UC San Diego Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

[From the article: “The new Vroom video wall has enabled our
researchers and their students to take their collaboration capability to a new
level and has challenged them to explore new areas of information technology
with a completely immersive mixed media environment,” said Thomas DeFanti,
director of visualization for Calit2.

which brings together technology research with a focus on applications, refers
to these wall-sized visualization facilities or clusters as
“OptIPortables.” First installed in March 2010 at UCSD using 32 NEC X462UN displays
and then elsewhere at its partner institutions around the world, the Institute
uses the video walls to allow simultaneous video conferencing and visualization
of large-sized data sets. …According to DeFanti, NEC displays have been used
because “they consistently offered the narrowest bezels we could purchase
at the time, a critical issue for viewing super-high-resolution imagery.”
Also, he added, NEC has displays in the sizes the Institute needs. More
recently, the display shopping list has added the requirements of LED
backlighting and 2D and 3D collaboration capabilities.]
UC San Diego
Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

The University of California,
San Diego (UCSD) has decided that more and bigger is better, especially for
immersive experiences. The university is building out its collection of virtual
rooms that use multiple large-screens for visualization.



Princeton bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers

bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers

Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation, September 28, 2011.



US academic institution Princeton University has banned researchers from giving
the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain
cases where a waiver may be granted. The new rule is part of an Open Access
policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging
publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive
copyright as a condition of publication.”


7th International Conference on Preservation of
Digital Objects (September 19-24, 2010; Vienna, Austria)

Source: http://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/dp/ipres2010/papers/conway-20.pdf





Paul Conway

(8 pages)

Yale Library, Digitization, Hathi Trust

[From the article: For now, the cost and time required to digitize all of Yale’s volumes
exceed the library’s capacity, Gibbons said. But a growing digital community of
libraries can help the University move towards its goal of expanding access to
its holdings. “Companies that were doing big microfilming projects are now
doing big digitizing projects,” Reese said. “If the question was could all the
books in the Yale library be digitized, the answer is probably yes … Yale won’t
necessarily have to be the one to digitize them.” If another institution has
digitized a work also found in Yale’s print collections, for example, the
institutions might share access through the Hathi Trust. Based in Ann Arbor,
Mich. and operating in conjunction with the University of Michigan, the Hathi
Trust offers libraries across the country access to one another’s collections,
Pilette said. Yale became a member of the Trust in August 2010, when it became
the second Ivy League institution after Columbia University to join. Jeremy
York, project librarian for Hathi Trust, said most libraries choose to allow
unrestricted access to their materials in the repository, but Pilette said that
in some cases, copyright law dictates that only the affiliates of the library
that owns the print edition may access digital copies of those materials.]

UP CLOSE | A digital library?

worldwide are adjusting to serve users in an age dominated by online resources
and e-readers.

Daily News – Sep 27 | Source:

Archimedes sent a fax to XXI century

 Image of the Week

Archimedes sent
a fax to XXI century

By Bora Zivkovic | September 26, 2011


High powered x-rays of a 10th century
prayer book reveal one of two surviving texts by the ancient Greek
mathematician Archimedes. The book has been dubbed Archimedes’ Palimpsest and
will be on display starting next month at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore,
MD. William Noel, who spearheaded the effort to reveal the hidden text, notes
that watching the x-ray scan results come in real-time was “like receiving a
fax from the 3rd Century B.C.”



Source: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/image-of-the-week/2011/09/26/archimedes-sent-a-fax-to-xxi-century/

How Cognitive Science Can Improve Your PowerPoint Presentations

the article
: Harvard cognitive scientist Stephen M. Kosslyn, who studies
how brains process images, wants to improve the world with his cutting-edge
research. And he’s starting with four ways to make your PowerPoint
presentations more human brain-compliant. …The Goldilocks Rule refers to
presenting the “just right” amount of data. Never include more
information than your audience needs in a visual image. As an example, Kosslyn
showed two graphs of real estate prices over time. One included ten different
numbers, one for each year. The other included two numbers: a peak price, and
the current price. For the purposes of a presentation about today’s prices
relative to peak price, those numbers were the only ones necessary.]

Cognitive Science Can Improve Your PowerPoint Presentations

By Annalee Newitz Feb 15, 2008 10:20 AM


Lessons From The Brain-Damaged Investor

[From the article: People with certain kinds of brain damage may
make better investment decisions. That is the conclusion of a new study
offering some compelling evidence that mixing emotion with investing can lead
to bad outcomes. …By linking brain science to investment behavior, researchers
concluded that people with an impaired ability to experience emotions could
actually make better financial decisions than other people under certain
circumstances. The research is part of a fast-growing interdisciplinary field
called “neuroeconomics” that explores the role biology plays in
economic decision making, by combining insights from cognitive neuroscience,
psychology and economics.]

21, 2005

From The Brain-Damaged Investor

Study Explores Links Between Emotion and Results; ‘Neuroeconomics’ on Wall

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112190164023291519,00.html