Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Today on the steps of the Old Courthouse, inside of which the historic Dred Scott case was heard in 1857, more than 1,000 people gathered in a nation-wide protest against California's Proposition 8. Speakers included local community organizers, leaders, and politicians: St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay spoke about equal rights for his 3 gay siblings, and Lewis Reed, the first African American President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, described marriage equality as a personal issue for him, noting that not too long ago he would not have been able to marry his wife, who is white.
Lead locally by organizer Ed Reggi, the event was part of a national grass-roots movement organized through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The event was great on many levels, but more than anything I think it demonstrated the power of using social technologies to quickly and efficiently organize a "grassweb" effort - this was all planned and executed at a national scale, with participation from all 50 states, in less than a week!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Bibapp - Find Campus Experts from Eric Larson on Vimeo.
What are the benefits of BibApp?
For researchers, BibApp allows you to:
- Promote your research
- Find collaborators on campus
- Make your research more accessible
- Reuse your publication history in other applications
For research groups, departments, and schools, BibApp allows you to:
- Promote the range of research in your unit
- Understand the collaborations happening within your unit and others on campus
- Make the research of your unit more accessible
For librarians, BibApp allows you to:
- Better understand research happening in your departments
- Facilitate conversations about author rights with researchers
- Ease the population of your institutional or other repository
- Get a clearer picture of scholarly publishing trends on your campus
Friday, November 07, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
So a few weeks ago I grabbed a snippet of the TV show Designing Women broadcast on LifeTime, and posted it on YouTube. It was a funny bit about the high cost of membership to an exclusive club, where one of the characters envisioned holding her daughter's debutante/coming out party. The punchline was "for those prices, she ought to do more than just 'come out'...she ought to burst through a hoop of fire on Nancy Reagan's shoulders." I found the imagery hilarious, so I posted it.
And I did so with a purpose - I was curious just how long it would take before the copyright holder found this content, and what YouTube's mechanism for supressing this content would be. Turns out it took 51 days (originally uploaded 9/10/2008), and here's their explanation:
Sony Pictures Entertainment has claimed some or all audio and visual content in your video Burst through a hoop of fire on Nancy Reagan's shoulders. This claim was made as part of the YouTube Content Identification program.
Your video is no longer available because Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen to block it.
Copyright owner: Sony Pictures Entertainment Content claimed: Some or all of the audio and visual content Policy: Block this content.
Applies to these locations:
Sony Pictures Entertainment claimed this content as a part of the YouTube Content Identification program. YouTube allows partners to review YouTube videos for content to which they own the rights. Partners may use our automated video / audio matching system to identify their content, or they may manually review videos.
Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the suspension of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to avoid future strikes against your account, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube's copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide. If you believe that this claim was made in error, or that you are otherwise authorized to use the content at issue, you may file a counter notice. For more information on this process, please see: How do I file a counter notice?