Entries for January 2007

January 31, 2007

Engineering Reality TV Program

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recognizes the importance of developing interest in engineering among today's youth. IEEE has invested in a reality TV program being developed by WGBH Boston (PBS). Design Squad will take the reality TV approach by following high school students through various design competitions.

Other major funding for Design Squad is provided by the National Science Foundation and the Intel Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Tyco Electronics, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, The Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, Noyce Foundation, Intel Corporation, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the IEEE.

[VIA: Engineering Education Gets Its Own Reality TV Show]

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January 30, 2007

In Memoriam - Paul Claspy

This is not my traditional postings, but it has great connection to the Kelvin Smith Library, physics, and electrical engineering here at Case. William Claspy works in KSL as the librarian for astronomy, chemistry, and library instruction.

From Case Daily - January 26, 2007:
Paul Claspy, alumnus and associate professor emeritus of electrical engineering and applied physics at Case Western Reserve University, died of complications from multiple myeloma on January 19 at the Renaissance Retirement Center in Olmsted Township. Prof. Claspy, who earned a Ph.D. (1970) in electrical engineering and applied physics from the School of Graduate Studies, was hired as a faculty member in 1973, retiring July 1, 1993. He received emeritus status in 1997. In addition to teaching, he was education director for Ohio Aerospace Institute. He married the former Lois Hoffman, who earned her master's in library science in 1958 from the former Western Reserve University School of Information and Library Science. She died in December, 2006. Survivors include daughters Jane Nesmith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ellen Vesey of Atlanta, Ga.; and son William Claspy (CWR '88, GRS '93, English) of Middleburg Heights, Ohio. To read more about Prof. Claspy, refer to Cleveland Plain Dealer article on January 23, 2007.

January 29, 2007

Conference - PolyImpact Northeast Ohio (PINO) 2007

The Macro Student Organization (MSO) of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering is organizing a one-day symposium on March 31 titled "PolyImpact Northeast Ohio" or PINO 2007. The symposium aims to provide a platform for senior undergraduates and graduate students in polymer-related research fields to present and communicate their research to peers and experts as well as experience a unique exposure to future career paths and opportunities in the polymer industry. The symposium will contain selected talks and poster presentations/competition from graduate researchers, expert talks from industry, a job fair, and a panel discussion on career opportunities for polymer students. Cash prizes awarded. The deadline for registration is January 31. To submit abstract and register or for other details, refer to http://polymers.case.edu/mso/PINO.

[VIA: Case Daily - January 29, 2007]

Yahoo Researchs RSS

Yahoo sponsored research shows that 31% of people on the Internet are using RSS feeds, but only 4% of the people realize it and 12% are roughly aware of RSS.

[VIA: AbsTracked: Yahoo! Says 31% of Internet Users Use RSS]

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January 28, 2007

First Embassy in Second Life

Sweden will become the first country to establish an official embassy presence within Second Life. What does this mean for non-participating libraries as government entities are now recognizing the possibilities within Second Life?

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Google and NASA Partnership

Google has signed an agreement with NASA. The Space Agreement Act will put "the most useful of NASA's information on the internet". Detailed 3D images of the Moon and Mars will soon be just a click away for web users.

Read the full article for more on Google Moon and Google Mars.

[VIA: BBC NEWS | Technology | Nasa and Google form cosmic union]

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January 17, 2007

Virtual ALA Washington Office

On January 9, 2007, the ALA Washington Office proudly announced the opening of its "virtual office" in the online environment Second Life.

One of the most popular sites on the Internet, Second Life is an online world - at www.secondlife.com - which people from all over the globe can interact. There are myriad locations and users navigate through them via their "avatar" - or, digital version of themselves.

The Washington Office is located in Cybrary City next to several other libraries. Cybrary City is one of several islands that librarians are using on Second Life to provide services to the users of this community. Traditional library services - such as collection building, reference, and community gathering - have all been incorporated in to this virtual world. More information on activities can be found at www.infoisland.org.

To visit the virtual Washington Office, simply visit the Second Life URL (SLURL) for the Washington Office.

At present, you can find the following items in the virtual office:

  • An introduction to the Washington Office;
  • Information on upcoming activities at Midwinter and National Library Legislation Day;
  • An interactive computer that will point users to ALA Washington online resources, including the District Dispatch podcast and blog;
  • A slideshow of office and staff.

