There has been a lot of talk about data leaks and data privacy lately, not
naming any names. The articles and blog entries on this topic are filled with
outrage and spoken with dropped jaws. I have to admit that the only shock I
experience on this subject is at how shocked people are. As divisive as these
issues are, fundamental questions remain. How much privacy should be
expected? How many times a week are you prompted to accept a long block of
terms and conditions in order to access online services? How many times do
you read them? Isn’t that the scary part?
The mobile revolution has brought us into the Frenetic Age. Hear two bars of
a song you like? Buy it on iTunes. Order a tasty looking burrito? Instagram
it. Overcome by wit? Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr… Digitizing our social
lives — and our lives in general — leaves a trail of data. Eric Schmidt
claims th... (more)
Publisher and author associations sought today to cancel a key hearing in the
Google Books case to allow private negotiations with Google over digitizing
books online. Consumer Watchdog warned that important issues affecting
copyright law should not be negotiated behind closed doors.
Notice of the motion was filed in U.S. District Court today after the
Department of Justice raised objections to the proposed Google Books deal
late last Friday. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog had also filed
an amicus brief opposing the settlement. A hearing was scheduled before Judge
Denny Chin on Oct. 7, but the publishers and authors associations said they
are negotiating a new deal with Google and claimed it would make no sense for
a hearing until that is reached.
Read the publishers and authors filing here.
Consumer Watchdog said the settlement cannot be approved in t... (more)
HEART on Ulitzer
Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new-media" platform in the
world, announced today that the news syndication for the Holocaust Research
Project topic on Ulitzer has been expanded to include breaking news from news
wires as it happens.
HEART on Ulitzer was launched on April 9, 2009. The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to
inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs
conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War.
H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent
Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the
production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as
leaflets and books.
H.E.A.R.T is run by its trustees and directors, who manage the daily
administration of the website, review all research materials, fact checking,
and ... (more)
Jon Orwant is an Engineering Manager at Google, with Google Books under him.
He used to be CTO at O’Reilly, and was educated at MIT Media Lab. He’s
giving a talk to Harvard’s librarians about his perspective on how
libraries might change, a topic he says puts him out on a limb. Title of his
talk: “Deriving the library from first principles.” If we were to start
from scratch, would they look like today’s? He says no.
NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key
information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small
matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other
people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people.
Part I: Trends.
He says it’s not controversial that patrons are accessing more info online.
Foot traffic to libraries is going down. Library budgets are being squeezed.
“Public libraries are d... (more)
IBM on Thursday announced plans to enlist some of the company's leading
scientists and technologists to help medical practitioners and insurance
companies provide high-quality, evidence-based care to patients. As part of
this initiative, IBM is collaborating with clinicians in medical institutions
and hiring medical doctors to work alongside its researchers to develop new
technologies, scientific advancements and business processes for healthcare
and insurance providers.
Dedicating $100 million over the next three years, the initiative will draw
on IBM's leadership in systems integration, services research, cloud
computing, analytics and emerging scientific areas - such as nanomedicine and
computational biology - to drive innovations that empower practitioners to
focus their efforts on patient care.
More than 100 researchers across IBM's nine worldwide research labo... (more)
I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the
digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result. Not in the
context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in
the context of making better business management decisions based on more
efficient data collection and reporting. The term digital transformation is
often used to describe this convergence.
Think of growing the best possible garden full of award winning fruits and
vegetables. The garden may consist of some physical things like dirt,
seeds, containers, plants and tools, but the key to success is the
information about the garden. The information about the soil, types of
plants or seeds, appropriate time to plant and harvest, weeding and watering
schedules, the best fertilizers to use based upon the soil conditions etc.
This information can be... (more)
ADTI Media’s latest 2,000 square foot SkyNet™ digital mesh display draws
big advertising dollars for Boston Properties with its prime spot behind the
famed New Year’s eve ball in Times Square.
SkyNet(TM) Digital LED Mesh Drapes Times Square Tower (Photo: Business Wire)
Hanging 34 floors up, this new SkyNet display is 20% larger than the previous
and incorporates the latest of ADTI Media’s proprietary digital technology.
It plays full motion video with super bright LEDs (over 8,000 nits). The
advertisers received maximum exposure as SkyNet adapts the brightness of the
LED to the time of day for ultimate performance in full sunlight as well as
dark of night.
Pepsi® and nine other advertisers took advantage of this opportunity to
invest in promoting their brand in an iconic location.
Working with ADTI Media, property owners can reap the benefits of both
increased ad re... (more)
Are you old enough to remember the 1982-1993 TV show Cheers and its theme
song lyrics by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo?
“Sometimes you want to go
where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came;
you want to be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same;
you want to be where everybody knows your name.”
Now imagine the creation of that same kind of community feel, but instead of
inside a common location of physicality put the community within the confines
of an electronic screen and you have the popular phenomenon of Facebook.
“We believe that Facebook represents an understudied offline to online
trend in that it originally primarily served a geographically-bound community
When data were collected for this study, membership was restricted to people
with a specific host institution email address, further tying offline
networks to onl... (more)
Box today announced it has brought on Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief
Technology Officer of the United States, and Glen Tullman, former CEO of
Allscripts, to serve as special advisors for the company’s healthcare and
life sciences practice. As advisors, Chopra and Tullman will help Box deepen
its expertise in the healthcare industry and support the growing number of
hospitals, health insurance firms, and medical and pharmaceutical companies
on its platform. In the past year, sales in healthcare and life sciences has
grown six-fold, with new customers like MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Joseph
Health, UnityPoint Health, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
(BRI) and Mount Sinai Health System.
"Healthcare is Box's fastest growing vertical, and it’s clear that
there’s a remarkable opportunity to improve the way information is
captured, managed and shared betwe... (more)
During this week's Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum pre-recording,
Dr. Leslie Lenert, Director, National Center for Public Health Informatics
(NCPHI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shared some
of his thoughts on the future of health care information technology. His
comments included the following:
The NCPHI is focused on (1) improving the link between public health and our
national clinical care systems and (2) automating public health practice. The
biggest change in health care information technology is the establishment of
communications between public health and the health care system. Health
situational awareness is crucial to our ability to monitor public health
problems. We must target situational awareness so that it makes a difference
in individual patient care. One key to addressing privacy and confidentiality
We have come a long way in the history/archives /library world. The internet
and now open source programming is swinging doors & windows wide open for the
little guy or gal.
The audience can now be wooed and targeted like never before and across the
globe to boot!
I own a website http://researchhistory.org that utilizes the relatively
inexpensive resources of open source programming.
As the domain name indicates my site's content is about history. Over many
years of experience, I have gained the knowledge of web hosting, programming,
and digital history.
Digital History is the process of taking historical materials books,
manuscripts, image indexes, maps and more and making them accessible
globally. Another key element is making sure your site is an e-commerce site.
That way clients can easily navigate and purchase items at will.
If you are interested in seeking o... (more)