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Opencast Matterhorn webinar to feature ETS staff
Monday, February 1, 2010 10:00 am (PST)
The upcoming EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Web seminar on the Opencast Matterhorn project will feature:
- Mara Hancock, Director for Educational Technologies, UC Berkeley
- Adam Hochman, Opencast Matterhorn Project Manager (ETS)
- Ben Hubbard, Manager of webcast.berkeley
- Olaf A. Schulte, Opencast Matterhorn Product Manager (ETH Zurich)
Project Bamboo joins Mellon’s Scholarly Communications Program
Project Bamboo has been accepted into the portfolio of the Scholarly Communications Program of the Andrew Mellon Foundation in the aftermath of the recent closure of the Foundation’s Research in Information Technology (RIT) program. (See Spotlight article in “Around the World,” below.) RIT funded the Project Bamboo planning project, which is led by UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago.
E-Learning Librarian: In 2009, social Web advanced data visualization
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6713635.html (full post)
http://blogs.lib.berkeley.edu/whats-new.php/2010/01/15/visualizing-information (Library notice)
Char Booth, UC Berkeley E-Learning Librarian, notes in her blog:
The rising popularity of visualization affects how people engage with our stock and trade: information. When data becomes prettier to look at, not only does it become more comprehensible, it also becomes more interesting.
Around the World
The Wired Campus: In Potential Blow to Open-Source Software, Mellon Foundation Closes Grant Program
Chronicle of Higher Education, article by Marc Parry (UCB authentication or subscription required)
The Andrew Mellon Foundation has announced that it is closing its Research in Information Technology (RIT) program and merging that effort into its Scholarly Communications program. Established in 2000, RIT “helped bankroll a catalog of freely available software” that includes Sakai (known as bSpace at UC Berkeley), Kuali and Zotero.
Uncovering California’s environmental collections
From the press release: “The University of California’s California Digital Library (CDL), in partnership with nine California institutions, has been awarded a competitive grant to catalog thirty-three collections of documents, photographs, and other rich archival materials related to California’s environmental history. “