Friday, May 25, 2007

Book reviewers wanted

David Silver is looking for book reviewers for the resource center for cyberculture studies (RCCS), and so far has gained interest from over 160 people interested in reviewing books related to the field of contemporary media and culture. These book reviews are free, open to the public, and available on this page.

For a list of books available for review, requirements and detailed information about the process, please visit David's blog here.

Amazon introduces Podcasts

Seems like I missed this bit of news last week but thought that this is still fresh (and important) enouhg to validate a post. Looks like Amazon is sneaking more and more into digital goods delivery. Here's the press release:

Launch of Amazon Podcasts Brings Customers Closer to Celebrity Authors, Actors and Musicians

New "Network" of Podcast Channels Offers Customers Free, In-Depth, Exclusive Interviews with A-List Talent and First-Chapter Sneak Peeks of New Audiobooks

SEATTLE- May 10, 2007-
Amazon.com today officially launched its Amazon Podcasts network, an original podcast series offering customers four unique channels of free content: Amazon BookClips, Music You Should Hear, Significant Seven and Amazon Wire, all available at www.amazon.com/podcast. The company expects to offer several additional channels in the coming months to meet its customers' increasing demand for rich content related to the products they shop for every day on Amazon.com. Each podcast is available via streaming and download from Amazon.com, and through RSS and iTunes. Amazon Wire is also available on TiVo.

"Amazon Podcasts offers customers exclusive content and interviews they won't find anywhere else," said Kristi Coulter, Senior Manager of Editorial at Amazon.com. "Amazon is continually finding ways to improve the service we provide to our millions of customers. Thanks to this new and innovative podcast series, listeners can get more exclusive information about the artists, authors and actors they love."

The Amazon Podcast network launches with four channels of free content, including:

Amazon BookClips
A weekly podcast offering customers a free sneak peek at some of the most popular soon-to-be-released audiobooks. Upcoming titles include "Einstein" by Walter Isaacson and "I Heard That Song Before" by Mary Higgins Clark, plus an exclusive, advance preview of Janet Evanovich's "Lean Mean 13."

Music You Should Hear
A free, weekly MP3 podcast whereby customers receive an MP3 recording featuring complete songs from developing and indie artists, selected by Amazon's music editors. Upcoming episodes will include music from Jenny Owen Youngs, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Menomena, Ryan Shaw and more.

Significant Seven
A monthly podcast in which book editors from Amazon.com talk about seven of the most exciting upcoming books before they are released. Each book featured in the Significant Seven will be discounted 40 percent for a limited time.

Amazon Wire
An exclusive, biweekly podcast featuring interviews with some of today's hottest authors, actors, directors and musicians. In the coming weeks, Amazon Wire will feature Ralph Nader, John Malkovich and Dolores O'Riordan.

Amazon Wire launches today with a large library of previously recorded content from popular personalities such as personal finance guru Suze Orman, bestselling authors Michael Crichton and Khaled Hosseini, Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels and Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Other popular guests include Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, Kirk Douglas, Wes Craven, Madeleine Albright, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Joss Stone.


Subscribers with a broadband-connected TiVo Series2 or Series3 DVR can access a host of online services that deliver timely entertainment and information directly to the television set, now including Amazon Wire. These services can be found under the Music, Photos, Products and More folder on your TiVo box.

"TiVo is consistently looking to provide its subscribers with new and innovative content, and we are excited to further our relationship with Amazon," said Jim Denney, TiVo's vice president of product marketing.

Amazon.com will post information about upcoming Amazon Wire interviews and solicit customer questions before recording the interview, giving listeners a unique opportunity to interact with their favorite stars.

Amazon BookClips also features an archive of content, including "Sunday Morning in Plains" by Jimmy Carter, "Plum Lovin" by Janet Evanovich, "The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel" by Jill Conner Browne and "The Gospel According to Judas" by Benjamin Iscariot.

The Music You Should Hear archive currently features songs from Grinderman (Nick Cave's new band), former Velocity Girl singer Sarah Shannon, Kelly Sweet, Angelique Kidjo, Mavis Staples and others.

