A Meme: Your Top Sources on Your Field

Nancy White has picked up a meme and ran with it, from Paul Currion:
What five resources – online or otherwise – would you point people to, if you wanted to give them an entry into your field of expertise?

Interesting question. Here’s my reply:

I know the meme was originally started in the non profit sector and not all of the above fit neatly into that, but I think they are all very relevant.

An important step in a meme like this is, I believe, offering an OPML file so that readers can subscribe to these feeds easily. Here’s mine: MarshallFavs

I need to add a “What is OPML?” page to my left side bar resources, but for now if you’re unfamiliar you can check out this post over at Net Squared: Intro to OPML.

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Recent resources rounded-up

A few posts I’ve made elsewhere recently that I want to make sure readers here are aware of:

  • Interview with Jayne Cravens of Coyote Communications on international and online volunteering.
  • Interview with Mini Kahlon of SMASHcast, podcasts about studying math and science by youth of color. Very cool stories about teaching kids podcasting.
  • Memetracking the life sciences blogosphere – review of a site like Tech.memeorandum but aggregating highlights from blogs about Life Sciences. If biotech folks have got it together like this, do biotech watchdogs? I’d like to know. I want to email some folks like GRAIN (Genetic Resource Action International) and Institute for Science and Society. Both of those are very good sites if you’re unfamiliar.
  • Wouldn’t you know it, many of the OPML files I’ve created and posted here are now not working because the fantastic feed scraping services of Whatzwot.com are swamped with inactive users and are now requiring monthly updates to keep the feeds operating. Aack! I’ve asked about subscription options, but I guess this is one of the problems with emerging tools. Of course this isn’t a problem for organizations that already offer RSS feeds, but so many interesting ones don’t yet.

McDonalds lets its freak flag fly

McDonalds corporate social responsibility department now has a blog. The very first post is on animal welfare. Pretty interesting, lots of comments. I can’t post about this at length or I’m liable to say things that don’t need to be said. Add that to your list of interesting corporate blogs, though. One commenter advised the blogger to loosen up, to “let your freak flag fly.” I thought that was pretty funny.

Choking on Google

Sheesh, I’m refusing to write anything (except this) about Google today, I’m just sick of it and it’s driving me nuts. The Google Page Creator, Google Finance, Google Base payment systemGoogle partners with the US national archives, Google’s Mac Widgets. Those are all within like the last 24 hours. There’s some links if you haven’t read about any of those stories. Students for a Free Tibet have NoLuv4Google and I’m just burnt out on writing and reading about them.

Check out Onlywire Service to Tag Everywhere

Just found Onlywire, very nice. I wrote about it over on Social Software but wanted to make sure readers here saw it too. It’s a very easy to use system that tags URLs into up to 15 different social bookmarking services at once. So I can easily save to Del.icio.us and Furl at once. I get the network effects of participating in del.icio.us without losing out on the cached pages in my Furl archive.

I’ve tried other systems for this and they didn’t work for me. This also gives me the courage to try other systems like magnolia – cause I’ll save the same things into del.icio.us and furl while experimenting and thus not lose them. Nice!