Researchers Cooperate to Create Better Ways of Finding Reliable Information Online

Researchers from two universities are working together to develop technology and techniques for assessing the credibility of information on the World Wide Web.
The researchers, from Syracuse University and the University of Washington, have received a grant to establish a Web site called the Credibility Commons. On the site, the researchers will share computer programs that they and others have written to help users find credible online information. They also plan to gather feedback from Internet users on the ease and reliability of various methods for finding information on the Web, such as using search engines and posting questions on blogs.
Read the entire Chronicle of Higher Education article here.

Lunch & Learn: Portable Media: Fun Players and Phones with Doug Dixon

At the Lunch ‘n Learn seminar on March 15, Douglas Dixon demonstrated dozens of small portable storage devices, media players, and multi-function devices. Mr. Dixon is a technology consultant with Manifest Technology, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Recording Media Association‘s Mediaware Magazine, Technical Editor for Camcorder & Computer Video Magazine, and a frequent contributor for many information technology publications.
Many of you have used or seen flash sticks, essentially removable hard disks with built in USB ports all on a chewing gum-sized stick. As Mr. Dixon demonstrated, these devices are becoming smaller and smaller, less and less expensive, and are now beginning to come with reloaded content in their Read-only memory (ROM). Newer models have LCD displays with capacity meters, offer security including fingerprint readers, and come in different colors and styles. Imation provides flash memory on a wristband. Swissbit has even added it as a component on a Swiss Army Knife!

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Law professor bans laptops in class, over student protest

MEMPHIS (AP) — A group of University of Memphis law students are passing a petition against a professor who banned laptop computers from her classroom because she considers them a distraction in lectures.
On March 6, Professor June Entman warned her first-year law students by e-mail to bring pens and paper to take notes in class.
Read the complete AP article here.

Georgia College Pushes for IPod Ingenuity

Associated Press Writer
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The campus of Georgia College & State University boasts traditional college fare – spacious greens, historic architecture and a steady stream of students with the familiar white headphones of iPods dangling from their ears. But here in the antebellum capital of Georgia, students listening to iPods might just as well be studying for calculus class as rocking out to Coldplay – after the school’s educators worked to find more strategic uses for the popular digital music and video players.
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GCSU iPod home.

Web Founder Featured in Public Lecture Series

berners-lee.jpgSir Tim Berners-Lee, “The real inventor of the World-Wide Web,” will be lecturing on a topic to be announced on April 5 at 8:00 pm in McCosh 50.
Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, senior researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and professor of computer science at Southampton School of Electronics and Computer Science. He is also author of Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by its Inventor. (HarperCollins, 1999)
Time Magazine has hailed Berners-Lee as one of the 100 greatest minds of the century. His contribution in creating the WWW has changed the way we do business, the way we organize and gain access to information, and communicate and even socialize with one another. His vision of the WWW is more than simply an efficient tool for research and communication, but more… a means to a new way of thinking and the extension of social freedoms throughout the world.
More information is available at the Public Lectures web site.