Hack de Overheid « Mudlark – “Waag Society, the City of Amsterdam and Hack de Overheid (Hack the Government) are challenging developers, hackers, entrepreneurs, corporations and students to turn massive amounts of raw data provided by the City into new Web and mobile applications that benefit the public.”
Twitter, community, and the problem of the reverse panopticon | Citrus Fortress – “All of this is not to say that Twitter is not an incredibly interesting and potentially useful tool (like the telephone or the pencil.) Just that it is architected in such a way as to make true community very difficult to achieve, and to promote the existence of Twitter micro-celebrities with thousands of followers that they don’t themselves follow. These celebrity nodes are where shared sensibilities might converge, but the followers aren’t themselves sharing a context; they are all observing and perhaps responding to the center (where an @aplusk or a @hodgman or a @scobleizer might sit,) but are invisible to one another.”
Obama London: Inexplicable Edits on Sarah Palin's Facebook Page – "In the wake of the terrible events in Arizona, with many commentators pointing out the obvious fact that Gabrielle Giffords had been targetted by Palin in the November election on a map that used a chilling gun site graphic, I thought it would be worth watching her page for a little while to see if her team were indeed deleting negative comments routinely."
Digital Storytelling | We jam econo – Online course built around a blog: "This is the aggregated home for the online, open course Digital Storytelling that will be starting January 10th, 2011."
Who Tweets? – Pew Research Center – "Eight percent of the American adults who use the internet are Twitter users. It is an online activity that is particularly popular with young adults, minorities, and those who live in cities." (via one of my MA Social Media students)
Facebook for Business: The Basics « Dream it, Do it, Love it! – "Whilst the area is relatively new, and Facebook is particularly prone to change, there are some basics that you should really get your head around now to prevent time-consuming re-work and potential damage to your brand. Get it right first time and it will be much easier to maintain." (via Dubber I think)
digitalresearchtools / FrontPage – "This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively." (via Jon Hickman)
NESTA – Creative clusters and innovation report – "This gap in our understanding is what NESTA set out to address in Creative Clusters and Innovation, the outcome of a two-year collaboration with Birmingham and Cardiff Universities. The study adopts the concept of creative clusters as a starting point to examine the role that creative industries play in local and regional innovation systems. Its publication accompanies an online platform we have developed for users to examine creative industry concentrations at a fine level of detail in their localities."
Screen WM – Setting the record straight – Jason Hall: "Did 4iP please everybody? Did it fit your own idea of what you thought 4iP should have been? No. Of course not. And it would be unrealistic to expect it to. But lets not use that as justification to stick the boot in or point out from the sidelines where you think it went wrong."
Developers | Emma Mulqueeny – "Somewhere, somehow, here in the UK, amongst the rise of the Coalition and loss of the tech manifestos torn up in the aftermath of a hung Parliament an ethos has risen based on the fact that developers will solve all the problems that can be resolved through technology for free, for love."
elearnspace › Questions I’m no Longer Asking – “I strive to strike a reasonable balance between reading blogs, books, and peer-reviewed articles. Different topics flair up in popularity (such as web 2.0 and now social media) and then fade. A few concepts have longevity such as “how effective is technology enhanced learning when contrasted with traditional classrooms?”. Questions like this are boring. And unanswerable given the tremendous number of variables involved in teaching online and in classrooms.”
DCMS Blog: A short history of the One-Armed Bandit – Articulating the mechanics of gambling as having a “place in popular heritage” – associates it with the seaside yet ignores the realities of grim high street slot machine arcades. DCMS seem to blogging a lot lately about the new regulations on sites like https://www.slotsformoney.com, but the first time I’ve noticed it done this way when announcing policy or consultation work.
Talis Nodalities Magazine – About – "Talis has launched a magazine called Nodalities that bridges the divide between those building the Semantic Web and those interested in applying it to their business requirements."
Talis Platform – Future Events – "Interested in learning more about Linked Data, SPARQL and working with datasets from the BBC, UK Government, and others? Come join us at the Talis offices in Birmingham. Each day will include presentations on these and other topics, and a chance to work hands-on with public data. If you are prepared to come with questions and challenges for the team, we'll even throw in lunch. The day will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm"
Channel 4 axes 4iP | Media | guardian.co.uk – In the comments are some from people I know generally supporting 4iP. The article is interesting though, suggests that like many ideas, this one was suffered because it was too closely associated with a previous management regime, plus Channel 4's online remit now seems to be purely about increasing TV viewers.