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John LeMasney is a father, artist, designer, consultant, technologist, open web advocate and open source evangelist living and working in New Jersey.
He is the Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University, responsible for training and presenting to faculty and students about the effective use of technology for communication, work, teaching and learning. He tries to help people get things done.
John received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 1998.
He received his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (communication) with honors from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ in 2009.
You can see his design work in a daily design blog at http://365sketches.org
Google Fusion Tables is a new (and free) tool by Google that allows for you to plug table data into Google and with no coding experience visualize the data. You can add other peoples’ data to your tables and visualize the results or you can even share your table data with others. You can build public data sets and visualize them as maps or charts in a matter for seconds. You can also add people to collaborate or review and edit your data tables. To use Google Fusion Tables, all you need is Google account. To check out the tool, click on the following link: http://www.google.com/fusiontables/
A couple months ago I did a presentation at Productive Scholar about annotating digital documents. I didn’t talk much about GoogleDocs in that talk. Although their commenting feature was perfectly nice, it seemed a bit too simple and didn’t seem to really take advantage of the medium. Well apparently also a couple months ago, Google changed their commenting feature and it is worth taking another look at. They are now calling them ‘discussion’ rather than comments which makes perfect sense because they have added the ability to reply to comments much as you would in a discussion board or when commenting on a blog post. Each reply in a discussion has a picture of the commenter so it is clear who commented, and a timestamp so it is clear when they commented. The author of a comment can also be alerted by e-mail when someone replies to their comment. There is also a button labeled ‘Resolve’ in the discussion area. Clicking this button will hide the discussion from view. It can later be restored from a ‘Discussions’ menu in the upper right hand corner of the screen.