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Overstream

Overstream: free online subtitle editor

Overstream is a free online editor for creating and synchronizing subtitles to any online video (YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video, Veoh, Blip.tv, Archive.org and Vimeo.com), store subtitles on the Overstream server, and send the link to the subtitled video to other users, friends or colleagues.

Overstream supports all languages, however, in order to work, the language must be installed on the viewer’s computer.
Both javascript and cookies need to be enabled in your browser in order for this website to work as intended. Also, the Overstream Editor and Player require Flash Player version 8 or above to be installed.

For more information, visit the FAQ section of the webste http://www.overstream.net/help.php

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more on subtitles in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=subtitles

Microsoft patch for Meltdown and Spectre

Microsoft withdraws Spectre and Meltdown patch that’s borking AMD machines

As we look forward to the ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Casino Royale’ vulnerabilities

Chris Merriman 09 January 2018

https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3024061/microsofts-withdraws-spectre-and-meltdown-patch-thats-borking-amd-machines

If your computer runs on AMD processor (instead of Intel) and has Windows 10, you might want to delay the anti-virus installation. 

MICROSOFT HAS POINTED the finger of blame in the direction of AMD after update designed to protect against the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities started bricking machines using the company’s processors.

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more on Meltdown and Spectre in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=spectre

Analytics Data Integration and Governance

Supporting Analytics through Data Integration and Governance

https://www.educause.edu/focus-areas-and-initiatives/enterprise-and-infrastructure/enterprise-it-program/supporting-analytics-through-data-integration-and-governance

Support analytics initiatives with data integration and governance. The changing landscape of enterprise IT is characterized by an expanding set of services, systems, and sourcing strategies. Data governance, cross-enterprise partnerships, and data integration are key ingredients in supporting higher education’s growing need for reliable information.

Enterprise IT Case Studies

In this set of EDUCAUSE Review case studies, see how Drake University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Montana improved their analytics initiatives through data integrations and governance.

 

 

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more on analytics in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=analytics

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=data+governance

VR and AR: Learners as Creators and World Builders of Our Immersive Future

Friday, December 15, 2017https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2017/12/vr-and-ar-learners-as-creators-and-world-builders-of-our-immersive-future

By creating engaging 360° tours, students are not only learning these new tools for themselves but are also helping local organizations see the possibility of VR for marketing and public relations.

some key takeaways from the projects that we have seen:

  • Let the students lead: In all of these projects, students are taking the initiative. The institutions are providing the technology, the space, organizational vision, and in some cases, academic credit. At NYU Tandon, students organized the entire conference, doing publicity, registration, catering, and scheduling (see figure 4). They brought in a diverse group of speakers from academic, tech, and startup backgrounds. The event included TED-style spotlights, talks, workshops, and demos.
  • Don’t compromise on space: Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts is designed to encourage cross-discipline collaboration. The Tandon event used the main auditorium and the flagship NYU MakerSpace. Space influences behavior and is crucial in driving collaboration and active participation. In addition, to produce VR and AR/MR experiences students need access to high-end technology and, in some cases, motion-capture studios and 360° cameras.
  • Create opportunities for social impact: Many of these programs are open to the local community or have been designed to have an impact outside higher education. At Emporia State, students are using VR and 360° video to help local businesses. The Gaspee Affair VR experience at Brown University will become a resource for teaching middle and high school students.
  • Showcase student work: So often in education, the work students do in a course is only seen by others in the same class. Like the example at Texas A&M, all of these experiences have a connection with their campus or larger community. VR and AR engender a level of excitement that gets students engaged with each other and encourage peer learning. It’s worth it to seek out opportunities to bring this work to community events.

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more on VR in education in this IMS blog

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=virtual+reality+education

top ten speech recognition APIs

https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-top-ten-speech-recognition-APIs

Online short utterance

1) Google Speech API – best speech technology, recently announced to be available for commercial use. Currently in beta status. Google also has separate APIs for Android OS and Javascript API for Chrome.

2) Microsoft Cognitive Services – Bing Speech API same from Microsoft, many different nice addons like voice authentication

3) API.AI – analyses intent, not simply recognizes speech. Useful to build command applications, belongs to Google.

There are also offerings from Amazon, Facebook and many others.

