Entries in "Audio & Video" ( for this category only)

Pull the Curtains on Google Video

Google Video is being shut down and people must rescue their content by May 13, 2011. Not a surprising development since Google bought YouTube several years ago.

Google Video Shutting Down; Rescue Your Orphaned Videos Before 5/13 - How-To Geek ETC

EPA’s 48-Hour Burn Wise Video Contest

Source: EPA website

Coming Soon: EPA’s 48-Hour Burn Wise Video Contest Help protect your community from wood smoke pollution

Release date: 03/11/2010

Contact Information: Dave Ryan Ryan.Dave@epa.gov 202-564-7827 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a video contest for professional and amateur filmmakers on Burn Wise, the agency’s campaign to help citizens reduce pollution from their fireplaces and other wood-burning appliances. With the theme “Learn Before You Burn,” the winning 30- or 60-second videos will promote responsible wood-burning techniques that can help citizens save money while making the air healthier to breathe.

Wood smoke is made up of a mixture of gases and fine particle pollution that isn’t healthy to breathe iidoors or out – especially for children, older adults and people with heart disease, asthma or other lung diseases.

Each video must cover three basic steps: what to burn (only dry seasoned wood), how to burn it (maintain a small, hot fire) and what to burn it in (an EPA-approved wood-burning appliance that you have maintained each year). For the safety of the filmmakers, no real flames may be used in the videos.

Anyone can enter (children under 18 must get parental permission). Winners will receive cash awards, and their videos will be provided to television stations as public service announcements. Prizes are as follows: first place, $2,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500 and viewers’ choice, a $250 U.S. Savings Bond.

Here’s how the contest will work: Some information is available to help filmmakers get started right now on the contest Web site. Then, at noon EST Friday, April 9, EPA will reveal three mystery criteria that must be included in the videos on the contest Web site. Final videos must be uploaded to EPA’s YouTube channel within 48 hours -- by noon EST Sunday, April 11. Viewers will vote on their favorite video via YouTube.

Informational video and more on how to participate in the contest: http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/contest.html

For updates on the contest, follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/epaburnwise

Music Tracks Recorded on iPhone

Are you amazed how much you can do with each new generation of phone compared the even the computers of a decade ago. Here is another one of those moments delivered by the iPhone. The music group The 88 recorded one of their songs using a iPhone application.

Sheep as Art

What can sheep and LED lights create? You will be amazed.

No Cookies on YouTube

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that a North Carolina Girl Scout was banned from selling cookies on YouTube.

I understand the safety issues, but the "fairness for all girls" is a stretch. I understand not everyone has access to technology or resources, but it seems like a shame to hold people back in the idea of fairness. Countries, organizations, and people that are willing to try things for the benefit of everyone rather than waiting for everyone to try it will move forward in today's society.

NanoTube Contest - What is "Nano" ?

From the ACS Nanotation NanoTube webpage:

The concept of "nano" has captured the interest and excitement of researchers and science-enthusiasts alike, but the question remains - what is "nano"? How is "nano" best visualized? Where is "nano" headed? Send us your ideas in the form of an original creative video and you could win $500 in cash!

Video submissions will be accepted from January 5 - March 15, 2009. Videos are limited to 3 minutes or less, and will be judged on creativity, scientific clarity of explanation, originality and quality of the video. Entrants are encouraged to submit their videos early, since early submissions will have the best chance to accumulate a greater number of votes.

Visit the website to submit a video, vote for your favorite, or see the rules.

“hi-fi sci-fi library” video

From the Libraryman Blog check out the story behind this video looking to the future of technology in libraries.

It is catchy. (Does that make me a nerd?)

The People of Web 2.0

I have given dozens of presentations and led many discussions on web 2.0 for various audiences. In addition, I teach a 2-day workshop for the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science so that future librarians are not afraid to "play" in this user-generated social web environment.

If you talk to anyone associated with one of my activities, I focus the discussions on people rather than the tools. I show the tools and the students play, but we also come back around to the user of the tool on the other end of the 'net. The tools come and go with no rhyme or reason, but the pull of people is driven by specific needs and desires! I feel for librarians and information professionals to be equal partners in the new web phenomena, we must understand the human drive or addiction to the social web.

I have seen the first talk/presentation/movie that really highlights the points I try to make. I am sure this video collaboration led my Dr. Michael Wesch does it much more eloquently than my attempts.

Anyone that wants to understand the viral nature of the web must watch this presentation. It is almost an hour but it beats any prime-time reality TV show I have seen recently.

By the way...
He talks about "gaming the system" where the middle frame of your video becomes the thumbnail that everyone sees. After watching this movie, you have to ask yourself did he purposely use the kids to drive traffic? Hmmm?

I thank Bill Claspy my colleague in the Kelvin Smith Library for making sure on added this to my consumption of everything web 2.0.

Citricon: Library Defender

The Orange County Library System (Orlando, Florida) has created its own game to promote its gaming activities for patrons.

It also created a video on YouTube to promote it.

Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Here is an example of science on YouTube - tour of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. YouTube has become so mainstream it is nice to see educational and informative videos like this mixed in with all the humor, video blogs, birthday parties, and other uses of YouTube.

SPARC Video Contest

Check out this video contest!

SPARC Announces Mind Mashup:
A Video Contest to Showcase Student Views on Information Sharing

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and Documentary Filmmaker Peter Wintonick Among Judges Selecting $1,000 Prize Winner

Washington, DC - July 25, 2007 - SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the launch of the first annual SPARC Discovery Awards, a contest to promote the open exchange of information. Mind Mashup, the theme of the 2007 contest, calls on entrants to illustrate in a short video the importance of sharing ideas and information of all kinds. Mashup is an expression referring to a song, video, Web site or software application that combines content from more than one source.

Consistent with SPARC's mission as an international alliance of academic and research libraries promoting the benefits of information sharing, the contest encourages new voices to join the public discussion of information policy in the Internet age. Designed for adoption as a college or high school class assignment, the SPARC Discovery Awards are open to anyone over the age of 15.

Contestants are asked to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively show the benefits of bringing down barriers to the open exchange of information. Submissions will be judged by a panel that includes:

  • Aaron Delwiche, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas
  • José-Marie Griffiths, Professor & Dean at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rick Johnson, communications consultant and founding director of SPARC
  • Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
  • Karen Rustad, president of Free Culture 5C and a senior at Scripps College majoring in media studies
  • Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  • Peter Wintonick, award-winning documentary filmmaker and principal of Necessary Illusions Productions Inc.

"I'm very proud to be judging this contest," said Karen Rustad. "When it comes to debates over Internet information policy, students are usually subjects for study or an object for concern. I can't wait to see what my contemporaries have to say about mashup culture and open access to information once they're given the mike -- or, rather, the camera."

The contest takes as its inspiration a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."

Submissions must be received by December 2, 2007. Winners - including a first-place winner and two runners up - will be announced in January 2008. The winner will receive $1,000 and a "Sparky Award." The runners up will each receive $500. Winning entries will be publicly screened at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in January 2008 in Philadelphia and will be prominently featured in SPARC's international advocacy and campus education activities.

For further details, please see the contest Web site at http://sparkyawards.org.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC is a founding member of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition of patient, academic, research, and publishing organizations that supports open public access to the results of federally funded research - including research funded by the National Institutes of Health. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/.

Copyright Explained the Disney Way

What a great way to demonstrate and explain fair use.

The Hollywood Librarian

The trailer is out for the new movie called the Hollywood Librarian. In addition, there is a related Facebook group and a formal website.

Video: Shift Happens

I love this video clip. It makes you really wonder what the future holds!

glumbert.com - Shift Happens

Increase in Teens Buying Books

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports teens are buying books at the highest rate in decades. They specifically suggest web 2.0 applications have created a marketing wave among the new generation and libraries have become more accepting to teen input. The article highlights YouTube, MySpace, and teen advisory groups in libraries.

New Workshop - Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian 2.0

I am getting ready to teach a new workshop at Kent State University School of Library & Information Science. The response for the first offering was amazing - 24 at the Main campus and another 9 at Ohio State (distance location of the Kent program). I am really looking for the chance for a large group to "play" with all these tools.

Students will discover how libraries are using Web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, RSS feeds, wikis, social communities, podcasts, and various mash-ups, to give library users increased ownership in their library interactions. Students will investigate the major principles and applications, while developing an understanding of the library-specific issues. Topics of discussion may include privacy, trust or abuse of these technologies, policy considerations, factors to implementation, and optimization in the library environment. In addition, students will look at how users are creating tools to supplement and/or replace their experience with libraries.
Check out the Squidoo page I set up for the workshop. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please share.

The students for their final project will practice by using blogs, wikis, or other tools to create a web 2.0 environment for one of three scenarios - an existing or fictional library, employee training, or a virtual environment for a specific class or employer project. They will have a chance to keep it private on a library school run server or use one of the many free web-based applications. I am giving them the choice. If any of them decide to go public, I will share the results here.

March of the Librarians

Did you see the YouTube video about the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle? March of the Librarians documents the other side of the happenings.

Continue reading "March of the Librarians"

Video: Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Want to summarize Web 2.0 in under 5 minutes - this YouTube video does just that.

Even better check out the same video using a website called mojiti. It allows a user to annotate and comment within the video. The author of the original video posted it and said give me your thoughts. How Web 2.0 of him/her!

New Audiobook Format

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has been running a series of articles about a new audiobook format, called Playaway. This new format is a self-contained audiobook about the size of a cassette tape. It is battery-driven and offers the ability to control the speed of the narration and place a bookmark. Currently, the prices range from the $30-55, with the next version (already being designed) expected to fall between $20-30. Alternatively, this format may be offered to companies that want to give customers a preprogrammed selection of music, stories, or product information (such as car dealers). So far, the sales have been slow in bookstores but higher sales have been experienced in airports. Vending machine sales are being considered as well.