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Cole Camplese

@ Fred DeCock Sure, lots. The big thing here is getting over the idea that you can control any of it. The social web is a powerful source of content, but it is up to the individuals adding content to tag and make the content accurate to the tag. It scares a lot of people when they lose control over the aggregation. What we've done is fairly straight forward and it is an idea that any decent developer can reuse. A blog space in general can do amazing things with tag searches and when you mash it up with stuff from the social web you can get some really amazing results.

@Jamie Oberdick The notion of using it live to discover context is something that has me very excited. I can imagine using this while teaching to share perspectives on a whole host of topics. What I like is that we can now give faculty and students a window on the world from within our own environment.

Fred DeCock

I would love to learn more about this effort. My application would be outside the education realm, but could be helpful with what we want to do for communities seeking healthcare information. Building this into our site and enabling anyone to research healthcare issues and provide them with many sources for answers would be powerful - and probably ahead of other academic medical centers. Any ideas?

Jamie Oberdick

With apologies to Til Tuesday and the wonderful Amiee Mann:

Don't hush/post it now now/PSU Voices carry

I can only add something that is capturing my mind right now - this as a breaking news and info tool. I Twittered about the Fargo flood on Friday, and I used PSU Voices by doing a "Fargo" search. I did get a few references to the movie but mostly got flood-related Twitter posts, Youtube videos, Flickr photos, etc.

Imagine teaching a poli sci class while, there is an uprising in say Columbia or Bulgaria. Then do a search on key words. Wow.


Completely off your topic, I suppose, but I wanted to write a quick remembrance here, given the mention of the Fargo flood.

Back in 1997 I was at Penn State--University Park, doing that PhD thing. I would listen to WRSC in the morning (Kevin and Scott back then) and we would gather in a chat room they hosted.

There was a discussion on air about the flooding in Grand Forks, ND, and I had to chime in. It wasn't but 6 short years before I had been living in Grand Forks, and I knew people there, and the story was quite real. I mentioned that it sure would be nice if we could "do something" to help.

Well, the fine listeners at WRSC/WBLF came through. within a couple of weeks, Jerry Fisher, Kevin Nelson, and gang had orchestrated a rather sizable donation effort. Ultimately, the local moving company donated the Nittany Lion 54' moving van that they use for the football team, and the generous folks in State College donated clothing, water, and cleaning supplies.

For me this was an outstanding demonstration of community

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