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Beth's Blog

  • NEW!Social Media, Networks, and Data in Patient Healthcare Networks
    Last week, I had the honor of participating on a keynote panel at Celgene Corporation’s Patient Partners annual meeting ahead of the ASCO Conference (ASCO is a professional oncology society committed to conquering cancer through research, educatio…
    - 23 hours ago, 1 Jun 15, 4:20pm -
  • Methods and Metrics for Assessing Civic Tech
    Note from Beth: My colleagues at Network Impact have released an important report about measuring and evaluating “civic tech” based on their experience working with Knight Foundation grantees.     It goes beyond just analytics tools to explori…
    - 6 days ago, 27 May 15, 4:36pm -
  • The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes
    Last week, Andrea Kihlstedt and I did a reprise of our Guidestar webinar, “Healthy and Productive Meetings” as a learning session for Guidestar staff.     Guidestar has multiple office locations, so this session was done as a virtual meeting u…
    - 7 days ago, 26 May 15, 7:21pm -
  • My Most Engaged Follower On Twitter Is @JenniferPreston
    My most engaged follower on Twitter this past week is Jennifer Preston.  I know why Jennifer, who is the VP at the Knight Foundation is one of my engaged followers this week.   Earlier this week I was in Miami to do a social media pre-workshop at…
    - 12 days ago, 21 May 15, 5:28pm -
  • What I Learned From @Sree Sreenivasan Chief Digital Officer of @MetMuseum
    I just spent two days in Miami at the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar where I co-facilitate a pre-conference workshop on leading on social channels with Amy Gahran and Stephanie Rudat.   But I also got an opportunity to finally hear the ke…
    - 13 days ago, 20 May 15, 10:51am -

Social Media and Cultural Communication

BEYONDbones

  • NEW!Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 6/1-6/7
    Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!   Xplorations Summer Science Adventures Begin Monday, June 1st Xplorations Summer Science Adventures…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jun 15, 1:00am -
  • Stay cool in the rainforest: summer events unfold at the Cockrell Butterfly Center
    Summer is here and the kids are out of school, so what better time to escape the heat and join us here at HMNS for some cool and educational arthropod experiences! The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be welcoming back a … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 30 May 15, 11:00am -
  • Memorial Day Floods: a natural phenomenon
    Flooding changed the face of Houston Monday and Tuesday, turning the peaceful bayou into a raging torrent swelling beyond its banks, spilling over major highways and washing into communities where it did its worst damage. Busy roads turned into lakes…
    - 4 days ago, 29 May 15, 7:51pm -
  • Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/25-5/31
    Edit: Due to inclement weather and flooding throughout Houston, “Sustainable Seas” and “How to Clone a Mammoth” lectures were both canceled this week. HMNS will reschedule “Sustainable Seas” for another date in the future, to be determine…
    - 9 days ago, 25 May 15, 1:00am -

Electric Archaeology

  • NEW!Field Notes from a Virtual Unconference
      I’ll write something with a bit more substance and reflection in due course, but we’ve just ended the first ever archaeogaming virtual unconference. Total bill: catering: $0 space rental: $0 airfare: $0 hotel: $0 registration fee: $0. Time spe…
    - 21 hours ago, 1 Jun 15, 6:40pm -
  • NEW!working with vuforia unity plugin for augmented reality
    Notes to self: – working on Mac. -install vuforia plugin for unity -followed this: http://developer.vuforia.com/library/articles/Solution/Compiling-a-Simple-Unity-Project -this post is handy too. http://www.marcofolio.net/other/introduction_into_…
    - 3 days ago, 30 May 15, 8:27pm -
  • Problems with low-friction AR
    Ok. I’ve had a bit of feedback from folks. The issues seem to be: audio doesn’t always load locations don’t always trigger Those are two big issues. I’m not entirely sure what to do about them. I just spun up a story that takes place around t…
    - 7 days ago, 26 May 15, 4:42pm -
  • On haunts & low-friction AR – thinking out loud
    The frightening news is that we are living in a story. The reassuring part is that it’s a story we’re writing ourselves. Alas, though, most of us don’t even know it – or are afraid to accept it. Never before did we have so much access to the…
    - 8 days ago, 25 May 15, 6:06pm -
  • Low Friction Augmented Reality
    Maybe you’ve thought, ‘Augmented reality – meh’. I’ve thought that too. Peeping through my tablet or phone’s screen at a 3d model displayed on top of the viewfinder… it can be neat, but as Stu wrote years ago, [with regard to ‘Streetm…
    - 13 days ago, 21 May 15, 1:22am -

