Spotlight – March 2010

News relating to digital scholarship, access and preservation at Berkeley and around the world. To contribute, email Rick Jaffe

On Campus
Portugese Republic Turns 100
Bancroft Library: March 5 – May 21 (library hours)
Townsend Humanities Lab: on-line, ongoing

Exhibit at the Bancroft Library (March 5-May 21), with a “digital mirror” online at the Townsend Humanities Lab. Bancroft Library Corridor.

Big Ideas at CITRIS Poster and Judging Session
Thursday, April 22, 2010: 3pm – 5pm

The top 10 finalists in this year’s Big Ideas competition will present posters, and the winners will be announced. Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor, Sutardja Dai Hall.

CalDay 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010, 9am-4pm

Annual campus open house – take in all that Berkeley has to offer. See the Cal Day web page for activities and schedules. Many locations across the UC Berkeley campus.

Around the World

Draft specification for media annotation announced
Posted by Brian Sletten, InfoQ

The W3C Media Annotations Working Group has recently posted drafts of its Ontology for Media Resource 1.0 and API for Media Resource 1.0 efforts. They have also updated the Use Cases document to reflect some of the intentions of these projects.

The proposed standard aims to, among other goals:
• make it easier for people to access media resources across the collections of different cultural heritage institutions (libraries, museums, archives, etc.) on the Web.
• allow descriptors of media resources to apply to versions of the same media in various formats
• enable developers to handle user-created annotations – comments, tags, rankings, even viewing history – created in various applications, allowing applications to make recommendations to its users and viewers to add or link to the annotations of other users.

Effort to Widen U.S. Internet Access Sets Up Battle
By Brian Stelter and Jenna Wortham, New York Times (March 12, 2010)

Lead: “The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation’s media and technology priorities by establishing high-speed Internet as the country’s dominant communication network.”

DrupalCon SF
April 19-21, 2010

A gathering of Drupal-ers from around the world, right in our backyard. Keynote speakers include Dries Buytaert, Drupal Project Lead; Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media; and David H. Cole, Executive Office of the President (The White House). Individual sessions are aimed at audiences ranging from developers, designers and system administrators to Drupal beginners and businesses using (or wishing to use) Drupal in their web effort. Events on the two days prior to the start of the conference include a core developer summit, Drupal trainings, an unconference and a pre-conference sprint.


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