Tag Archives: Google

Google in April


Google Maps Navigation video UK

Google has enabled the turn-by-turn GPS navigation on all devices running Android version 1.6 or later


Out-law: Privacy commissioners collaborate on anti-Google action


Privacy watchdogs from 10 countries from around the world have written to Google to protest at those parts of its services that they believe “[betray] a disappointing disregard for fundamental privacy norms and law”.


The privacy commissioners have called on Google and any other organisation operating internationally to make sure that their services comply with the privacy laws in all the countries covered by a service.




Reading, libraries, eBooks

Guardian: the battle of Britain’s libraries. New Birmingham library features

Like public parks, libraries are particularly valuable in capitalist cityscapes, where you are incessantly encouraged to keep moving, keep spending – and don’t even think about doing anything economically unproductive. (Figures released by the Valuation Office Agency last month showed that since 1997 there has been a 1,150% rise in the number of lap-dancing clubs in Britain, and a 6% decline in the number of libraries.)

In partnership with Google, 137 years of Popular Science archives go digital and free

Popular Science archive: the place to search for jetpacks

Here’s an interesting stat. eBooks outnumber games in the iPhone App Store

Internet Archive: Redesigned Open Library Goes Live, Some Really Impressive Improvements
Resource Shelf

Worldcat: search many libraries at once for any item & find nearest

Department for Culture, Media, and Sport publishes The Modernisation of Public Libraries: A Policy Statement.


The paper aims to help libraries grasp the opportunities of digital technology, respond to the decline in use of existing services, the current economic climate and the public’s expectation of more customer-focused public services.

Free: Why Authors are Giving Books Away on the Internet

With increasing frequency, authors in academic and non-academic fields are releasing their books for free digital distribution. Anecdotal evidence suggests that exposure to both authors and books increases when books are available as free downloads, and that print sales are not negatively affected. Data from our book sale comparison suggest that in the case we studied, free digital distribution did not negatively affect sales.

Hilton, J. & Wiley, D. (2010). Free: Why authors are giving books away on the Internet. Tech Trends, 54(2)
Wiley & Hilton paper

Copyright for Librarians

Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), a consortium of libraries from 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. The goal of the project is to provide librarians in developing and transitional countries information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning:


  • copyright law in general
  • the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries
  • how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.
    course from Berkman Center

    Google in higher education

    Paul Canning reports

    News that Portsmouth Uni has moved all of its students into the cloud with free, multi-lingual access to an advertising free version of Google Apps, including webmail with 7gb capacity, online documents, spreadsheets and calendars, chat and collaboration and site building functions.
    A win-win in the cloud for UK Public Sector?

    We’re going to see this played out throughout the public sector as IT budgets and performance come under close scrutiny. It raises significant data protection and privacy questions which need public policy examination.
    Google say “Google is signed up to the Safe Harbour Act which commits a US company to comply with European data protection standards, even when information is stored outside Europe.” Does that answer all the questions? The potential commercial value of data about the university population is enormous. We don’t have a precedent for any company or organisation holding as much data about people as Google will.
    It’s also the case that concerns about maintaining UK and european standards of data protection offer convenient protection against competition from cloud vendors for employees of UK IT departments. The other main beneficiaries of this protectionism are Microsoft and vendors of closed VLEs like Blackboard.
    Google’s education and collaboration tools are already credible alternatives. Not necessarily the best, but University managers have heard of Google.
    The choice between in-house IT and the cloud is going to become more acute with the release of Google Wave. The research community wants Wave. Wave could be hugely important for e-learning, distance learning and workgroup collaboration. Low-cost start-ups in education, whether commercial or open access not-for-profits, could have better tools than the incumbent providers, and they can have them for free.
    Google have a fine record in supporting education: free licences, summer of code internships. They have successfully negotiated issues of openness in software licensing in ways which have earned the respect of the developer community.
    Where the end-users have a choice, it’s not difficult to predict what are they going to do. Free is a difficult price to beat. Just as important, you don’t have ask permission and wait for budget approval to start using tools which allow you to work better.
    What’s less clear is whether public scrutiny of the information policy issues will happen.

    August #2


    Annual University of Hertfordshire survey on music consumption. Two views:

    Trade body UK Music, who fund the survey “Music consumption in 14-24 year olds is complex, latest survey reveals” UK Music

    Torrentfreak “14-24 year olds pirate 8,000 music tracks each” Torrentfreak


    Digital Britain

    Programme for the delivery of actions in the DB White Paper published tiny.cc

    BIS Consultation on the proposed changes to Ofcom’s duties tinyurl.com


    Higher Education

    Joss Winn: Comparing ‘The Edgeless University’ and ‘HE in a Web 2.0 World’ reports  bit.ly

    Peer to peer university launches. Deadline to sign up is the 26th – www.p2pu.org


    Creative Commons

    Publications now available from Google Books. Coming to a reading list near you.

