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PeopleAggregator - An Open Source Social Network

Looks like I need to work this one into my book as well - probably in the chapter on syndication and RDFs. Not especially news-related, but I feel that many of these technologies will be increasingly interconnected as they mature... From Slashdot: PeopleAggregator - An Open Source Social Network - a story about the latest open source p2p social network engine.

Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production

I've added some more information about my book project, Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production, to this Website. A draft of the introduction is also online now. I'll be working on the book throughout this year - have to deliver the final draft to Peter Lang Publishing in New York by the end of November.

Cyberwar is (was?) coming

I came across this through a call for papers for an online conference called Memefest - part of their approach is to invite articles inspired by a 1993 piece called "Cyberwar Is Coming". Should be interesting to see what new articles emerge from this, and the original article also seems useful.

New Newsfeed

I've added Clay Shirky's site to the newsfeeds - he's an interesting author on P2P and collaborative online publishing, and this is a good way of keeping track of what he gets up to...

Open Source Spreads Beyond Software

Slashdot points to this article about open source and its implications: "Open Source Spreads beyond Software". Nothing much new, but a nice introduction which may make a useful undergraduate reading on the topic. I must remember to check out OhMyNews at some point, too - anyone read Korean ?

RDF and OWL Are W3C Recommendations

This just in - RDF and OWL Are W3C Recommendations (Slashdot). The discussion following the article contains a host of useful links for further reading, too.

My interest in this links to my research on gatewatching: increasingly we're seeing gatewatcher sites make use of RDF and semantic Web approaches to share their own content - and of course these technologies also help the process of gatewatching itself.

Convergence

Starting to write lectures for the coming semester today - for my Creative Industries unit. Googling for convergence I found this OJR article which seems to do a pretty good job introducing the concepts surrounding it - of course I found this only after my unit reader went to print... Still good stuff, and I might include it in a later revision of the reader.

Adopt-a-Journalist

Andrew Murphie pointed out this Wired article on the fibreculture list - All the News That's Fit to Skewer. Puts a whole new spin on the idea of gatewatching... Andrew also mentions the work of Pierre Levy on collective intelligence - better read up on this, too.

Syndication fixes

OK, I've grabbed a new version of import.module from the Drupal CVS, which means that the newsfeeds should be fixed now - recently the Kuro5hin.org feed just wouldn't update any more. Let's hope that this didn't break the other feeds.

This also brought home the fact that Drupal is now up to version 4.3.x, while I'm still running on 4.1.

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