Keeping MOOCs open—platforms vs. protocols
JUNE 11, 2016
Tarun Vagani reports that Coursera has served notice that it is closing its archive of prior MOOCs (massive open online courses). As Coursera put it in an email: Effective June 30, 2016, courses on the old platform will no longer be available. There’s nothing wrong with a MOOC platform charging for whatever they want to charge for.
The World According to TED
AUGUST 14, 2016
Here’s some info about the 2,200 TED Talks based largely on the tags that TED supplies on its Web site; the data are a few months old. Keep in mind that I am grossly incompetent at this , so I’ve included the SQL queries I used to derive this information so you can see how wrong I’ve gone and can laugh and laugh. 378 of ’em.
Knowledge is the network
AUGUST 4, 2011
I forked yesterday for the first time. I’m pretty thrilled. Not about the few lines of code that I posted. So we ask. In public. Thanks, Jeff
[2b2k][everythingismisc]“Big data for books”: Harvard puts metadata for 12M library items into the public domain
APRIL 24, 2012
(Here’s a version of the text of a submission I just made to BoingBong through their “Submitterator”). Harvard University has today put into the public domain (CC0) full bibliographic information about virtually all the 12M works in its 73 libraries. This is (I believe) the largest and most comprehensive such contribution.
What blogging was
JANUARY 8, 2014
At a recent Fellows Hour at the Berkman Center the topic was something like “Whatever happened to blogging?,” ” with the aim of thinking about how Berkman can take better advantage of blogging as a platform for public discussion. Fellow Hours are private. No, this is not ironic.) Presence. wish that had worked out. My blog was me.
Working in a co-working space
MAY 19, 2016
I’m in Talent Garden ‘s largest branch, which is also its headquarters, in Milan. It’s a ridiculously large co-working space for startups, with an emphasis on openness. I’m enjoying sitting at a table with a few other people, none of whom I know and all of whom are speaking Italian. It’s that or the local library.
Making library miscellaneousness awesome
MARCH 8, 2016
Sitterwerk Art Library in St. Gallen, Switzerland, has 19,000 publicly-accessible items on its shelves in no particular order. This is awesome.
[2b2k] 13 reasons why the Britannica failed on paper
MARCH 20, 2012
In the straight-up match between paper and Web, the Encyclopedia Britannica lost. This was as close to a sure thing as we get outside of the realm of macro physics and Meryl Streep movies. The EB couldn’t cover enough: 65,000 topics compared to the almost 4M in the English version of Wikipedia. Topics were confined to rectangles of text.
APIs are magic
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
( This is cross-posted at Medium.). Dave Winer recalls a post of his from 2007 about an API that he’s now revived : “Because Twitter has a public API that allows anyone to add a feature, and because the NY Times offers its content as a set of feeds, I was able to whip up a connection between the two in a few hours. That’s the power of open APIs.”.
[2b2k] Back when not every question had an answer
MARCH 29, 2013
Let me remind you young whippersnappers what looking for knowledge was like before the Internet (or “hiphop” as I believe you call it).
Apple blocking books that link to Amazon
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Seth Godin reports that the Apple store is refusing to carry his new book: I just found out that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is rejecting my new manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams and won’t carry it in their store because inside the manifesto are links to buy the books I mention in the bibliography. But he finds what I think is the right argument in this case.
[2b2k] Linking is a public good
FEBRUARY 26, 2012
Mathew Ingram at GigaOm has posted the Twitter stream that followed upon his tweet criticizing the Wall Street Journal for running an article based on a post by TechCrunch’s MC Siegler , who responded in an angry post. Mathew thinks it’s a matter of trust, and if the repeater gets caught at it, it would indeed erode trust.
Google Exodus: Passover told in social media
APRIL 6, 2012
What is Google+ for?
JULY 8, 2011
Edward Vielmetti asked on Google Plus “What is Google+ for? I thought Peter Kaminski ‘s response was particularly insightful. Quoted in full with Pete’s permission.). The purpose of Google+ is to keep you within the Google web (as opposed to having you outside anybody’s web, or in someone else’s web).
