Xapian is an Open Source Search Engine Library, released under the GPL. It’s written in C++, with bindings to allow use from Perl, Python, PHP, Java, Tcl, C#, and Ruby (so far!)
Façade is an artificial intelligence-based art/research experiment in electronic narrative – an attempt to move beyond traditional branching or hyper-linked narrative to create a fully-realized, one-act interactive drama.
Microwulf is a personal, portable Beowulf cluster, providing over 26 Gflops of measured performance, for less than $2500. Its dimensions are just 11″ x 12″ x 17″, making it small enough to fit on one’s desktop or in a suitcase.
The Administrative Office of the Courts announcedin a press release of 8/6/2007 that the U.S. District Court inNebraska and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the EasternDistrict of North Carolina will make some digital audio recordingsof courtroom proceedings available on the Internet. The U.S.District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S.Bankruptcy Court in Maine, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court forthe Northern District of Alabama are also planning to participatein the pilot project.
It will be interesting to see how this develops.
good for design ideas
use any widgets on your desktop. Also for Mac.
Open Education Search – The Hewlett Foundation is working with ccLearn to develop a web search portal of open education resources. And they are looking for material. I wonder how 4,000 hours of law school class lectures and summaries would work? I think we’re going to find out.
From the Open Education Search FAQ
What data are you gathering to enable web-scale open education search?
Most important: Site URLs
We are collecting top level URLs for sites hosting OERs. A well-known example would be
http://ocw.mit.edu. A web-scale open education search should minimally index all pages under such a site URL.
We are also collecting individual resource URLs, for example
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Physics/8-01TFall-2004/CourseHome/.We are interested in individual resource URLs even where we have a siteURL for the resource’s host, as the resource URL may be annotated morespecifically.
Keyword annotations (also known as tags, labels, and subjects, among others)
Both types of URLs may be tagged (or whatever verb you prefer) with keywords. This is optional but desired.
If you have lists of OERs or OER sites in any textualformat (that includes XML and XML dialects, such as OAI), we can importfrom these formats. Send the file(s) or URL(s) to Creative Commons CTONathan Yergler: firstname.lastname@example.org. An example would be a URL pointing to an OAI file. It is very likely in this example that we can use
dc:subjectvalues as tags.
For purely technical questions, see Nathan Yergler above. For allother questions, contact ccLearn Executive Director Ahrash Bissell: email@example.com.
Recombinant Text – 6.5 Law Making – Textbender is an interesting little project I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while. The idea is to create a collaborative editing/drafting environment that allows each author/editor access to all of the text used at all points in the process and to assemple, disassemble and reassemble the text in interesting ways. Now it seems that it has occured to someone that this might be a useful way to draft laws and regulations. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this.
good intro stuff.
Ars System Guide: August 2007: Page 1 – Always useful and fun. Provides a good guide to acheiving BYO PC nirvana.
AltLaw.org contains nearly 170,000 decisions dating back to the early 1990s from the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appellate courts. The site’s creators, Columbia Law School’s Timothy Wu and Stuart Sierra, and University of Colorado Law School’s Paul Ohm, said the site’s database would grow over time.
Following closely on the heels of this developmnet, Altlaw.org comes along with a collection of case law from US Federal Courts going back more than ten years. The key to this is that it is all in one place. Most of the cases included in this search engine are avaialble on sites scattered about the web, as shown in Emory Law’s Federal Courts FInder. The lack of a single free, public, non-commercial interface for searching case law has been a sort of Holy Grail for lots of folks, myself included, since we started putting case law on the web in the early nineties.
There is also a companion site, LawCommons.org, that promises to serve as a vehicle for releasding the technology and collections behind Altlaw.org. These 2 sites have the potential for becoming a major resource in the area of providing free access to American case law.