Customers can stream or download the entire archive of Amazon Podcasts free at www.amazon.com/podcast.

via librarian in black and resourceshelf

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Google introduces Hot Trends

Google Inc. introduced a feature that tracks the 100 fastest-gaining U.S. Web queries, an effort by the most-popular search engine to give a snapshot of what Internet users are looking for. Google Hot Trends provides a list of the search terms, updated several times a day, the company said in an e-mailed statement. Users will also be able to see old lists going back to May 15. The feature is part of Google Trends, a Web site released last year that can chart and compare the popularity of search terms over time. Customers will be able to see news stories, Web log postings and search results for each query on the lists.

Before yesterday, Google had released a manually compiled weekly list of the hottest search terms called the Google Zeitgeist. Yahoo! Inc., the second-biggest search company, has its own service called Yahoo Buzz that shows most-searched-for subjects and the biggest movers. Shares of Mountain View, California-based Google rose 28 cents to $470.60 the day before yesterday in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. They have gained 2.2 percent this year. The top ranking search term today is “on the lot” a competition for aspiring movie makers, while “who won american idol” filled the number six spot. Among the rest of the top 10 searches four involved queries concerning the NBA. A search a few minutes later shows that “dancing with the stars winner” has shot up to number one.

MindTrek Conference: Social Media Stream - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: MindTrek Conference Social Media Stream
October 3-4, 2007 Tampere, Finland
http://www.mindtrek.org/

DEADLINES
Deadline for submission abstracts: August 6, 2007
Notification of acceptance to authors: August 23, 2007
Registration to the conference ends: September 17, 2007
Conference: October 3–4, 2007 Online publication: December 2007

We are happy to invite you to MindTrek Conference in October 3–4.
MindTrek is a two-day conference to explore current and emerging topics of social media and the participatory culture of Internet. This is the call for the Social Media Stream of the conference.

Please, send your extended abstract (max 1 000 words) for a review. Reviewers evaluate submissions on the basis of significance and originality. Abstracts should base on academic research, tested business solutions, case studies, pilot results or innovative future scenarios.

The goal is to build up better knowledge about social media (blogs, wikis, tags, feeds, media sharing and networking sites etc.).

MindTrek association publishes selected abstracts in the conference proceedings and online. You will also have the option to continue your abstract into full paper. These papers will be published online after the event.

MindTrek was established in 1997. It has attracted delegates and presenters from many fields including education, business, government, and media to discuss their experiences with media and web technologies. According to estimation, the conference will bring together 500 participants this year.

The stream will be interdisciplinary: We invite presentations from social science, business studies, computer and web science and related disciplines. Hopefully, the conference will strengthen further the network of social media researchers from different countries.


POSSIBLE TOPICS
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Media and journalism transforming
* Online community networking and development
* Social capital, participatory economy, business models
* Online activism, including online campaigning
* Participatory design, mediators
* Filtering and folksonomy


CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Conference Chair, director Jarmo Viteli
MindTrek Association, Hypermedia Laboratory (UTA)

Organising Committee
* Karsten D. Wolf, University of Bremen
* Artur Lugmayr, Tampere University of Technology
* Esa Sirkkunen, University of Tampere
* Katri Lietsala, University of Tampere


CONFERENCE VENUE
MindTrek takes place at Hotel Scandic Rosendahl, in Tampere, Finland. The organiser of the conference has booked quota for the conference delegates from this hotel. Please, look for more information on accommodation and registration later from our website. Note that the participation fee does not include the accommodation.


ACTIVITIES
The stream is open to all conference participants to join. Every participant with the accepted abstract will have their own presentation slot. On Wednesday evening, MindTrek Award Party (included to the conference fee) motivates further discussions and networking.

On Thursday, the stream continues with fabus which means open participatory group work. Participants and volunteer fabu coordinators will create together the program for these unconferencing sessions of the second day.


SUBMISSION
Please, send your abstract with our e-form: www.mindtrek.org. Check also registration
and program details later from the website.

Conference fee is 190 euros (+ VAT) for 2 days.
Fee includes the whole conference (also the other streams on open source,
ubiquitous media and games), lunches for both days and the invitation to the MindTrek Award Party.


