in articles, which is something many […]

Boston Considering Wifi

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Wired reports on Boston’s thoughts about getting a city-wide wireless network. Some people are impressed that a taskforce is considering using a non-profit organization instead of a private company for some of the work.

“Where is Library 2.0?”

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

I’ve been so busy with a, uh, certain, uh, project that getting an e-mail early today to make me think about library services and reaching out to the wired public was just nice and refreshing. Carl shares some thoughts on how he’d like to direct people to libraries for materials, instead of using more traditional, […]