Why does that word keep ringing in my head? As the day has arrived for the retail distribution of the Apple iPhone, I can’t help but think that this newest innovation in convergence is just a small drop in the bucket (well, not financially) for what lies ahead and that it’s not necessarily a good thing. I read a journal article this morning titled Let Them Eat Laptops: The Limits of Technicism from the International Journal of Communication that discusses the diffusion of innovation (many of you may be familiar with the social science theory of the same name by Everett Rogers - btw, I’m a “laggard” in his diffusion terms). And I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Is such convergence and diffusion destroying our ability to really communicate with each other?” Are such tools really good for us in the long run?
Archive for June, 2007
In an interview of Vinton Cerf by The Chronicle of Higher Education just released today, Cerf discusses the balancing act between control and freedom with the existing Internet. Arguments are regularly being made for and against the openness of the Internet (read lack of user identity) partially given to the fact that there is no single governing body or institution charged with it’s overall management and oversight. (more…)
Back in October 2005, we took a look at the emergence and future of municipal wi-fi. There’s been progress, but that progress is still being hampered by, not surprisingly, viable revenue models. In our last visit to the topic, discussions were in place for setting up a wi-fi WAN in Philadelphia. That was more than 18 months ago and it still hasn’t been rolled out yet. In this InformationWeek article, more details are provided about the Philadelphia network, which is now set to come on line later this year. For more info on some of the stumbling blocks in the municipal wi-fi vision, see the article Muni Wi-Fi: Next Big Thing–Or Next Tech Boondoggle?
If you’re interested in the previous post about emerging organizational structures and their challenges in utilizing/managing the lifecycle of data, especially within academia, then the upcoming issue of CTWatch Quarterly should be of interest. Among the articles in the upcoming issue is one by Herbert Van de Sompel and Carl Lagoze in which digital interoperability within scholarly communication will be the focus. Expect some very interesting discussion and information about the Object Re-Use and Exchange (ORE) project of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI).
So I was poking around looking for a podcast the other day when I stumbled upon a link to an Interview of Lynch at Educause Connect. The interview was from the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) 2006 Fall Task Force meeting. After listening to the interview, I began to think about the various meanings of the term “cyberinfrastructure” and how there is really no consensus of the meaning. While contemplating that, I was reminded of the various physical components that people might consider when using the term.