Wiki Upgrade

April 29, 2007 at 7:24 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I’ve made some major upgrades to the wiki – no pictures yet, though – I found out that the Library Instruction Wiki opted not to do document uploads of any kind. I’ll have to look into that, but for now the screenshots will have to wait until another day.

Secondly, I’ve added some consistent navigation elements to all the pages. I wish I had cascading stylesheets for the wiki – maybe that exists and I don’t know about it, or maybe it’s just something that can be done at the admin level. Regardless, the table of contents floats along with people wherever they go in the pages is on every page of the wiki now, giving a better level of navigation – you don’t have to click back to the main page every time to get to your next step.

I’ve also added some master lists to the start page, with all the 2.0 sites that I look at in the tutorials, as well as the main blogs that I draw from and a list of wikis and wiki software.

There’s also a huge, unsorted list of all the links in the whole site, a massive bibliography that’s just a huge mess at this point. I’ll try and annotate and order things a little better as time goes on. I wanted to put all these things on the main page so that it could remain a kind of “one-stop-shopping” spot for the wiki, without people having to click through to other pages for the things they want.

I’m also thinking that I need to talk a bit about Open Source as a concept, since Open Source software is behind many different social software applications, and makes a lot of 2.0 technologies possible.

Of course, if I add a section on Open Source, I’ll have to go through every single page and add navigation to it in the new navigation box… Oh well.

Check it out and see if it looks/feels better to you.

Oh, and I’m thinking about moving my Computer Classes At Any Library wiki into a WordPress Blog, so that I can upload photos. I guess that’s all part of 2.0 – finding the right tool for the job.


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April 27, 2007 at 8:10 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m trying out a new online video editing site, called Jumpcut.  It’s in Beta right now, it’s owned by Yahoo.  I’m still trying to figure out how to upload video, but It looks like a good tool for the wiki – it’s free, you make a profile, you can edit your video online and make little movies with your clips.  If it works, it’s brilliant!

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2.0 Wiki update

April 23, 2007 at 9:17 pm (Uncategorized)

Okay, so i got some feedback on ways to improve the wiki, and I broke each tutorial out into its own little page, with the main page being a short description and table of contents. Each tutorial has a navigation link back to the main page, but i don’t think i can create a sidebar for the whole wiki because i’m working inside the limitations of the Library Instruction Wiki. So at this point, I’m wondering how the navigation feels, and whether or not having everything broken out like that will feel better for people.

I like it a bit better because I feel a little more able to add extra things at the bottom of the page, to address FAQs or issues that might have come up with a program, or to add more links and references that people might want to check out.

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New Wiki

April 23, 2007 at 2:53 am (Uncategorized)

Okay, I’m back. That took about 30 minutes, but now I have a really basic outline in wiki form of my next wiki project, called (for now) “Computer Classes At Any Library – We Hope.

No pictures yet.

I like wikis.  They’re fun.

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Back again again

April 23, 2007 at 2:24 am (Uncategorized)

Well, I got back from vacation and then I got sick.  What’s a feller to do?  I’m back again, though and things should be back on an even keel again.  Hopefully.  Here are some updates:

The wiki is at a good spot.  I feel like I could keep expanding it, but I’d rather focus now on making it really tight and adaptable.  I’m not sure how I’m going to go about that yet without some sort of feedback from readers or users.  That could take a while, but I have some avenues of research.

I’ve created profiles all over the place, and I’m looking at more new social networking and social searching and social everything sites all the time.

I’m going to start working on a new project pretty soon, maybe a more elaborate wiki page (with pictures!) to address the myriad questions and concerns librarians everywhere have regarding the question of how to offer computer classes to their patrons and staff.  Any good links/articles/ideas, just pass them along to me, or wait until the wiki gets started, and add your own content!

That’s about it for the moment.

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April 15, 2007 at 7:00 pm (Blog Reviews, Library 2.0)

Just a quick note – Infodoodads had a post about Kaboodle – a shopping social bookmarking site.  It’s great.  I now have a list of “If I Had A Million Dollars,” and “Video Games To Buy,” which is a big help.  It’s a great way to keep track of products of all kinds – it keeps track of where you found the products on your list, but it’s also nice to just have the list, and be able to add to it with the click of a button.  So sweet.  There’s a link to my profile over in the Profiles, under “Kaboodle.”  Obviously.

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Global Voices Online

April 15, 2007 at 6:53 pm (Blog Reviews)

Global Voices Online aggregates blog posts from around the world, organizing them into a vast array of categories, by topic and region. You can try and get all their news, but it’s a lot of posts – i find it works better if you subscribe to a feed to a topic of interest, or a location of interest to you. I currently subscribe to the Media RSS feed, which gathers blog posts from all over the world about reporters, bloggers, and media-type people, and what is happening to them or because of them. One of my favorite posts from this blog is about a man in China who bought a home only to have the land sold out from beneath him. He refused to move, even when all the ground around his house was dug away.  Great pictures, as well and an interesting story.

If you go to the main site at Global Voices Online, there are a couple of drop down menus where you can pick a specific topic or geographic region, and read posts. It’s a nice clean site, and having some news from beyond my usual realm of thinking helps me stay aware of the varying perspectives and issues around the world that don’t make it into the mainstream media.

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Blog Review #2

April 12, 2007 at 8:59 pm (Uncategorized)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a group that keeps track of misuses of copyright and digital rights laws, and brings suit against companies or agencies that try to misuse these laws. If you’re interested in copyright laws, and what’s going on with things like the DMCA, or what the RIAA has tried lately, then check out their RSS feed, which sends out news items about what the EFF is doing.

I like this feed because it’s not super busy – one or two posts a day, average. It’s less like a personal blog, and more like a news story on a specific topic, which is a nice counter to some of the more pellmell blogs that i read. I like to keep track of these issues, and having EFF’s breaking news piped in to my computer makes it easy to see what’s happening.

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Wiki stuff

April 12, 2007 at 4:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, as you probably know, I started this blog as an offshoot of building the Library 2.0 In 15 Minutes A Day wiki, which is still a work in progress, but getting close to a good and happy place.

Strangely, the last two days have brought odd edits to the page – someone is logging on with random strings of letters and editing out the second half of the page. It took me a minute the first time to figure out how to restore it, so that was no problem – it just makes me wonder what’s going on. If it’s a person, then that’s pretty lame. If it’s a program of some kind, then it must be searching for something. Both times, the page has been cut off at the same spot, in the middle of a sentence describing Feedster. So, as an experiment, I cut out the portion on Feedster. Here it is:

[ Feedster]

Feedster lets you search for feeds in three categories: news, blogs & podcasts.

The cut was after “blogs” and before “& podcasts.”

So we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

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Back again

April 9, 2007 at 7:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I’m back.

I just got accepted to Ars Technica, so I’ll give them another shot in the interest of gaining knowledge.

I was also thinking about figuring out a little more about Gaia Online – it’s quite popular with the young folks, so it’s probably good for us librarians to know about it. Of course, i have an account there, so I’ll put a link to it in the sidebar.  Check out the skeleton pants!

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