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links for 2009-08-30

  • With all the hubbub about Gov 2.0 at present it's often forgotten that a lot of what is being attempted is simply taking what is already done in other mediums and doing it online. For example, online engagement and consultation is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary step. Where governments used to host robust town hall meetings, they are now conducting these discussions online. In most cases this lowers the consultation risk for governments, * every audience question or comment can be moderated before it is public, * there is no physical proximity and therefore less risk to the health of political representatives,
    * discussions can take place over time (and with no time limit), allowing greater participation and reducing impositions on the time of everyone involved,…
  • Thank You Ocean is looking for the next directing star. In our first-ever video contest, you can create your own Thank You Ocean viral commercial to convey the mission of the Thank You Ocean Campaign: “The ocean takes care of us. Let’s return the favor.”

    The contest is our way of letting you tell the world how the ocean takes care of you and show how you’re returning the favor. What do you thank the ocean for? Get creative and inspire your fellow Californians and ocean enthusiasts around the world!

    The competition, which runs through September 30, 2009, will be judged by the Thank You Ocean Campaign team based on originality, creativity, appeal and how well it addresses the mission of Thank You Ocean. We will select one video to show on the site and announce through publicity efforts, including a news release, social media marketing and e-mail announcement.

    (tags: Video oceans)
  • One of the biggest changes we made with the launch of the new NPR.org was offering free transcripts on the site. Ever since NPR started transcribing its radio programs in 1990, we have been selling transcripts to help defray the costs of producing them. In the old days, we used to mail out copies of the transcripts, a time-consuming and expensive process for all involved. In 2002 we added e-commerce to the transcript operation and were able to drop the prices and deliver the transcripts via email.
  • Enterprise content management (ECM) is big business these days. There are scads of companies turning a tidy profit promising to do a competent job of managing every conceivable type of content, from records bound by regulation to Web content and freewheeling collaborative work. What there isn't as much of is sound advice from experienced professionals on how to save money when it comes to ECM.

    At a time when IT budgets are tight and few can afford to spend anything they don't have to, Gartner's research vice president Tony Bell is offering some interesting thoughts on best practices for reducing costs. Here's our assessment of his tactics for increasing efficiency when it comes to ECM.

  • Giving truly great presentations requires skill, work, and practice. Giving catastrophic presentations is far easier. So if you want to take the easy way out and look like a rank amateur, here are 15 surefire tips to guarantee that you leave a really, really bad impression.
  • n several papers, conferences or client inquiries I am hearing the same argument, over and over again: unless you are a digital native, you are not going to buy any soon into social networking, so there is no chance it will happen unless (1) everybody has (high speed) Internet access and (2) a generational change happen in society that makes all this really relevant. On the latter, a comment to a previous post stressed that 95 percent of non-digital natives (i.e. people born before 1985) are unable to digest or even understand what the “digital age” can offer

    Let me offer two counter-arguments.

    The first one is what I said in a previous response about the “indirect effect” of online social networks. Even if not everybody can actively access the Internet, she may know a digital native who does (a relative, a friend, a young social worker, etc): in other terms the use of web 2.0 by digital natives is going to have an impact on other parts of the population

  • Indicates the center of a ~1km area where MODIS satellites have detected heat from wildfires, prescribed or agricultural burning, and other fires. Click to see date and time of detect.
  • Daniel Pink, author of upcoming book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, gives this fascinating 18-minute TED talk in which he declares that sweet carrots (for example, “if you do well, I’ll give you more money”) actually stress people out and often decrease productivity. So what does work to motivate workers? Forget extrinsic motivators like carrots and sticks for difficult tasks that involve problem solving or creative thinking. Instead, focus on intrinsic motivators like:
    (tags: motivation)
  • The Stanford Laptop Orchestra builds their speakers from IKEA salad bowls

    "wondrously alien, like something out of a science-fiction movie"-The Stanford Daily


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links for 2009-08-28

  • Quantum cryptography–a means of keeping secrets safe by using light particles to help scramble data–has been commercially available for several years. But the technology has only been practical for governmental or large private-sector organizations that can afford to have their own point-to-point optical fiber that the technology requires. But under the new deal, struck between Siemens IT Solutions and Services in the Netherlands and Geneva, Switzerland-based id Quantique, any organizations or individuals wanting state-of-the-art data security will be able to buy the complete package of quantum cryptography and cable.

    For the commercial development of quantum cryptography it's a significant step, says Seth Lloyd, an expert in the subject and a professor at MIT. "It makes it a lot more commercially viable. The fiber is by far the most expensive part," he says.

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  • Most traditional personal knowledge management (PKM) or personal information management (PIM) applications offer the same basic set of features:
    * Storage of notes and documents
    * Search functionality and keyword/tagging capability
    * Outline view in a traditional hierarchy, or user-defined views
    * Task management, calendar, and contact management (mainly PIM, not KM)

    These are essential features, however don’t offer too much to the more visually-inclined knowledge junkies. For visual learners and information visualization fans, having a graphical representation of knowledge and seeing how things relate is a must have feature. Luckily, in the past few years there has been a rise in the number of knowledge management applications that offer this capability. The following is a list of interesting /unique / effective tools for knowledge management and information visualization (not listed in any particular order):

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  • For the world's leading RSS reader, integrating social functions hasn't always been drop-dead simple and easy. With each new addition, be it the recent "Send To" features, the addition of "likes", or the ability to selectively enable friends to make comments on your shared items, the service needs to scale in a way that has brought many other Web-based feed readers to its knees – compounded by Google Reader's accelerating user base. And while the company works to make sharing and engaging simpler, I am already seeing a rapid rise in conversations within Google Reader, both on my own posts, and on those from others I share. Recently, the total number of comments on some posts has even eclipsed those natively here on my site, or on FriendFeed, Facebook or anywhere else.

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links for 2009-08-19

  • Aside from repurposing existing presentations by loading them online, what if you want to create new presentations from scratch that do more — that contain a mix of slides, browser screen shots, product images, and even short video clips? Today you can easily do that and often for free. Jing and some of the tools below make it possible to create a more dynamic presentation, complete with audio, animation, and video that you can position on the Web for customers to review at their convenience.

    So here are 11 presentation tools for creating outstanding presentations or just repurposing already-existing presentations

  • "Earlier this month, Apple rejected an application for the iPhone called Google Voice. The uproar set off a chain of events—Google's CEO Eric Schmidt resigning from Apple's board, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigating wireless open access and handset exclusivity—that may finally end the 135-year-old Alexander Graham Bell era. It's about time.

    With Google Voice, you have one Google phone number that callers use to reach you, and you pick up whichever phone—office, home or cellular—rings. You can screen calls, listen in before answering, record calls, read transcripts of your voicemails, and do free conference calls. Domestic calls and texting are free, and international calls to Europe are two cents a minute. In other words, a unified voice system, something a real phone company should have offered years ago.

  • "Three years ago Gartner published research predicting that either catastrophe from IT failure, or a continuing history of lower-level failures would provoke either a governmental regulation or industry self-regulation of IT products and services in the U.S. by 2015 and in the European Union by 2015 to 2018," said Richard Hunter, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Although the exact date of arrival for regulation is difficult to predict, we believe that, in recent months, the tempo and intensity of the indications of such an event have increased."

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