||Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Audio Ebook Project.
still pulling together an announcement so I don’t have a detailed
write-up yet, but I wanted to note that I’m putting together
the-most-incredible-offer-ever for audio ebooks for Illinois libraries
(not just MLS libraries). It’s one of the other Really Big Projects I’m
working on right now.
If you’re thinking about signing a contract
for digital audiobooks, DON’T commit to anything until you hear this
offer. If you’re dying for more info, call or email me at MLS, but I should have some info up here soon. I promise you won’t find a better deal anywhere else! [The Shifted Librarian]
11:53:36 PM Google It!.
Some insight into the nature of memory.
When I started work on a memoir about my childhood, I thought
remembering what actually happened would be the easy part. I had very
specific memories of very specific events, and I wrote them down
exactly as I remembered them. One memory involved my stepsister winning
Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy album at a pumpkin carving [...] [Cognitive Daily]
11:50:50 PM Google It!.
Communities of Practice and Complexity :
Conversation and Culture. Peter Bond illustrates some important
underlying principles of communities of practice. Bond's
graph mapping a community's degree of formalism with its
'emotional energy' looks almost exactly like a graph drawn
Varela at a session I attended in 1994 or so.
Varela, though, mapped link density against information
transmission. His sweet spot - enough information to create
semantically relevance, but not so much as to create chaos
- maps almost exactly against Bond's sweet spot for
communities of practice. I don't think this correlation is
accidental; I think they were mapping the same thing. Take
the two concepts together and you arrive what the ideal
degree of connectivity between entities in order to create
a maximal online community. And that point is the modified
scale free network I tried to desribe in Community
Blogging, and I continue to believe (though I
can't prove it) that the mathematics expressing this sweet
spot may be found in the study of Boltzmann
machines. With Bond, I recommend the study of
what he calls "an extraordinary theoretical base,
primarily derived from a biological perspective of human
behaviour and cognition, and how it might be used to better
understand the concept of communities of practice."
White. By Peter Bond, LeaderValues, November,
11:49:55 PM Google It!.
Creating e-Portfolios using Atom and
FOAF. Some nice thinking by Scott Wilson which starts
off on the right foot: "An e-Portfolio is, by
definition, an aggregate or composite of many facets."
What I have been calling a profile.
He then lists the types of feeds that work together to
create an e-portfolio, and outlines the various XML
languages - Atom (which is similar to RSS), IMS
e-portfolio, HR-XML and FOAF - that enable these feeds.
By Scott Wilson, Scott Wilson's Workblog, June 3, 2006
11:46:51 PM Google It!.
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