Aaron Swartz was not a hacker. He was a builder.
JANUARY 13, 2013
Of course Aaron was a legendary prodigy of a hacker in the sense of someone who can build anything out of anything. But that’s not what the media mean when they call him a hacker. Neither the JSTOR nor RECAP downloads were cases of hacking in the sense of forcing your way into a system by getting around technical barriers. source ]. source ].
[2b2k] Knowledge in its natural state
JUNE 2, 2013
I gave a 20 minute talk at the Wired Next Fest in Milan on June 1, 2013. Because I needed to keep the talk to its allotted time and because it was being simultaneously translated into Italian, I wrote it out and gave a copy to the translators. Inevitably, I veered from the script a bit, but not all that much. Once published, it cannot be undone.
The end of blogging’s golden age
DECEMBER 28, 2011
Brian Solis has responded to Jeremy Owyang’s provocative post declaring the end of the golden age of blogging. Here’s the comment I posted on Brian’s site: I think in a sense it’s true that the golden age of blogging is over, but that’s a good thing. And not because of anything bad about blogging. Long live blogging!
[2b2k] No, now that you mention it, we’re not overloaded with information
MARCH 8, 2012
On a podcast today, Mitch Joel asked me something I don’t think anyone else has: Are we experiencing information overload? Everyone else assumes that we are. Including me. found myself answering no, we are not. There is of course a reasonable and valid reason to say that we are. Some of those sights are awe-inspiring. Some are life-changing.
Distribution models that work. Are we finally getting it (them) right?
JUNE 2, 2012
Is it just me, or are we in a period when new distribution models are burgeoning? For example: 1. Kickstarter , of course, but not just for startups trying to kickstart their business. For example, Amanda Palmer joined the Louis CK club a couple of days ago by raising more than a million bucks there for her new album. You are trusted. Trust them.
[berkman] Anil Dash on “The Web We Lost”
APRIL 2, 2013
Anil Dash is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk, titled “The Web We Lost.” ” He begins by pointing out that the title of his talk implies a commonality that at least once was. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters.
The Library in the Life of the User: An open platform use case
DECEMBER 17, 2015
OCLC has posted an excellent report based on a recent conference, looking at how libraries can participate in the life of users, rather than thinking about the user’s life within the library. It is in those conversations that the reader makes the work her own. So, nope, that word’s gone.). Therefore: Open platforms for libraries
The Net is a place
DECEMBER 2, 2011
The latest Pew Internet study confirms what most of suspect was the case: “Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time, particularly young adults under 30. On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time. The Internet is a place.
The mystery of Public and Incoming at Google Circles: An Explainer (unless I’m getting it wrong)
JULY 31, 2011
I thought I understood Google Circles until I tried explaining it to someone. Let’s say I have two circles: Friends and Coworkers. Into Friends I put Fred, Fanny, and Felicia. Into Coworkers I put Carol, Carl, and Cathy. I now post something to Friends. Assume all members of my Friends circle have put me in one of their own circles.
Are “data hogs” the problem?
NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Benoît Felten and Herman Wagter have published a follow up to their 2009 article “ Is the ‘bandwidth hog’ a myth? Read Benoît’s post for the details (or at least a fairly detailed overview of the details). So, even with their heavy consumption, their bandwidth usage is already limited. Here’s the point.
[2b2k] Truth, knowledge, and not knowing: A response to “The Internet Ruins Everything”
DECEMBER 4, 2011
Quentin Hardy has written up on the NYT Bits blog the talk I gave at UC Berkeley’s School of Information a few days ago, refracting it through his intelligence and interests. It’s a terrific post and I appreciate it. want to amplify the answer I gave to Quentin’s question at the event. The bit about truth starts at 46:36.
Transparency is the new objectivity
JULY 19, 2009
A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity. First, I apologize for the cliché of “x is the new y. Second, what I meant is that transparency is now fulfilling some of objectivity’s old role in the ecology of knowledge. And then foolishness.
