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Open source announcements and new FLOSSBOK initiative

It’s been a while since open access and open source events have been as interesting as they are now. While the things are heating up around Elsevier publisher, including a petition being signed by academics to refuse to publish or do any editorial work for any Elsevier journal, on the other side there have been open source changes  announced at the FOSDEM conference in Belgium.…

 

Redesign: Connectivity and Many Small Hunches

We all strive to be creative and come up with new, innovative ideas that will make a difference in our everyday lives, our environment, and our work .

Steve Johnson looks at this issue from the environmental perspective and he found that there are certain recurring patterns he calls “small hunches”. …

 

ACTA: new threat to the internet and how you can act

We wrote earlier last week about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)  and PIPA (Protect IP Act)  which have recently been dropped after massive internet protest, and now comes another global  movement that appear more dangerous. Here are some essential information and resources that you need to know about ACTA and how you can help.…

 

Simple writing productivity tools

“We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us” M. McLuhan

I believe that many of you who are professional bloggers, journalists, scientists, researchers, scholars, strive to become more productive and efficient writers.  Having in mind the fact that writing is one of my top five professional activities, I would like to share some of the simple and practical tools that I use in the writing process, and that can facilitate your productivity.…

 

“Focus on the User” searches entire Social Web within Google

A group of Facebook engineers, along with engineers from Twitter and My Space, have rebuilt Google’s new personalisation feature head on by offering a bookmarklet that integrates other social networks data from Social Web into searches.

The bookmarklet is called “Focus On The User” and compares Google’s recent Search Plus Your World to those that would be, the engineers say, more relevant.…

 

Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut

For Star Wars fans only: the crowd-sourced version of Star Wars is available online for your enjoyment this weekend.  The “Director’s Cut” is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire StarWarsUncut.com collection. StarWarsUncut.com won a 2010 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Fiction.…

 

Sharing Is Caring: Defend Our Freedom To Share (Or Why SOPA is a Bad Idea)

We wrote earlier this week about the 18 January blackout protests world wide of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act). Also, the international Global community reported about it, and TED has released a video of professor Clay Shirky called “Defend Our Freedom To Share (Or Why SOPA is a Bad Idea)”.…

 

English Wikipedia will go offline on Wednesday to protest against SOPA

Wikipedia, an online free-content encyclopedia, the largest self-organised and self-sustained collaboration system on the Internet, announced that the site will go down on January 18th for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, contemplated this idea earlier, but has had a final decision following the announcement that Reddit — the Web news and aggregation site — will black out its services in protest of online piracy bills on Janury 18th.…

 

What is the first thing you do when you sit down at the computer?

<a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/5837351/”>What is the *first* thing you do when you sit down at the computer?</a>

 

WWW12 Conference: Transformation of the Social Web

This year the World Wide Web conference (or WWW12) is taking place in Europe (Lyon, France) . It was first conceived as an idea in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Geneva while the first conference of the series was held in 1994.…

 
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