Archive for the 'Tools' Category

PatientsLikeMe’s New iPhone App: Connect

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

PatientsLikeMe, my employer, released an iPhone app on Wednesday: Connect with PatientsLikeMe. Having had a few fingertips in the project, I’m pretty excited that some social features of the site are now even more mobile. (This post makes me feel like a little kid hanging a great piece of schoolwork on the fridge. =) Did […]

Rails Rumble Project: Museum Curation Software Arti-Facts

Monday, October 20th, 2014

My coworkers Steven Hammond and Nat Budin created museum curation software called Arti-Facts in the coding competition Rails Rumble over the weekend. When they shared it with us at work today, I realized it might be of interest to a few of you (and not just because the images they use come from an awesome […]

Catching up on Reading: The Future of Librarians in Info Retrieval 9 Years Ago & Usability & Library Sites

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Since the rain washed away my plans today, I read through several old Information Today publications I probably picked up at previous Special Libraries Association conferences and stashed in a “someday I’ll read this” pile. I began with a 2003 Searcher issue with a cover story about early online pioneers. While the history of the […]

USA Today Shares Trend of Sharing Resources via Online Services

Monday, July 16th, 2012

USA Today carries a cover story about people using various online services to share cars, rent rooms or houses, and run errands. The focus is on people doing these things to earn extra cash, but there is an undercurrent of some just wanting to share what they have. Various Web sites connect those who would […]

My Car’s Radio Needs an Internet Connection (AKA: RIP, WFNX)

Monday, June 25th, 2012

From previous posts, you might know I’m a huge radio fan. Music flows in my family’s blood. I don’t remember how old I was when my parents gave me a radio, but I remember doing homework in elementary school with music playing in the background. I remember Dad being impressed at how I could sing […]

BBC on Higher Ed Trend of Online Courses

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The BBC gives an overview of several universities’ efforts to provide online courses, including Harvard University’s and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s join venture edX. The BBC mentions educators have been experimenting with translating courses into online environments already. I can only imagine as more courses move online or online components grow, experimentation will only […]

Happy 10th Birthday, Meetup!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Can you believe Meetup is ten years old? It seems both like it’s been around longer and that it’s newer. Was it that long ago that I went to my first Meetup? And I still attend some gatherings and read group postings. Meetup is particularly awesome because of its ability to create and support communities […]

Community Management & Drupal

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Today’s Berkman Center lunch talk features Dries Buytaert discussing the website/content management software Drupal and its community.

Some Potential Employers Request Social Media Logins

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

What do you think about employers asking for login credentials for social media sites during interviews? What about potential employers asking to connect, so they can view your connections and make employment decisions based on what you show your friends online and who they are? Would you allow an employer to view your account? Would […]

Supply Chain Maps @ MIT Center for Civic Media

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

When I arrived at this MIT Center for Civic Media’s lunch about mapping supply chains, Leonardo Bonanni was explaining how it took him a very long time to develop the map etched in his computer case showing all the places his computer’s components supposedly originated. It wasn’t the etching that took so long. Discovering where […]

Needle is hiring database curators

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Needle, the nifty data scraper + database builder + data wrangler tool I work on at ITA Software is looking for some folks to do what I do (basically).

The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

nbsp; has a free download called The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual that goes over tips on protecting your privacy including: * Making sure a comment meant for your friends isn’t seen by co-workers * Understanding what it means to upload content to Facebook * Control whether others can check you in to certain locations […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation, er, Internship

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

So, uh, for the longest time, I’ve been trying to decide how to write about my cool summer job, especially without it sounding like a sales pitch. I still haven’t really figured out how to do that, but lots of other folks have been writing quite a bit lately, so I’m just going to point […]

Data Visualization Tools

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

For some data visualization fun, check out Web Seer. Type somewhat similar, but different, bits in each box to see what the popular search suggestions are (like what Google and other engines autocomplete when you when you start typing in its search box). For some amusing examples, try “is my daughter” in one box and […]

Smashing Magazine: Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Smashing Magazine blog has a wonderful posting called The Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet: “Where does the beauty come from? It isn’t necessary to travel around the world in its most quiet places to experience it. Beauty is always near us — you just need to want to explore it. And you can […]

