"'open :output' is an online community which allows students of design and architecture to create their own personal portfolio websites free of charge. The platform makes the work of young talent from all over the world visible to wider public. The works on 'open :output' would otherwise probably never have been published. 'open :output' offers students the opportunity to present themselves as designers and architects in a strong network. The power of students as well as educational institutions of design and architecture throughout the world are promoted to the general public by 'open :output'."
"As a young academic, I am reliably informed that the landscape of scholarly communication is not what it was 20 years ago. But, despite all that has changed, it seems that we still largely rely upon the same tired and narrow measures of quality and academic impact - namely, citation counts and journal impact factors.
As someone who has used the internet in almost every aspect of their academic work to date, it's hard for me to ignore the fact that these mechanisms, in predating the web, largely ignore its effects.
By holding up these measures as incentives, we appear to have our eye firmly fixed on the hammer and not the nail, adjusting our research habits in order to maximise scores and ignoring issues such as why we publish in the first place."
(Matthew Gamble, 28 July 2011, Times Higher Education)
"retaggr [was before it closed] a widget-based service that enables active web users to link all their various site-based profiles into a single, always updated, interactive business card that can be attached to virtually any type of content or interaction the user has on the web.
The interactive profile card can be linked to or embedded anywhere online, including in email signatures, blog entries, other text, or as part of online profiles on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter, and others. It lets you leave a summary of the way you define yourself on the web anywhere you want to share it."
(Retaggr, CrunchBase Profile)
"Pearltrees lets you keep at hand the web pages you like, discover some new ones in your areas of interest and share them easily with your friends."
"Facebook also introduced new features aimed at marketing companies that let users monitor what their fellow members are watching and listening to online instantly. ...
'Retention of information online has always been a problem. If information comes and goes fleetingly there's less likelihood it will be used other than for the purpose you put it up, which is just to keep people in touch with what you're doing,' Mr Vaile said.
'This is in line with my concern about Facebook trying to change how people think and encourage them to normalise over-sharing and abandon any restraint on storage and use and exposure of private information.'"
(Andrew Colley, 24 September 2011, The Australian)