David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com
A very lucid explanation why data is important and how it can tell stories that affect our view of the world and the actions we take.
Worth watching purely for the bits about Facebook updates and the world’s first carbon-neutral volcano!
ImageStamper | Stay Copyright-safe
Steve Boneham’s pointed me in the direction of this useful tool.
It helps get around the problem of what happens if you download an image from Flickr under a CC license and the license subsequently changes. This way you have a record of the license correct to the time you actually downloaded it which should help if an image owner challenges your right to use it.
Defense.gov – Special Report – Social Media
The US Dept of Defence has taken quite an enlightened approach to the use of social media by its employees. This site outlines how they’ve balanced the opportunities with the risks.
In short, they’ve recognised that using web 2.0 social media sites can have operational benefit even in an environment where security of systems and information is paramount.
Wonder how their experience with Wikileaks has impacted on this recently.
BBC – Dimensions
Great for showing the scale of objects or locations in different contexts.
Last week I was debating my wife about how deep the Marianas Trench was (really!). Now I know that if measured out horizontally it would stretch from Gosforth to Birtley. I would have thought it was further but then I started thinking how long it would take to walk that and trying to imagine the weight of water at the bottom of the trench.
Loads of applications for classroom/project work and for infographics.
Orkut Encouraging Users to Project Different Personas to Different People
Like many people, I’ve got different identities on different networks; Twitter for work, Facebook for friends and family, LinkedIn for former colleagues. In some ways having these on separate systems is useful as their functionality suits who I’m connecting with but it’s also a pain having to manage all these accounts.
Thinking I might have a closer look at Orkut. They seem to have a a more nuanced view of online identity than Facebook.
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