Strategies for Analyzing Online Networks

Live blogging workshop on online network analysis at UW, Digital Media Working Group (DMWG). Participants: Kirsten Foot, The Coproduction of Online Structures, Associate Professor, UW; Rachel Gibson, The Study of Weblinks as Communicative Devices, Chair, New Media Studies, University of Leicester, UK; Clifford Tatum, Hyper-Lurk Analysis, PhD student, Communication, UW; and Mike Xenos, Making Sense of Link-Based Network Patterns, Associate Professor, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison. …continue reading →

Microsoft Launches Academic Search

Windows Live Academic (WLA) search (beta) is scheduled to go live after midnight, focusing on (not surprisingly) computer science, physics and engineering subjects. The Microsoft tool provides abstract previews via a preview pane, sort and group by capability, and citation export, according to the website. WLA contains both freely available and access-restricted content, just like Google Scholar. A key difference between this search and Google Scholar may be authentication. Microsoft has worked with publishers and universities to provide (seamless?) access to subscription content, according to the website. Google is also working with libraries -- "offering the option to include a link for their patrons" -- to make their tool more useful for students and researchers. When I tried the service -- 2.00 - 2.30 am -- it wasn't yet working (or the servers were being hammered - but in the wee hours of the morning?). I switched from Firefox to…continue reading →

BBC On Podcast Adoption

Courtesy of one of my COM300 students -> The BBC reports aForrester assertion that the podcast audience is primarily "tech savvy, young males" ... "despite the hype surrounding [podcasts]."

Harrumph. We are in still in the early adoption stage of this technology! I'm certain that I could examine popular press reports less than two years after Tim Berners-Lee created HTTP (and, thu, the web) and find equally dismissive headlines/research/forecasts.

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