Archive for November, 2006

Kottke: Will Eat Itself

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Here’s some humor about and social bookmarking in general via Jason Kottke.

Creating Large Taxonomies

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Developing large taxonomies is a balance between the content in the taxonomy and figuring out how users will try to use the taxonomy or find the content. Two discussions about creating large taxonomies from scratch have my head humming. A large part of my jobs over the last nine years has been dealing with taxonomies. […]

Cinderella or Cyberella?: Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Nancy Hafkin is today’s Berkman Luncheon Series guest. She’s speaking about gender issues and technology and how women can be empowered in the knowledge society. Hafkin suggests a cyberella has many characteristics, including someone who is more than just a user of technology. She’s someone who uses it in many aspects of her life and […]

Information Advisor Interviews Technorati’s David Sifry

Monday, November 27th, 2006

The Intelligent Agent weblog publishes some bits from an interview with Technorati’s David Sifry that will appear in the December Information Advisor.

Mead Data Central Former President, LexisNexis Developer Dies

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

According to a bit on LISNews and The Washington Post, H. Donald Wilson, the first president of Mead Data Central, died November 12. During Wilson’s presidency, the company launched LexisNexis to news libraries and law firms. From the Post: "Mr. Wilson started by developing a business plan for an engineer’s invention of how to better […]

Video on Virtual Reference

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Maybe we news librarians can learn a bit from this video on YouTube about virtual reference, which is giving reference services to people at a distance often using newer Internet-based technology. from LIS News

Real Time Yahoo! News Feed

Friday, November 24th, 2006

The ResourceShelf has instructions for posting a real time news feed from Yahoo! News on a site.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

One of the many things I’m thankful for this year is your support and readership (skimmership) of and contributions to j’s scratchpad and its community. Thank you!

Webcast: The Challenge of Long Term Information, 12/5, 1 pm EST

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Permabit and Forrester Research are having a free webcast about what’s involved in having a 100-year digital archive. Registration is required. (On the way to Peterborough {where I encountered more Elm and Pine Street confusion} last night, I realized I forgot to make this post live.)

Video of Apple Co-founder Speaking at MIT

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Speaking of nifty videos of presentations … The ResourceShelf links to video of Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers, speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jay Rosen & Open Source Journalism

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Somehow, I managed to forget about Jay Rosen’s appearance at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society last Monday. Luckily, Steve Garfield and the Berkman Center have some video of the event. Maybe I can watch it soon. Jay is a noted journalism professor and blogger who has some great ideas about how journalists can […]

10 Cool Firefox Extensions

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

C|Net has a bit on 10 Firefox 2 extensions. From Garrett’s newsletter

Internet Routing Behavior on 9/11 (.pdf)

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Talk about the importance of strategic disaster planning. One of the presentations I attended at BarCamp Manchester was about BGP (border gateway protocol) and Internet routers. Jim Cowie and Shimon Rura of Renesys gave an overview of how the Internet works on a technical level while discussing Renesys’ work. (Yes, this is the same Shimon […]

BarCamp Manchester, 11/18, 10a-5p

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Remember how fun BarCamp Boston was? There’s a smaller version happening in Manchester, New Hampshire, Saturday, November 18, from 10 am until 5 pm at Amoskeag Business Incubator. Addenda 11/18: It seems like every time I’m driving around Manchester, I’m looking for Elm Street and I end up lost on Pine Street instead. As we […]

Access to Wikipedia from China

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Berkman has a bit on their site about access to Wikipedia from China because of Hiawatha Bray’s Boston Globe article about the topic. An article rich with Berkman connections (Fellows Jimbo Wales and Rebecca MacKinnon and executive director John Palfrey), it discusses some of the issues about China’s efforts to blog certain Internet access. At […]

Reading Humor: Writing the Perfect Book

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Bucky of Get Fuzzy has some ideas about what would make the perfect book. Thanks for sharing the humor, RKO.

Daypop is Down

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Good thing I check links before presentations. Daypop is on my list of search engines to mention for blogs and feeds. Unfortunately, it is down in what might be a rather serious manner: "After adding a bunch of submitted sites, Daypop no longer has enough memory to calculate the Top 40 and other Top pages. […]

Gannett Shifts Newsrooms Around

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

According to a Wired article, Gannett, which publishes USA Today and a number of dailies in America is shifting around newsrooms and priorities to better use citizen journalism and online tools: "The initiative emphasizes four goals: Prioritize local news over national news; publish more user-generated content; become 24-7 news operations, in which the newspapers do […]

Not Your Children’s Abecedary: Silverstein’s Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

My parents stocked the house with Shel Silverstein books, however, they seem to have missed one. A few of us started talking about Silverstein last night and before I knew it, someone handed me Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book to read. Not your average child’s abecedary, it appeals greatly to my dark and dry sense of […]


Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Scholarpedia Scholarpedia is the free peer reviewed encyclopedia written by scholars from all around the world. Scholarpedia feels and looks like Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Both allow visitors to review and modify articles simply by clicking on the edit this article link. However, Scholarpedia differs from Wikipedia in some very […]

Web of Ideas: Design with Paul Graham

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

David Weinberger’s Web of Ideas series continues tonight with a talk about design with Paul Graham. I didn’t know much about Paul Graham before learning about this event, but apparently Paul has qutie a following in Cambridge. The room is full of people who know who he is. I’m here to learn. reddit keeps coming […]

Lisa Williams on Placeblogs & Citizen Journalism

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Lisa Williams’ Berkman Luncheon Series talk today reminded me of the presentation she gave at blog group recently about a site she’s working on called Placeblogger. It’s a collection of blogs about places—like someone writing about a city, town, or neighborhood. She has some shots of it via Flickr, since the site is not live […]

Upcoming Events at Berkman: Lunches w/ Gillmor, Williams, and MacKinnon; Open Source Journalism w/ Rosen

Monday, November 6th, 2006

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has some really cool upcoming events worth noting for those of you interested in journalism, citizen journalism, and such. This Tuesday, November 7, the Luncheon Series features Dan Gillmor and Lisa Williams.* Lisa is going to be talking more about her project involving blogs connected to geographic places. […]

Congresspedia: A Wiki about Congress

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

The ResourceShelf has a bit on Congresspedia, a wiki with lots of information about Congress on it. I first learned about Congresspedia at Wikimania in August when I met someone from this project of the Center for Media and Democracy.

Jimmy Wales on Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Jimmy Wales, famous for his work with Wikipedia, is rumored to be the Not my Job guest on today’s National Public Radio game show Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! I noticed his photo on the show’s Web site. The show one of Boston’s NPR stations is airing has Dave Barry as the guest, instead. […]

Thoughts about Monetizing Amateur Videos Online

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

I caught a bit on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday that dovetails on yesterday’s post about YouTube and copyright law. Laura Sydell explores how some amateur videos are making money on the Internet, including videos from Entertainment for the Curious Mind, popular for films showing how the candy Mentos can make Diet Coke […]

Profile of 7 Blogging Tools Popular Among Non-Profits

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Back in June, TechSoup profiled seven blog platforms popular among non-profits.

Spam spam spam spam Spam spam spam spam

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Now, in honor of my penpal, it’s only fitting that I write about spam today. I initially didn’t connect writing about spam today with him, but, well, I put that on the, uh, menu after Kim sent me some links yesterday and the date just happens to line up right. If you’re like me, the […]

Ms. Dewey Search Engine

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Have you played with the search engine Ms. Dewey yet? There was a bit of a discussion about it her it her the search engine on Newslib, a discussion list for news librarians. Some librarians find her amusing, while others believe she’s insulting. Of course, there was also a bit about whether she represents the […]