[VIA: ALA January 10, 2007, Press Release]

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January 10, 2007

Second Life Librarians

I have been exploring Second Life much more recently.

The other night I stumbled across this meeting of Second Life Librarians. What energy and ideas this group had!

Meeting of Librarians in Second Life

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January 09, 2007

Norman Tien Named New Dean of Case School of Engineering

Norman Tien, the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Condensed Matter Physics at Case Western Reserve University, Nord Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Case School of Engineering, has been appointed the school's dean by Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., effective February 1. See full announcement for more information.

January 07, 2007

7th Annual Weblog Awards

Voting for the "bloggies" is taking place through Wednesday, January 10th at 10pm EST. There are a variety of categories to fit your favorite blogs into.

Lets see if some library blogs can make the list of winners!

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Do You Expect Photo Privacy on the Net

When you post pictures online, do you expect privacy or the ability to remain anonymous? I personally feel if you post online you waived all those expectations. The Internet is open to the world, so you will eventually be found by someone.

National Geographic News (January 5, 2007) reports that the ability to stay anonymous in photos is really changing in the near future. Currently, photos can only be searched by the words in the caption or filename. A company called Polar Rose plans to launch an Internet - based face recognition software that will be compatible with Flickr.

I agree that the software can be abused by the criminal element, potential employers reaching beyond traditional due diligence, or current employers monitoring the non-work activities of employers. I believe you go after the abusers and not the tools.

This tool will be powerful and very beneficial. Imagine searching for a lost child or a criminal on the run. Or, imagine being able to locate pictures others are posting of you. I think the benefits greatly outweigh the possible abuses. Besides, I will go back to my original statement - if you post on the Internet, you have already waived your rights to privacy.

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Learning 2.0 Webinar

Make sure to checkout Helene Blowers giving a free SirsiDynix Web Seminar called Learning 2.0: Make 'play' your New Year's resolution.

As the Nationwide insurance commercials taunt "life comes at you fast", it's time for librarians to jump into the knowledge pool of Web 2.0 technologies and discover how these tools are changing the way many library users communicate, collaborate and receive information. Helene Blowers, Technology Director for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County shares insights and best practices around the creation of Learning 2.0, an online self-discovery program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies (blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc.) and reward them for "play." Join us for this informative session and then think about adding another resolution to your personal New Year's list...cause it's true, life (as well as new technology) does come at you fast!

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Web 2.0 Participation

David Lee King has started an interesting series of blog entries about participation in a Web 2.0 environment. After introducing his thoughts about the types of participation, he invites participation to propose additional types of passive invitations. I "actively" invite you to join in.

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January 06, 2007

What Does Copyright and DMCA Mean in Virtual Environments?

A CNET News.com virtual interview with Anshe Chung, the Second Life's biggest land owner, was sabotaged by animated penises and pictures of the avatar's owner Ailin Graef. I guess this is the virtual world's equivalent of red spray paint on furs.

The incident may have long lasting ramifications in respect to copyright. The video of the virtual attack has been posted to YouTube and Google video. Snapshots have been published in newspapers. Graef has claimed copyrights violations under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) for those that have used the images of her avatar.

In the Second Life environment, no one argues against the fact that each person owns the copyright on anything they create. The media sources are claiming "fair use" for sharing the video. The CNET News.com article relates it to the same thing as a news cameraman filming an incident and the TV news showing it on the evening news.

I am in agreement with this theory. The virtual world is no different than the physical world. If you hold a press conference, video and/or pictures of the activity will be and should be shared. It appears Graef (Chung) is abusing DMCA in this situation.

January 03, 2007

Online Encyclopedia of Medical Images

Effective January 1st, the entire OhioLINK community has access to Images.MD.

Images.MD, the online encyclopedia of medical images, compiles more than 55,000 images from more than 90 collections ranging from allergy to urology, each accompanied by detailed and informative text contributed by more than 2,000 medical experts.

Members of OhioLink have free access to full-sized, high quality images in step with the latest developments in medicine. By filling out a simple registration form, you can also start your own image library, create PowerPoint® presentations of images in your library, and order customized CD-ROMs of your favorite slides.

January 02, 2007

DOPA Dies - This Time

Have you been following the discussions about the DOPA legislation (Deleting Online Predators Act)?

It easily passed the U.S. this summer, but its time has now passed. Many educators criticized the bill for being way to broad as it would have blocked many online resources and tools. This bill was very anti-Web 2.0 as it was originally designed. TeacherSource gives a great summary.