From MIT: "inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table's surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.
From Melissa Terras' blog: "Over the last three or four months, I’ve been talking with an academic publisher – one of the big names that most people have heard of – who approached me to talk about launching a series in Digital Humanities. ... Last week they emailed me with their new company policy on open access. ...
From former Emory fellow, now DPLA fellow, Franky Abbott: "The DPLA wants you! We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the word in local communities. If you are enthusiastic about open access, digital collections, and the potential of a national digital library, get involved in outreach for the DPLA by volunteering as a DPLA Community Rep.
DPLA Community Reps will:
From an Emory Ph.D. student in Sociology, Tressie Cottom: "Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, one of the most high-profile private sector attempts to “disrupt” higher education discovered inequality this week. Thrun has spent the last three years dangling the shiny bauble of his elite academic pedigree and messianic vision of the future of higher education before investors and politicos.
One of the features I really liked learning about in the Power Searching with Google class was its ability to search images by color. I'd never really considered that as a possibility before then.
From ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group: Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute: Now Accepting Applications By: Megan Senseney
Some interesting data mining from OCLC Research: New report on Scottish literature suggests Robert Louis Stevenson may be country’s most influential author. 28 October 2013. Treasure Island is the most globally influential Scottish book ever published, a new report suggests. An analysis by OCLC Research reveals that the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is the Scottish work most widely republished and most widely held by the world’s libraries.
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. ...
"Librarians versus Search Engines": "the most important contribution of the Research University Library in the next twenty years will be to provide the increasingly sophisticated human expertise required to successfully navigate this rapidly shifting heterogeneous terrain.
Something analogous perhaps to what Open Emory could become?
SURFACE, the Syracuse University Research Facility And Collaborative Environment, is a full-text, multi-media online database that provides open access to the extensive and diverse array of scholarly, professional, scientific, and creative output produced at Syracuse University.
Fyi from Brian Croxall via the DiSC listserv: Hello all, Join us at Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Gallery for the October Digital Pedagogy Meetup! These monthly meetings will showcase 2 presentations on assignments, methods, theories, or resources and bring together a group of folks interested in discussing innovative approaches to encourage student engagement and learning. The events are sponsored by GSU, Emory, and Tech and we hope to have speakers and an audience from all Atlanta-area Universities. We will provide some pastries. Buy a coffee and we'll get started with the presentations at around 8:15 am. Hoping to get people who can't make it to the night events at Manuel's.
I was just taking a look at an article in Wired that profiles Immersion -- it's a Web-based app that looks at your e-mail and maps it out according to whom you're talking to. According to Wired, it doesn't look at the body of your e-mail, just the headers. The idea is to look at the personal and professional connections that your e-mail reveals.
Harvard magazine has a nice comprehensive snapshot. Among some of the more interesting observations....
MOOC's benefit only a very small minority of exceptional students in developing nations.
MOOC's enable a data-intensive assessment of what works or not in online pedagogy.
Aaron Hirsh, a biologist, writes in the NYT that MOOC's and other online instruction platforms deprive students of real world interaction, that is, interaction with the real world under study.
Acxiom, a marketing tech firm that collects and sells data about consumers, decided it would be good policy to let consumers see what data it has collected about them and correct errors or opt out entirely. Their website AboutTheData.com went live this week. The NYT has a review here. Reviewers warn that if you enhance their data, they could sell it to marketers who could target your vulnerabilitie
Perennial Eeyore Stanley Fish again bemoans the future of liberal arts education in his latest NYT essay. This time he attacks data-driven reform as inherently limited and potentially harmful to the "serious" thinking developed by the "ineffable" Humanities. Tim
From DMLcentral: ".... The original idea was to replicate the magic that happens at physical unconferences, where the agenda is not fixed, but participants can add sessions or float between different rooms. We built an open source platform that leverages Google Hangouts to host similar events online. Another way to think about it is as a classroom with an infinite number of breakout sessions.
Hmm.... possibly useful for student orientation, etc.?
"On August 15, North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU Libraries) in Raleigh released lentil, open-source software that supports the harvesting of images and image metadata from Instagram. It enables organizations “to build special collections based around a topic or event, or to invite participation in evaluating a library program,” according to a release...."
Lots of skepticism about their financial model and the scaling....
"Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education. ..."