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June 13 2011

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via: Kristin Eschenfelder on why cultural institutions worry about sharing

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Kristin Eschenfelder of University of Wisconsin Madison discusses [with David Weinberger] her recent researchon why cultural institutions resist making their materials openly available (videoed at the LODLAM conference).

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Digital cultural collections in an age of reuse and remixes by kristin r. eschenfelder and michelle caswell

via: https://twitter.com/jschneider/status/76437271418634240

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[photo by Shiho Fukada for The New York Times.]

Infrastructural Opportunism,

 

A Manifesto | infranetlab.org


2011-02-14


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After a multi-day traffic jam in Hetaocun, China, Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times wrote: Stranded drivers chain-smoked, stomped their feet against the chill and cursed the government for failing to come to their rescue. As the night wore on, fuel lines froze and cellphone batteries died. The residents of Hetaocun, however, saw the unmoving necklace of taillights from their mountain village and got entrepreneurial. They roused children from their beds, loaded boxes of instant noodles into baskets and began hawking their staples to a captive clientele. The 500 percent markup did not appear to dent sales.

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Reposted bydatenwolf datenwolf

InfraNet Lab » Blog Archive » Infrastructural Opportunism, A Manifesto

1. Know That There is a System of Systems…2. Architects as Expert Generalists: Buckminster Fuller, labeled a dilettante and a dabbler in his age, was instead the forerunner of a new breed of designer / thinker that we like to call the expert generalist. Long live the new expert generalists!…3. Be Alert to What Has Just Happened; Be Entrepreneurial…4. There is Always Missing Information, Use it…5. Agile Maneuverability Rewrites Protocols…6. Software Can be Big and Physical, Like Hardware…7. Be Resourceful…8. Measurements Can be Misleading, But Oh So Fruitful…9. Scalar Indifference…10. Live By Strategy, Play by Tactic: The Russian chessplayer Savielly Tartakower said: Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do, strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do."
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June 12 2011

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Satellite to map ocean salt levels launched

An example of 8 days of aquarius sea surface salinity (sss) data.The US space agency early yesterday launched a satellite to observe salt levels on the surface of the world’s oceans and measure how changes in salinity may be linked to the future climate.

The $US400 million ($A380 million) Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft, a partnership with Argentina, will aim to map the entire open ocean every seven days from 657 kilometres above the Earth, producing monthly estimates that show how salt levels change over time and location.

”Data from this mission will advance our understanding of the ocean,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington.

NASA said the three-year mission would be ”the most detailed summary of conditions ever undertaken”.

via Satellite to map ocean salt levels launched.

Here are some details from the NASA site (aquarius.nasa.gov) about as to why:

The research-related goals of Aquarius include a better understanding of:

  • The water cycle – 86% of global evaporation and 78% of global precipitation occur over the ocean; thus SSS is the key variable for understanding how fresh water input and output affects ocean dynamics
  • Ocean circulation - With temperature, salinity determines seawater density and buoyancy, driving the extent of ocean stratification, mixing, and water mass formation
  • Climate – As computer models evolve, Aquarius will provide the essential SSS data needed to link the two major components of the climate system: the water cycle and ocean circulation

 

Reposted fromSigalontech Sigalontech

June 07 2011

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