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The Smartest Machine on Earth (Ai, machine learning & more)

Last night I watched Nova’s Smartest Machine on Earth program.Really fascinating stuff as it explored how machine learning happens (it is essentially a weighted relevance ranking dependent upon data and rules, but then it makes decision based upon specific bits of information including pattern seeking). It also touched on what makes us human, our peopleness and how our experiences shape our knowledge (and how do ...

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The history of online video

Very interesting overview of the rise of online video, especially as relates to journalism. 2004: Coinciding with the election of 2004 was the prevalence of broadband speeds, and with half of American homes reaching better than dial-up transfer rates, along with all the noise created by the blogs and pundits of the internet, an audience was born, capable and accustomed to online payments (i.e. market ...

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85 reasons to love your librarian

heh heh… some of these are actually well thought, while others are clearly humorous… 1. Librarians take care of libraries, which are still invaluable today.2. Not all information is on the internet.3. Older books still hold great cultural significance.4. Libraries are still repositories for some of the most valuable works of literature in the world.5. Even with the internet, the library is still the best ...

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Blue beanie day — support the semantic web

Arches @ noon. Nov. 30.The 3rd annual Blue Beanie Day will be celebrated on Monday, November 30th, 2009see http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136079874938 On Monday, November 30, 2009 thousands of Standardistas (people who support web standards) will wear a Blue Beanie to show their support for accessible, semantic web content. Join the fun! The 2009 event page is here:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136079874938 It’s easy to show your support for web design done ...

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Semantic web, social web, and the progression of the web (presentation)

Well, this is a pretty unwieldly subject to pack into a 1 hour presentation (and I didn’t go very far into the details of the mechanics of the semantic web, at all)….

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Facebook changes in privacy

Okay, I don’t feel like tinisizing that URL, but you can follow it on a blog, right? 😉 Interesting article about the upcoming changes in facebook privacy. I’m not surprised facebook is moving towards public feeds, because as the article puts it: Facebook holds a giant reservoir of demographic and sentiment data. It is the mother lode – and it’s been inaccessible so far because ...

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Professional & Cont Ed Group online

———————-The Professional & Continuing Education Interest Group (PACE) of GLA (the Georgia Library Association) chaired by Robin Fay & Beth Thornton have decided to do a free online community portal (a ning). Even if you are not a member of the Interest Group or GLA, feel free to participate. We decided to give this a try to see if we pool the library, IT and/or ...

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Wandering around in Second Life and musings on digital identity

Although I was late, I managed to attend the Carolina Conversations webinar in Second Life. Yep, I actually got my avatar to the presentation and I got her to sit down. I’ve been wanting to attend an academic event in SL for a while, but they always seemed to either cost money (real money!) OR were at 3AM my time. Sorry, I may be an ...

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Future ILS model — nexgenning the catalog

Short powerpoint via slideshare about nexgenning the catalog, entitled freeing the data. Some commentary would have been nice to bring out some of the points a little more. A few notes on acronyms: CRM = Customer Relationship Management Drupal = opensource, content management (CMS) system; website development tool SDKs = Software development kits SIPs = Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a signalling protocol, think videoconferencing, ...

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