FURTHER INFORMATION
Social Media Stream
Katri Lietsala, skype katri.lietsala, katri.lietsala@uta.fi
Esa Sirkkunen, tel. +358 (0)3 215 6424, esa.sirkkunen@uta.fi

MindTrek Conference
Jukka Matikainen, +358 (0)40 5336 379, jukka.matikainen@mindtrek.org
www.mindtrek.org

Interactions: Artifacts & Us - Call for Papers

Call for Graduate Student Abstracts

Interactions: Artifacts & Us
A Graduate Student Conference Exploring Our Relationships with Things and Theirs with Us


September 7-9, 2007
Blacksburg, Virginia


The Science & Technology Studies graduate students at Virginia Tech welcome abstract submissions on topics relating to concepts and artifacts, the uses they are put to, the evolution and impacts of technology, scientific objects and their study, the role of the engineer in design, and more.

Possible topics could include: the role of phlogiston in chemical theorizing, the use of social networking on the internet and how it changes relationships, the use of medical technologies in the classification of disease, the role of a disease concept in the experience of illness, the way telescopes and microscopes change how we envision the world, the role of failure in engineering design, the use and misuse of technology in everyday life. Basically, anything you can argue fits in the topic will be considered!


Deadline for Submission: June 1, 2007

Submissions should include a cover sheet with the title and author name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information, as well as an abstract page prepared without identification of the authors or affiliations. Abstracts will be selected for oral presentation and discussion by blind review. Please keep abstracts under 500 words.

Submissions should be emailed as Word or PDF attachments to: Ashley.Shew@gmail.com,
with a subject line of “Interactions Conference Submission”

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Disney Parody explanation of Copyright Law and Fair Use

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.



please also visit: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/documentary-film-program/film/a-fair-y-use-tale

Discovery Channel: The History of Hacking

Hosted on Google Videos, here's a documentary produced by Discovery Channel about the history of hacking, including interviews with Captain Crunch, Kevin Mitnick, and Steve Wozniak.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Master Plan - About the power of Google

Directed and produced by Ozan Halici & J├╝rgen Mayer.
Bachelors's Thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Germany.
Inspired by "What Barry Says" by Simon Robson and "The Google Story" by David A. Wise.

see also: http://masterplanthemovie.com/



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GigaNet 07: Call for Papers

Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)
Second Annual Symposium
Call for Proposals


Hotel Windsor Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
11 November 2007

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is a recently-formed scholarly community that promotes the development of Internet governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study and facilitates informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between scholars and governments, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society. (See www.igloo.org/giganet for more information.)

Each year, GigaNet organizes a research symposium. The first was held October 2006 in Athens, Greece, a day prior to the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The second GigaNet symposium also will be held on site prior to the 2nd IGF meeting, on November 11, 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Attendance at the symposium will be open to all and free of charge. Registration with the UN as an IGF participant may be necessary to gain entry to the building.

This is a call for proposals from scholars interested in presenting an original research paper on one of the panels to be held at the conference. The panel themes are described below. The Program Committee will select several speakers for each panel, drawing on the following materials to be provided by applicants: 1) a one page maximum description of the proposed paper that includes the main research questions, its methods, and its relevance and value-added to the thematic area; and 2) a one page summary curriculum vitae listing in particular the applicant's current institutional affiliation(s), advanced degrees, scholarly publications relevant to Internet governance, and web sites, if available. If the proposed paper has already been drafted, applicants are welcome to include the paper in their submission in addition to the one-page summary.

These materials should be emailed directly to the chairperson of the 2007 Program Committee, Dr. Milton Mueller, at info [at] internetgovernance.org by no later than August 1, 2007, midnight GMT. The Program Committee will notify applicants of its decisions via email by August 24. A full paper upon which the presentation will be based must be delivered to the same address by October 1, midnight GMT in order for the author(s) to be included in the relevant panel. The selected speakers will give ten-minute presentations, after which there will be open discussion with audience members. While GigaNet asserts no copyright to authors' work, it is expected that the version of the paper presented will be made available for posting on the GigaNet website.


