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WPBT2 to Showcase Full Lunar Eclipse

 Get ready for the total eclipse of the moon.  You won’t see another one for four years!  WPBT2 will broadcast Star Gazer: A Lunar Eclipse on Monday, December 20 at 7:30p.m. Follow astronomy experts as they explain the science behind a lunar eclipse.  The program will also include information on plans to revamp the Star Gazer series.  Viewers will learn how they can audition to become the next Star Gazer host and how they can play a role in choosing a new name for the program.

Following the program, WPBT2 and Miami Science Museum will host a live streaming and chat of the full lunar eclipse on the station’s website, wpbt2.org/stargazer on December 21 at 1:30 a.m. Astronomy experts and producers of Jack Horkheimer’s Star Gazer will be available to chat and answer viewer’s questions.

For more information, visit wpbt2.org/stargazer.

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The folks at Independent Lens recently launched a video widget that can be placed just about anywhere. This gadget is great for fans to stay up to date on all the great films Independent Lens is premiering this season. Grab the code by clicking the options button below the widget.

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Knight News Challenge

Did you know that November 1, 2008 is the last day anyone with a good idea can submit an application to the Knight News Challenge media innovation contest?
The worldwide competition offers up to $5 million and seeks innovative ideas for a digital news and information projects, including: Improving local online news; bringing Web 2.0 tools to local neighborhoods; publishing platforms to support conversations in specific geographic communities.
Remember, there are just four rules for applicants to follow:

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Notes from NAB

Jeff Huff is WPBT's Vice President of Creative Services and is filing a blog from the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters' meeting:

April 15 at NAB was interesting since Tim Robbins blasted the attendees with his keynote address. As with political speeches, the buzz was pro and con but no one was "who cares". I didn't get a chance to see his speech but I hear he dropped a lot of words broadcasters could get fined for. His point I understand was to get broadcasters to understand they have an immense power to pull the country together. Well, I won't spend a lot of time on this but if you like you can look it up on YOU TUBE.

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How ‘Tweet’ It Is

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting with a few co-workers rambling on about wikis, blogs, Facebook and other web 2.0 tools we like to use personally and professionally. Twitter came up and so did my curiosity level. I’d heard of Twitter but hadn’t really explored it. Driven by my techie curiosity, I visited the website and learned that Twitter is “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” Like a blog you control the content, how often you update it (or Tweets as we Twitter-savvy folk say), and you can invite your friends and family to create their own Twitter accounts or they can follow your Tweets through their mobile phones. And so you build your own community of Twitter-friendly folks. What sets Twitter apart is its content limit; you have 140 characters to say what you want. In other words, get to the point.

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Widget Madness!

Nokia_widgets Yesterday I had the opportunity of sitting in on a forum called Widget World: The ME Revolution at the iFocos We Media conference. Jeff Nolan, VP of Business Development at News Gator kicked off the forum by defining widgets and how they work. So what exactly is a widget? Simply put, a widget is a self contained container of content that is portable. Widgets contain not only text, but images and video. Still not sure what a widget is? Well, if you’ve ever had a Facebook page or iGoogle page you know that you can add different applications to your profile such as daily quotes, horoscopes, videos, local weather, etc…, these examples of widgets.

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Notes from WebWise

Index_r1_c1This morning, I'm writing from the Miami Beach Convention Center, where WebWise 2.0, a meeting hosted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and locally by the Wolfsonian-FIU is going on for the next few days. Look for the video on uVu soon, particularly this mornings session, which was a real primer for Web 2.0. (You can read the WebWise Blog here)

Although there is already debate on what Web 3.0 is and what it will mean, there are still many people who are just beginning to come to terms with this great experiment in social networking, information sharing and online collaborating that we have come to accept as the norm with projects like uVu (and this blog).

Obviously it goes way beyond our simple efforts but take a look at these sessions, when they get posted (I'll update the link when they do) and you'll have a chance to catch up on 2.0 before 3.0 gets here.

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“Metadata”…that’s hot!

Live from We Media 08 Miami in the University of Miami…

Snapshot_20080227_5 During the first break out session of We Media 08, I (and the rest of the uVu crew) attended Search World | Trust, relevance and rights.

Session Chair: Jim Kennedy, VP Strategy, The Associated Press. Guest speakers included: Fabrice Florin, Executive Director, NewsTrust, Mary Hodder, Founder, Dabble, Josh Cohen, Director, Business Development, Google News .

I have to say that I was pretty excited about this session because someone from Google would be there. The session started out with Jim Kennedy showing us a fun party trick. He told us to go to www.google.com and search the news of the day. Jim searched “power outage” and what do you know, the #1 news result on Google was from The Boston Globe (odd that the number one news result on the Florida power outage came from Boston). I thought that was amusing.

The topic of the session: “How do we filter search results?” Right now they do not have the answers.

Mary Hodder started the conversation with the topic of Metadata. In short Metadata is data about data. Metadata is used to organize content. It can also be used to make your content discoverable (such as tags) by search engines. What is content if no one sees it, right? Mary noted that publishers see media different from the users. We (the content provider) need to find a common ground and create a standard format. This way, systems will be able to grab the hooks from the metadata. In its basic form, the content provider will provide the title, summary, author, and publisher’s information. SIMPLE WORKS!

Fabrice Florin went on to ask users of NewsTrust to evaluate content on basic core of journalism standards (12 key qualities) on how the information performs. By doing this their members are developing a general idea of how to create content.

So what is Google’s position on all of this talk of standardization and metadata? They believe the more information the better; however the scale of standardization would be tremendous. There are millions of content creators…it is not all about the news organizations on the internet. People get their information from all over. This leads Google to geocoding. Wikipedia defines geocoding as “the process of assigning geographic identifiers (e.g., codes or geographic coordinates expressed as latitude-longitude) to map features and other data records, such as street addresses.”

Confused? Us too.

NBR's Webster is Back!


I must begin this blog entry with an apology. Back in May (yes, way back then), I published my first entry in Impromp2. And, in that entry, I promised to bring you relatively regular entries about different features of the Nightly Business Report website. Well, no matter how you define “regular,” I failed miserably. I could list all the reasons for my failure here, but why clutter this blog up with excuses? Instead, I want to jump right into the real content – your introduction to another feature of the NBR website.

This time, let’s talk “Statewide Stocks.” This feature allows you to review the performance of the biggest publicly traded companies in any state in the union. How do you use it?  Simply click this link: “Statewide Stocks.” When you get to the page, click on the dropdown menu next to “Select a State.” Pick your favorite state.

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