Help with Unity

I wanted to pass this one for people interested in going to Unity:


The National Association of Hispanic Journalists will offer financial assistance in the form of convention registration and/or air transportation to a limited group of NAHJ members to attend the UNITY ’08 Convention in Chicago, July 23-27, 2008. All financial aid requests will be considered on the basis of financial need, with a priority given to journalists laid off during the past 14 months and to members who work in Spanish-language media.

For more information about NAHJ’s Financial Assistance for UNITY ‘08, visit:

All financial assistance requests must be received via email by 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 2, 2008. Selections will be made and announced by June 6.

There are only 61 days until the UNITY ’08 Convention! The pre-registration deadline is Friday, June 13, 2008. For more information on the UNITY Convention schedule, programming and NAHJ’s special events at the convention, go to

If you are looking to save money on lodging by getting a roommate, look for one in the UNITY 2008 group on Facebook. Go to, search for the “UNITY 2008” group, and go to the Discussion Board topic “Who is looking for a roommate?” If you’re not a member of Facebook, just sign up quickly. All you need to do is type in your email address and create a password. Then you’ll have access to all the fun stuff on the UNITY 2008 group, which is growing every day.

With all the topical discussions, essential skills and multimedia training, presidential candidates forums, tremendous job-seeking and networking opportunities, and the induction of high-profile journalists and association founders to the NAHJ Hall of Fame, UNITY ’08 is a convention you can’t miss. Be sure to join some 10,000 journalists and friends in Chicago this summer as we stand together to defend the need for diversity in news media in this 21st century!

Sort of live blogging the Ij5 conference

Stanford University
How do we innovate?

9:50 AM    How do we innovate?
Steve Jurvetson – Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, USA & Charles W. Wessner – Director of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The National Academies, USA & Richard Horning – Principal, Fish & Richardson, USA & Marc Ventresca – Associate Professor, Saïd Business School, Oxford University, United Kingdom & Arthur Bayhan – CEO, The Competitiveness Support Fund, Pakistan & Lars Gatenbeck – Chairman, General Partner GZ Group, Sweden & Eric Muller – Entrepreneur-in-Residence, The Kauffman Fellows Program, USA. Moderator: Violeta Bulc – President, Vibacom D.O.O, Slovenia

“Journalism in developing countries focuses more on the political issues. They are trying to get media to be more involved in research, education and technology centers. It’s not lip service.”

the concept of innovation

how markets get built. we live in a world where we talk in rational terms and we want to create rational models. the world is mutlivocal and there are differnent models for business models. The information exhanged with friends helps carry data the helps manage ambiguity. Should journalists be handling that data and resuding that ambiguity. That’s at the heart of this discussion on informational organization.

ERIK: Should journalists cover innovation and technology or hyping it up or not? They need to be supercritical. The value of journalists is that they have a different set of biases, not that they don’t have biases, but that they are supercritical.


In our Western culture our inability to critically discuss how we innovate is separate than the actual process.

What is the media’s role?

Reporting on the rivalry for the market and the competiion for the market?

We have a long history of trying to separate technology. Haven’t services accounted
We separate things into the technical and business model. Business models push for technological or support those innovations.


-we selected 100 topics, 15-30 of the best experts of the world

one of the groups is called the future of media
-Global Agenda Councils: A Challenge of Content

-invention and innovation


800 words op-ed on ideas
an interview
3 virutal meetings/year
1 offline event/year (Dubai – sponsored)
Availablef or calls with Forum members and partners

The role of journalism?

To strengthen society because it brings things into public debate.

Democratic system: competition between ideas. ALliances, compronises, conflicst, fight for attention. Winners implement teir ideas on society. Power is with citizens’ votes

Innovation system: competition between ideas. Alliances, compromises, conflict, fight for attention. Winners Implement Their Ideas on the Market. Power is with citizens’ money.

Innovators and intellectuals would not have reached very far without the darker forces in history

Challenges are intellectual freedom, technologies.

Intellectual freedom in developing countries should receive attention. Innovative journalism needs to to address the free flow of information.