Preliminary Theme Descriptions

1. The Changing Institutionalization of Internet Governance
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) raised the profile and changed the global policy discourse of Internet governance. The creation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was the most visible result, but other major signs should be noted, such as the willingness of more governments to participate in ICANN, the increased diversity of players entering Internet governance processes as stakeholders, and wider discussion of as yet inchoate changes to Internet governance mechanisms and decision making.

We invite paper submissions that explore the dynamics of the changing institutionalization process. Papers can examine institutionalization theoretically, by placing it in the context of theories of international relations, international regimes, and global governance; or empirically, through critical assessment of its outcomes so far. Submissions addressing the mechanisms of a given collaborative, deliberative process, and particularly how the different players behave, are especially welcome. We seek papers analyzing collaborative policy-making in Internet governance institutions; the mobilization of new actors, their roles and the power relationships between them; the role of the private sector in governance; the transformation (if any) of the role of governments and their means of intervention in relation to existing intergovernmental processes; and the interactions between Internet governance-related institutions such as IGF, IETF, the Regional Address Registries, ICANN, ITU, WIPO, or WTO. Case studies based on critical examination of the IGF, the multistakeholder partnership process and changes, if any, in ICANN dynamics after WSIS would bring particular highlights to the panel discussion.


2. Toward a Development Agenda for Internet Governance
In recent years, developing countries, civil society organizations, and concerned academics have sought to promote broad "development agendas" for reform of the international regimes and organizations dealing with such issues as trade, debt, and intellectual property. But in the field of Internet governance, no parallel initiative has taken shape. Developing countries and other stakeholders did call for what they said were pro-development institutional reforms during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, but their suggestions were not systematically explored as elements of a coherent development agenda. Moreover, there was no broad consensus among the proponent s as to what kinds of reforms would actually promote development, as opposed to satisfying more specifically political demands. In the post-WSIS environment, discussions of development have tended to focus on capacity building rather than on institutional reforms.

Accordingly, we invite research papers that analyze the positive and negative linkages between existing global Internet governance mechanisms and development; the possible need for new mechanisms; and the potential foundations of a holistic development agenda. The panel will not explore the Internet's role in development per se, or more general ICT4D themes; the focus will be on the mechanisms of Internet governance as defined by the WSIS. We welcome submission of theoretically informed, empirically rich papers addressing the following and related questions:

a) General Dynamics: The design and politics of development agendas. What are the potential risks and rewards of assessing individual Internet governance mechanisms in the context of a ho listic development agenda? What applicable lessons, if any, can be learned from experiences with development agendas in other international arenas, e.g. trade, the environment, debt, and intellectual property? What political and institutional challenges wo uld have to be overcome in order to establish a development agenda for Internet governance?

b) Case Studies of Problems and Reforms. Do current Internet governance mechanisms pose any substantive and procedural impediments to development? What reforms or even new mechanisms might be needed to promote development?


3. Critical Policy Issues in Internet Governance
The prior two sections deal with broad, cross-cutting themes in Internet governance. The Program Committee also encourages submission of research papers on how public policy or governance arrangements are being defined for specific, narrower Internet policy issues. Examples of such policy issues would include network neutrality, digital identity, privacy/ security, content regulation, intellectua l property rights/DRM, or others. Each of these issue-domains involves its own distinctive set of policy conflicts, stakeholders, technologies and institutional arrangements, and thus can profitably be examined independently. Papers about specific issues should, however, be written from a global perspective and/or utilize cross-national comparative research methods, and should be founded on a clear understanding of how the issue constitutes a form of Internet governance.

Although submissions in any of the enumerated issue-areas are welcome, the Committee would be particularly interested in forming a panel devoted to research on either network neutrality or digital identity. Papers on net neutrality might address, among other things, its relevance as a global norm for Internet governance; how technological, legal and business trends support or undermine neutrality in the delivery of Internet services; or the relationship between competing broadband networks and nondiscriminatory access to Internet content. Similarly, papers on digital identity might address the current status of standardization in digital
identifiers and authentication, how privacy concerns are or are not addressed by proposals; interaction of international regimes with digital identity issues, international initiatives on data retention and data interception, or other related aspects of Internet governance and privacy.


