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South Africa’s own Silicon Valley?

South Africa’s own Silicon Valley? | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Braamfontein is poised for a high tech revolution.
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Braamfontein tech hubs - "

The Joburg Centre for Software engineering (JSCE) at the University of Witwatersrand is driving the transformation of Braamfontein into a cutting edge technology precinct.

The idea of the tech hubs is to establish co-working spaces which will offer skills development opportunities, software and hardware design.

“People can come to create and collaborate in technology innovations. Coming out of those collaborations are ideas for new businesses and startups. The tech hubs will also run technology courses and events,” JSCE director Professor Barry Dwolatzky told Moneyweb.

JSCE plans to repurpose existing buildings that are owned by the University of Witwatersrand to host the tech hubs to save costs and “show what can be done with inner city Joburg buildings”.

Braamfontein’s location is favourable to play host, as it is at the heart of the economy and in close proximity to tertiary institutions such as the University of Johannesburg and University of Witwatersrand.

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Search Engines for the Physical World: The Future of Search Technology in an Increasingly Transparent World | World Future Society

Search Engines for the Physical World: The Future of Search Technology in an Increasingly Transparent World | World Future Society | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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SEO, search-tech: "Next Generation Search Tools

Online search technology has framed much of our thinking around our ability to find things. In general, if it’s not digital and online, it’s not findable.  -  However tools like Google Glass and flying drones add many more dimensions to existing search algorithms.

In the near-term future most advances will be focused on furthering our understanding of the inquiry-results relationship, making it more personal so our inquiries don’t need to be so exacting and precise to get the answers we’re looking for. According to Google Senior VP and Fellow Amit Singhal:

  • Search will become far more personal, and Google will be able to know what you’re looking for based on who you are.
  • Search engines will not only find, but interpret what they find by generating their own algorithms.
  • Advances in artificial intelligence and natural language understanding will result in deeper descriptions and understanding of web pages.
  • Answers, not links, will become more prevalent.
  • Search will do things, rather than simply suggest things.
  • Our digital lives will be combined into one searchable platform."
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10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library

10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it

Today’s hottest web and mobile technologies are offering libraries a new world of opportunities to engage patrons. Ultra-popular social media websites and apps combined with the availability of affordable cloud-based services and the evolution and adoption of mobile devices are enabling librarians to share and build communities, store and analyze large collections of data, create digital collections, and access information and services in ways never thought about before.

Libraries have become technology leaders by integrating cutting-edge tools to enhance users’ experience. It’s not enough to redesign the library website. Best practices mean developing user personas and following usability strategies to produce user-informed designs. New digital collections are stored in the cloud and mobile applications are developed around them. Libraries are claiming their venues on location-based mobile social networks, developing bleeding-edge augmented reality applications, and participating in semantic web efforts.

Forward-thinking librarians are actively experimenting with and incorporating these new technologies into their digital strategies. Here are 10 ideas for you to leverage today’s most innovative tools and techniques:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/02192013/10-great-technology-initiatives-your-library

 

All of these come straight from The Tech Set #11–20 series (ALA TechSource, June 2012).


Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa
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"Libraries have become technology leaders by integrating cutting-edge tools to enhance users’ experience. It’s not enough to redesign the library website. Best practices mean developing user personas and following usability strategies to produce user-informed designs. New digital collections are stored in the cloud and mobile applications are developed around them. Libraries are claiming their venues on location-based mobile social networks, developing bleeding-edge augmented reality applications, and participating in semantic web efforts. . . .  10 ideas for you to leverage today’s most innovative tools and techniques:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/02192013/10-great-technology-initiatives-your-library

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Top Technology Trends for 2014 And Beyond / Forrester

Top Technology Trends for 2014 And Beyond  /  Forrester | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it

This month, Forrester released its list of top technology trends for the three year time horizon. Now that consumers and employees have continuous connectivity and an endless supply of apps, the CIO must drive the nimbleness that will be demanded by employees and customers, while he or she must also do so securely. These trends are so woven into the business drivers, that IT leaders must become much more strategic, providing the rationale for the changes that are afoot. With this background in mind, Forrester identifies the following ten technology trends for the 2014 through 2016.

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How librarians survived the search engine [ Futurity.org

How librarians survived the search engine [ Futurity.org | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Research news from leading universities
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LIBRARIANS RULE!   -   " . . . explored the “paradox of expertise” in which librarians failed to grow their informational prowess with an emerging technology.  -  “What made us curious about what happened was that librarians had technical skills—many had been building online databases of their collections with search capabilities very similar to what search engines aimed to develop,” Irwin says. Yet librarians, he says, had misinterpreted the possibilities of internet searching for such information.


Disrupted jobs -  The story of the successful transition—of accommodating a new technology—into a new identity is a good example for professionals in other fields who have faced or currently face such challenges, says Nelson.  -  “We not only found that new technologies can disrupt occupations, which others have found before, but showed how members of an occupation can redefine themselves in relation to the technology to maintain a new role and a new relevance in society,” Nelson says."

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Education and technology: Some trends for 2013 (Infographic)

Education and technology: Some trends for 2013 (Infographic) | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Want to know what to expect in education in 2013? Check out OnlineCollege.net’s new infographic on potential tech and social media trends. Infographic created by OnlineColleges.net.

Via Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com
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Ackn. =  online, e-learning the 'new normal'?  potential tech and social media trends

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