Glastonbury Festival goes social

The Glastonbury Festival, a long running music and performing arts festival (this year’s Festival is the 40th), has embraced social media this year. The Festival has its own blog and also developed an interactive mobile app. to help attendees plan and navigate their way around, and make sure they saw all of the hottest acts in the lineup. During the festival, a HUGE photo of festival goers (around 70,000 people) was snapped and is now being tagged via Facebook. Mashable have labelled the enormous photo tagging effort as a Where’s Waldo for the digital age” – tag yourself, tag your friends … if you can find them! So far just over 2,500 individuals have been tagged.


What is Web 2.0?

This video has been around for a while but it nicely sums up some of the underlying ideas of Web 2.0, as well as hinting at the kinds of issues that new developments in technology will bring. I particularly like the video’s distinction between form and content – RDA eat your heart out!

Presentation developed by Dr. Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography, Kansas State University

Innovative Ideas Forum 2009

This year’s Innovative Ideas Forum, hosted by the National Library of Australia, is focusing on “The value and significance of social networking for cultural institutions”.

The NLA is tackling this idea head on by encouraging delegates to participate in some social networking of their own. Content from delegates who tag their blog posts, presentations, photos etc with the tag iif2009, and Twitterers who utilise #iif2009 in their tweets will be aggregated and made available as part of Innovative Ideas Forum’s website. If you can’t make it, you can follow all of the action via the aggregated information stream here.

Power to the people!

As some of you might be aware, the National Library of Australia has been undertaking a huge newspaper digitisation project. Whilst OCR software has come a long way in providing access to these texts, nothing is perfect. It is, in fact, users of this material that are making the outputted OCR text even better by providing feedback and correcting the OCR transcriptions as they go. The Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program states that “Users have corrected over 2 million lines of electronic text in over 100,000 articles. Over 46,000 tags have been added to articles and many comments about information in articles added.”

There is an article in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine by Rose Holley, the Manager of the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program, that covers this in more detail.