The Web We Lost

I remember being vaguely aware late last year/early this year about a series of posts Anil Dash had done on the open web, but I didn’t honestly pay them much attention at the time. (See The Web We Lost, Rebuilding the Web We Lost, and Captive Atria and Living in Public). Then I saw he was speaking at the Berkman Center, and though I still couldn’t actually attend, I was able to grab the video, which sat around in my “to watch later” folder for a few months.

I finally watched it this weekend, and it is well worth your time. It’s over an hour, so you may want to download it from the Berkman archive and watch it on a larger screen, or hit full screen and lean back:

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GitHub on Licensing

Via Simon Phipps comes news that Github has taken some steps to address the “post open source” issue first labelled by James Monk (@monkchips) in this tweet:

The problem, of course, is that if you commit to Github without specifying a license, what this really means is that you get “all rights reserved.” People forking your code and working with it, or using it in their projects, are opening themselves up to legal risk.

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OSCON Live Videos

Next week it’s the fifteenth annual O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, OR.

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Although I won’t be able to make it in person this year, the keynotes from OSCON will be livestreamed next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (July 24th, 25th, and 26th). Check out the schedule remembering these are pacific time. Hopefully I can catch at least some of these around lunch time on the east coast – though I believe they’ll be available after the fact as well.

Though they’ll all be interesting, I’m especially hoping to see:

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CMS Myths in Higher Education

I’m super excited that I’ll be speaking at Confab Higher Ed this coming November in Atlanta.

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My talk will be on CMS Myths in Higher Education, including but not limited to these myths:

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Truly Responsive Design

A few weekends ago, I spoke at Design 4 Drupal Boston 2013. It was a great opportunity to update and give a talk I had been scheduled to give at WordCamp Providence (but was unable to deliver), on the topic of “Truly Responsive Design.”

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It’s too easy to allow the focus in the responsive design discussion to narrow to devices, and how we render different content differently based on the requesting device. But users aren’t devices, and a truly responsive design must take into account the needs and goals of real users. The challenge isn’t shifting the pixels around on the screen, it’s creating a process whereby user needs and goals can be consistently defended against the onslaught of things the business wants to do.

Now the video is up on MIT Tech TV. See embedded video and slide deck below:


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