Selected BarCamp Boston Sunday Sessions

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Yum! More BarCamp Boston 5 sessions! A quick poll of the attendees of Future of Web Frameworks shows folks use quite a variety: CLisp, PHP, Javascript & ColdFusion, Struts, Zend, Werkzeug+hacks, Drupal, Ruby, and Django. Things that are bad today include Javascript client and server, media handling, configuration, cross-browser testing is a pain, transparency/hackable, social […]

Selected BarCamp Boston 5 Saturday Sessions

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

The BarCamp Boston session History 2.0 presented some cutting-edge ideas marrying technology with historical preservation and information gathering. The speaker sounds like he’s had a number of bad experiences with historical societies and archives and has been pondering how various tools or approaches could improve services, historical documentation, and informing folks about collections. He criticized […]

The Tweeting Cat

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Dear Human, Why won’t you let me have a Twitter account like Sockington? Your Cat

Enterprise 2.0 Book Talk, Monday (12/7), 6 p, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

On Monday (12/7) at 6 pm, Andrew McAfee, on expert on businesses adapting Web 2.0 technology, will discuss his new book Enterprise 2.0; The State of an Art in 102 Pound Hall at Harvard Law School. The presentation will also be webcast. RSVP required. “Berkman fellow, MIT Scientist, blogger, and tweeter Andrew McAfee will talk […]

Media Cloud and Quantitative News Media Analysis, 11/23, 11:45 am EST, Harvard

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The Center for Research on Computation and Society hosts Ethan Zuckerman and Hal Roberts on Monday, November 23, at 11:45 am to discuss Media Cloud and Quantitative News Media Analysis at Harvard’s Maxwell Dworkin, room 119. “The rapid rise of participatory media technologies – weblogs, social networks, microblogging, video sharing sites – are transforming the […]

Google Search Improvements, Find Images by Color, and Some Misc

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Garrett shared some cool links in his weekly email, including news about Google’s search changes I read in The Boston Globe earlier. I’m just going to copy and paste from his email. How to Search For Certain Colors in Google Images (Source: neiljohnford) … Top 10 Electronic Reminder Services,2817,234… (Source: ResourceShelf) Two new […]

Goodbye, Weekend America!

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I probably don’t need to repeat how much I love the radio. Weekend America is among my favorite radio shows. I think I started listening to it right when one of my local public radio stations began carrying it a few years ago. They replaced their broadcast of a great standard and I decided to […]

ALA Tough Economy Toolkit

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

ALA has a wonderful site for libraries called “Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit”: Contents: Introduction I. Talking Points II. Making the Case III. Outreach to Patrons and the Public IV. Talking to the Media V. Working with Government Officials and Legislators VI. Staging a Rally VII. Library Checklist Contacts Resources For the whole toolkit: […]

Amazon’s Kindle: an ebook Reader and More

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I’ve been hearing a bit about the Amazon Kindle, an electronic book reader the folks at developed. There was quite a bit of buzz about it in its early days. I happened to catch the segment on last Friday’s Oprah where Oprah raved about the gadget, how easy she finds it to use, and how […]

Twitter Goes Mainstream

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

The October 27 issue of the Wall Street Journal had an article called Twitter goes mainstream: A lot more people — and businesses — are finding new ways to tweet: “One of the hottest technologies in Silicon Valley is also one of the simplest.” “The online service from Web start-up Twitter Inc. prompts users to […]

Internet Librarian 2008 Who Moved My Ultrafiche & 8-Tracks?: Insights For The Future

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Dan Lester of the Boise State University Libraries gave a talk called “Who Moved My Ultrafiche & 8-Tracks: Insights For The Future:” Dan, who’s retiring on October 31, after 43 years in the library field, gave a slideshow of the changes in technology over the years: Picture showing Videodisc player and OCLC Catalog Card Printers. […]

Internet Librarian 2008 Microsoft SharePoint for Libraries: Streamlinging Your Intranet Management

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan of the San Jose Public Library and Shannon Staley of the San Jose State University Library gave a talk called (Microsoft) SharePoint for Libraries: Streamlining Your Intranet Management. Both of them created a joint intranet using Microsoft SharePoint, a free content management program. It offers shared workspaces and documents, wikis, blogs, calendaring, RSS […]

NELINET IT Conference 2008 – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? Bryant University Oct 10

