March 30, 2008
this is an interesting video about how we think and share ideas today. it is a future look at the economics and society of the coming years. we should pay close attention to the message. as libraries more forward with this concept, we can lead the way by bringing communities and ideas closer together thereby building upon the idea of the information commons. libraries have a unique niche in this evolution from information age to the new age of idea sharing and community building.
March 28, 2008
YouTube Launches Video Stats Package - ReadWriteWeb
Written by Josh Catone / March 27, 2008 12:17 AM
Google announced this evening the immediate availability of a new video statistics package free for anyone with a YouTube account. The software, called Insight, gives users access to a range of statistics about the videos they upload to the site, such as where viewers are from, how often viewers in specific geographic regions viewed a video, or how long it took a video to become popular.
"Insight gives the creators an inside look into the viewing trends of their videos on YouTube, and helps them to increase views and become more popular," said YouTube Product Manager Tracy Chan. "Partners can evaluate metrics to better serve and understand their audiences, as well as increase ad revenue. And advertisers can study their metrics and successes to tailor their marketing -- both on and off the site -- and reach the right viewers."
Currently, the stats package does lack a few important metrics such as search engine referral information, being able to tell where users bail on a video, and general link referral info. Chan did seem to indicate that referral information would be available at some point, though.
According to Chan, Insight turns YouTube into "one of the world's largest focus groups." What it really does, though, is add another piece of the puzzle for YouTube to become what Google wants it to be: the place where all the world's videos are stored. We reported a couple of weeks ago on additions to YouTube's API that will enable YouTube to become more like a content delivery network (think: Akamai or Limelight for videos of your cat). As YouTube says, they are now "an open, general purpose, video services platform, available for use by just about any third-party website, desktop application, or consumer device." Adding detailed video stats simply makes YouTube that much more attractive to use as a video host.
March 27, 2008
This is an interesting little video about Internet Filtering. What it boils down to is that it's a library decision based on community needs/wants. Many of the statements are very accurate, especially about how filtering just doesn't work well 100% of the time.
March 14, 2008
Library of Congress Blog » Still Time To Become a Treasure-Hunter! (Library of Congress)
Still Time To Become a Treasure-Hunter!
Posted on: March 14th, 2008 by Matt Raymond
The deadline to apply to become a Junior Fellow this summer at the Library is fast approaching (March 31, 2008). So there’s still time to get your application in!
This program, supported by the Library’s James Madison Council, is among my most favorite about which to talk with the media and the public. Every summer for the past few years, up to about 50 students descend on the Library, combing through our trove of copyright deposits and looking for previously unknown or forgotten gems. And every summer, their discoveries prove fascinating.
What’s not to love about that?
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March 12, 2008
March 06, 2008
FireShot capture #8 - 'Flickr for GOOD! I The MaintainIT Project, a project of TechSoup' - maintainitproject_org_node_285
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Flickr for GOOD!
Wed, 03/05/2008 - 18:51 — Sarah Washburn
Today, Flickr and TechSoup joined forces to offer a terrific program for public libraries and non-profits, called Flickr for Good.
What does this mean for public libraries? Well, it means you can buy multiple accounts at a reduced price, which is pretty cool. For more information, go to TechSoup's Flickr donation page to find out how you can join the denizens of libraries that tout their programs, their services, their librarians and staff, and the people who enjoy the library each day.
Here at MaintainIT, we have an active flickr page that includes MaintainIT contributors, events we attend, bookmobiles we drive, and even photos of librarians with their Cookbooks. Check it out!
Still not convinced Flickr is a great tool? Check out my friend Michael Porter's (aka Libraryman) impressive libraries and librarians Flickr group and you'll agree: Flickr is a powerful way for libraries to not just talk the talk, but show it, too.
The Budget & Control Board:
The Confederate Relic Room & Museum:
March 05, 2008
March 04, 2008
Vodafone's Otello search engine uses images, not text - Engadget
very interesting concept for libraries to keep an eye on. how will this affect patron searching for books and information? read more:
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