In the case where large media companies are considering mergers and aquisition and human resources are not available he is looking at the issues from a developing country perspective.

Each global venture and merger must take into account the human element. But the ability to deal with a human aspect in a fast changing environment. Sometimes the innovators are lost between layers of bureacracy. Innovations needs space and time.

what is the right model for mergers and acqusitions that are innovative?

Not to destroy the soul of the company that is being innovative.

There has been a shift from a West and an East perspective.

We need to train our future journalists in the art of cultural diversity broadening the understanding of a larger global perspective.

The digital divide in IJ, we are already seeing this around the world. Affordabilty in some developing countries is a becoming a major issue. How do we innovate to close this gap.


the internet was mentioned both a problem and solution as a business model. Unregulated flow of information with no middle person involved is what the internet was intended for. It is possible to see a lot from a bicycle, then from a car or bus. It is about thinking about things from a different angles.

1:30 PM    How do we as journalists keep a critical perspective, when reporting on innovation?    Erik Mellgren – INJO Fellow ‘ 08 hosted by Xconomy, USA / Staff Editor, Ny Teknik, Sweden    Eric Eldon – Reporter & Editor, VentureBeat, USA & Fredrik Wass – Blogger ( / Freelancer, Sweden & Michael Kanellos – Senior Analyst, Greentech Media, USAHow do we journalists keep a critical perspective, when reporting on innovation?


US Patent office quick search
European patent office

Burnrate vs cash?

what is the burnrate vs. the cash?

Real customers
-the one single most important factor is having the real customers. A real customer pays real money. The last question is does it make sense?

As a journalist you should be incredible gullible.

You have to be willing to go with it and put up the challenges and difficulties that go with innovation.

2:00 PM    How early can we write about innovations and startups without creating a bubble?

Hanna Sistek – INJO Fellow ’08 hosted by CNET, USA / Reporter – Dagens Industri, Sweden    Michael Kanellos – Senior Analyst, Greentech Media, USA & Peter Fellman – Managing Editor, Dagens Industri, Sweden & Turo Uskali, Head of Finnish INJO Program / Head of Information Business Research Group, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Hanna Sistek:

Webvan – went from IPO in 9 months

The example of Hop-on
-publcly traded co placed in Cali
-announced it had developed mobile phone
-$30 to use in emergencies
-stock soared from 2 cents to $1.50

SF Chronicle asks one reporter to write about the story and there were some discrepancies in how they represented themselves.

How do you cover yourself when you cover startups?
-I am not writing on a product unless they have funding that credible
-if no products, write on group of companies in the same space.

Dan Farber says:

-Whenever something is interesting.
-The trick is to write without buying into their messianic vision that this is going to change the world.
-We are guides for our readers, findig new species. Some might not survive, some might mutate to other species. but we are there to observe.
-web of knowledge instead of “wire service” approach.
– the problem with writing too soon too fast about a new company is that you lose them? HUH?
-nanotechs, nanotubes and the potential bubble –
-We have to serve as guides for our readers. We are looking at system that is trying to learn and adapt very quickly.

Just finished listening to these awesome …

Just finished listening to these awesome Ischool presentations: NUJJ

I. -What is a location -based service for mobile device users?

Chart of different types of interactions

Synchronous Asynchronous

Face to face communication Flyers, fridge magnets
Graffiti, historical plaques

II. Local questions and answers

You want to eliminate time sensitive questions

III. Travel Planner

-There are a lot of things you might do to prepare for a trip. It doesn’t really make sense to leave those notes in backpack. What if you could leave yourself a note at the entrance to the louvered, a personal note you wrote for yourself, and a travelogue that is location sensitive? It will be delivered right to your mobile service as you arrive.

IV. Recommendation service

-You can leave notes to people who care about it. You get it at the spot where it helps.

V. Lost & found

1. Allows user to tie locations to their notes and allows for location patterns
2. Users may only retrieve public notes from their phones.


NUJJ refers to a service they describe which is platform agnostic.

They are using the iphone to demo.

One of the main problems of the application is scarcity.

