Old stuff new to me

I’m enjoying the Metadata coursera lectures. He’s pointed us to some interesting sites and information that I was surprised wasn’t on my radar.

First Monday

First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet. Since its start in May 1996, First Monday has published 1,381 papers in 218 issues; these papers were written by 1,888 different authors. First Monday is indexed in Communication Abstracts, Computer & Communications Security Abstracts, DoIS, eGranary Digital Library, INSPEC, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, LISA, PAIS, and other services.”

Library Thing

“LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.

LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you’ve read, books you’d like to read, books you’ve lent out … whatever grouping you’d like.

Since everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. You can contribute tags, ratings and reviews for a book, and Common Knowledge (facts about a book or author, like character names and awards), as well as participate in member forums or join the Early Reviewers program. Everyone gets the benefit of everyone else’s work. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.”

“What is a document?”

Abstract: Ordinarily the word “document” denotes a textual record. Increasingly sophisticated attempts to provide access to the rapidly growing quantity of available documents raised questions about which should be considered a “document”. The answer is important for any definition of the scope of Information Science. Paul Otlet and others developed a functional view of “document” and discussed whether, for example, sculpture, museum objects, and live animals, could be considered “documents”. Suzanne Briet equated “document” with organized physical evidence. These ideas appear to resemble notions of “material culture” in cultural anthropology and “object-as-sign” in semiotics. Others, especially in the USA (e.g. Jesse Shera and Louis Shores) took a narrower view. New digital technology renews old questions and also old confusions between medium, message, and meaning.”


You’ve heard of MOOC, but is it time for MOOR– Massive Open Online Research?

You’ve heard of MOOC, but is it time for MOOR– Massive Open Online Research?

“All students who sign up for the course will be given an opportunity to work on specific research projects under the leadership of prominent bioinformatics scientists from different countries, who have agreed to interact and mentor their respective teams.”

Did you know you have an Other folder for your messages in Facebook?

I met a person last night that reminded me of my childhood best friend.  We used to be Facebook friends, but we aren’t anymore, which makes sense, we lost touch.  I know she didn’t delete me from negative feelings, so I write her a quick message, since I’m not actually interested in a Friends Request- her public profile suffices, as well as mine, for the level of reconnection I want. 

As I prepare to send my message, I notice some information.  I learn that it costs $1.00 to send my message to the Inbox, otherwise it will be filtered into her Other folder.


Other folder? I think to myself.  Huh.  Didn’t know I had one of those.

Sure enough, three messages were filtered there, one of which I would have wanted to know about.

I didn’t take the bait and now have some anxiety over not being sure she will read my message. Facebook, claiming proudly to never be anything but free, is counting on this very emotion to make money, an emotion rooted in my knowledge that she might not know she has an Other folder.

It is troubling that Facebook is ready to implement features without properly training its users how to use them that can cause them to miss messages sent to them for the purpose of making money. People join Facebook because it helps them connect with one another and it is attempting to profit from implementing poor design.

In the meantime, if you know to look for it, it is right next to Inbox in the messages interface.