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Inaugural chairs named to DCMI Advisory Board standing committees

Planet RDFWed, 04/16/2014 - 23:59

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RDF
2014-04-16, DCMI is pleased to announce the inaugural chairs of the Advisory Board's new standing committees. Ana Alice Baptista, University of Minho, Portugal, and Wei (Keven) Liu, Shanghai Library will serve as co-chairs of the Education & Outreach Committee. Muriel Foulonneau, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg, and Emma Tonkin, King's College London will co-chair the Conferences & Meetings Committee. The inaugural chairs will shepherd their respective committees through refinement of the committee charges and formulation or working processes. For the full announcement of the new appointments, see Advisory Board Chair Marcia Zeng's message to the DCMI Community at http://dublincore.org/news/chairMessage/20140416/.

Extension of DC-2014 "Call for Participation" to 17 May 2014

Planet RDFWed, 04/16/2014 - 23:59

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RDF
2014-04-16, The deadline for submission of full papers, project reports and posters to the peer reviewed program for DC-2014 in Austin, Texas has been extended by two weeks to 17 May 2014. In addition to submission related to the conference theme --Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory, submissions are welcome on any topic addressing metadata models, technologies and applications. Submission describing innovative best practices in metadata are welcome from practitioners as well as researchers and application developers. The "Call for Submissions" can be found at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014/cfp.

Become a DC-2014 sponsor!

Planet RDFWed, 04/16/2014 - 23:59

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RDF
2014-04-16, The Texas Digital Library and the Conference Committee for DC-2014 in Austin Texas in October are pleased to offer a limited number of sponsors the opportunity to present themselves directly to the conference participants and to a global audience beyond the conference venue. The sponsorship categories for DC-2014 range from provision of fellowship funding to support access to the conference and pre- and post-conference activities by recipients otherwise unable to attend to flash drives containing the open proceedings. Additional information regarding the categories of sponsorship and how to become a DC-2014 Sponsor can be found at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/2014-cfs.

Datablog: Barry O'Farrell's term cut short, but it was longer than the average

Datablog (the Guardian)Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:38

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Visualization

The 43rd premier of NSW lasted 901 days in office, longer than his immediate predecessors and the average

Barry O'Farrell's term may have been cut short, but it's not even close to the shortest NSW premiership.

A quick look at the terms of premiers in NSW shows terms were much shorter in the late 19th and early 20th century, though politicians often had multiple, non-consecutive occasions in office:

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NYC Camp News & Announcements: <a href="/news/free-drupal-trainings-nyc-camp">Free Drupal trainings at NYC Camp</a>

Planet DrupalWed, 04/16/2014 - 03:27

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Drupal

Did you know NYC Camp has a massive list of completely free Drupal trainings scheduled for Thursday April 10th??? Check out the line-up and sign up!

Don't Forget To Register!

Make sure you create an account and register for NYC Camp 2014, Registration is completely free but the UN security is fairly strict so please register for the camp and then you can go ahead and sign up for a free training on any of the training description pages!

NYC Camp News & Announcements: <a href="/news/announcing-nyc-camp-2014">Announcing NYC Camp 2014</a>

Planet DrupalWed, 04/16/2014 - 03:27

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Drupal

NYC Camp (aka 'nice camp') is an annual 4 day mini Drupal conference held in NYC dedicated to Drupal learning and contribution. Best of all it's completely free and volunteer powered! This past year we had a spectacular event packed with trainings, sessions, summits and sprints. We've got a great event in the works and expect NYC Camp 2014 to rock even harder than last year!

Interested in volunteering? Yes You! Sign up to participate and contribute to your NYC Drupal community here

Stay up to date on all upcoming NYCCamp News by following us on twitter @NYCCampDrupal

Enter, Update, Exit… [D3.js]

Another word for itWed, 04/16/2014 - 00:49

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Topic Maps

Enter, Update, Exit – An Introduction to D3.js, The Web’s Most Popular Visualization Toolkit by Christian Behrens.

From the webpage:

Over the past couple of years, D3, the groundbreaking JavaScript library for data-driven document manipulation developed by Mike Bostock, has become the Swiss Army knife of web-based data visualization. However, talking to other designers or developers who use D3 in their projects, I noticed that one of the core concepts of it remains somewhat obscure and is often referred to as »D3’s magic«: Data joins and selections.

Given a solid command of basic JavaScript, this article should help you to wrap your head around these two fundamental concepts and get you started using D3 for your dataviz projects.

If you encounter anyone not already using D3.js, pass this page along to them.

I first saw this in a tweet by Halftone.