When a user sends out a message it goes out through the twitter stream. NUJJ has a special database that stores all event date. It sends out a query for all nudge data.


Trusted superusers
Better question classification for local Q&A

VI. Questions

Is this geo-located twitter? Is this all within network? Can my parents see what I’m doing without being a member?


Scarcity and having an ability to filter.
Requiring it to be social to begin with will be flawed because of the scarcity issues. Delicious works because it benefits me first and there’s a byproduct of helping others. You can’t be all things to all people. Do you find yourself go towards a certain direction?

Buy Music, Make Money

I want a song

Option 1
Price $1
But the song’s under lock and key

Option 2
The pirate bay…
Price $0
Might feel guild, might need a lawyer
It’s a no brainer
Copy music for friends and earn social incentives, for free.

Current Fixes?

Existing approaches to fix theses incompatible incentives:
So-called affiliate models. Think Tupperware.

Good: Buyer has a steak in how well a song does. It’s nagging.

Where else can we see economic incentives out in the wild?

Social incentives to be ahead of the curve: Be cool.
Financial incentives: Make a killing on Wall Street.
It’s the same curve as the sale of music.

They wanted to buy a store that…

rewards fan for buying the music they love: an incentive to buy legally.

Appeals to trendsspotters and trendsetters. Give fame in addition to fortune.

Gives buyers a sense of urgency

And encourage buyers to be promoters.

They designed a store where…
1. a song is sold.

2. part of the revenue comes from promotion of that song

Allocating the dollar

50 cent to the artist/music label
50 cent goes to all previous buyers

we want to give early buyers a cut.

You can make sure that once you buy a song you can keep that cut size. Your income growth is linear.


A new song just came out. Say you’re the 5th person to buy it, so you get the 5th largest slice, which is below a 20th of a cent. It will be 50 cents after 1,000 sales, $5 after 10,000 sales; $50 after 100,000 sales.

Make your dollar back after 235,000 copies sold. etc.

How does this compare to a baseline model?

Baseline is Itunes, Amazon etc.
Their model has a network effect.

More value for buyers wit more buyers.
There is a social effect.
Tremendous potential value over baseline for good trendspotters.
There’s fame and fortune for someone who’s good at this.

What we built:

Designed to address the usability of such a model?

Can we make this experience compelling and very simple to use.
Is this model economically feasible? Is the allocation model adjustable to create incentives. What’s the optimal solution.

We did this so can easily test things.

Separation of data, business logic, presentation

Data model – swappable SqLite “stores”

Logic – cut allocation engine

we can swap the allocator and the allocation function.
if we don’t want to allocate things for music anymore you can allocate slices for this engine and it still works for major changes.

Economic feasibility and simulation framework

-works on an actual store instance


simulated customers
decision-making modules


performance issues with Django implementation
Useful framework during next steps

User interface

user-driven design

we conducted competitive analysis
prototype tests

Key questions:

Do they get it?
Does it work well?

A store should be fun to explore

Portal page

on left, column of new songs
middle section, songs selling well
right column has social layer. they show the people who perform best and give them some visibility on the site.

Page for one song

description of song, amount, if you buy this song now and performance on the site.

There is no way to compare how a song is doing on the site
they experimented with showing the trend of a song. They did a performance indicator using line graphs to make sense of the numbers. When you’re dealing with the small numbers people have a difficult time imaging what it means and what it means over time.

Break-even point. Buy now and get 0.0475 cents per future copy sold.

Ex. bipod. They didn’t market it as a four-inch box, they said 10,000 songs in your pocket.

The Future

They think they found a way to align the incentives they talked about
A mode that benefits all stakeholders
A marketplace where new music is discovered and takes off.

It encourages legal buying and discourages illegal music sharing and piracy.

The project started as a page on a notebook.

they received some feed investment and will make it a startup and launch it as product.

micro payments
and incentives for news
they are incentivizing jumping on board and taking a risk on music in this case
it’s a crowd-sourcing model monetizing music
why not news?

Question and answer

Music has people can set trends and they are interested in having the economic model flushing out these people with disproportionate influence.

MD Notes:

One application that supports multiple points of entry.