To summarize:
* Symposium date and place: November 11, 2007, Hotel Windsor Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2007
* Submit to: GigaNet Program Committee, using the email address info@internetgovernance.org
* Notification of status: August 24, 2007
* Papers due: October 1, 2007

GigaNet Program Committee:
- Seiiti Arata Jr., University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Ralf Bendrath, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
- William Drake, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
- Michael Gurstein, Executive Director of the Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training, Vancouver BC, Canada
- Nanette Levinson, American University School of International Service, Washington DC, USA
- Meryem Marzouki, LIP6/PolyTIC-CNRS Laboratory, Paris, France
- Milton Mueller, Syracuse University School of Info rmation Studies, Syracuse NY, USA
- Sergio Ramos, ETSI Telecomunicaci├│n-UPM, Madrid, Spain

Call for Papers: Changing Views on Technology, Media and Cultural Approaches

Changing Views on Technology, Media and Cultural Approaches
A research seminar
08. - 09.11. 2007, University of Joensuu

Call for papers

We are inviting researchers involved and interested in cultural and social studies of technology and media to participate research seminar 'Changing Views on Technology, Media and Cultural Approaches'. The seminar presents recent developments, views and ideas of cultural and social studies of technology, its methodologies, practices and future prospects. The aim of the event is to develop and strength the field of cultural and social studies of technology and media in Finland.

The seminar offers an opportunity to listen to and be commented by top researchers and lecturers of the field: professor Steve Woolgar and senior research fellow Sally Wyatt. They both will give a keynote lecture and will also lead a research workshop and comment the papers of the workshop participants.

If you wish to present a paper at the workshop, send an abstract (max. 250 words) in English to Noora Talsi (noora.talsi@joensuu.fi) by the 17th of August, 2007. The notification of acceptance will be send at the end of August. The deadline for the accepted papers will be the 30th of September.

The lectures and workshops are open to all interested and are free of charge. Everyone cover their travelling expenses by themselves.

Welcome!

Johanna Uotinen
program director, Master's programme of media culture

ETIM -research project:
Jukka Oksa
Sari Tuuva-Hongisto
Noora Talsi

The event is organized together by the Master's programme of media culture (funded by ESF)and the research project Encounters With Technological Imperative 'ETIM' (funded by Academy of Finland).

Further information of the seminar:
Noora Talsi (noora.talsi@joensuu.fi, tel. 013 - 251 4082)
Johanna Uotinen (johanna.uotinen@joensuu.fi, tel. 013 - 251 4137)
Sari Tuuva-Hongisto (sari.tuuva-hongisto@joensuu.fi, tel. 013 - 251 2453)

See also information about Steve Woolgar and Sally Wyatt:
http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/faculty/Woolgar+Steve/
http://www.virtualknowledgestudio.nl/staff/sally-wyatt/index.php

Digital Learners: Pay Attention

This presentation, simply entitled "Pay Attention", was created by Darren Draper in an effort to motivate teachers to more effectively use technology in their teaching.

Since most of today's students can appropriately be labeled as "Digital Learners", why do so many teachers refuse to enter the digital age with their teaching practices?

Please visit http://t4.jordandistrict.org/payattention for more information on digital learning.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Podcast User Demographics: The broad picture of a niche medium

Podcast User Demographics: The broad picture of a niche medium

It would be a mistake to think that the average podcast user is a 23-year-old male with a college education and a really big comic book collection. Podcast users are not a homogeneous group, and downloads range from music to religious broadcasts to museum tours. That said, overall podcasting user demographics give a broad perspective on the medium.

iTunes accounts for 75% of all podcast downloads, according to Podtrac, so comScore's October 2006 study of iTunes podcast downloaders captured most users. On the whole, podcast downloaders tended to be male, young and educated. Notably, people between the ages of 35 and 54 represented about half of the podcasting audience.

While the conventional wisdom says that only young, tech-savvy consumers are downloading and listening to podcasts, there is also a sizable market among 35-to-54-year-olds, indicating that the audience is broader than previously thought. Since many of the top podcasts are in the educational and business genres, it's not surprising that podcasts today appeal to the more educated and higher-income consumer segments.

