cd-roms and ipads – analysis of publishing as a workflow and why iPad will not save glossy magazines.
“For those of you blessed with senile amnesia or youth, CD-ROMs were the first wave of “interactive media” in the mid-eighties, and the great hope for publishing houses struggling to understand what they might be doing in the 21st century. Companies from Dorling-Kindersley to News Corp threw millions into CD-ROM publishing, with very little ultimate return.”
Ian Betteridge: notes for a talk on designing for the iPad Technovia
Frederic Filloux on design, newspapers, iPad
“The fundamental fracture between print and digital media lies exactly here: paper is a fantastic vector for a reading experience driven by curiosity; the web is a cold medium utterly efficient for a search-based, focus-driven reading.
How to reconcile the two? There is no single (nor simple) answer. Such solution will arise from a combination of User Interface evolution with a real ability to deal with new devices, and with better search implementation.”
iPad DJ video YouTube
Rebirth by Propellerheads is out for the iPhone http://rebirthapp.com iPad next?
Argentine philosophy professor Horacio Potel faces criminal charges and a possible jail sentence for posting translations of Jaques Derrida’s work to his website for his students. Via Boing Boing http://bit.ly/u38aD and http://bit.ly/ZLPTg More http://bit.ly/2OL2D
New Zealand scraps Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law which would have led to alleged copyright infringers being disconnected from the internet http://tinyurl.com/d86ra6
A major new report published by the Rowntree Trust on the database state via Open Democracy http://is.gd/owLG
guardiantech: Channel 4’s 4ip fund invests in discussion tool Yoosk http://bit.ly/10KIt ‘famous people. you ask. we connect. they answer’ Based in Warwickshire and Vietnam. About Yoosk . Download pdf http://yoosk.com/about-us.aspx
Music Week on Digital Rights Agency http://tinyurl.com/cbskeh. Geoff Taylor of the BPI would like government enforcement against filesharing, but cheaper.
“…the [digital] rights agency is ‘an answer looking for a question’…without a clear remit or responsibility.” http://bit.ly/dright
No case for copyright extension on sound recordings. Academics’ letter to Times. http://bit.ly/1ilR3r
Downloadable font formats for the Web (article): http://dbaron.org/log/20090317-fonts An example of thinking about how the rights of creators can be respected without resorting to DRM. Exactly the kind of pragmatic discussion we should be having about other forms of creative work.
Newspapers: Seattle Post-Intelligencer ends printing. Staff cuts, continues as web-only publication http://bit.ly/L1OnJ
iPod headphones aren´t DRMed, just controlled by a proprietary chip that you have to license http://bit.ly/YdnM4
Guardian Tech OFCOM sets out challenge of broadband Britain http://bit.ly/SsqGL
More James Boyle and ‘How extending copyright term in sound recordings actually works’ with link to PDF http://bit.ly/YdnM4
Guardian Tech Richard Smith. Good summary of James Boyle’s case for The Public Domain. http://bit.ly/qEM2
UK IPO office: since July ISPs issuing 1,000 notifications a week on behalf of copyright holders to P2P users http://bit.ly/8baGq
“Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.
When we shift our attention from ’save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.”
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable
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The Guardian today launched Open Platform, a service that will allow partners to reuse guardian.co.uk content and data for free and weave it “into the fabric of the internet”.
Open Platform launched with two separate content-sharing services, which will allow users to build their own applications in return for carrying Guardian advertising.
See also New York Times Open API in previous tweet petite post.
Something wonderful is happening around the Write to reply site. In addition to the WordPress plugin which allows people to comment on the Carter report Digital Britain, there is a a bunch of developer activity: Netvibes, different visualisations of the comment cloud, experiments with iPhone and ebook readers … a whole ecosystem of democratic engagement through technology.
Interestingly, most of their traffic is via Twitter.
Read the blog, get the RSS feed, follow them on Twitter, marvel at the analytics. Don’t forget to comment on Carter.
The contrast with the lobbying approach of existing industry rights holders is stark. TV and Press interests campaign for legal protection from competition using lawyers and lobbyists. Bloggers get on with inventing the medium.