Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Digital Textbooks - Off Track?

From the Chronicle, August 26, 2008

Digital textbooks offered by publishers do not incorporate the features students want. 75% of 500 students surveyed, prefer an affordable printed text over a digital textbook.
The title link leads to the full article.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Young Librarians Talk About Their Generation

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, October 19, 2007

Librarians answer the questions:

What is the future of the book?
Will their be a reference desk?
What are libraries doing right and wrong?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Computer Animation Research Unites Disney with Two Universities

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Two Universities Join Disney In Computer-Animation Research
Carnegie Mellon University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich might be the creators of Disney's next animated character. The Walt Disney Company will establish collaborative labs with the two universities, the corporation announced yesterday at a computer graphics conference in Los Angeles. The collaborative labs, in Pittsburgh and Zurich, will do research on computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, robotics, data mining, and user interfaces, among other topics, according to a news release. Disney will provide funds for five years to pay the directors of the two labs, and money for seven years for eight principal investigators. One of the Carnegie Mellon lab's first projects will be finding ways for people to interact with virtual or robotic characters. The Swiss researchers will look at issues such as computer animation, image synthesis, and artificial intelligence. Disney may use the results for any of its divisions, including Parks and Resorts, Disney Media Networks, ESPN, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Disney Interactive Media Group, and Pixar Animation Studios. --Maria José Viñas

Monday, August 11, 2008

Web Privacy on the Radar In Congress

From The New York Times, August 11, 2008
Business Day Section
Original Article Written By: Stephanie Clifford

Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress

Data collection and privacy policies are of concern to Congress lately. On the first day of August 2008, 33 cable and Internet companies received letters from 4 top members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The companies included Google and Microsoft. For the most part, the committee wants more information about their privacy policies. Compliance is tricky however, as technology policies shouldn't become outdated as technology itself advances.