Briefly Noted for September 18, 2009

The Art of Community Available for Free DownloadThe Art of Community, the new book by Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Lead, is now available as a free download. Published in hard copy by O’Reilly, the free download is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. I’m working my way through a paper copy fresh from Amazon, and I highly recommend anyone who’s interested in open source community building at least dip into the free version.

CPHDH and Ohio Historical Society Launch Civil War Sesquicentennial Website — The Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University and the Ohio Historical Society announce the launch of a rich new resource: Ohio Civil War 150. Built on Omeka and WordPress, Ohio Civil War 150 features archival collections, teaching resources, discussion forums, and an events calendar. Kudos to our friends in Ohio on a fantastic looking, timely, and high quality piece of digital and public history.

Speed Bumps for Google Apps on Campus — Last week a problem with Google Apps allowed some students at some colleges employing the service to read each other’s emails. Among the institutions affected was Brown University, which has a lengthy account of the problem in its student newspaper, the Daily Herald. Via ReadWriteWeb, which has technical details of the glitch.

"Community" Online — I haven’t seen last night’s premier yet, so don’t worry about any spoilers. But I have already visited two websites for “Greendale Community College,” the fictional college that serves as the setting for NBC’s new sitcom “Community.” The first is the College’s mock homepage, created by the show’s producers. It’s sort of amusing, including such things as phony admissions policies, faculty profiles, and the student newspaper. The second is more interesting. Created by staff members of at the American Association of Community Colleges, the Greendale Community College blog is designed as a place for critical reflection and dialog about the show and what it says about community colleges and their popular perception. Several layers of clever here: a fake blog for a fake community college produced by real community college professionals containing discussions of real importance.

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