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The Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science defines podcast as:
A digital media file (audio or video) syndicated over the Internet via an RSS feed. The author or host of a podcast is known as a podcaster. Once available online, podcasts can be downloaded for listening on portable media devices (MP3 players, pocket CDs, cell phones) and personal computers. Despite the similarity in name, listening to or watching a podcast does not require an iPod, although the device can be used for that purpose. Online directories of podcasts are usually browsable by subject and searchable by keyword(s) (examples: Podcast Alley, Podcast.net, and Podfeed.net).
This describes the program produced here in the Las Vegas metro. This also describes the method of normal distribution. Is this the normal means of accessing LISTen, though? -- Read More
Reuters has released an open API for its new Calais Web service that aims to make it easier for publishers, bloggers, and other content producers to automatically metatag their content and to develop their own applications for the Semantic Web. To use the service, a publisher simply inputs unstructured text and the service returns semantic metadata in RDF format in less than a second. Using natural-language processing and machine learning techniques, Calais locates entities, facts, and events and processes those components into metadata. “Publishers can use this information as auxiliary tags for their content to improve searchability, they can use it to enhance news feeds with better tagging, or any number of other purposes,” said another executive. Here's the scoop.
HOW often have you wasted time searching through page after page of e-mail messages, Web sites, notes, news feeds and YouTube videos on your computer, trying to find an important item?
If the answer is “too often,” a San Francisco company, Radar Networks, is testing a free, Web-based application, called Twine, that may provide some robotic secretarial help in organizing and retrieving documents.
Twine (twine.com) can scan almost any electronic document for the names of people, places, businesses and many other entities that its algorithms recognize.
Then it does something unusual: it automatically tags or marks all of these items in orange and transfers them to an index on the right side of the screen. This index grows with every document you view, as the program adds subjects that it can recognize or infer from their context.
Teaching people to find, evaluate and use information effectively has always been part of a librarian’s job, but Ward wants to create a centralized one-stop shop to help. With a nearly $60,000 federal grant in hand, he aims to build the Illinois Center for Information Literacy at ISU.
“The idea is to have one place to see what is going on in Illinois in terms of information literacy,” Ward said.
Sarah, from LibrarianInBlack, shares this cool search engine that I hadn't seen before. It's called Carrot, and not only is it open source (so you can use it on your library's website), but it clusters results together. What I mean by this is try searching for the term Harry Potter. Over on the side they divide topics up so that you can narrow results by title of books or wands. You also have subheadings so that you can see where the results came from or the sources the engine found it in (such as Ask!, Google, etc.)
A search that uses human guides didn't make much sense in a world of libraries with IM service, and when ChaCha debuted in 2006, the buzz died down quickly. Expect to see a revival now that they've started providing text message services. Still powered by human guides, the service will likely be a hit with folks unwilling to pay for Internet access on their phones. It's free for now, but the company plans to charge $5-10/mo. for the service in the future, which may effectively kill any interest from users without smart phones.
Richard R.Yeo. “Before Memex: Robert Hooke, John Locke, and Vannevar Bush on External Memory.” Science in Context 20. 2007.
Whereas Bush modeled the memex on the associative processes of natural memory, Hooke and Locke concluded that an external archive had to allow collective reason to overcome the limits of individual memory, including its tendency to freeze and repeat patterns of ideas. Moreover, they envisaged an institutional archive rather than one controlled by the interests and mental associations of an individual.
The NYTimes, they are a-changin'.
In this article in today's paper, the New York Times is ending payment for the 'Times Select' program. They found that readers were accessing those articles via search engines, and have chosen instead to give free online access to the work of its columnists and to the newspaper's archives, with a few minor exceptions.
Eight steps to thriving on information overload: "There is no quick fix; enhancing our skills requires effort and is an ongoing process. Implementing the following principles can make a real difference to your effectiveness in dealing with the new reality of information overload..."
1. Set information objectives.
4. Filter aggressively.
8. Sleep on it!