Weekly digest of week 38 2009

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The subjects for this week’s digest are: Google’s Internet stats and Google liberating data, Microsoft’s vision on the next-gen newspaper and digital contact lenses that monitor your health. Linked Government Data « Decentralyze identify ways for governments and computer science researchers to continue working together to advance the state-of-the-art in data integration and build useful, […]

The subjects for this week’s digest are: Google’s Internet stats and Google liberating data, Microsoft’s vision on the next-gen newspaper and digital contact lenses that monitor your health.

  • Linked Government Data « Decentralyze
    identify ways for governments and computer science researchers to
    continue working together to advance the state-of-the-art in data
    integration and build useful, deployable proof-of-concept demos that
    use actual government information and demonstrate real benefit from
    linked data integration.
  • Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
    Forget about 20/20. “Perfect” vision could be redefined by gadgets that
    give you the eyes of a cyborg.  The tech industry calls the digital
    enrichment of the physical world “augmented reality.” Such technology
    is already appearing in smart phones and toys, and enthusiasts dream of
    a pair of glasses we could don to enhance our everyday perception. But
    why stop there? Scientists, eye surgeons, professors and students at
    the University of Washington have been developing a contact lens
    containing one built-in LED, powered wirelessly with radio frequency
    waves.
  • PrimeLife – Privacy and Identity Management in Europe for Life
    Individuals in the Information Society want to protect their autonomy
    and retain control over personal information, irrespective of their
    activities. Information technologies hardly consider those
    requirements, thereby putting the privacy of the citizen at risk.
    Today, the increasingly collaborative character of the Internet enables
    anyone to compose service and contribute and distribute information.
    Individuals will contribute throughout their life leaving a life long
    trail of personal data.
  • Google – Internet Stats
    This Google resource brings together the latest industry facts and
    insights. These have been collected from a number of third party
    sources covering a range of topics from macroscopic economic and media
    trends to how consumer behaviour and technology are changing over time.
  • Facebook: “We’re cash-flow positive”
    “We’re also succeeding at building Facebook in a sustainable way.
    Earlier this year, we said we expected to be cash flow positive
    sometime in 2010, and I’m pleased to share that we achieved this
    milestone last quarter. This is important to us because it sets
    Facebook up to be a strong independent service for the long term.”
  • Semantic Video at Google
    Google may never call itself a semantic web company, but yesterday it
    plunged a bit deeper into the space. The search engine leader announced
    in a blog posting that it is announcing support for Facebook Share and
    Yahoo! SearchMonkey RDFa.
  • Microsoft’s vision for a “next-gen newspaper” looks like TweetDeck
    The Newspaper Association of America cast a wide net this summer in
    seeking proposals for generating online revenue. Their request went out
    to many of the firms we’ve been covering closely but also several tech
    companies that aren’t exactly in the thick of the news industry,
    including Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle.
  • Social Media, Web 2.0 And Internet Stats
    As our digital and physical lives blur further, the internet has become
    the information hub where people spend a majority of their time
    learning, playing and communicating with others globally.  Sometimes it
    is easy to lose sight of just how staggering the numbers are of people
    collaborating, researching, and interacting on the web.
  • Government 2.0: A case study from Australia
    I found this presentation by Matthew Hodgson a great overview of the
    ways “government 2.0” tactics are succeeding at home and abroad. Check
    out some of his screenshot examples online: FutureMelbourne (a wiki for
    citizens to design a better Melbourne), Powerhouse Museum (a Sydney
    museum that allows users improve its online collections through
    tagging, ranking and sharing information), and Bang the Table (a
    service facilitating public policy discussion).
  • Tweeting is more than just self-expression
    From CNN to Ashton Kutcher, everyone is tweeting. In ads, many
    companies now display the logo of an animated blue bird holding a sign
    that says “follow me.”  Twitter, a micro-communication service that
    gives users an opportunity to express their thoughts in 140-character
    “tweets,” is a hit in the social media world. Companies are also
    benefiting from Twitter, where 20 percent of the tweets contain
    requests for product information or responses to the requests,
    according to Jim Jansen, associate professor of information science and
    technology in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
    at Penn State.

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Rick Mans is Information Architect and a social media evangelist within Capgemini. You can follow and connect with him via Twitter or Delicious

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