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

NELINET is hosting it’s IT Conference 2008 – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island on Friday, October 10, 2008: “This year’s IT Conference – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? will feature exciting new developments, updates and improvements to Web 2.0 tools in the library world and beyond. […]

Google’s New Browser, Chrome

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

“Oh, in case you hadn’t heard yet, here’s a new browser for you to test on ;)” joked a friend of mine yesterday. Lots of folks are talking about Google’s new search engine Chrome, especially how it might effect the browser market and compete with Firefox and Internet Explorer. The Boston Globe published a review […]

Bray Highlights BPL Tools

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I was thrilled to see Hiawatha Bray write about the Boston Public Library’s cool tools, the library’s value, and why researching via a library can be better than researching via Google. The tech reporter writes: “[F]or deep research, you can’t beat a well-stocked library, with its books and specialized databases. Yet you can access many […]

BPL Overdrive Digital Bookmobile August 27 Boston City Hall Plaza

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The Boston Public Library is hosting Overdrive’s Digital Bookmobile on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at Boston City Hall Plaza between 8 am-3 pm. “Millions of people are already downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more from their public libraries, and you can too. Find out more when Boston Public Library hosts the Digital Bookmobile for a special […]

ErrorKey – the Search engine for Error Codes

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Intelliverb created an inhouse search engine for error codes and messages called “ErrorKey”: “ErrorKey is the tool you need to quickly get an answer for errors you encounter. We first implemeted ErrorKey as an in house application to help us in our work by quickly get resolution to errors. After sharing it with a group […]

Imagining Real Places with Virtual Spaces at Berkman

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Today’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society lunch focuses on mixing virtual worlds with the real world to plan new spaces and build communities. As you might imagine, there are a few people from Linden Labs, the folks behind Second Life, and fans of Second Life. Hub2 is one of the sites. Imagine, design, engage, […]

Tech Program in Portland (ME): Tech Toys and Tools: What’s New, and What’s REALLY Useful

Monday, August 11th, 2008

On Friday, August 22, the Boston Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is having the program “Tech Toys and Tools: What’s New, and What’s REALLY Useful” from 2-5 pm at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portland, Maine. Since I can’t find information about this program on the Boston Chapter’s Web site, I will provide more information […]

Online Bookmarking Tools?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

A friend of mine asked me for a recommendation for an online bookmarking tool he can use to keep a private bookmarks list with potentially thousands of items he can access and update from any computer. I know such tools exist. I can find many through Web searches. I’ve probably even written about them before. […]

Renewed Rumor: Google to Buy Digg

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Today’s buzz in the Web 2.0 world is about TechCrunch’s latest report on Google’s efforts to buy Digg, a very popular site where people can share and vote on content, much like Babbledog, the site on which I work. The article in C|Net made me think of some of the conversations we’ve had about media […]

Are we too obsessed with gadgets to make safe decisions?

Monday, June 30th, 2008

When people don’t seek proper safety for storms because they’re busy trying to record on their personal gadgets, I have to wonder if our love of gadgets has gone too far. *kisses phone that only makes phone calls* (I’m not refering to the storm chaser who made the film. Storm chasing is fun and amazing, […]

Twitter is over capacity again.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

It must be all the librarians at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference trying to figure out what everyone is doing for dinner. Microblog on Babbledog instead!

Cynthia Cheng Correia on Blogs, Podcasts, & Newsgroups for CI

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

In a session about how to use blogs, podcasts, and newsgroups for competitive intelligence, Cynthia Cheng Correia covered the basics of competitive intelligence and how to evaluate and select blogs, podcasts, and newsgroups for competitive intelligence. With regards to blogs, she shared a cautionary tale about marketing people who set up blogs with the voice […]

Technology Free-for-All

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Here’s an attempt at a list of what Derek Willis, a few intrepid volunteers, and I covered during the Technology Free-for-All session at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. Derek: Derek posted more detailed notes. Yahoo! Pipes, a way to build customized XML feeds based on other feeds by adding search terms and other filters […]

Firefox 3 Field Guide

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Debra Lyn Richardson has published “A Field Guide to FireFox 3: “The new features cover the full range from huge and game-changing to ones so subtle you may not notice them until you realize that using Firefox is just somehow easier and better. The range of improved features is similar — whole back-end systems have […]

*tips hat to Sabrina Pacifici*

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

The Special Libraries Association just gave Sabrina Pacifici, whom you might know from her online resources and beSpacific, a very prestigious award for her innovative use of technology. I’ve linked to resources she points out many times. Congratulations, Sabrina!