Doctor’s information management
Hospitals are information rich environment. They are only focused on note capture and retrieval

They built a mySql database

Request/response to MD:Notes (PHP), my SQL database (emulates EMR)

patient modeled in XML
Schema to map force HL7, mapping transform

It’s driven by the schedule when someone logins.
They have different inpatient settings and the services that are available in the hospital. They are ordered in level of acuity.

once you get the patient level is when you start presenting the patient as xml

One of the reasons we’re using xml is that we need to be able to have the present not just live in our system but interact with automatic hospital system

A healthcare messaging standard for system interoperability
Must be ale to send progress notes fro the EMRI

Future Work

extending the patient model
supporting model devices


It’s a web application
Why didn’t you look to some kind of mobile application to begin with. They built a voice-prototype and mobile application.

The possibility of a threaded conversation between doctors. Will there be an ability to comment or thread.

Peter in Minneapolis

Looking forward to Peter Brantley posting up the keynotes from their conference in Minneapolis.

He leaves me with this tease: “The keynotes were both stunning; I worked with my friend Peter Kaufman
of intelligent tv and twin cities public tv to get them taped; eventually we
get them edited (in may) and release them.” Eventually Peter! For now check out his blog.

Getting into Google News

Presentation by David Meredith at Newstools and Drupal Day

Held at Yahoo in Sunnyvale
Each site is evaluated by a moderator
What do we look for?
Original content
Multiple authors
Proper Attribution
Response time
Not all sites make the cut, but most legitimate news site do.

How do we get our data

once in the site database:
we crawl the content
figure out which pages are articles


sitemaps are essentially feed of semi-structured data for crawlers to

I cannot express to you what a boon sitemaps have been to us! It’s a basic
designed to be ingested by a crawl. A list of all articles you have
published, dates, names, etc. It’s an open sic and Google uses it. Saves
Google time in crawling your site.

What does this have to do with Drupal?
–Drupal builds sitemaps.

There is a google site module for drupal

That’s getting your data into google news, now about making your data

II.  Now about search

metions “co-op” program for search

A. Syndicating from Google News
1. feeds are offered for every section or query that you can access as a
2. if you can construct a query to get the result you want, you can get a
feed of the data.
3. feeds are offered is RSS, Atom and XML

B. google news facebook applications
1. we built one entirely on top of public feeds
2. newsmap, uses static data

C. News Data API
1. more interactive API is in the works
2. many unanswered questions:

-what data do publishers need?
-what data do developers need?
-Can we give it to them?

What do you want to know about your own content do you want to know (as a
publisher and publisher?)

Clear Forest API, Reuters is starting to use it.

New approaches: trying to approach synethesized news.

NewsKnight (?) scrapes the content

Google is more clustering based, not classification based.

Very fine grain taxonomies are expensive to maintain and don’t work well.

Google doesn’t publish their process because it comes down to spam.

site: your domain name to check if your site is being queried by Google

in the site map label things that are news and things that are not news.

we like timely good upates. A good update is when the article has a
substantial change to it. But what it will appear to the system is a stream
of duplicates.

Press releases are not useful to users, but they may be useful to

authenticated response is still there and is still going for google news

how would you categorize education essays?

How could are newspapers in general at search optimization.

SEO doesn’t make sense for news. It’s not something people spend a huge
amount of time on unless they are trying to subvert the index.

There are two tiers, NY Times, Washington Post.

Is Drupal adding micro-formats?

Google in general but google news does not.

“We are not journalists, we don’t have a single journalist on staff, we just
build the technology to help the news.”

Just posted this: INNOVATIONS IN JOURNAL …

“Creating a Brighter Future”


NOTE TIME CHANGE: Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
A showcase for breakthroughs in business, technology, media and democracy

Venue: The Domain Hotel, 1085 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA
Phone: 415-677-9877

Just finished reading a NY Times article …

Just finished reading a NY Times article and it makes me feel live I’ve been doing it all wrong.