Time online is also a determining factor in podcast usage, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project study conducted from February to April 2006. Internet users who had been online for six or more years were twice as likely to have downloaded a podcast as someone online for three years or less (13% vs. 6%, respectively).

It is important for potential podcast sponsors and other marketers to avoid thinking of podcast users as a single composite entity. One of the medium's strengths is that regular followers are hugely interested in the topic of a given podcast, be it comics or cash management, allowing for a deeper host-listener (and therefore brand) relationship than is possible with a general audience — or a composite picture of one.

WORLDCOMP 07: joint conferences in CS, CE, and Applied Computing - Call For Participation

Call For Participation

WORLDCOMP'07: The 2007 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing

Date and Location: June 25-28, 2007, Las Vegas, USA
http://www.worldacademyofscience.org/worldcomp07/ws


This is an invitation to attend WORLDCOMP'07 Congress. WORLDCOMP'07 is composed of a number of tracks (joint-conferences, tutorials, and workshops); all will be held simultaneously, same location and dates: June 25-28, 2007. Attendees will have full access to all conferences' sessions, tracks, and tutorials. See below for: the complete list of joint-conferences, list of sponsors, registration information, hotel information, and some highlights.


LIST OF JOINT-CONFERENCES:
- Parallel & Distributed Processing Techniques & Applications (PDPTA'07)
- Grid Computing & Applications (GCA'07)
- Computer Design (CDES'07)
- Scientific Computing (CSC'07)
- Artificial Intelligence (ICAI'07)
- Genetic and Evolutionary Methods (GEM'07)
- Machine Learning; Models, Technologies & Applications (MLMTA'07)
- Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BIOCOMP'07)
- Software Engineering Research & Practice (SERP'07)
- Wireless Networks (ICWN'07)
- Image Processing, Computer Vision, & Pattern Recognition (IPCV'07)
- Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Methods (MSV'07)
- Computer Graphics & Virtual Reality (CGVR'07)
- Multimedia Systems & Applications (MSA'07)
- Internet Computing (ICOMP'07)
- Semantic Web & Web Services (SWWS'07)
- Security & Management (SAM'07)
- Data Mining (DMIN'07)
- Information & Knowledge Engineering (IKE'07)
- e-Learning, e-Business, Enterprise Inf. Sys., & e-Government (EEE'07)
- Embedded Systems & Applications (ESA'07)
- Frontiers in Education: Computer Science & Computer Eng. (FECS'07)
- Foundations of Computer Science (FCS'07)
- Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems & Algorithms (ERSA'07)
- Communications in Computing (CIC'7)


SPONSORS: (partial list)
Academic Co-Sponsors include:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory, MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
- Statistical Genomics and Computational Biology Laboratory, Department of Statistics, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
- Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)
- Statistical and Computational Intelligence Laboratory of Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)
- Center for Computational Biology & Bioinformatics of Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (Indiana)
- University of Iowa's Medical Imaging HPC Lab (Iowa City, Iowa)
- BioMedical Informatics & Bio-Imaging Laboratory (Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University, Georgia)
- Institute for Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)
- University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, North Dakota)

Corporate Sponsors include:
- Google, Inc., USA
- Intel Corporation, USA


REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
To attend the congress, use the following online registration link:
http://www.world-academy-of-science.org/worldcomp07/ws/registration
The complete WORLDCOMP'07 schedule will be available at the following site in early June: http://www.worldacademyofscience.org/worldcomp07/ws/program


HOTEL RESERVATION:
You are to reserve your hotel room directly by calling Monte Carlo Resort at 1-702-730-7000 or 1-702-730-7777. Make sure that you mention the Group Code "XWRLD" (XWRLD is the keyword that the hotel will use to handle the reserved block of rooms for the Congress). You should reserve your room as soon as possible since our block is very close to being fully booked. The negotiated room rate is $79 + tax per night for the duration of the conference. However, at this point only a very few rooms are available for reservation. So, if you were unable to get a room at this hotel, then you should try other nearby hotels.


