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Podcasts, Media Sharing & RSS: Rich Media for the Masses


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Part of the Technology Forum at the Midwest Chapter, MLA Annual Meeting 2008. My section covered media sharing (podcasts and video in particular) and some basic concepts or trends.

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Podcasts, Media Sharing & RSS: Rich Media for the Masses

  1. 1. Podcasts, Media Sharing & RSS: Rich Content for the Masses <ul><li>Allan R Barclay Ebling Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison </li></ul><ul><li>Midwest Chapter MLA/MHSLA 2008 Conference Troy, Michigan  October 21, 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Podcasting - What is/was it? <ul><li>“ A podcast is a multimedia file distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds (i.e RSS) , for playback on mobile devices and personal computers “ </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia definition </li></ul>
  3. 3. Podcasts go mainstream
  4. 4. Videos go mainstream
  5. 5. Where did all this media sharing come from? <ul><li>iPods and iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>Napster! </li></ul><ul><li>Warez sites </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial photo applications </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul>
  6. 6. Methods of distribution <ul><li>&quot;Casting&quot; (podcasting, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Direct link/download/embedding (blogs in particular) </li></ul><ul><li>Tivo/non-Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets/Gadgets </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking software (i.e. Facebook apps, Twine, peer-to-peer, chat) </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes (the media megaplex) </li></ul><ul><li>Real Gadgets (i.e. Chumby) </li></ul><ul><li>RSS as basis for most automated sharing, functionality </li></ul>
  7. 7. Trends in media sharing <ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Channels </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging/lightweight description </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of structured data (i.e. taxonomies, controlled vocabulary – just try searching YouTube!) </li></ul><ul><li>Comments/ratings </li></ul><ul><li>Mashups </li></ul><ul><li>Free hosted versions, more functional installed versions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Issues with media sharing <ul><li>Copyright/Intellectual property - locally produced or downloaded </li></ul><ul><li>Downstream issues (no control once copies are downloaded or shared) </li></ul><ul><li>Versioning </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving (shared media are the “new trade paperbacks”) </li></ul><ul><li>Security issues for locally hosted archives </li></ul>
  9. 9. Media production <ul><li>Many open source/free tools (iTunes, Audacity, LAME, Jing) </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial products for more professional projects (Adobe Audition, Captivate, Apple Garage Band, iMovie, FinalCut) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia has great introductions, pointers to resources and (wiki)media, legal issues </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range from quick and dirty to highly professional and polished </li></ul>
  10. 10. Media sharing – the next generation Let’s share media together in Second Life! The Grace Hopper Expo Center - NMC
  11. 11. That’s all - thanks! <ul><li>[email_address] (me) </li></ul><ul><li> (slides) </li></ul><ul><li>Deki wiki for media sharing sites - </li></ul>