GraphChi-DB [src released]

Another word for itWed, 04/16/2014 - 00:33

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Topic Maps

GraphChi-DB

From the webpage:

GraphChi-DB is a scalable, embedded, single-computer online graph database that can also execute similar large-scale graph computation as GraphChi. it has been developed by Aapo Kyrola as part of his Ph.D. thesis.

GraphChi-DB is written in Scala, with some Java code. Generally, you need to know Scala quite well to be able to use it.

IMPORTANT: GraphChi-DB is early release, research code. It is buggy, it has awful API, and it is provided with no guarantees. DO NOT USE IT FOR ANYTHING IMPORTANT.

GraphChi-DB source code arrives!

Enjoy!

Wandora – New Version [TMQL]

Another word for itWed, 04/16/2014 - 00:23

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Topic Maps

Wandora – New Version

From the webpage:

It is over six months since last Wandora release. Now we are finally ready to publish new version with some very interesting new features. Release 2014-04-15 features TMQL support and embedded HTML browser, for example. TMQL is the topic map query language and Wandora allows the user to search, query and modify topics and associations with TMQL scripts. Embedded HTML browser expands Wandora’s internal visualizations repertoire. Wandora embedded HTTP server services are now available inside the Wandora application….

Change Log, Download.

Two of the biggest changes:

Download your copy today!

I will post a review by mid-May, 2014.

Interested to hear your comments, questions and suggestions in the mean time.

BTW, the first suggestion I have is that the download file should NOT be wandora.zip but rather wandora-(date).zip if nothing else. Ditto for the source files and javadocs.

AGLOBALWAY: Redirect user after login (or filling out other forms)

Planet DrupalTue, 04/15/2014 - 22:50

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Drupal
Redirecting a user to a specific path after a form submission is a feature required by most CMS websites. In Drupal, as with most things, there’s multiple ways to do it. Here’s a couple we use, depending on the site’s requirements:  

This is a method can be used for all the forms. Two steps here:

  1. Change block thank you page urlThis method only works for a form in a block. In admin->structure->block, find the block containing the form and there is a configuration named “Thank You Page”. Put in the redirect url here or leave blank for no redirect. The benefit of this way is both developers and the website administrator can change it without touching code while the limitation is the form must be put in a form. 
  2. Add a submit handler to form_alter
    1. Add a submit handler to the form_alter with the condition that the form id is the one we want to customize.
    2. Assign the redirect path to $form_state['redirect'] in the handler function.

 

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Events, Geo Events and more events! An update…

AnythingGeospatialTue, 04/15/2014 - 22:15

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Mapping
TweetLoads pf noise on the event front… A busy week indeed for the industry as many folks have just returned from a busy week-end in D.C where the annual State of the Map US (SOTMUS) took...

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Which spiritual leaders have the biggest following among foreign fighters in Syria?

Datablog (the Guardian)Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:30

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Visualization

An analysis of social media has shown what a selection of foreign fighters in Syria are liking, following and interacting with. What are their key online influences?

Since the start of the Syrian conflict, hundreds of men have left their homes in the west or elsewhere to join the country's civil war. Over the last 12 months, researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Courage (ICSR) have created a database of the social media activity of 114 foreign fighters with Facebook or Twitter accounts.

The researchers were able to give a country-of-origin breakdown for their sample. The UK headed up the list, with 25.4% of fighters emanating from Britain.

The analysis identifies two relatively unknown clerics who have been acting as online cheerleaders for fighters seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad. It also identifies a new breed of 'disseminators' advising and supporting the men and women who have joined rebel groups.

Ahmad Musa Jibril and Musa Cerantonio the two other preachers on the list are both based in the west, speak English, and regularly communicate with western Muslim audiences through social media platforms. Their popularity is also reflected on Twitter, where they are followed by 60% and 23% of foreign fighters respectively.

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The Bw-Tree: A B-tree for New Hardware Platforms

Another word for itTue, 04/15/2014 - 21:22

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Topic Maps

The Bw-Tree: A B-tree for New Hardware Platforms by Justin J. Levandoski, David B. Lomet, and, Sudipta Sengupta.

Abstract:

The emergence of new hardware and platforms has led to reconsideration of how data management systems are designed. However, certain basic functions such as key indexed access to records remain essential. While we exploit the common architectural layering of prior systems, we make radically new design decisions about each layer. Our new form of B-tree, called the Bw-tree achieves its very high performance via a latch-free approach that effectively exploits the processor caches of modern multi-core chips. Our storage manager uses a unique form of log structuring that blurs the distinction between a page and a record store and works well with flash storage. This paper describes the architecture and algorithms for the Bw-tree, focusing on the main memory aspects. The paper includes results of our experiments that demonstrate that this fresh approach produces outstanding performance.

