Youth Voices Forum

I had the privilege yesterday of listening to the presentations made at the Youth Voices Challenge here in Christchurch. The event was jointly organised by the NZ UNESCO Sub commission in conjunction with the WE SPEAK 2011 event run by the White Elephant Trust and Otautahi Youth Council. The event sought to bring together 25 young leaders from ‘generation Y‘ to ensure that the voices of young people are heard in the process of visioning the future of Christchurch after the earthquakes here. They’d worked together from 6pm on the Friday evening through to lunchtime on Saturday to pull together … Continue reading Youth Voices Forum

Data, data, data…

There’s certainly a lot being written at the moment about the significance of data in our lives. With the advent of advanced networks, virtualisation and cloud computing, massive (and cheap) storage etc., together with the ever increasing demands for storing large, multimedia files, we’re beginning to see a completely different perspective on data stemming from concerns such as.. what data do we need to store and manage? how long do we need to keep it for? where will it be stored? what format(s) will it be stored in? who can access it? what about backup, support, failover etc.? what can … Continue reading Data, data, data…

Happy birthday Wikipedia

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMBbGvG8lpU?fs=1&hl=en_US&w=426&h=256%5D Wikipedia is celebrating its 10th anniversary today! Back on January 15, 2001, after a failed attempt to launch a conventional online encyclopedia called Nupedia, Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia with few expectations. Today, Wikipedia is available in more than 250 languages, includes some 26 million entries, is read by over 400,000,000 people per month! And all of the content is uploaded, edited and kept fresh by those users of the site, or the ‘wikipedians’ as I’ve seen them referred to. Sue Gardiner, current CEO of Wikipedia, is quoted in a recent Yahoo News article as saying, “”Wikipedia turned out … Continue reading Happy birthday Wikipedia

Journalism in the age of data

Here’s a great clip to spend 50 minutes watching over the weekend, particularly if you teach media studies, journalism or English – titled Journalism in the Age of Data from Geoff Mcghee on Vimeo. (I can’t get the embed code to work in my blog at present, so you’ll  have to link to it :-)) This clip explains and illustrates so clearly why we need to be thinking a lot more about the visualisation of data in our school curriculum. As one of the commentators says, “the best way to learn about visualisations is to make them“m and… “making visualisations … Continue reading Journalism in the age of data

What’s next for newspapers?

I’m now back in NZ, getting used to the time zone differences 🙂 Over recent months I’ve read an increasing number of stories, articles and comments on the future of newspapers that I’ve been storing away to make comment on, as I see the whole debate as being indicative of the paradigm shift in the “knowledge economy” we’re all a part of. As a blogger this thinking has been percolating in my mind for some years now as i think about how I access the news, how I filter it, engage with it and report it. The interactive map above … Continue reading What’s next for newspapers?

Social Democratic Participation

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjJm_Hzc6Yg&w=460&h=290] Imagine this in New Zealand! A feed from the ReadWriteWeb blog this morning drew my attention to the latest innovation from the US White House. President Obama’s team have launched a new web site where anyone can submit and vote for their most important questions abut the economy and its impact on education, health, retirement, jobs etc. Obama is promising to read these submissions and respond in person in a regular broadcast each Thursday. As ReadWriteWeb point out – the White House has a Digg clone! In New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has made a start with a … Continue reading Social Democratic Participation