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Thursday, July 28, 2005

The good folks over at Oyez have Podcasts now.

Cable looks to add wireless packages.

NYTimes on Nitke.

More on printer tagging, this time from the EFF.

Another approach to searching the deep web.

A2K and OA.

Open Culture conference presentations now online. via OANews

Patry on Jennifer Anniston. More Patry.

Subversion. What we need are a set of tools like those developers have. Wikis are a start, but Wikis are web-based. The wiki concept to be truly revolutionary has to be embedded in everything. MS realizes this, I think. Track changes in word is the start, and I believe current versions of Office allow for group track changes. A set of database libraries for PHP or so--or even better, extending the database engine itself--would allow for all sorts of novel applications to be built on top of the framework, allowing collaborative filtering to extend its reach. The combination of easy meta-data tagging, robust collaborative filtering capabilities, and perhaps a relaxation of the uber-democratic norms of the wiki culture (e.g. denial of expertise) would truly launch an explosion of cultural software. Certainly these things are all possible today, but only with great effort.
A compromise credentialing solution might be to make the definition of expertise democratically determined. A user's expertise rating could be determined by how his/her posts were rated, and the user's rating would determine how much weight his/her votes were given. Wikiesque groups could weight the ratings more towards quantity of postings, and highly-academic groups could weight it more towards quality of posts.
Either way, the basic problem remains: to really make this work, software has to go beyond the web-wiki-style paradigm and into the realm of libraries and structures. I registered about six weeks ago, but it sort of stalled due to lack of a common format to exchange in--all the existing tools do a truly poor job of dealing with binary content--and hacking together some solution involving CVS or Subversion and a web interface is something I don't have the time for right now. So it will have to wait.




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