Digitization 101

  • CILDC & LARC Wrap-up: Innovation, Implementation & Change
    In  seven day period in April, I moderated a track the Computers in Libraries Conference and then spoke at the biennial conference for the Library Association of Rockland County (NY) (LARC).  I also was in the same hotel as President Obama, who was…
    - 13 days ago, 20 May 15, 1:00pm -
  • LARC: Creating Sparks that Light Our Profession
    Today (April 30) I gave the keynote address for the Library Association of Rockland County (NY) bi-annual conference in Suffern, NY.  Below is the description of my talk and my written text.  While I didn't give the talk exactly as written (in fact…
    - 23 days ago, 10 May 15, 11:27pm -
  • BYOD, Digital Literacy & Those That Are Left Behind [Movement 3]
    Last fall (Oct. 9, 2014), I gave the keynote at the Polaris Users Group meeting in Liverpool, NY.  I am finally posting my keynote text (as written) here in four blog posts - four movements.  Below is Movement 3.By the way, I've added photos to the…
    - 23 days ago, 10 May 15, 11:26pm -
  • BYOD, Digital Literacy & Those That Are Left Behind [Movement 2]
    Last fall (Oct. 9, 2014), I gave the keynote at the Polaris Users Group meeting in Liverpool, NY.  I am finally posting my keynote text (as written) here in four blog posts - four movements.  Below is Movement 2.By the way, I've added photos to the…
    - 23 days ago, 10 May 15, 11:26pm -
  • BYOD, Digital Literacy & Those That Are Left Behind [Movement 1]
    Last fall (Oct. 9, 2014), I gave the keynote at the Polaris Users Group meeting in Liverpool, NY.  I am finally posting my keynote text (as written) here in four blog posts.  The keynote, as you will read, was structured into four movements, like a…
    - 23 days ago, 10 May 15, 11:26pm -

Media/Anthropology

  • Barcelona’s local elections in the global spotlight
    Update 1 June 2015 Seguir fluyendo – 24M: Una victoria del 15M. Carta abierta a lxs compañerxs de Podemos (in Spanish) [The flow must go on – 24M [local elections in Spain]: A 15M [indignados] victory. An open letter to our Podemos colleagues] h…
    - 4 days ago, 29 May 15, 2:28pm -
  • 20. Hacking politics: civic struggles to politicize technologies
    This is the 20th of 42 posts in the ongoing Freedom technologists series. By Sebastian Kubitschko via Civic Media Project Despite the longstanding equating of hacking as infused with political significance, the scope and style of hackers’ engagemen…
    - 31 days ago, 2 May 15, 4:33am -
  • 19. Freedoms and liberties in anthropological perspective
    This is nineteenth post in the Freedom technologists series. Republished from St Andrews Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies. The Centre is pleased to announce a forthcoming conference on Liberties and Freedoms organised with the assistance of the Ladisl…
    - 42 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:46am -
  • 18. Political technologists and civil society
    By Muzammil M. Hussain This is the eighteenth post in the Freedom technologists series. The following are some passages taken (with permission) from chapter 4 of Hussain, M. M. (2014). Securing Technologies of Freedom after the Arab Spring: Policy En…
    - 43 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 9:31am -
  • 17. Digital rights in Southeast Asia and beyond: a review of RightsCon 2015
    Update 1 April 2015: See also PDF version. Last week I was in Manila to attend the 4th meeting of the RightsCon series, held on 24-25 March 2015. This series of conferences seeks ‘to advance solutions to human rights challenges by concentrating on…
    - 63 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 2:45pm -

