The latest Educause Live event, planned for Thursday August 2, is a talk by UC Davis CIO Peter Siegel on Cyberinfrastructure: A Campus Perspective on What It Is and Why You Should Care.
CI, as it is known, is gathering quite a head of steam since the NSF published its first report in 2003. Since then 27 related reports have been released by others on CI and its impacts on different disciplines, including NSF's own succinct and polished Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery.
And stay tuned: Academic Commons will be presenting a special issue on Cyberinfrastructure and the Liberal Arts this fall.
The Ohio State University Press announced that to better serve its mission, it will be making books available online in PDF form for free.
There are currently fifty titles available for non-commercial use.
The Sistine Chapel was built in the 15th century and is decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo and other great painters of the Italian Renaissance.
In this Second Life recreation, the interior is depicted in great detail, while the exterior is an approximation. Unlike in the real-life chapel, here you can fly up to the top of a wall for a close inspection, look down at the inlaid floor, or even sit on a window ledge!
The lower tier of the chapel normally displays panels with painted draperies. On special occasions, these panels are covered with tapestries designed by Raphael. Here, you can click to show or hide the tapestries whenever you want.
Tired of trying to send links to colleagues and students via email and having them break because of the length of the URL? TinyURL
is a nifty service that tames beastly URLs. Put in a long URL and
presto! A tiny URL comes out the other end. They also have a nifty Firefox plugin that
allows you to accomplish the same task without ever having to go to the
TinyURL site. Of course it would be better if everyone stopped creating
such awful URLs in the first place, but in the mean time, this is a
handy way to provide links deep into impenetrable websites.
We pass along this call for papers which has appeared on a number of listservs...
CHArt (Computers and the History of Art)
23rd Annual Conference
DIGITAL ARCHIVE FEVER
Thursday 8 - Friday 9 November 2007
London England - Venue to be confirmed
Museums, galleries, archives, libraries and media organisations such as publishers and film and broadcast companies, have traditionally mediated and controlled access to cultural resources and knowledge. What is the future of such "top-down" institutions in the age of "bottom-up" access to knowledge and cultural artifacts through what is generally known as Web 2.0 (encompassing YouTube, Bittorrent, Napster, Wikipedia, Google, MySpace and more)? Will such institutions respond to this threat to their cultural hegemony by resistance or adaptation? How can a museum or a gallery or, for that matter, a broadcasting company, appeal to an audience which has unprecedented access to cultural resources? How can institutions predicated on a cultural economy of scarcity compete in an emerging state of cultural abundance?