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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Derek Gittler

Derek Gittler

The Perils of Classifying Social Media Platforms as Public Utilities | Mercatus - 1 views

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    Social Media are not essential facilities. Those who claim that Facebook is a "social utility" or "social commons" must admit that such sites are not essential to survival, economic success, or online life. Unlike water and electricity, life can go on without social networking services.
Derek Gittler

Gamers succeed where scientists fail - University of Washington - washington.edu - 0 views

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    Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules.
Derek Gittler

A kind request for ANGEL : PennStateUniversity - 8 views

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    Student Reddit thread on ANGEL
Derek Gittler

Afraid of Technology - YouTube - 3 views

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    People are Afraid of Technology
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Why publish science in peer-reviewed journals? - 2 views

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    "In this post, I will argue that cutting journals out of scientific publishing to a large extent would be unconditionally a good thing, and that the only thing keeping this from happening is the absence of a "killer app"."
Derek Gittler

University of Iowa - Civil War Diaries Crowdsourcing Transcription Project - 2 views

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    This reminded me of Cole Camplese's comments on the instant crowdsourcing of video recording the sessions at the 2011 TLT Symposium, Clay Shirky's example of that socially-written mathematics (?) paper, and a bit of Chris Long's posts on using digital tools in research.
Derek Gittler

BBC News - Hundreds of GPs admit to using the website Wikipedia as a medical research tool - 0 views

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    Shades of the Shirky Symposium Keynote?
    At first glance this might seem frightening to the layman, but think about it: knowledgeable, trained doctors using an additional but social source to find information that augments peer reviewed journals.
Derek Gittler

iChromy - Chrome Style Web Browser for iPad on the iTunes App Store - 2 views

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    Today Diigo released a Chrome Style browser for iPad.  Hmm.  I like Diigo, I like Chrome, I like the iPad.  This may be good.

    Of course I also like martinis, roller coasters, and fire. But I'd never combine the 3.  Or maybe I would . . .
Derek Gittler

University of Chicago's new Mansueto Library | wordlessTech - 1 views

  • As more books and journals become easily accessible online, it’s easy to wonder if brick-and-mortar libraries could go the way of the video store. But research at the university has shown that the more people look to digital resources, the more they consult physical materials as well, according to Judith Nadler, director of the University of Chicago Library.
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    I know, I know, online research methods, but darn it if this doesn't just get me all excited.
Derek Gittler

YouTube - Knowledge Navigator (1987) Apple Computer - 1 views

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    Apple's vision of the future, from 1987.

    They got the iPad part down pretty good, except they completely missed Angry Birds.

    Makes you wonder what people are envisioning for 2035. More awesome, Coming soon to a life near you!
Derek Gittler

Adam Curtis - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace - 0 views

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    Another amazing Documentary by Adam Curtis

    Individuals acting as independent agents, without hierarchy, form orders without design, and how network computer technologies facilitate this in society.

    This is Part 1, Just shown tonight on the BBC in England, but copyright laws what they are, the links to LiveLeak in this Reddit post will probably be taken down soon.  But there are always other means.
Derek Gittler

Amplifying Conversations - Derek C. Gittler at PSU TLT - 4 views

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    Reflections on a meeting yesterday with Chris Long
Derek Gittler

Tangled in an endless web of distractions - Boston.com - 2 views

  • “Students are totally shameless about how they use their computers in class,’’ said David Jones, an MIT professor. “I fantasize about having a Wi-Fi jammer in my lecture halls to block access to distractions.’’

    While MIT has yet to unwire a single lecture hall, some law schools, including the University of Chicago’s, have in recent years blocked wireless access in classrooms to keep students engaged in Socratic discussions instead of their classmates’ Groupon and eBay activitie

Derek Gittler

What Defines a Meme? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine - 1 views

  • What lies at the heart of every living thing is not a fire, not warm breath, not a ‘spark of life.’ It is information, words, instructions,”
  • “If you want to understand life,” Dawkins wrote, “don’t think about vibrant, throbbing gels and oozes, think about information technology.”
Derek Gittler

The Default Major - Skating Through B-School - NYTimes.com - 1 views

  • According to national surveys, they want to hire 22-year-olds who can write coherently, think creatively and analyze quantitative data, and they’re perfectly happy to hire English or biology majors
  • Virginia’s integrated course system is possible because the business school is swimming in money
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      How could Social Media integrate these various fields, without hierarchical structures imposing a cost?  Let the network find a way?
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