Bookmarks for 16 August through 6 September 2010

Links I’ve found useful between 16 August and 6 September:

  • Open Data: Empowering the Empowered or Effective Data Use for Everyone? « Gurstein’s Community Informatics
    Lots of important points in this post by David Gurstein on what it “effective use” of open data by individuals actually is, examples where effective use is taking place and some example inequalities in use of open data.
  • Adobe is Bad for Open Government – Sunlight Labs: Blog
    Good article by Clay Johnson debunking Adobe’s claims that publishing content using their proprietary file formats (Adobe PDF and Adobe Flash) helps to make government information more open. Historical use by government of locked-down, proprietary technologies, such as Adobe’s, are one of the main barriers to anyone re-using government information – a core principle of transparent government and open knowledge.
  • Button Maker
    Tool to make nice-looking buttons using CSS3 that degrade gracefully into solid colours with square corners in older browsers.
  • Designing with Paper Prototyping | UX Booth
    Useful ideas on prototyping interfaces for mobile devices by Thomas Davies.
  • Anthologize
    Use WordPress to transform online content into an electronic book.
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People | Web Access Centre
    Royal National Institute of Blind People’s Web Access Centre offers information and advice on making your website accessible to everyone. Contains ideas on how to make your website work for people with sight problems, hearing, mobility and cognitive impairments.
  • Public sector downsizing in a connected big society | Talk About Local
    “There’s an opportunity for public sector managers to give their staff modern skills to help them and their communities maintain morale and self esteem, find work quicker and take advantage of the emerging big society. “
  • UK Web Archive
    “Here you can see how sites have changed over time, locate information no longer available on the live Web and observe the unfolding history of a spectrum of UK activities represented online. Sites that no longer exist elsewhere are found here and those yet to be archived can be saved for the future by nominating them. The Archive contains sites that reflect the rich diversity of lives and interests throughout the UK. Search is by Title of Website, Full Text or URL, or browse by Subject, Special Collection or Alphabetical List.”

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