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    1. 1. Hot Topics in Technology Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission
    2. 2. Today’s Agenda
    3. 3. blog <ul><li>Short for weblog (pronounced “we blog”, but occasionally spelled “web log”) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles (normally in reverse chronological order). Although most early weblogs were manually updated, tools to automate the maintenance of such sites made them accessible to a much larger population, and the use of some sort of browser-based software is now a typical aspect of &quot;blogging&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Also: Blogger, blogoshpere </li></ul>
    4. 4. Notable Library blogs <ul><li>Paper Cuts </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Arbor District Library </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado State Publications Library </li></ul><ul><li>Travels with the State Librarian http:// / </li></ul>
    5. 6. blogroll <ul><li>A list of blogs that a particular person reads </li></ul><ul><li>My blogroll (via Bloglines) </li></ul>
    6. 8. splog <ul><li>Sp am B log </li></ul><ul><li>Any blog whose creator doesn’t add any written value, the results of which are plentiful and irrelevant results in search engines. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically all computer generated and all advertisements. </li></ul><ul><li>The concept is to force search results and click-throughs leaving to revenue generation </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes also refers to comment spam. </li></ul>
    7. 10. Feed (RSS/Atom) <ul><li>R eally S imple S yndication (or R ich S ite S ummary, or R DF S ite S ummary) </li></ul><ul><li>a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by (amongst other things) news websites and weblogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Content is subscribed to, retrieved by, and accessed through the use of an aggregator. </li></ul>
    8. 11. aggregator <ul><li>A software application, webpage or service that collects syndicated content from disparate sources and provides a consolidated view. </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators can be Web sites, stand-alone clients, or added to existing programs. </li></ul>
    9. 12. podcast <ul><li>A method of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s). It became popular in late 2004, largely due to automatic downloading audio onto portable players or personal computers. </li></ul><ul><li>The “Pod” comes from the implication that content is transferred to an iPod. However, an iPod, or any other portable device is not required to access podcasts. </li></ul>
    10. 14. open-source <ul><li>Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials – typically, their source code. </li></ul><ul><li>Well-known open-source projects include the Linux OS, the Apache Web server, and the Firefox browser. </li></ul>
    11. 15. Wi-Fi <ul><li>Wi reless Fi delity </li></ul><ul><li>Wi-Fi was intended to be used for mobile devices and LANs, but is now often used for Internet access. It enables a person with a wireless-enabled computer or personal digital assistant (PDA) to connect to the Internet when in proximity of an access point. The geographical region covered by one or several access points is called a hotspot. </li></ul>
    12. 16. SSID <ul><li>S ervice S et Id entifier </li></ul><ul><li>In Wi-Fi, a service set identifier (SSID) is a code attached to all packets on a wireless network to identify each packet as part of that network. </li></ul>
    13. 17. WiMax <ul><li>W orldwide I nteroperability for M icrowave Acc ess </li></ul><ul><li>provides up to 50 km (31 miles) of linear service area range and allows users connectivity without a direct line of sight to a base station. The technology also provides shared data rates up to 70 Mbit/s, which, according to WiMAX proponents, is enough bandwidth to simultaneously support more than 60 businesses with T1-type connectivity and well over a thousand homes at 1Mbit/s DSL-level connectivity. </li></ul>
    14. 18. USB <ul><li>U niversal S erial B us </li></ul><ul><li>“Universal” in the sense that it replaces parallel, serial, and SCSI ports </li></ul><ul><li>Allows up to 127 devices to be hooked up to a single computer </li></ul><ul><li>Devices are designed to be “hot swapped” </li></ul>
    15. 19. portable apps <ul><li>A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug, none of your personal data is left behind. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 20. IM <ul><li>I nstant M essaging </li></ul><ul><li>A form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. The text is conveyed via computers connected over a network such as the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>IM boosts communication and allows easy collaboration. In contrast to e-mails or phone, the parties know whether the peer is available. </li></ul><ul><li>People are not forced to reply immediately to incoming messages. </li></ul>
    17. 21. Web 2.0 <ul><li>“ While the old Web was about Web sites, clicks, and “eyeballs,” the new Web is about communities, participation and peering. As users and computer power multiply, and easy-to-use tools proliferate, the Internet is evolving into a global, living, networked computer that anyone can program. Even the simple act of participating in an online community makes a contribution to the new digital commons – whether one’s building a business on Amazon or producing a video clip for YouTube, creating a community around his or her flickr photo collection or editing the astronomy entry on Wikipedia.” – Wikinomics, Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams </li></ul>
    18. 22. The Social Web <ul><li>Also known as social software and social networking. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to share with your colleagues, friends, family and strangers. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to share your writings, thoughts, videos, music, pictures and more. </li></ul>
    19. 23. MySpace <ul><li>Social networking Web site offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. </li></ul>
    20. 25. flickr <ul><li>An online social photo sharing service </li></ul><ul><li>One a user uploads a photo then can then </li></ul><ul><ul><li>give the them titles, descriptions and tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>arrange them into sets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contribute them to multi-user pools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>post their’s or other’s to a blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keep a list of favorite photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leave comments and notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>subscribe to photo feeds </li></ul></ul>
    21. 27. <ul><li>An online social bookmarking service </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bookmarks accessible from any Internet-connected computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tagging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bundling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>subscribe via RSS feeds </li></ul></ul>
    22. 29. wiki <ul><li>A web application that allows users to add content, but also allows anyone to edit the content. The term Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website </li></ul><ul><li>Editing does not require knowledge of (X)HTML </li></ul>
    23. 30. Wikipedia <ul><li>A Web-based, multi-language, free-content encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers and sponsored by the non- profit Wikimedia Foundation. It has editions in about 200 different languages and contains entries both on traditional encyclopedic topics and on almanac, gazetteer, and current events topics. Its purpose is to create and distribute a free international encyclopedia in as many languages as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia contains approximately 1.6 million articles. More than 600,000 of these are in English. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia ’s volunteers enforce a policy of &quot;neutral point of view&quot; whereby views presented by notable persons or literature are summarized without an attempt to determine an objective truth. </li></ul>
    24. 32. Mashup <ul><li>A website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience. </li></ul><ul><li>A musical genre which, in its purest form, consists of the combination (usually by digital means) of the music from one song with the a cappella from another. Typically, the music and vocals belong to completely different genres. At their best, bastard pop songs strive for musical epiphanies that add up to considerably more than the sum of their parts. </li></ul>
    25. 34. Sources <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    26. 35. Thanks! Michael Sauers [email_address]