Fun fact – Impressionist edition
AUGUST 10, 2013
Later that afternoon, Monet painted Manet Painting in Monet’s Garden , showing Manet in a wide-brimmed hat, painting Monet and his family.
[2b2k] Attribution isn’t just about credit. It’s about networking knowledge.
MAY 28, 2012
David Kay pointed out to me a piece by Arthur Brisbane, the NY Times Public Editor. In it Arthur deals with a criticism of a NYT article that failed to acknowledge the work of prior journalists and investigators (“uncredited foundational reporting”) that led to the NYT story. Winston told me, “People come down on you.” Right.
My Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list
JANUARY 1, 2012
Here’s my top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists: The Top Ten Top Ten Lists of All Time. TopTenz Miscellaneous. MetaCritic music lists. Smosh’s Top Ten Top Ten Lists of 2011. Top Ten 2011 Top Ten Lists about CleanTech. Top Ten of top ten horror movie lists. NYT Top Ten Top Ten Lists for 2011. Top Ten Top Ten Video Lists of 2011.
JULY 3, 2015
Reddit is in flames. I can only see one way out of it that preserves the site’s unique value. I say this as an old man who loves Reddit despite being way outside its main demographic. Of course there are outrageously objectionable subreddits—topical discussion boards—but you don’t have to visit those. Reddit at its best is wonderful.
[2b2k] [berkman] Alison Head on how students seek information
JANUARY 12, 2012
” (I did a podcast interview with her a couple of months ago.). NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Paraphrasing badly.
Four messages from the dark
JANUARY 19, 2012
The black that covered so many sites yesterday spoke well. think there were four messages. First, This is our Internet. We built it. We built it for us, not for you. We get to turn off the lights, not you. Second, we are better custodians of culture than are culture’s merchants because we understand that culture is what we have in common.
[2b2k] The commoditizing and networking of facts
MARCH 31, 2012
Ars Technica has a post about Wikidata , a proposed new project from the folks that brought you Wikipedia. From the project’s introductory page : Many Wikipedia articles contain facts and connections to other articles that are not easily understood by a computer, like the population of a country or the place of birth of an actor.
The future is a platform
APRIL 27, 2014
Here’s the video of my talk at The Next Web in Amsterdam on Friday. It’s about what I think is a change in how we think about the future
[2b2k] Pyramid-shaped publishing model results in cheating on science?
APRIL 29, 2012
Carl Zimmer has a fascinating article in the NYTimes, which is worth 1/10th of your NYT allotment. Thank you for ironically illustrating the problem with trying to maintain knowledge as a scarce resource, NYT!). ” But: 1. With a larger aperture, there may be less pressure. 2. Or so we can hope.
[2b2k] Mr. Bezos’ Neighborhood
FEBRUARY 25, 2012
It’s interesting to me to see the direct links to works on the same topic (e.g., have no conclusions to offer. Just interest
Kew Gardens adopts Web principles for real-world wayfinding
MARCH 26, 2012
In a paper Natasha Waterson and Mike Saunders describe how Kew Botanical Gardens in England are adopting mobile technology to help visitors become “delightfully lost.” It turns out that most Kew visitors have social, emotional, and spiritual, rather than intellectual, motivations during their time here.
[avignon] President Sarkozy
NOVEMBER 18, 2011
They move us into the grand hall — vaulted ceilings — for a talk by Pres. Nikolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy has not exactly been a friend of the Internet. The last time I heard him talk was at LeWeb when he was a candidate. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness.
European Parliament has official look into ACTA. He then resigns in disgust.
JANUARY 26, 2012
From Techdirt : Kader Arif, the “rapporteur” for ACTA, has quit that role in disgust over the process behind getting the EU to sign onto ACTA. rapporteur is a person “appointed by a deliberative body to investigate an issue.” Except ACTA is real.
Raider of the Lost Lawsuits
JANUARY 1, 2012
Yup, that’s how culture works…at least if we let it. via metafilter