KEYNOTE LECTURES: (this is only a partial list)
- Prof. Ruzena Bajcsy - University of California, Berkeley, USA
"Humans in Real and Virtual Space"

- Prof. John H. Holland - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
"Innovation"

- Dr. Jack Y. Yang and Dr. Mary Qu Yang - Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA
"Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery of Human Genome and Competitive Genomes, Past, Future, and the Impact on the Science and Medicine"

- Prof. A. K. Dunker - Indiana University and Purdue University, USA
"Protein Intrinsic Disorder, Cell Signaling, Drug Discovery, and Alternative Splicing"

- Prof. Jun Liu - MIT and Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
"Unraveling the Mystery of How Genes are Turned on and off Using Various Statistical and Computer Techniques"

- Prof. Joydeep Ghosh - University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA; Schlumberger Distinguished Centennial Chair Professor
"Simultaneous Clustering and Modeling for Large Scale Data Mining Applications"

- Steve Leibson - Tensilica, Inc.
"Challenges in Consumer Electronics for 21st Century"

- Prof. Viktor K. Prasanna - University of Southern California, USA
"Scientific Computing Using Reconfigurable Hardware"


PARTIAL LIST OF PLANNED TUTORIALS appears below (tutorial attendance is free to registered attendees of worldcomp and all its associated conferences):

- "Robust Resource Allocation for Heterogeneous Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems" by Prof. H. J. Siegel, Abell Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor of ECE and Professor of CS, Director, CSU Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC) Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Date: June 25, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)

- "Developing Enterprise Web Services and Mobile/Wireless Systems" by Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee, Chief Executive Officer, Cyndeo LLC, USA
Date: June 25, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)

- "Intelligent Pattern Recognition and Applications" by Prof. Patrick Wang, IAPR Fellow
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
Date: June 25, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)

- "Introduction to Uncertainty and Fuzzy Logic with Data Mining Applications" by Ashu M. G. Solo, Principal/R&D Engineer, Maverick Technologies America Inc., USA
Date: June 25, 2007 (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

- "Systems Biology in present day Bioinformatics: Tools, Tricks, Ticks and Traps" by Prashanth Suravajhala, Roskilde University, Greater Copenhagen, Denmark

- "Real-Time Image and Video Processing: From Research to Reality" by Prof. Nasser Kehtarnavaz, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA
Date: June 26, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)

- "Moving On, Moving Online That Is: An Introduction to Teaching Online" by Dr. Michael L. Nelson, School of Technology Graduate Program Director International College, Ft. Myers, Florida, USA
Date: June 26, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)

- "Computational Challenges in RNAi Gene Silencing" by Amanda Birmingham, Dharmacon, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bioinformatics Manager, USA
Date: June 26, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)

- "Introduction to Game Programming" by Lakshmi Prayaga, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA
Date: June 26, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)

- "Factor Graphs for Advanced Algorithm Design in Wireless Communications" by Dr. Henk Wymeersch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Date: June 27, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)

- "Data Mining in Time Series and Multimedia Databases" by Dr. Eamonn Keogh, University of California - Riverside, California, USA
Date: June 27, 2007
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

- "Cryptographic Features and Applications in Java (and C++)" by Prof. Ray Kresman, Bowling Green State University, USA
Date: June 27, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)

- "Mobile Terminal Software Architecture - Present and Future" by S. Vijay Anand, General Manager, SASKEN Communication Technologies Limited - CTO Team, India
Date: June 27, 2007 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)

HOW NOT TO GET SUED: Basic law for indies and freelancers

Wessex Media Group presents: HOW NOT TO GET SUED!
Basic law for indies and freelancers


Edgar Forbes – The Media School – Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

The Wallace Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University
Wed June 13th - Networking and Refreshments – 6-00pm – Event 6-30pm


Edgar Forbes is The Media School’s expert in media law. He is a regular contributor to Media Guardian on legal matters and the former Head of Global Rights Management at Reuters.

This session will provide:- An overview of key legal and regulatory developments affecting independent producers and freelancers.
- A look at the challenges of supplying content for non-linear platforms.
- An opportunity to assess the demand for further more specialised law courses which could be offered via Wessex Media Group.

