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Swineflu in Twitter and Google maps

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I have just read an article from CNN website. The title is “Swine flu creates controversy on Twitter” .  I recommend you read it.

The article explain that many people are using Twitter to distribute false information, “unnecessary hype and misinformation about the outbreak”. 

“For example, some Twitter users told their followers to stop eating pork, he said. Health officials have not advised that precaution. Read about how the virus is transmitted.” (from the cited article).

 Twitter has grownn up a lot the last months and now many people access to this micro-blogging site to get information or comment about if they feel any symptons. So these use of Twitter as a information tool, when anyone could write anything, true or false, is something quiet dangerous. But, of course, if you know this, that these information media is not totally “clean and transparence” you must be responsible using Twitter, or another resource. 

Twitter is a big rumour machine. So really you have to be prevented and understand that not because something is repeated a million of times must be true, A million of lemmings can be wrong. “That information needs to be put in context by journalists…” as says the cited article.

If you are interested in know what is happening in Twitter about the swineflu see here and introduce “swineflu” in the search box. On the time that I have spent for write this post, the volume of related post in Twitter has increased in more of 700 and every 3-5 second it grow up over 5-6 entries. I am really curious about this statistics.

Also thanks to Google maps the swineflu is being  monitoring, in many cases the information has been from Twitter sources!!. See the link of COMMENTS that appears in the site. Link here to see the swineflu map. 

Remember that:
Pink markers are suspect
Purple markers are confirmed or probable
Deaths lack a dot in marker
Yellow markers are negative


Written by claesju

April 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Print on Demand: Espresso Book

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This machine is presented as a revolution as the Gutenberg Press by OnDemandBooks
I´m not sure about its price, I think is expensive, but could be a good option in the libraries.
Perhaps, it is. But I think that the really important is that the book industry is trying to provide an aswer to the development of digital collections, inside the digital libraries, and they really think that it is a good market.

Here you have a quiet boring video, except if you are engineer 😉 , but I recommend you the second one, more interesting.

Written by claesju

April 28, 2009 at 1:00 am

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Newborn World Digital Library: testing the quality

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Today has been inaugurated the new World Digital Library  with the support of UNESCO. I had been waiting patiently the moment to go inside it and finally I like it in many senses.

A good point is that the WDL is very good presented.

The first page that you see is a map of the world divided by subdivisions of the continents and the number of documents available by time. Down this map you could see a time´s line where is possible choose a specific century or a time scale. Of course is possible do a “more normal browsing” by time, place, topic, type of item and institution.

A bad point is that I think now is only an example of what is going to be, because I think is still “empty”.

Testing the quality of the World Digital Library:

At the first time a tried to browse an edition of the spanish author Cervantes,  that

“His magnum opusDon Quixote, considered the first modern novel by many,[1] is a classic of Western literature and is regularly regarded among the best novels ever written. His work is considered among the most important in all of literature.” (from Wikipedia)


But this first browsing about Cervantes Saavedra didn´t work.

I introduced “cervantes” in the search space. The same with “quijote” or “quixote”. So I supposed they don´t have any document related to this topic.

Next I decided choose a document offered by them, because at this moment there are not too much documents.

The result was great. A wonderful picture of  a ” Chola Woman, Full-Length Portrait, Standing, Facing Right, La Paz, Bolivia”. The picture has a very good description, also in spanish, and others languages and the quality is wonderful

There is possible find out more pictures or information related to this document. For example the author, the collection from is part, etc. Is intituitive, I think so, more than a normal catalog, and the presentation is wonderful.

So I hope the WDL is going to have more documents in the future, because now is almost only an example of Digital Library. But I like his use and the quality of the pictures, cataloging, interaction, etc. Now we can talk about the world digital library as something real and working, but at the moment, only as an example of his potential.