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A roadmap to openness: short report from the Internet of Open Stuff seminar | the internet of things

"The Internet of Things & Services is a major driver for technological development and will dramatically change products, services, and markets. It not only empowers people to collaborate, but any product or service developed by people – or those emerging from such collaboration. The technology will definitely change business, but the social implications will change our society beyond our wildest dreams. We are in the transition to a new society: We are in the 2nd Renaissance."


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Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire's Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth | Internet Archive | Wired.com

Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire's Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth | Internet Archive | Wired.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Matt SDimon:

"Brewster Kahle never had to work again after selling his company to Amazon for a quarter-billion dollars in the dot-com boom. But he then began working on building the world's biggest digital library, earning him a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame.

 

Brewster Kahle is taking the steady-as-she-goes approach to building a library on the internet, gingerly skirting around copyright minefields, and scavenging the easy (copyright free) leftovers."

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"So the Archive takes whatever it can get. No information is too obscure — Kahle just got back from Bali, where he helped digitize everything ever written in Balinese. And nothing is wasted — every physical book that is digitized is sent across the San Francisco Bay to Richmond, where it’s added to one of many climate-controlled shipping containers.

So far Kahle has archived 500,000 books, with another 500,000 in process. Though he admits he’ll never get there, Kahle wants to collect one of every book ever written.

“I think it’s a supply problem,” he says. “It’s not a demand problem. People want it…. People aren’t really stupid out there. They may be very particular, very peculiar, and they may not be interested in the things you are, or maybe even vote the same way you do, but they’re interested in what they’re interested in.”

So grows the second library of Alexandria, a collection with something for everyone. Except for the invading hordes. Not that they’d have any idea where to begin lighting fires."


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The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann

The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Martin Brinkmann :

"The Internet Archive over at archive.org is a non-profit that is building a digital library of Internet sites, accessible via the Wayback Machine, and other forms of culture in digital form. It is one of the largest repositories for books, music, images and movies which are all freely available for download at the site.

Up until now, users who visited the website could either download the files directly to their computers, or in the case of media files, stream the contents instead. Today, over one million torrents (currently 1.399,074 torrents) have been made available including the sites live music converts, a movie and audio book collection, and lots of books."

 

http://archive.org/ 

"provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."

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EXTRA ETHER: eBooks Gone in 5 Years? | Hugh McGuire

EXTRA ETHER: eBooks Gone in 5 Years? | Hugh McGuire | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Porter Anderson:

The distinction between “the Internet” and “books” is arbitrary, and will disappear in 5 years. Start adjusting now"


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The new European Library goes live!

The European Library offers services and facilities of direct relevance to research communities in Europe and beyond.

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Libraries: A Digital Bridge -YouTube | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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"One in three people in the U.S. do not have home access to the internet. See how libraries are transforming lives, by changing the way we connect."

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World Digital Library

World Digital Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information.

 

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

•Promote international and intercultural understanding;

•Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the
Internet;

•Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general
audiences."


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Matthew Reidsma : Your Library Website Stinks and It's Your Fault - audio recording

Matthew Reidsma : Your Library Website Stinks and It's Your Fault - audio recording | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Writings about libraries, technology, and the Web by Matthew Reidsma.

 

"Last week I gave a talk at the Library Technology Conference in St. Paul, MN, on how to make your library website better. It was a great conference, and I had enough foresight to record my talk. The audio is a little distant at time (because I pace)."

Link: http://matthew.reidsrow.com/articles/16

 

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Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert

Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"Learners are doers, not recipients."—Walter J.

 

"Learning" no longer means sitting passively in a lecture hall or on in front of a television or in a library and waiting to receive the "authoritative" version of what the experts think is up as if it were a Communion wafer.

For nearly 20 years we have had the Internet, now grown into a medium of almost infinite paths, where "learning" means that you can Twitter directly to people in Egypt to ask them what they really think about ElBaradei (and get answers), ask an author or critic to address a point you feel he may have missed (ditto), or share your own insights in countless forums where they will be read and admired (and/or savaged.) Knowledge is growing more broadly and immediately participatory and collaborative by the moment."

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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian http://t.co/s35JSA4L...

From changing passwords, to backups, to transparency on the Web!

Valuable New Year resolutions, especially for Information Professionals as well!

 

 

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Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian

Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Busy children’s librarians use the internet everyday for professional development, assisting patrons, readers’ advisory, program planning and ordering library materials.

 

Intertwined in the use of the web for work and personal use, are the myriad websites a youth librarian uses regularly to stay in touch with what is going on in the world of children’s librarianship, public libraries, popular culture, children’s literature and forthcoming new children’s books. Without a doubt, there are a dizzying array of blogs, social media outlets, websites and other online tools to choose from."

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How Libraries Are About More Than Books

How Libraries Are About More Than Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This is the third installment in our series 'Libraries in Crisis.' The opening piece, about how cuts threaten the public library, can be read here.

"So the question, and it's a huge question, is, 'What even is a library anymore?'" said Cesar Pelli, the world-renowned architect and designer of the Minneapolis Central Library.

While this large urban library has greater resources than many of its suburban and rural counterparts -- the building itself, which opened in 2006, cost some $138 million -- librarians across the country are looking to institutions such as this to show the way forward. For their part, the librarians here say their hope is that this library can be more of a cultural center than a book repository.

When visitors walk into the Minneapolis building, the first collection they see is about 300 computers, each of which is in use about 90 percent of the time. Nationwide, the number of physical books borrowed from libraries is slowly declining, although books remain a core reason why people visit their libraries. The staff in Minneapolis estimates that computer access is the primary reason that most patrons, especially low-income and unemployed people, visit."

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