From documentary through to drama, lifestyle to investigative programmes, independent producers need to be up-to-date with all the latest legal and regulatory developments. It’s no good leaving the ‘legals’ to post-production a rewrite or re-shoot creates unnecessary costs and delays. Broadcasters and other commissioners increasingly expect those producing the programmes they commission to ensure the production process is compliant and necessary legal checks, release forms and permissions have been obtained. This session will examine what producers need to be aware of and how to ensure compliance within the production process.

The session will also focus on the challenges of dealing with compliance issues across non-linear platforms as well as IP rights issues that arise in a non-linear and digital environment.

There is no charge for this event but you will need to register beforehand by e mailing lena@wessexmediagroup.co.uk

Monday, May 21, 2007

CFP: Case Studies in Research: Knowledge and Inquiry

Call for Papers: Design Research Quarterly announces a new series of articles:

Case Studies in Research: Knowledge and Inquiry


'we want to hold a discussion on how research steers theory'

Call for Papers:
Designers use the term 'design' to cover a wide range of activities and types of problems, and we have many differing, often incommensurable and opposing models of design and its theoretical and methodological bases. As a result, we also have have a history of lively debates over specific theories. These debates have not been able to resolve differences.

Many regions of design are not well defined, and in such situations, researchers can find that apparently straightforward problems can lead to fundamental questions about the nature of design, what kinds of philosophical and theoretical positions that can frame the research and ground the methods, and their implications with regard to knowledge: what kinds of knowledge are possible within the frames needed to do the research.

In short, we want to hold a discussion on how research steers theory. Our idea is to look at research and theories in design not primarily as related to subfields per se, but to see theories as products of research problems themselves: the topics studied studied and the questions being researched. Rather than look at abstract problems of research and theory, we want to present actual problems as case studies. In this way, we can clarify design by mapping its terrain of activities and problem types with their fundamental theoretical and methodological requirements.

Over the next two years, DRQ will collect and publish articles on these topics and replies to those articles, using its regular publication schedule to build a discussion. If you have an interest or idea for an article or other submission, please contact the editor, Peter Storkerson.


Topics:
We seek papers that explore issues including:
- ontological and epistemological implications or requirements of a research problem
- status of knowledge, its bases and levels of certainty
- conflicts between the knowledge that is possible in a given situation and the research goals.
-how research fits into fundamental paradigms: scientific, humanist, phenomenological, pragmatic, etc., and how those approaches compare in their strengths and weaknesses
- working across the boundaries of humanism and science: the extent to which a research problem requires use of more than one basic philosophical frame and how different frames can be reconciled


Specifications:
3,ooo to 6,000 words
APA guidelines

For information or submissions:
Peter Storkerson email: peter@drsq.org

Weekly IMM Roundup for 05/14 - 05/20

Every Monday (well, it used to be Sunday) we present you our weekly roundup of interesting articles you might have missed during last week, a selection of the best content that we presented here to you on Internet: Marketing and Messages (IMM).

Last week I started to add some non-academic information to the site, like reports on the music industry, telecommunications, sms texting, etc. I think that this new addition in content is a step in the right direction, let me know what you think by posting a comment.

Feel free to comment on any of the posts you find interesting! I am also looking for great new websites related to online research and online marketing to add to our linklist - so if you know any good ones or want to exchange links, just leave a comment!


RESEARCHING CHINA’S MEDIA
A one-day workshop and conference
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2007 NMC Summer Conference
The 2007 NMC Summer Conference will be held June 6-9, 2007, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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JCMC: double-themed special issue
Theme I: The Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines
Theme II: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Religion and Computer-Mediated Communication
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Communities and Technologies 2007 conference
Early registration ends on May 31st.
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The profile of a Spanish Second Life resident
Findings from a recent market research exercise.
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LEA Dispersive Anatomies - Call for papers
The Leonardo Electronic Almanac is inviting papers and artworks that address dispersion - dispersion of bodies, objects, landscapes, networks, virtual and real worlds.
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Google rolls out Universal Search
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Amazon to launch DRM free Music Download Store
Amazon.com to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store with Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12,000 Other Labels.
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AV PhD Day - free Symposium at the Centre for Material Digital Culture
The aim of this one-day event is to explore approaches to beginning and developing doctoral work that uses the moving image as a major element of a research project at PhD level.
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