Reading this from Bradelectro: BART ( …

Reading this from Bradelectro:

BART (observations from a former pick pocket)
Reply to:
Date: 2008-04-18, 1:05PM

It’s about time that something is done about ingorant people in the bay riding BART. How aware are you when you are riding BART? I know that a lot of you move here all confident thinking that your just “all together” EEEEHHHHH! WRONG!!. I am a former pick pocket that rode BART for years and looted the hell out yall. Here are some tips and stories:
1) Alway aware of what is going on behind you. I cannot stress this enough. So many people in the bay are locked in their own world (ipods, texting, blackberryies). You all never pay attention to what is going on behind you. I love this. I have actually taken peoples wallets while they are on the phone standing on the platform by literally just walking up behind them and doing a blatent bumb and lift. They had no idea that I was behind them. This goes for on the streets also. I can walk ride up on your heels, and you have no clue. Wake up cause that guy that your not aware is behind you, could be a rapist.
2) Dont put your bags under your seat. Suit cases either. I love sitting behind someone heading to the airport, having them slide there duffel bag under their seat, and I reach down, unzip the bag slightly and take what I want. I actually took someones boarding pass once, just because he was being mean to his wife on the train. Karma fucker.
3) Be careful when you sit on the benches and round seats in the stations. I have taken wallets right out of blazer pockets without even looking. Once I took an ounce of herb from a teenagers backpack while he was playing with his sidekick. He left his backpack behind him.
4) Rolling bags for work? I am not even touching that one its too easy. Let just say that if you require bringing half your apartment with you to work and you dont care about getting in people way. I am not going to care about getting into your bag.
5) People in the bay area are pussies. Even those who act tough back down the second they think that they are going to have to fight and get their designer clothes dirty. Anytime someone tries to stop me I act like I am going to punch them with the angery of a convict and they leave. NEVER been caught suckas!
6) Bicyclists – thanks for wearing those messenger bags with the velcro flap. I love that when the velcro get old and dirty there is no noise while its being opened. Where is my ipod? I probably either gave it to a deserving poor kid or a fish is listening to it.
7) Anyone who worships their possessions so much dont deserve to keep them. And if you saw me in a room with other people, you’d never in a millions years be able to pick me out.
Wake up! Cause you been asleep for most of your life!

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The I-World Island 24 Hours Event is Underway! and Amazing!

I-World Island opens at midnight Pacific with 24 hour concert

Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 11:54 PM by: Teeple Linden
At the top of the hour, I-World Island debuts with a full twenty-four hour showcase of musical talent.
Here‚s the lineup (PST):

12 am Mikelec Criss
1 am Jackdog Snook
2 am Cromwell  Hoobinoo
3 am Dann Numbers
4 am Allister Westland
5 am Phemie ALcott
6 am Lacoppia
7 am Spaceman Opus
8 am Erin68 Frog & satin Galli
9 am Rich desoto
10 am POL Arida
11 am Jean Munro
12 pm SHamanes
1 pm Kaklick Martin
2 pm SRV4U Conacher
3 pm Virtual Live Band
4 pm Jaycatt & Frogg Marlow
5 pm Friendly Fire
6 pm Kyle Beltram
7 pm Zed Essex
8 pm Forsythe Whitfield
9 pm Kelvinblue Oh
10 pm Tallguy Kidd
11 pm Von Johin
I-World Team are In-World Experience, they deal with Support and help to make Second Life more enjoyable for Residents. They deal with Support Tickets, Live Chat and they also give Service Updates when something goes wrong, via. the Blog. The I-World Lidens arent really as well known as some other Lindens as they are working Œbehind the scenes‚ but they include Joppa, Lotte, Kate and many more.

Call me the sponge

From the farthest corner of my home office I slowly separate the signal from the noise while working on several stories at once. I put my toe into the rapidly flowing tide of information this week and pull out  Eduardo Hauser on Monday morning who I am doing a profile on both for the Maynard AZ Column (badly in need of a new name, not to mention content so I won’t mention it) and for Newstools2008 (taking place at Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters. I am looking forward to the Drupal Day more than anything, but enough about that). Hauser, C.E.O. and founder of DailyMe,  has a diverse background in law and management and is a native of Venezuela.