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Twitter in a community emergency

April 16th, 2011 by TedAnderson

Here’s an interesting article from a 2010 issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, on the use of Twitter in a community emergency. A professor and students at the University of Colorado in Boulder examined Twitter messages from the flood period in the Red River Valley in 2009, looking at the behavior of users and how warnings were distributed. It’s a fascinating look at how social media can serve the needs of a community in a particular situation.

Twitter-based Information Distribution during the 2009

JayCut: Video Editor

January 19th, 2011 by eanders5

JayCut is a new easy to use video editing tool.  This program allows users to upload and edit video and audio clips into a new movie or sound creation.  Videos can be easily uploaded and edited by simple clicks of the mouse.  Videos can be altered by many editing tools, such as the scissors icon to cut out sections of audio or video.  Simple dragging and dropping can move around sections of video or sound or drop transitions into place.  JayCut allows users to have multiple tracks of videos and audio for users to create more advanced layers of sound.  This program also has a preview movie button to show what a transition will look like or how changes look after being edited.  JayCut has a professional and sleek look for professional video editors, but also has easy and simple to use buttons to create new movies with sound.  The simple dragging and dropping of pictures, sound, and video clips helps to organize and create a unique and personal story.

Click here to get started using JayCut: http://jaycut.com/

Splashup: Photo Editor and Photo Manager

January 19th, 2011 by eanders5

Splashup is a photo editing tool as well as a photo manager.  This tool edits, creates and helps users to share their photos.  Users can professionally edit their pictures using simple and easy to use tools such as cropping, magnifying and changing the color of pictures.  Splashup also supports professional photo editing tools such as layering selections of photos.  Splashup gives the user a large color palate in order to edit exact photo colors, making color editing impossible to see!  Splash up is easy to use and gives the user simple tools to edit photos with a professional look.

Click here to get started using Splashup:  http://www.splashup.com/

Creating or Modifying Blog Posts

December 22nd, 2010 by admin

If you’d like to submit a draft post to the Community Technology Forum, here are the steps:

  1. Log in to the forum using the “Log in” link found at the lower left of the main forum page.  (NOTE: if you have not created an account before you will first need to click on the “Register” link.)
  2. Click on the “Site Admin” to edit your past posts or to create a new post.  There’s a “New Post” link at the top of the Site Admin dashboard or you can click on the Posts menu on the left to see a listing of posts taht you can edit.
  3. Give your post a title.  This is the headline for your article and so should be a short, catchy, informative phrase.
  4. Begin writing your post in the main edit window.
    1. Click on the “Save Draft” button regularly to save copies of your work.
    2. Use the row above the main edit window to control the formatting for your posts.
    3. The four icons on the “Upload/Insert” row can be used to insert images, video, music, and multimedia respectively.
  5. Select one or more categories for your post.  If the category of your choosing doesn’t exist, you can propose a new one by including a suggested new category at the bottom of your post.
  6. Add one or more tags to further describe the primary topic(s) of your new article.
  7. Click on the “Submit for Review” button when you’re ready for a community editor to review your article and submit it for publication on the site.  Editors main role is to check that appropriate categories have been selected, and to tweak formatting for readability.  But they will also make sure posts stay family-friendly by removing foul or abusive language, and that they are on topic (i.e., they are related to community technology in some way).  We are continually seeking new community editors.  Please contact mwolske@prairienet.org if you’re interested in helping with this.

Welcome to the Community Technology Forum

December 22nd, 2010 by admin

We hope you find the content that has been posted here of value as you look for ways to use technology in support of your community development efforts.  The Community Technology Forum uses an online journal tool called a blog to allow community members (grassroots and academic) to post articles.  Besides posting an original article, community members can also comment on other members articles. We encourage you to add your content to the site. If you’re new to blogging or need a refresher, we’ve created a quick guide to help you get started posting articles to the site.

The most recent articles will be listed on the front page of the chosen forum, newest article at the top.  The “Categories” and “Archives” sections can be used to look at older articles.