SLA’s Innovation Laboratory

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

The best thing about which I’ve learned by coming to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is that SLA has an online space where members can play with and learn about all kinds of technology called the Innovation Laboratory. It’s just the thing we need to get our fingertips wet with the latest and greatest […]

Suggestions for SLA News Division Tech Panel

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Amy Disch sent out a note asking for suggestions for an open forum Derek Willis and I are moderating about technology at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. Want to discuss something nifty? Have a favorite tool we should mention? “We want this to be a high-energy, interactive session that will, as Derek put so […]

Boston Media Makers Meeting June 1 10 am Doyle’s Jamaica Plain

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The Boston Media Makers is holding their monthly meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain at 10 am. “Boston Media Makers get together at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain for a BIG meeting on the first Sunday of each month from 10 AM – Noon. We gather around a big table […]

Free icons, WordPress themes, Newspaper designs, Fonts, Scripts, Tools

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Smashing Magazine has scores of nifty resources on free icons, WordPress themes, wallpapers, web newspaper designs, fonts, pictures, Ajax and Java scripts, tools and screensavers. Though you might check each site for any copyright info: Link via What I Learned Today:  

Many Eyes: Nifty Visualization Tool from IBM

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Many Eyes, a really nifty data visualization tool from IBM, is worth a look by those of you trying to figure out how to convert textual data into visual queues. The tool can be used for many different purposes, from building tag clouds to interactive charts and graphs. I first learned about it at a […]

NMRLS Regional Systems Librarians – Solutions at Tyngsborough June 5 10 am

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The NMRLS Regional Systems Librarians group is hold their quarterly meeting at the Tyngsborough Public on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10 am: “Come join us at Tyngsborough Public Library, as our host and Tyngsborough’s Director, Randy Robertshaw dishes and demos two innovative systems he is using at his library. Randy will discuss his use […]

May 1 RSS Awareness Day

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

RSS4LIB had the following posting about May 1 RSS Awareness Day: “Thursday, 1 May 2008, is RSS Awareness Day. There’s a grassroots effort to increase the awareness and use of RSS (and syndication tools in general). On the RSS Awareness Day site, it is claimed that “Feedburner recently reported that they track around 60 million […]

Visualization Tools via ReadWriteWeb

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Garrett included a piece in his Library News & Notes about visualization tools for a variety of applications. If you like to look at things like graphical maps of your social network or your friends’ music collections, you might enjoy some of the tools in this article.

63 Essential WordPress Hacks, Tutorials, Help Files and Cheats

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

The Specky Boy blog has posted a listing of 63 essential WordPress hacks, tutorials, help files and cheats: Link via iLibrarian blog: Also the WordPress blog has a sneak preview of version 2.5: Link via the What I Learned Today blog: Posted by Rich

Credible Web, Archives, Book Scanning, and Wikipedia Ban in Library News & Notes

Friday, March 21st, 2008

As always, Garrett has an amazing wealth of stuff in his weekly Library News & Notes. I couldn’t find a permalink for this week’s edition, though. Here are some of the highlights. I myself don’t know where to begin reading. Credible Web? It’s where we click most: Dusting Off the Archive for the Web: […]

Books + Social Networking

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Tonight’s All Things Considered on National Public Radio featured a discussion of sites that combine books and social networking. Of course, Tim Spalding of LibraryThing was part of that. Also mentioned were: Goodreads, BookJetty, Shelfari, and aNobii. Authors, not just readers, are involved in some of the sites.

