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Web 2.0 Expo SF 2010: June Cohen, “Ideas Worth Spreading: TED’s Transition…”

It is an amazing video that I came across about the evolution of TED talks very popular among those interested in technology and its application in various spheres of life. GO and watch it to know more about TED. June Cohen is excellent speaker to tell about ideas.


Future of the Internet – National Geographic – Digital Capital Week

The internet has become a way of life. Every day we ‘google’ to get the information that we may find useful in every aspects of life. In that case, the future of Internet excites any one who is using the internet. Such is a presentation here for all you to look into, which excited me also!!

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The Books Interview: Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel, the author of A History of Reading (1996) The Library at Night (2007) does not think the book of paper and ink will disappear, as long as we allow for technologies to coexist. Author has extensively worked on history of reading and has a personal collection of 30000 books. He comments on various issues to leading newspapers and magazines.

His excerpt of an interview published in New Statesman:

How optimistic are you about the future of the book?

I don’t think the book of paper and ink will disappear, as long as we allow for technologies to coexist. The notion that one must replace the other is simply the urge of the new to exist alone on the planet, but it doesn’t happen – it didn’t happen with photography and painting, it didn’t happen with film and theatre, it didn’t happen with video and film, and it hasn’t happened with electronic technology and the printed page. I was delighted when Bill Gates, a number of years ago, wrote his book about the end of paper and then printed it on paper; I think that says a lot.

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The Semantic Web – Is It Worth It?

As I was browsing through various article on Semantic Web, this one I came across gives the vivid idea of Semantic Web. Information Retrieval is the buzz word in the era of  ‘data deluge’ makes interesting read. People thought Semantic Web may really solve all the problems of data abundance, but still it is myth.


The myth of the Semantic Web is that it will be the silver bullet that solves all data interoperability problems automagically. The reality is that it will solve a number of very specific problems, but on the Web, what will cripple it is data quality. This is not the simple problem of data errors, but goes to the heart of much that is wrong with the Semantic Web. Computers are always part of a system that involves human goals and aspirations, and yet the semantics of the Semantic Web is only a mathematical exactitude about the relationship between two otherwise undefined symbols. To make those symbols useful, somebody has to use their brain, and make sure that the symbols mean exactly what they are supposed to mean – which is where data quality comes in.

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Data, data everywhere

This article appeared in Economist, I think as librarians we must be aware of the magnitude of this data superabundance.

Information has gone from scarce to superabundant. That brings huge new benefits, says Kenneth Cukier but also big headaches.


The amount of digital information increases tenfold every five years. Moore’s law, which the computer industry now takes for granted, says that the processing power and storage capacity of computer chips double or their prices halve roughly every 18 months. The software programs are getting better too. Edward Felten, a computer scientist at Princeton University, reckons that the improvements in the algorithms driving computer applications have played as important a part as Moore’s law for decades.

In this special report

* Information has become superabundant
* Too much data
* Information is changing business
* How internet companies profit from online data
* Governments are becoming more open about data
* News ways of showing data
* The uses of information about information
* New regulations
* How machines deal with information
* Sources and acknowledgments

One of the burning issues of 21st century, Read and enjoy.

Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata

Recently I came across a book related to Semantic Web found to be interesting with the review.

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If there is one constant, it is that throughout these nearly two centuries, the modern library has continually transformed itself in an effort to respond to the needs of its contemporary user. Today, we face another significant time of change that is being prompted by today’s library user. This user no longer visits the physical library as his primary source of information, but seeks and creates information while connected to the global computer network. The change that libraries will need to make in response must include the transformation of the library’s public catalog from a stand-alone database of bibliographic records to a highly hyperlinked data set that can interact with information resources on the World Wide Web. The library data can then be integrated into the virtual working spaces of the users served by the library. If all of this sounds otherworldly and vague, it is because there is no specific vision of where these changes will lead us. The crystal ball is unfortunately shortsighted, in no small part because this is a time of rapid change in many aspects of the information ecology. The few things that are certain, however, point to the Web, and its eventual successors, as the place to be. For libraries, this means yet another evolutionary step in the library of our catalog: from metadata to metaDATA.

–Karen Coyle

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Democratic, but dangerous too: how the web changed our world

In two decades the world wide web has become the most powerful information tool since Gutenberg’s printing press, but also the most intrusive and threatening.

This is the article on revolution of and emergence of Internet in communication era. How the internet has changed the life average citizen in all walks of life, an interesting article to read.


On pros,

The web has brought about an enormous transformation in what information we have at our fingertips. It is extremely empowering: every­one has the freedom to participate in the library of knowledge collected online, by accessing it or creating it. Anyone who has historically held control over the distribution of information – governments, media, agents – is having to reposition in the face of this information tsunami.

On cons,

Socially, this is as potentially damaging as what the extremists peddle; we are coagulating into tight-knit groups who reinforce our own beliefs. It’s a far cry from the global group hug that web proponents such as Fry or Gore had hoped it would be.

About the internet generation the author thinks-

Under-18s who have grown up with the web are better at multi-tasking. They also spend less time searching for information before deciding on what they view as the best answer to a question. Most intriguingly, the youngest users, born after 1993, “crowdsource” their knowledge: they look for the wisdom of their friends, networking what they know, rather than holding on to the information for themselves.

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