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Yahoo! Answers: A Librarian's Worst Nightmare?

Recently on a Slate, A Librarian's Worst Nightmare, appropriately subtitled "Yahoo! Answers, where 120 million users can be wrong." According to the article, Yahoo! Answers is now the second most visited online reference site, behind Wikipedia, and despite its spotty track record. Also includes mention of the failed Google Answers venture. Via: Slashdot

New Online Journal: Spontaneous Generations

"Spontaneous Generations is a new online academic journal published by graduate students at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. The journal aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and debate about issues that concern the community of scholars in HPS and related fields. Apart from selecting peer reviewed articles, the journal encourages a direct dialogue among academics by means of short editorials and focused discussion papers which highlight central questions, new developments, and controversial matters affecting HPS."

2007 Video Game Report Card

All new report for 2007 released December 4: "This MediaWise Video Game Report Card is the twelfth issued by the National Institute on Media and the Family, an independent, non-partisan, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization. The MediaWise Video Game Report Card provides a snapshot of the interactive gaming industry with a focus on issues related to the welfare of children and teens. The full Report Card is available at"

In a recent post on her Spellbound Blog, MLS graduate student Jeanne Kramer-Smyth writes about Memory Archive. This new MediaWiki-based site is intended as an "encyclopedia of memories," where anyone may contribute a memoir on any topic. Thanks to Jeanne for both bringing this project to our attention and mentioning our April 16 Archive in her discussion of memory sites based on the Omeka platform.

CDDC Now Hosting "Technologies of Play" Module

The CDDC is pleased to announce that it is hosting a mirror of Technologies of Play: Video Games and Gender, an online learning module written and produced in 2003 by Brent Jesiek and Donna Augustine at Virginia Tech.

Announcing the launch of

"GlobalVote ( has been launched to contribute to the debate on decision-making processes within major international organizations such as the UN, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. This will be done by collecting the opinions of the international online community, and by disseminating these polling results to International Organizations, universities, the media, and national governments."

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration

"The Cape Town Open Education Declaration arises from a small but lively meeting convened in Cape Town on 14-15 September 2007. The purpose of the meeting was to accelerate the international effort to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education. The participants represented many points of view, many disciplines and many nations.

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