Umberto Eco on the Future of Libraries & Technology

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

My favorite librarian sent me a translation of an interview of Umberto Eco in the Frankfurter Rundschau about technology and libraries. He thinks of the Internet and computers as ways of complementing our memories and uses a large portable drive onto which he downloaded many digitized books as an example. He discusses the challenges of […]

Journalist Becomes Story in Facebook Founder’s Interview

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The hot news from SXSWi (South by Soutwest interactive), a tech conference in Austin, Texas, is how a journalist put herself into the interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg instead of simply interviewing him from a distance, as planned. CNet reporter Daniel Terdiman writes: "The reality is, I thought the substance of her interview was […]

10 Things to Know about Facebook in Information Today

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

The March issue of Information Today features Facebook 101: Ten Things You Need to Know About Facebook. As the title suggests, the article goes through ten items, like how many people are on Facebook, privacy, why and how to use Facebook, and what advertisers and businesses are doing there. Facebook is a really popular, robust, […] Founder Speaks at Boston U., 2/27, 7 p

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Tonight (2/27), Boston University’s Free Culture hosts Pandora founder Tim Westergren at 7 p. Pandora is a nifty music Web site that customizes what its users listen to based on their likes. Quite a few folks I know use it regularly and have elbowed me about using it. The details: Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 […]

Advanced WordPress help sheet

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The WPCandy website has some help sheets available including for advanced users: Link via What I Learned Today: Posted by Rich

Andy Carvin on Web 2.0 & Journalism

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

While going through unread messages from the blog group, I found one Andy Carvin sent a while back about a presentation he gave on why journalists should care about Web 2.0. It’s definitely worth a read because he not only explores what some of the popular Web 2.0 technology is and how people use it, […]

Popular Web 2.0 Video Altered Because of Copyright Claim

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Finding this note on Wendy Seltzer’s weblog about a video about a Web 2.0 bubble getting removed from YouTube because of a copyright claim is like a one-two punch for the scratchpad. Someone showed me the video at work a while ago and I’ve been meaning to share it with you. (Google, Ask, nor I […]

Social Networks in Businesses

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The October 2007 Searcher includes a great article about social networks—not just the ones online we commonly hear about, but enterprise social network tools, too. Tools like Visible Path and the online alumni networks SelectMinds develops can link people together in ways valuable to business. The article also discusses SecondLife and LinkedIn, a virtual world […]

Architects Move into Second Life

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

A lot of librarians are wondering why some librarians are so interested in Second Life, a virtual world. Many of the sessions at Internet Librarian dealt with Second Life and why librarians should at least familiarize themselves with it, if not actually figure out how to use it for their work. At tonight’s blog group, […]

Social Networks Go Mobile, New FCC Proposal, Yahoo! Settles Lawsuit, and Music Sites, Jealous of Social Networks, Go Mobile

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

When some people travel, they eat more junk food than they normally would, using vacation as an excuse to indulge in treats they wouldn’t normally consume at home. I often use USA Today as my travel treat. I don’t normally read the newspaper, but when I travel, I can often pick up a copy fairly […]

Technology Review’s 2007 Young Innovators

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Congratulations to all of the recipients of Technology Review’s Young Innovator awards! Three are of particular interest to this community. When Ivan Krstic´ told me about his award, I was both surprised and not surprised. I’m not geeky enough to personally vouch for the quality of what he’s been doing, but a lot of my […]

reddit Buys Drinks in Somerville, MA, on Wednesday (10/31) from 7-9 p at The Burren

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Are you a fan of reddit, that site where people post fun links and rank what other people submit? Live near Boston, MA? The folks behind reddit plan to buy people drinks at The Burren on Wednesday (10/31) from 7-9 p. The Burren is right in Davis Square near the Red Line subway and a […]

Findory Shutting Down on 11/1/07

Monday, October 15th, 2007

November not only brings us deeper into fall and the time change, but it will also bring Findory’s demise. "Information personalization is in our future. … Some day, online newspapers will focus on your interests, building you your own unique, customized front page of news. Some day, search engines will learn from what you do […]

Social Networking on Today’s Talk of the Nation

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Today’s (Thursday, 10/4/07) Talk of the Nation, another fine radio program from National Public Radio (NPR), is rumored to be about social networking and how it isn’t just a thing for young people. WBUR will stream the program around 2 pm EST. The segment should be in the second hour of the show. Unfortunately, my […]

How I Spent my Summer Vacation

Monday, September 10th, 2007

OK, well, I didn’t have much of a summer vacation this year, so I’m borrowing the title from those silly back-to-school essays we used to have to write, but I would like to tell you what I’ve been working on because I think some of you might find it quite useful. Babbledog is a chat […]