Matt's Sci/Tech Blog

  • A science writer at Denver ComiCon
    OK, so I'm not just a science writer. but a general nerd, and Denver ComiCon is a don't miss item on my calendar.  I dress as my favorite literary character, wizard Harry Dresden.  All being Harry requires is:Black duster (I need a longer one to ge…
    - 9 days ago, 24 May 15, 10:21pm -
  • God, science, and John Glenn
    One of my personal heroes is astronaut / fighter pilot / Senator John Glenn.  Now he's encapsulated my own beliefs precisely in this article:Glenn from space: "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.…
    - 13 days ago, 20 May 15, 2:31pm -
  • Under the sea - a creature from another time
    OK, so it's not really a "living fossil." But that other overused term, "missing link," has some utility here.  Two billion years ago, microbes with a nucleus and other changes from the bacteria and the archaea evolved, and, as this article explain…
    - 23 days ago, 10 May 15, 9:43pm -
  • Great Whites... and REALLY Great Whites
    Everyone's fascinated by the great white shark, a beast that can be 7m long and can (and has) put humans on its menu on occasion. It is the largest and, in some ways, most evolved of a line that goes back 400 million years. Sharks outlasted the migh…
    - 31 days ago, 2 May 15, 6:54pm -
  • Books and Writers and stuff
    If you want to write, or if you already write but want to get better, or if you just want to have a great time with other writers - Pikes Peak Writers Conference is the place.  It offers workshops, panels, speakers, and classes for every type of wri…
    - 34 days ago, 29 Apr 15, 3:18pm -

Agogified

Idea.org

  • Gender role literacy: Girls in science?
    There are gender wars, and then there are casualties. It wasn’t until 2011 that the behemoth toymaker LEGO acknowledged girls’ desire to build with bricks, even though the company had long before made a seemingly effortless pivot to co-branding,…
    - 5 Mar 14, 6:35pm -
  • Challenges of crowdsourcing: Analysis of Historypin
    Crowdsourcing can build virtual community, engage the public, and build large knowledge databases about science and culture. But what does it take, and how fast can you grow? For some insight, we look at a crowdsourced history site: Historypin is an…
    - 9 Dec 13, 3:36pm -
  • Dinovember: Creative literacy starts young
    “Uh-oh,” Refe Tuma heard his girls whisper. “Mom and Dad are not going to like this.” It’s Dinovember, and his family’s plastic dinosaurs have been getting into mischief all month. Every year, Tuma and his wife devote the month of Novem…
    - 18 Nov 13, 5:01pm -
  • Drones put a face on nature and culture
    A new generation of small video cameras and consumer robotic helicopters make amazing video shots possible. Stick your phone on a drone for enchanting views of the natural world, architecture, museums, and more. Here’s a cool new video flying a dro…
    - 1 Nov 13, 4:38pm -
  • What are the most important articles in Wikipedia?
    Wikipedia has 4,362,397 articles in English.  But how many of those are seriously encyclopedic, and what are the most important articles? We’ve been looking closely at Wikipedia for an upcoming app. We wanted to know the most important articles.…
    - 29 Oct 13, 4:25am -

Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • Distillations Podcast: Acts of God, Acts of Men
    Mother Nature can do a lot of damage. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts destroy...
    - 6 days ago, 27 May 15, 4:59pm -
  • George M. Whitesides is widely considered one of the most...
    George M. Whitesides is widely considered one of the most influential chemists living today. Last fall, Distillations talked to the Harvard professor about his use of biophysics, molecular electronics, microfluidics, and soft robotics to create pract…
    - 13 days ago, 20 May 15, 4:56pm -
  • Allergies to natural latex affect about 3 million Americans....
    Allergies to natural latex affect about 3 million Americans. Life can be complicated for those people when they have to stay in hospitals where gloves, syringes, bandages, and intravenous tubes usually contain natural rubber. These folks also have to…
    - 18 days ago, 15 May 15, 3:16pm -
  • CHF Museum Dance-Off 2015
    Our museum just won the Judge’s Choice for Best Mission Narrative at the Museum Dance-Off Video...
    - 21 days ago, 12 May 15, 6:53pm -
  • othmeralia:othmeralia:Selections from 1944 and 1945 editions...
    othmeralia:othmeralia:Selections from 1944 and 1945 editions of the Hercules Powder Company employee newsletter, The Hercules Mixer, honoring employees serving in the armed forces and Hercules’ contributions of the war effort. Happy Vete…
    - 25 days ago, 8 May 15, 8:18pm -