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Archive for August, 2005

Suburban Publishers Don’t Like

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

The Denver Business Journal reported earlier this week:
Suburban newspaper publishers have a few cheers but mostly jeers for the Denver Newspaper Agency’s (DNA) new publications and Web sites for more than 40 metro-area communities.
Here is one opinion:
“It’s the biggest joke I’ve ever seen,” said Bob Sweeney, owner of the Villager [...]

Hurricane Katrina in Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

It didn’t take a long for a substantial Hurricane Katrina entry to develop at Wikipedia.
Thanks to Smart Mobs for the pointer.

New Orleans Citizens, Get Your Cameras Ready

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

I went to the weather site to check up on hurricane Katrina’s progress. Instead of a warning saying run for the hill country, here is the first thing I saw at the top of the site:
Become a citizen photojournalist!
Snapped a good storm photo? Shot any street flooding?
Submit your photo to NOLA’s new user galleries! [...]

100,000 citizen dining reviews at london-eating

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

The introductory paragraph at the online london-eating says:
Welcome to london-eating the definitive guide to restaurants in London. Only london-eating lets you deliver your personal verdicts with fresh updates every day. A restaurant overrated? Dish the dirt. A restaurant overlooked? Sing its praises. It’s your guide, just keep it clean!
The Guardian writes:
Since its launch [...]

Want Open Source Funding? Think Atom Bomb

Friday, August 26th, 2005

This from Smart Mobs: John Langford, an AI researcher at University of Chicago, compares the methods of cooperation of academia and open source programmers, and points to differences where each could learn from the other.
On similarities he writes:
Much of academia is a “gift culture”: whoever gives the most is most respected.
About why academics [...]