Startups Moving West

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

"How are things on the west coast? Hear you’re moving real fine … Let it come ’cause I’ve got a chance for a sweet sane life I said I’ve gotta dance and you’ll do just fine Well I’ve got a plan with forward in my eyes" –Interpol, The Heinrich Maneuver In an article similar to […]

Young Tech Entrepreneurs

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

In a second attempt to boost its sales by picturing Aaron Swartz on the front page, The Boston Globe introduces us to some entreprenuers and their tech projects. By the way, if you think I’m busy, you should read Aaron’s blog post about what he’s doing now. It makes my life seem simple. This article […]

The Librarian vs. Google

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Hugh MacLeod has a post that keeps on giving on gapingvoid about social media, search, connecting to people, and recommendations. I really like the post a lot. That becomes more evident to me as I continue to think about it and a number of ways I could talk about it in this space. I already […]

What’s next in online maps?

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

It looks like the future of online maps is much of what we’d expect, according to The Boston Globe. It’s good to know another company is working on a site with street level pictures like what A9 used to offer. The article begins with the journalist riding around Cambridge in a car with cameras pointed […]

Searching for a Public Radio Host

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Jake Shapiro of Public Radio Exchange, whom I’ve met a few times through various Berkman Center for Internet & Society events, tells Weekend America host Bill Radke about the Public Radio Talent Quest, the search for a new radio host. PRX started it as a contest open to anyone and receive a myriad of submissions, […]

I miss having a whiteboard.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Once upon a time, I had an office with a whiteboard. I did a very good job of keeping it full and tended it regularly. It might be one of the things I miss the most about that job. As we’re evaluating knowledge sharing tools for a project, I keep thinking about how simple and […]

A Look at the iPhone

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

No matter how many of them can’t afford either the phone or the service contract for it, some of my friends can’t seem to stop talking about Apple’s new iPhone*. David Pogue of The New York Times has an amusing video of it via YouTube. When I was at my local Apple store a few […]

Blog Archiving with BlogBackupOnline

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

My coworker John showed me a post on the ResourceShelf about the weblog backup service BlogBackupOnline. Free while in beta, the service boasts the ability to do daily backups of the text on a variety of platforms, like Blogger, WordPress, and LiveJournal. Supposedly, the resulting file is good enough to use to restore a problematic […]

Another Web 2.0 Definition

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

My coworkers have been passing around this Web 2.0 definition.

A new hobby

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Earlier, a coworker and I were joking about how there just aren’t enough things for us to waste our time on online. Know what I’m doing right now? Right now at about 12:20 am ET? I’m watching a Web graphic tell me where a friend’s plane is as it travels its route. There are many […]

You can’t friend me on Facebook

Friday, June 29th, 2007

if I’m not there.

Grazr: Another way to display XML feeds

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I don’t think I’ve ever written about Grazr in this space before, regardless of how long I’ve known about it or the fact that a friend of mine is a champion of the tool. He gave me a detailed demo, which makes me want to pull writing about it off the backburner and into reality. […]

SLA: Mary Ellen Bates’ Searching the New Web

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

I know a lot of you really like the resources Mary Ellen Bates’ shares. Here are some links from her SLA Annual Conference presentation about searching Web 2.0 stuff, which she calls the new Web. (Yay! I don’t like the term Web 2.0, as you may know.) Wikis: the links at the bottom of […]

I have schwag to distribute at SLA.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

I have some goodies to share at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference related to what I’ve been working on. I mean, like, real schwag I can hand out. Come find me if you’re interested in knowing what I’ve been doing. And I have a new hat.

“And she kicks all the spammers.”

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Some light listening for hectic times: a tribute to a channel bot: Anna Bot another bit from a coworker

reCAPTCHA: a Captcha that Helps Digitize Books

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

You’ve probably encountered a captcha by now: a form on the Web that presents an image and asks you to type some text from the image into a blank or asks you a question about the image. You might encounter them before writing a comment on someone’s weblog, sending an e-mail, or partaking in a […]

Putting a Life Online

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

I feel incredibly compelled to point to this Wired Magazine article about Hasan Elahi, who has been posting many fine details about his life to the Internet for a few years because the US government has him on a list of terrorists. I feel odd doing so because the article is somewhat tangential to the […]