    Lessig, Doctorow, Boyle and Zittrain ping.fm



    Superb mapping service for OS maps in the UK – wtp2.appspot.com



    Unlocking Audio 2009 conference programme, videos and papers now online: is.gd metadata, archive & social  media



    Lost Remote: Neighborhood blogs drive participation in city planning bit.ly 



    Discover the top 100 open innovation organisations across the globe, compiled by NESTA blogs.nesta.org.uk


    Facebook takeover of Friendfeed

    Scoble, your blog still loves you – www.scripting.com Dave Winer on FriendFeed et al.

    Scoble is excited scobleizer.com

    Friendfeed users in the research community less so. Cameron Neylon: The trouble with business models (Facebook buys Friendfeed) friendfeed.com


    URL shortening

    The shortening service tr.im, from Nambu network, was suspended and reinstated:  blog.tr.im

    It’s a problem. For example, shortened urls on this blog will stop working if the service is withdrawn. What to do? John Gruber wrote his own url shortner. There are couple of WordPress plugins which offer shortening. But as Dave Winer points out, Twitter could easily extend the character limit to 140 characters excluding the url, or make shortened urls portable scripting.com



    Concerned about privacy? Considering opting out? The Onion reports  bit.ly


    July #4


    Malcolm Gladwell eviscerates Chris Anderson’s Free. Saving you time as well as money bit.ly



    Consultation to reform the rules around commercial radio & local content tr.im

    Consultation on liberalising the rules concerning ownership of local media tr.im


    Newsgator, Google and RSS

    Newsgator: option of paid-for ad-free desktop readers. Synch via Google. Good if you wanted synch with GReader. A lot of people don’t. See comments bit.ly

    Techcrunch: NewsGator Discontinues Online RSS Reader, Points To Google Reader bit.ly Desktop readers get Google Reader synchronisation.


    Local papers

    Andrew Gilligan attack on local authority newspapers in the Evening Standard bit.ly

    A good piece about local news, blogs, council newspapers, the Press Association and Digital Britain from 853 blog bit.ly


    Sense about Science

    Excellent overview of #singhbca by Ben Goldacre pays tribute to “intrepid band of bloggers”: bit.ly

    Beware the spinal trap: Simon Singh and chiropractic libel case bit.ly



    Chicago’s Horizon Realty Group Sues Woman For $50,000 Over A Tweet bit.ly



    Court rules against Blackboard in patent case – bit.ly


    You Tube: launches a Reporters’ Centre

    “Helping you report the news” bit.ly


    Tennenbaum: the price of copyright infringement

    Verdict in Joel Tenenbaum case: 22,500 per work. $675,000 total

    Fair use is not a defence “Tenenbaum ‘piracy’ case is all over bar the shouting” tinyurl.com

    ‘How it feels to be sued for $4.5m’ is.gd

    Links to 4th June

    Democracy, EU

    EU elections: how to vote? What do the parties stand for? 

    A tool which helps you decide from Unlock Democracy  www.votematch.co.uk

    Open Rights Group survey: Do your MEP candidates care about digital rights? www.openrightsgroup.org

    Open Rights Group: MEP survey results and contact info euelection.openrightsgroup.org

    Democracy, UK

    UK Hansard survey: how do you use the net to connect with your MP or Parliament? ow.ly

    Freedom of Information

    Full Text Book: Freedom of information: a comparative legal survey (2nd Edition) www.resourceshelf.com

    Information design

    Sidenote from @arc90 lab.arc90.com used to fully annotate Moby Dick www.powermobydick.com

    OU podcast where Tony Hirst discusses WriteToReply: cands.open.ac.uk


    Is Twitter dominated by men? www.guardian.co.uk

    New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets http://bit.ly/1Gs40W


    OUT-LAW: Copyright treaty backing e-books for disabled readers survives US and EU resistance www.out-law.com

    Harvard Business School working paper: File Sharing and Copyright http://bit.ly/KSHL9

    Privacy, data collection

    KnowPrivacy: The Current State of Web Privacy, Data Collection, and Information Sharing www.docuticker.com


    Google Tracks Users Visting 92% of the Top 100 Websites www.theregister.co.uk

    Google Squared is now live — try it out for yourself googleblog.blogspot.com


    “YouTube holds out after UK body drops music streaming fees” arstechnica.com

    Guardian: How Last.fm is thinking outside the jewel case http://bit.ly/183EEm

    Digital Britain

    FT: Media chiefs urge tougher action on internet piracy. ISPs to enforce traxfer.ft.com