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Rebecca Lee

Open Access Week: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia - 0 views

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    I attended one of the events during Open Access Week about the future of libraries and Wikipedia. Jake Orlowitz, recipient of a Wikimedia Foundation Individual Engagement Grant, spoke about "The Wikipedia Library." The Wikipedia Library was a new project he founded in 2012 for the goal of connecting Wikipedia editors with the reliable information sources they need. In the first part of his presentation, he discussed much of what wikipedia is and how it is run. He basically summed up much of what most people don't know about wikipedia and a lot of assumptions that people make about how unreliable information on wikipedia is. Then he went on to discuss more about the wikipedia library and how it would benefit wikipedia editors with vital current reliable sources that they need to do their work. I thought the presentation given by the presenter was very informative and interesting. I learned more about wikipedia and how its more useful than I thought. The most interesting point he raised during his presentation were the benefits of the Wikipedia Library. The thought of connecting university libraries with the wikipedia library will present students and many others information that is reliable and easy to access. Many scholarly articles and information from databases we usually have to pay for will be available for universities to provide students at a much lower cost.
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    Thanks, Rebecca. I'll add 5 points to your Exam 2 grade.
Amanda French

As We May Think - 0 views

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    An article often cited as "inventing" the web, or at least the idea of it. Vannevar Bush worked in information intelligence during the Second World War, and his work in that field led him to conceive of a better way of finding and managing information. I don't know that the web has really solved that, though!
Gordon Hall

How To Build A Basic Web Crawler To Pull Information From A Website (Part 1) - 0 views

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    This a great website not only describing how web crawlers work, but how you can create on your own. Descriptions and pictures really help to create one if your stuck too.
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    That is a good tutorial -- thanks, Gordon. My own PHP skills are good enough to build this, though at the moment I don't need to. I had forgotten the synonym "scrapers," too. Useful quotation: "One typical task that Google performs is to pull all the links from a page and see which sites they are endorsing."
cmarion2

Say No to Google: Alternative Search Engines - 1 views

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    This article describes the benefits of search engine alternatives to the mighty Google. In doing so, it also reveals how much information Google keeps on you every time you do a search. 
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    after reading this article my first thought was "Awesome, new sites I can Google on!"
Ellie Cattle

Coin » Use One Coin for All of Your Cards - 0 views

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    Sorry if this double-posts, I had to switch windows.

    So this is less "internet" and more "tech innovation", but it was so cool I just had to share it.

    This company has developed a piece of hardware (shaped exactly like a credit card), that can actually be swiped in credit card machines, that holds all of your personal credit, debit, and gift card information. You switch between cards using a button on the device, you add them to the card via a phone app and an attached card swiper, and as it's linked to your phone, it'll alert you if you get too far away from the card (in the case of leaving it on a table and walking away, or forgetting your wallet on the way out of the house, for example).
Natalie Niemeyer

Why Your Brain Craves Infographics - 0 views

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    This infographic explains why the brain finds it easier to read information presented in this way. Every day, we're exposed to more information than ever before and visuals help our brain process everything.
Lauren McDonald

Unusual Wikipedia Articles - 0 views

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    This is the Wikipedia page that has all of the unusual wikipedia articles information on it. I found a lot of this information to be very interesting and unique. Enjoy.
Rebecca Lee

Using Diigo to Collect, Highlight, Annotate, and Share Web Pages - Part 1 - 0 views

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    An interesting article that shows how you can use Diigo effectively to collect information and bits of information from many different webpages in an organized way. The article presents some questions to think about when doing web research and how we can use tools such as Diigo to aid in gathering a large amount of information in one place. It also explains more in depth what Professor French has told the class regarding Diigo.
Gordon Hall

Directory vs. Folder - 1 views

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    This link gives information on the difference between a directory and a folder. The reason I found this link so useful was because it outlines the difference between the two for Mac and PC users.
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    Congratulations, Gordon, on being the very first to post! :)

    I will say I'm not very impressed with the link, though -- it's a bit fuzzy on whether there is or is not a difference between a directory and a folder, except in a technical sense on Windows Vista. (I'd argue that in general there isn't, though I grant you there are special cases.) And you can't tell who wrote that piece, and it comes from the support database of a particular software company rather than from a site that's dedicated to explanations / teaching / learning / education. At least Wikipedia is deliberately trying to educate people, and it's better on this issue, I'd say, and provides a clearer argument that a directory is something structural in an OS whereas a folder is a visual "metaphor" for a collection of files, which may or may not be an actual directory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directory_(computing)#Folder_metaphor
Jimin Kwon

Broadbands Internet Speeds Explained - 0 views

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    What does "High Speed Internet" mean exactly? This article gives you detailed information about the speed of the internet we use everyday and what speed would be the right choice for ourselves. According to the article, "80 percent of broadband users in the United States don't know don't know what speed they are paying for". If you were one of those, you would probably want to go click "Alternative Broadband Speed Test" on the second page of the article and check yours today!
Stephanie Sanlorenzo

The Oldest Webpage Currently On The Internet - 2 views

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    As the title says, this is the oldest site online. It uses hypertext and uses links within the text to browse information. It is a very basic, black and white site that really shows how far we have come since then.
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    That is great, Stephanie! ibiblio.org is one of my favorite sites -- it's run by the library and information school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and it has a fair amount of tech history. It's similar in some ways to archive.org. I'm curious: how did you find it?
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    I actually found it through a BBC article a few months back.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22652675
    The site I posted is not the original but is a copy of the original that Tim Berners-Lee kept.
James Hemdal

Simple Tips on Various Topics - 0 views

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    There is information here covering everything from keyboard shortcuts to virus protection. There is even information about physical hardware protection.
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    That's a great site, James -- definitely some useful info there, and it's very clear. I like that there's a Computer "Word of the Day"! Wish it had an RSS feed or Twitter account. :)
Lauren McDonald

Internet VS Web - 0 views

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    Here is a video explanation of the differences between the internet and the web. It includes a brief history of the internet and the foundation of the Web. This video highlights the information we learned in class and shows images to explain the differences between the two.
emarmoran

HTML Tutorial: What is HTML? - 0 views

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    A YouTube video that gives you some basic information on what HTML is.
Stephanie Sanlorenzo

The Digital Public Library or America - 0 views

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    "An open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that would draw on the nation's living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in current and future ­generations".
Lauren McDonald

List of Dewey Decimal Classes - 0 views

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    This is the Wikipedia page dedicated to the Dewey Decimal Classes. I thought this page was laid out very well and informative. It helps to show categories and numbers and allows individuals who don't know much about the Dewey Decimal system to gain valuable information into how it works.
Alex Gregg

Peering into the future of Media - 0 views

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    Very interesting read on what the future could look like for the way in which we get information and do every day tasks.
Paola Torrico

National Archives to Release Nixon Watergate-related Records - 0 views

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    Here is a little bit of information on the National Archive's release of the Watergate scandal related Records. I found this to be super interesting! It also tells you where you can find it, what box, and how many pages each source has.
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    Yes, indeed -- this was big news last year.
Claire Madison

The Role of Peer Review for Scholarly Journals in the Information Age - 0 views

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    Great article that shows exactly how important peer revision is in not only student work but scholarly work as well. This is a question on the test so this article might help out in that sense as well!
James Hemdal

Changes to JSTOR - 0 views

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    This article is from the perspective of a university instruction coordinator and details concerns about JSTOR and how it is limiting information to students.
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