Shimon and I Speak at Blog Group Thursday (5/17)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Some of you have been wondering what I’ve been working on for the past few months. Come to blog group on Thursday to find out! Shimon Rura and I are giving a demo of a really cool, cutting-edge piece of software we’ve been working on. If you use a Web browser and some kind of […]

Invention of the Camera Phone

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Gadgets like camera phones are changing how people do all sorts of tasks, from blogging to catching criminals to showing friends that cute someone noticed on the street. The January 6 Weekend America asks the camera phone inventor, Philippe Kahn, why he felt the need to create the gadget while his wife gave birth and […]

Jessamyn on BoingBoing for Ubuntu

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

BoingBoing links to a video Jessamyn West made about installing Ubuntu Linux on some of her library’s computers. If the library gets a Mac, she thinks it will be the first library in Vermont to offer three operating systems. Her post has more information about Ubuntu and using it in libraries. This post is dedicated […]

Blog about Social Network Tools & Libraries

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Friends:Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services is a weblog dealing with the use of social networking sites by library programs and services. from the ResourceShelf

Yahoo! Shutting Down Yahoo! Photos, Promoting Flickr

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

On the ResourceShelf, I noticed this bit about Yahoo! shutting down Yahoo! Photos and encouraging its users to move to flickr.

the world according to xkcd

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

The online comic xkcd put together a map indicating the size of online communities. Like the disclaimer says, it’s based on the best knowledge available, but not necessarily accurate knowledge. Thanks, James, for the link. Unfortunately, someone stole xkcd creator Randall Munroe’s laptop while he was sleeping. I had another close brush with hard drive […]

Why aren’t library catalogs more Web 2.0?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

One of the questions after David Weinberger’s talk Monday is why library catalogs don’t have more features like some of the Web 2.0 tools and Web sites like Amazon have. What would be so wrong with suggestions like “People who read this book also read …” or informal book reviews and tagging integrated into catalogs? […]

Revish: Maintain Reading Lists, Share Reviews, Book Recommendations

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I’ve already heard some chatter about summer reading and it’s barely spring here. As you’re reading, keep sites like Revish in mind. It’s a Web 2.0 way for people to make and get book recommendations, maintain reading lists, share reviews, and connect with other readers. from Garrett’s Library News & Notes

Examples of How Web 2.0 Can Help Crisis Communications

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

The tragic shootings this past week at Virginia Tech pose huge challenges to campus communicators everywhere. It’s easy to look back at the events and critique how, where, and why communication efforts failed. It’s much more difficult to be in the situation itself and make decisions about what to do in a timely and effective […]

BarCamp: Erica on

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

I should tell you about the medical application sessions I went to yesterday afternoon, the One Laptop Per Child excursion, and a few other things from last night, but I’m in a BarCamp Boston 2 session Erica George is leading about Stop, a project out of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society about […]

Running IE6 & IE7 Together & Separately

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

One of the great things about having a weblog is that I can occasionally use it to make notes about something I want to remember later. Another great thing about having a weblog is that when those notes might be helpful to other people, I can share them. Properly testing Web pages in mutliple incarnations […]

Friend Mapping in Orkut

Monday, March 5th, 2007

When I was playing in Orkut, Google’s social networking tool, this evening, I was pleased to find some features around their friends portion of the site I hadn’t noticed before. You can view a geographic map with friends icons on it and mutual friends in much more obvious ways than what I remember from before. […]

Definition of Web 2.0

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

One of the side effects of the import is that the other writers on the scratchpad have lost their access because account information didn’t transfer to WordPress Multiuser properly. I’m working on a resolution with our fabulous server administrator, but it might take a while. Meanwhile, Kim fed me an awesome definition of Web 2.0 […]

The scratchpad gets a new platform

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

For a really long time, I’ve been procrastinating moving the scratchpad from Manila to WordPress. Harvard made the switch from Manila to WordPress many months ago and it’s been up to us with established blogs to move our content over. I realized a few days ago, I now have a deadline to make the move […]

What’s Next in Web 2.0?

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Garrett’s Library News and Notes includes a Technology Review article about some neat new Web tools some people describe as either Web 3.0 or Web 2.1. Selections from the article: FOAF (friend of a friend) Foaf-a-matic Piggy Bank Amazon Mechanical Turk Google Image Labeler I still think Web x.0 is a silly name.