With easy availability of multi-core chips, what new algorithms are you going to discover while touring SICP or TAOCP?

Is that going to be an additional incentive to tour one or both of them?

Search Market Share: Yahoo Hits New Low About To Slip Into Single-Digits

Search Engine LandTue, 04/15/2014 - 21:22

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Search
On the heels of Yahoo’s Q1 2014 earnings in which its search business showed signs of life comScore released new monthly search market share figures for the US market. They show Yahoo with 10.1 percent of the market — a new low for the company. It would appear that Yahoo is continuing...

Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.

groups.drupal.org frontpage posts: NYC Camp Media sprint report

Planet DrupalTue, 04/15/2014 - 21:09

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Drupal

New York city Drupal camp happened last weekend in United Nations HQ and there was, among numerous other things, Media sprint going on. Organizers did their best to bring some of the most active Drupal Media contributors on-site. We are very happy and thankful that they made this possible, as we managed to achieve some very important steps forward.

Plans for Drupal 8

Main part of our efforts at the camp was roadmap for Media in Drupal 8 as part of which we achieved few very important conclusions:

  • Storage components: there are still different opinions about the storage part (AKA "File entity" approach vs. "Media entity" approach - for more info check https://groups.drupal.org/node/384813). We decided that this is fine. We will continue to work on both solutions, while trying to find as many sticking points as possible and share as much code as possible. Entire ecosystem will be split into several sub-components in order for this to be possible.
  • Decoupled components architecture: as already mentioned we're dividing Media ecosystem into smaller pieces, which will be easier to develop and maintain. We will make sure to make every component as generally usable as possible. This will allow us to use them with both storage solutions and also, when applicable, in more general contexts (not necessary related to media itself). "Full featured" media solutions will still exist, but will mostly provide glue that will make individual components able to work together.
  • Media browser/selector/creator: this part of the system will be responsible for browsing media collections, picking and/or creating individual or multiple media items. It will be used in different contexts as fields (entity reference, file, image, ...), WYSIWYG, global, etc. This component will not be related to media by it's nature. It should be possible to use it also in other similar use-cases (browsing and picking nodes for an entity reference field for example). Existing tools/systems should be used where possible (Views for entity browsing, existing field widgets for entity creation, ...).
  • WYSIWYG integration: core now supports image embeds by default, but we still want to be able to embed other types of media. WYSIWYG entity embed framework will be responsible for that. It will be able to embed any entity using techniques that were already tested in D7. Entity-specific solutions that we know from D7 world (node_embed, ...) will become obsolete as a result of that.
  • Display configuration: we will create two levels of display configuration. Field formatter level will provide more basic functionality, while ensuring simpler interface for site builders and administrators. This approach is expected to be used on simpler sites. Media/File entity render will, on the other hand, provide more powerful display configuration system with more complexity. Both storage solutions will share some parts of display configuration components, but it will not be possible to re-use everything.
  • 3Rd party providers: both storage solutions will need own 3Rd party integrations due to fundamental differences in storage implementation.
Next events/sprints Getting involved

In order for Media to really rock in D8 we need a lot of help (by this I mean A LOT!). Are you personally interested in media on Drupal or you run a Drupal company/shop and have to deal with funky media problems and desperately need a powerful and extensible solution for that? Are you able to dedicate some of your (or one or your employees) time to achieve that goal?

We need you! No matter which skills you have! We need help with back-end and front-end development. We also need design/UX skills to create good editorial experience. Are you not a coder, but have good ideas? We need those!

You can reach us on #drupal-media or on groups.drupal.org/media. There will be weekly "scrums" held in Google Hangout onAir every Tuesday at 3:30PM GMT (follow groups.drupal.org/media for announcements).

We need your user stories

There are as many possible media use-cases as there are Drupal websites. In order to be able to design the system in a way that will work for most possible situations we need your feedback - your user stories. Please take few minutes to think about your past project that dealt with Media and try to remember interesting problems that you'be been facing. Then use our form and send them our way in a form of a user story.

Google Summer of Code 2014

We have two quite strong media related project proposals for this year's Summer of code. We are hoping for both of them to be accepted. We will be able to publish more informations about that in the second part of April.

Please help Aaron Winborn

Aaron is a long time Drupal contributor, author of many media-related modules and a great and inspiring person. He is fighting ALS and he needs our help. Please consider contributing to his fund to help them make his and his families life just a little bit easier. Thank you!

We would like to thank camp organizers one more time. They prepared an unforgettable event for us. We would definitely not be able to achieve this progress without their support!

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