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.
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.
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.
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.
Will a Google car sacrifice you for the sake of the many? (And Networked Road Neutrality)
JUNE 8, 2014
Google self-driving cars are presumably programmed to protect their passengers. So, when a traffic situation gets nasty, the car you’re in will take all the defensive actions it can to keep you safe. But what will robot cars be programmed to do when there’s lots of them on the roads, and they’re networked with one another? The FCC?
Reddit and community journalism
AUGUST 13, 2011
I’ve come to love Reddit. What started as a better Digg (and is yet another happy outcome of the remarkable Y Combinator ) has turned into a way of sharing and interrogating news. Reddit as it stands is not the future of news. It is, however, a hope for news. As at other sites, at Reddit readers post items they find interesting. Half-tweets.
[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.
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.
Informed consent for human sensors
MARCH 5, 2016
In a post at Nature Biotechnology , John Wilbanks (Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks) and Stephen H. Friend (CEO at that same outfit) write about a project in which users of a health monitoring app have given informed consent to have their data made available to other researchers. How to get informed consent via an app?
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 ].
Google Exodus: Passover told in social media
APRIL 6, 2012
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] 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.
[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.
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.”.
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.
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.
[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.
Library as a platform: Chattanooga
OCTOBER 7, 2014
I finally got to see the Chattanooga Library. It was even better than I’d expected. In fact, you can see the future of libraries emerging there. That’s not to say that you can simply list what it’s doing and do the same things and declare yourself the Library of the Future. Nate runs the fourth floor space. No one is sure yet.
[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.
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.
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).
Raider of the Lost Lawsuits
JANUARY 1, 2012
Yup, that’s how culture works…at least if we let it. via metafilter
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.
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
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.
Adblockers are not pirates
SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Mathew Ingram tweeted : Currently arguing with someone over whether ad blocking is ethically the same as music piracy. I’m arguing it’s not. Any thoughts, Twitter? Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) September 18, 2015. Which I have not.). Is turning a page in a magazine without reading the ad piracy? Is going to pee during a commercial piracy?
Library as starting point
OCTOBER 13, 2014
A new report on Ithaka S+R ‘s annual survey of libraries suggests that library directors are committed to libraries being the starting place for their users’ research, but that the users are not in agreement. This then calls into question the expenditures libraries make to achieve that goal. Hat tip to Carl Straumsheim and Peter Suber.).
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.
[2b2k] MOOCs as networks
NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Siva Vaidhyanathan [twitter: sivavaid ] has a really well-done (as usual) article that reminds us that for all the excitement about Massive Open Online Courses — which he shares — we still have to figure out how to do them right. There are lots of ways to go wrong. Feel free to stop here.). Hundreds of thousands.
[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.
The Blogosphere lives!
NOVEMBER 7, 2014
There was a reason we used that ridiculous word to refer to the loose collection of bloggers: Back in the early 2000s, we were reading one another’s blogs, responding to them, and linking to them. Blogging was a conversational form made solid by links. It’s time to get back to that. At least for me. Tweeting’s great. love Twitter.
Municipal nets, municipal electric power, and learning from history
JULY 26, 2014
The debate over whether municipalities should be allowed to provide Internet access has been heating up. Twenty states ban it. Learn from history?
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
AUGUST 10, 2012
As a PR guy, I was awestruck by the skill of the presentation. HyperCard was pitched as a way to hyperlink together a series of graphic or screens.
[2b2k] Social Science in the Age of Too Big to Know
JANUARY 2, 2014
Gary King [twitter: kinggarry ] , Director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science , has published an article ( Open Access !) on the current status of this branch of science. style that dates back to when the offices were in monasteriesâ??to ” 3.
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.
Louis C.K. and the Decent Net, or How Louis won the Internet
JULY 8, 2012
( This is the lead article in the new issue of my free and highly intermittent newsletter, JOHO. Also in it, a Higgs-Bogus Contest on particles that would explain mysteries of the Internet. ). Louis C.K. So far he’s made over $6 million in ticket sales. But Louis C.K. also thereby — in the vocabulary of Reddit — won the Internet.
[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.
Republicans suggest shockingly sensible ideas for reforming copyright
NOVEMBER 17, 2012
A Republican Study Committee has posted a document (as a pdf ) that nails three myths about copyright law and suggests four areas of reform.