On this week's podcast, we were lucky to have a live link to Liam Wyatt in Alexandria, Egypt. Liam is a co-host of Wikipedia Weekly and was attending Wikimania 2008. Tom, Mills, and I covered Wikipedia in the very first episode of Digital Campus, and if anything it has become an even hotter topic on … Continue reading Digital Campus #30 – Live From Egypt!
We're excited to have two terrific guests on the podcast this week, Sunil Iyengar of the National Endowment for the Arts and Matt Kirschenbaum of the University of Maryland. Sunil and Matt debate the NEA's recent report, To Read or Not To Read, which generated a lot of headlines and hand-wringing when it was released … Continue reading Digital Campus #21 – To Read or Not To Read
What would you do with a million digital books? That's the intriguing question this month's D-Lib Magazine asked its contributors, as an exercise in understanding what might happen when massive digitization projects from Google, the Open Content Alliance, and others reach their fruition. I was lucky enough to be asked to write one of the … Continue reading What Would You Do With a Million Books?
In my post "Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica for Digital Research", I asked you to compare two lists of significant keywords and phrases, derived from matching articles on George H. W. Bush in Wikipedia and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Which one is a better keyword profile—a data mining list that could be used to find other documents … Continue reading Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica Keyword Shootout Results
In a prior post I argued that the recent coverage of Wikipedia has focused too much on one aspect of the online reference source's openness—the ability of anyone to edit any article—and not enough on another aspect of Wikipedia's openness—the ability of anyone to download or copy the entire contents of its database and use … Continue reading Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica for Digital Research
With all of the hoopla over Wikipedia in the recent weeks (covered in two prior posts), most of the mainstream as well as tech media coverage has focused on the openness of the democratic online encyclopedia. Depending on where you stand, this openness creates either a Wild West of publishing, where anything goes and facts … Continue reading The Wikipedia Story That’s Being Missed
I'm currently working on an article for D-Lib Magazine explaining in greater depth how some of my tools that use search engine APIs work (such as the Syllabus Finder and H-Bot). These APIs, such as the services from Google and Yahoo, allow somewhat more direct access to mammoth web databases than you can get through … Continue reading Alexa Web Search Platform Debuts