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Thursday, January 20, 2005

University of Arizona--DLearn Collection.

This information about the DLearn collection of shareable digital learning materials developed at the University of Arizona first came to my attention in Scott Leslie's EdTechPost. The repository is searchable and browsable; it was developed and is maintained by the Center for Computing and Information Technology. JH


University of Arizona's DLearn - DSpace-based LOR. https://www.dlearn.arizona.edu/index.jsp

I have wondered out loud a few times whether anyone was attempting an LOR on top of DSpace. I got some lukewarm responses but nothing very concrete to back up DSpace's own claims that it could be used as one. Today I stumbled across this - I don't know for an absolute fact, but this sure looks like a DSpace-powered site, ostensibly serving 'learning objects' hedged as 'digital learning materials.'

Given my current predicament (some of you will know of which I speak) I'm not really feeling like one to throw stones, glass houses and all that, eh. But this performs kind of how one would expect it to - straightforward support of single object binary blob uploads, searching and browsing, collection support, workflow for submission and fine and dandy archiving using MD5 checksums. And maybe in the end this is all there needs to be, though it seems like we've seen enough of that style of repository to convince that it has some shortcomings. Certainly, nothing by way of authorization, DRM, handling of XML content or content aggregation which seem to be where things are heading. So clearly not an endorsement, simply an example. - SWL

[EdTechPost] [EduResources Weblog--Higher Education Resources Online]
9:51:00 PM      Google It!.

The Online Audio Interview Recorder: Skype Recorder vs. iVocalize. Robin Good sends along this article offering another way to record online conversations, the iVocalize Online Interview Recorder. This is the system he used to interview me a few weeks ago. This isn't Skype, which means there are ongoing licensing fees. But I have no doubt it's a lot easier to set up. By Robin Good, Kolabora, December 25, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
4:41:40 PM      Google It!.

WiMax Delayed for more Testing [Slashdot:]
4:32:20 PM      Google It!.

An Analysis of the Skype Protocol [Slashdot:]
2:02:34 PM      Google It!.

TeamSpace 1.0 Released. TeamSpace is an infrastructure product for developing advanced groupware and collaborative applications. [Plone RSS]
1:59:34 PM      Google It!.

Educational Standards - Welcome to the Educational Standards Portal [Edubloggers Links Feed]
9:48:04 AM      Google It!.

Smithsonian Global Sound Collection to Libraries Worldwide. You won't find this in your CD store, a collection of more than 30,000 tracks containing "animal sounds, beer-drinking at an African homestead, calypso, classical violin instruction, drama, poetry, sounds of the deep ocean, the office, the ionosphere, a frog being eaten by a snake and great performances of traditional music from virtually everywhere in the world." It is the Smithsonian Global Sound and it is being published online to be made available to libraries throughout the world. This will probably be a subscription service; it is using the same software as the Alexander Street Classical Music Library. Via Peter Scott's Library Blog. By Press Release, Alexander Street Press, January 14, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
9:46:03 AM      Google It!.

Skypecasting in EFL. Skype, as many of you know, is a free internet voice chat service (aka an internet telephone - and for a fee, you can call a regular telephone). With the recent advent of podcasting, attention has turned to the idea of recording Skype conversations. It can be done using Windows XP and $40 worth of software, as this article described (one day, I'm sure, it will be possible to record calls with the push of a button). Mac users, don't despair. You can follow these instructions and Teach Four Two. If you are wondering - yes, you can Skype me or add me to your contact list. My Skype ID is Downes. By Aaron Campbell, under the influence of epoche, January 12, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
9:44:55 AM      Google It!.

Picasa 2.0. Google is giving away for free a photo album application called Picasa. "Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC." It's such a good idea, and as Steve Yelvington points out, it "could promote broad use of standards developed by the newspaper industry and have a profound effect on the searchability of images on the Web." By Various Authors, Google, January 19, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
9:42:49 AM      Google It!.

Preventing Comment Spam. It's official. As I suggested yesterday, the 'nofollow' tag has been endorsed, not only by Google, but also by Yahoo and MSN search, along with a host of blogging software companies (listed in this article). The discussion lists expressed in general scepticism about the possible reduction in comment spam, but enthusiastic about the way a new standard was created through this sort of community consensus. By Various Authors, Google, January 19, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect] [OLDaily]
9:41:56 AM      Google It!.

Human Performance Center, Seamless Product Information, Data Exchange and Repository. The US Navy's online resource for human performance and training technology for lifelong learning [Edubloggers Links Feed]
9:40:20 AM      Google It!.

New Ways to Manage Your Photos. Two companies are releasing new versions of popular photo-organizing programs. Both can vastly improve the digital photo experience. By By DAVID POGUE. [NYT > Technology]
9:39:34 AM      Google It!.

Bless You, Google.

Google has spoken: Web links tagged with rel=nofollow shall not get PageRank. A grand rejoicing has been heard across the land. Well, at least from my office.

From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This isn't a negative vote for the site where the comment was posted; it's just a way to make sure that spammers get no benefit from abusing public areas like blog comments, trackbacks, and referrer lists.

This means that blog owners can update their software/temnplates so that any URL inserted into a comment field/Trackback ping will not be followed or counted by Google's indexing spider. Do you hear that, spam roaches, the incentive is Gone. Go away. Die. Then eat s**t, Or do it in any order.

Over the next days, I will eb updating every MT blog I own with the new Nofollow plugin, which works like a charm so far. then all comment fields on our MLX site will do the same. The more blogs that rig this up, the better. The more web forms that attach rel=nofollow to any link shoved inside, the sooner spammers will implode in their own feces.

Woohoo! Woohoo! Yippie Yi Yo!

9:38:44 AM      Google It!.

Google Trials A9 Style Image Search [Slashdot:]
9:37:26 AM      Google It!.

Voice Activated MP3 player [Slashdot:]
9:36:30 AM      Google It!.

Smithsonian's Song Catalog Is Available for Sale Online. Some 30,000 songs from the legendary Smithsonian Folkways catalog went on sale Wednesday on Microsoft's MSN Music store for 99 cents apiece. By By BEN SISARIO. [NYT > Technology]
9:34:26 AM      Google It!.

Scientific American on Quantum Encryption [Slashdot:]
9:33:23 AM      Google It!.

Oregon State University offers high-schoolers fun online courses. High school students interested in Oregon’s flora and fauna can study it online with other students from around the state in “Wildlife and Forestry of Oregon,� one of many high school courses now available through the K-12 Online program at Oregon Sta [Online Learning Update]
9:30:33 AM      Google It!.

'Evil Twin' Threat to Wireless Security [Slashdot:]
9:29:05 AM      Google It!.

Why mosquitoes only bite some. Scientists believe they have discovered the reason why mosquitoes find some of us more tasty than others. [BBC News | Science/Nature | UK Edition]
9:27:15 AM      Google It!.

Printing XML: Why CSS Is Better than XSL [Slashdot:]
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