Online large files

4) Speechmatics – large vocabulary transcription in the cloud, US and UK English, high accuracy.

5) Vocapia Speech to Text API – not very user friendly, but a good technology

Offline Proprietary

6) Speech Engine_IFLYTEK CO.,LTD. not very well known Chinese company, but it continuously excels in competitions.

7) UWP Speech recognition from Microsoft for Universal Windows Platform

Open Source

8) CMU Sphinx – Speech Recognition Toolkit – offline speech recognition, due to low resource requirements can be used on mobile. OpenEars – Pocketsphinx on iOS, there are also APIs for Node.js, Ruby, Java, Android bindings.

9) Kaldi – speech recognition toolkit for research. UFAL-DSG/cloud-asr – Kaldi-based cloud platform, alumae/kaldi-gstreamer-server – another kaldi-based cloud platform. iOS Speech Recognition – kaldi adopted for offline recognition on iOS from Keen Research.

Bulgarian police Bitcoins

Bitcoins Bulgarian police seized from an ‘organised crime gang’ would now pay off a FIFTH of the country’s national debt after value rises by 600% in six months

  • Officers seized hundreds of thousands of units of the virtual currency in May
  • It was worth $500million at the time but the value of Bitcoin has since surged
  • The haul of 213,519 units is now worth a staggering $3.3billion
  • Thta is enough to pay off almost a quarter of Bulgaria’s national debt

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5163209/Bulgaria-Bitcoins-pay-FIFTH-debt.html#ixzz50rvA3d4d
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That is enough to pay off almost a quarter of Bulgaria’s national debt, although it is not known what the authorities have done with the currency. 

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more on Bitcoin in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=bitcoin

K12 technology preparation

Better teaching through technology? Only with thoughtful preparation

Nov. 30, 2017

https://www.educationdive.com/news/better-teaching-through-technology-only-with-thoughtful-preparation/511896/

Dive Brief:

  • Research from the Yale Center of Teaching and Learning highlights the ups and downs of classroom tech use, including the juxtaposition of increased engagement from using familiar platforms for assignments and decreased motivation and grades from limitless internet exposure, eSchool News reports.
  • Educators must ensure a cautious approach to tech use that doesn’t make students overly reliant upon it to complete tasks and solve problems, using social networking and collaborative platforms as a means to an end rather than the be-all solution.
  • Before adopting and implementing it, educators should consider how any given piece of classroom technology will improve studying, what the possible pitfalls are and how to avoid them, how it will help meet goals or close gaps, and how it will improve workflow, according to eSchool News.

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more on K12 technology in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=k12+technology

cloud terminology

Understanding Cloud Terminology: What Does IaaS, Paas, and SaaS Mean?

  • IaaS, Infrastructure-as-a-Service
  • PaaS, Platform-as-a-Service

Linux Server

Apache/nginx web server

MySQL database

WordPress

  • SaaS, Software-as-a-Service
  • UCaaS, Unified-Communications-as-a-Service
  • GaaS, Gaming-as-a-Service

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more on SAAS in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=saas

more on cloud computing in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=cloud+computing

 

library web page and heat map

Usability of the library web page

From: <lita-l-request@lists.ala.org> on behalf of Amy Kimura <amy.kimura@rutgers.edu>
Subject: [lita-l] Qualitative analytics tools

Hi everyone,

Is anyone out there using CrazyEgg, Hotjar, Mouseflow or the like as a source of analytic data?

If so, I’d love to hear about what you’re using, how you’re using it, what you’ve been able to get out of it. I’m convinced that it will be useful for informing content contributors about how their content is being (or more likely not being) consumed by users — but I’m particularly interested in other ways to utilize the tools and the data they provide.

Thanks so much! Amy

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Amy Kimura
Web Services Librarian, Shared User Services
Rutgers University Libraries
amy.kimura@rutgers.edu
p: 848.932.5920

My response to Amy:

In my notes: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2017/03/07/library-technology-conference-2017/

Here is the 2016 session and contact information to the three fellows, who did an excellent presentation not only how, but why exactly these tools:  http://sched.co/69f2

Here is the link to the 2017 session, which seems closest to your question. http://sched.co/953o Again, the two presenters most probably will be able to help you with your questions, if they have not seen already your posting on the LITA listserv and responded.

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CrazyEgg, Hotjar, Mouseflow




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