History of Technology

Great interview with inventor of Kevlar, Stephanie Kwolek (RIP)

I love this story. RIP, Stephanie Kwolek. “I love learning and I’m love learning new things, making discoveries… while her mother encourage creativity and even a future in fashion design,  her father was a naturalist and inspired stephanie’s curiosity about the outdoors.     I had a father who was very much interested and plants and trees. I spent a lot of time just roaming ...

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Yahoo buys vizify, shuts it down

Vizify shuts dow: From Vizify: Keep your bio online a bit longer We’ve created a way to archive a snapshot of your bio so that it remains online at Vizify a while longer. You have until April 7, 2014 to archive your bio. Your archived bio will remain publicly visible through September 4, 2014. If you make changes to your bio after you’ve archived it, ...

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The future of print books – crystal ball gazing

Over the past few months, if not years, I keep reading about print books becoming obsolete. I don’t think that will happen – at least, not entirely. I see parallels between print books and vinyl. In high school, I worked in a record store that was transitioning from vinyl to CDs (cassettes and albums kind of co-existed, but CDs were seen as an actual replacement). ...

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happy ada lovelace day – tech, science, math, & geek girls!

Happy Ada Lovelace Day geek girls! Celebrated on October 15th, the day aims to promote women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and encourage female role models. It’s named in honour of Ada Lovelace, who wrote an algorithm for the engine in 1842 and is widely credited as being the world’s first computer programmer. (Robin note: She was the daughter of Lord Byron,  a ...

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Embedded librarianship notes from an ACRL webinar

Getting started with Embedded Librarianship 1. Define partners 2. goals – priorities 3. How to embed a. traditional classroom : co-teacher model; works well with 1st year students b. embedding in LMS/ Course Manageemnt Systems “virtual” librarian c. Project teams – business programs, student groups, etc. d. liaison – student groups(?) e. curriculum (accreditation, new departments, new programs, reorganization) f. credit course (teaching) David Schumaker ...

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One world, one blog – merging identities, merging blogs

robinart 2006ish So, I had a personal/art blog over at my domain (robinart.com) from 2004-2007 (prior to that, it was just a very simple site). This blog was an early experiment in using a CMS (Content Management System); originally, a photoblog (more about  the software & history here); later, a place to talk about software, my projects, and life in general. It was a good run, ...

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Semantic Web Technologies & Social Search (Introduction to Metadata)

This first chapter outlines the book but also includes a nice overview of metadata and how it fits into the web at large (and really all of the records we create). If you are new to metadata or interested in learning how metadata works on the web (& perhaps, try a few projects), you are definitely the audience we were targeting. While the context of ...

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