Archive for July, 2006

Malik on News Researchers

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The American Journalism Review has a bit on news researchers. John Maines, whom I talked to in the News Division suite of the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, describes being a news researcher like being a bombardier or navigator because we’re in the background, directing people, and contributing in our own specialized way to make […]

A funny thing happened to me on the way to get the power brick …

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

After drafting the post mentioning my toasted power adapter and how I’m not going to intentionally connect everything to Wikimania, I go to a campus computer shop to see if they have a replacement adapter before making the trip to the local specialized computer shop. Most of the time, I don’t go to the campus […]

Effort to Protect Young People Blocks Access to Certain Web Sites in Schools and Libraries

Friday, July 28th, 2006

One of the Wikimania volunteers sent me the link to this article about an effort in the US House of Representatives to block access to certain Web sites from schools and libraries in an effort to protect children and young adults from potential predators on the Internet. Due to the ability of sexual and other […]

Backing Up Hard Drives

Friday, July 28th, 2006

While I was looking for information about computer power bricks this morning, since mine decided to catch fire, I stumbled across this Wall Street Journal Loose Wire column giving advice about making images of hard drives as a way to back up data. Small world: Berkman Fellow David Weinberger mentions at the end that disk […]

Wikipedia: Past, Present, and Future and Open Source

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

No, I was not intentionally planning to write about Wikipedia leading up to Wikimania. I just keep seeing things about it, things I would normally point to anyway. The Center for History and New Media reprints an article by center director Roy Rozenzweig about Wikipedia’s open source model, both in terms of the software and […]

Leveraging Blogs, Feeds, and Wikis: My Organizer’s Collaborative Presentation

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

After a meeting the other week, a gentleman introduced himself to me saying, “I was at the presentation you gave at the Organizer’s Collaborative conference.” “Oh, good,” I replied. “What did I talk about? I forgot already.” He smiled and we both laughed because he had kinda forgotten, too. To remind myself, I finally put […]

Citizen Journalism Event, 8/7, 9 a; Register Soon!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

I feel like I’ve been waiting on the edge of my seat for registration to open for the citizen journalism/citizen media unconference happening right after Wikimania on Monday, August 7. I can finally sit back. Here’s the announcement: As an add on to Wikimania, the second international Wikimedia Foundation conference, a number of citizen journalists […]

The New Yorker on Wikipedia

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Rich, who is absolutely no cakesniffer, nudged me about the current edition of The New Yorker’s article about Wikipedia, which begins by comparing it to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Wikipedia is larger and includes lots of content Britannica does not. Does that make it better? Or just different? Stacy Schiff also takes a historical look at […]

Research Tips: A Presentation on Conducting Research for a Feature Writing Class

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

When I tried to find an online version of the presentation I gave to a feature writing class in March, I realized I hadn’t gotten around to posting it yet. Here it is.

Pew Internet: A Portrait of Bloggers

Friday, July 21st, 2006

In his Library News and Notes, Garrett points to a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report based on telephone interviews with bloggers. (I wonder if that means the results are only good for bloggers with landlines. Many bloggers I know personally only have cell phones.) "… most are focused on describing their personal […]