I am fascinated by online tools. Tools in the proper sense, of technologies fitting the job. It never ceases to amaze me how clients often think that "anything goes" when digital tools are concerned. Everybody would agree that a carpenter needs a whole toolbox full of different hammers, drills, and screwdrivers. Yet, when discussing the … Continue reading The right tool for the job: my first 750words.com story
Today, the Web's been around for 25 years, hip hip hurray! In this excellent interview, founder Tim Berners-Lee makes some remarks that should be particularly close to the hearts of fellow community informatics researchers and practitioners, e.g.: - "I've been very satisfied with the international spirit. It's wonderful how the Web has taken off as non-national thing. I … Continue reading Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web!
Massive Open Online Courses are all the rage. A truly exciting and massive one (over 24,000 students enrolled!) is the Learn Creative Learning MOOC organized by MIT Media Lab, which will run from February- May 2013 . Since MOOCs are so new, still much ground needs to be broken about what they are, what they … Continue reading My first MOOC: diary of 1 of 24,000 students following a truly “Massive Open Online Course”
LinkedIn is a great resource for exploring professional profiles. However, when your personal social network starts to grow into the hundreds of contacts, it becomes very hard to - quite literally - still see the bigger picture. One feature that can help you visualize your network is LinkedIn Maps. It both shows the links between … Continue reading LinkedIn Maps: art or science?
It's amazing what transformative power Web 2.0 services are increasingly making available to everybody at (almost) no cost. Using Animoto "The End of Slideshows" I just made a professional looking video supported by (Creative Commons)-music out of my collection of 1993 Clayoquot Sound uprising-pics for only US$ 3,- (30 sec videos are even free): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdlSHwDabCs&feature=plcp … Continue reading Yes We Can 2.0
Yesterday, I discussed Wordle. Today, I came across a related tool, TagCrowd: TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any user-supplied text by creating what is popularly known as a tag cloud or text cloud. TagCrowd is taking tag clouds far beyond their original function: as topic summaries for speeches and written … Continue reading Tag clouds on the move
A friend pointed out Wordle to me, which "is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes." I tried it out with the text on … Continue reading Word (art) clouds