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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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