SciVee Users' Discussion Community -- Discussions This Users' Discussion Community is intended to be a forum where anyone with a SciVee account may share comments or questions about SciVee, the beta website, or any of its functions. The Community may help you or others to understand and take better advantage of this exciting new technology. Forums Guys, Just got Marc's note about the Thomson link up. Goodoh! I hoping you might give some consideration to a project I have in mind, primarily to add the "front end" to scivee. Just going through the overview of a postercast. We're having a discussion over at terena (trans euro. research & edu network association) about 'capturing conferences', both real ones and Video Conferences (VC), and streaming, recording and archiving them. The problem we all have with this move to a new media paradigm is answering "who is the customer/community". You'll know they tend to be hives of common (disciplinary centric, muilti language) scientific communities. The question is how can we support both their repositories as well as their (real time and asynchronous) communications, and make the hives more inclusive. To do this we need to be a little more lateral in our global thinking, although scivee provides a good template for the info, if not the comms. Is ther any chance yo might introduce a few forums a la a site like sitepoint. This forum tool doesn't help to support a discussion, which becomes a community archive, and email lists are passe. It would certainly help terena's task force people to get a feel for using social media to grow a few communities. May 3, 2010 Re: Reinventing Scholarly Communication... Apryl, It's been a while, so I hope you're still around. I've had to wait for a few happenings to mature before we began this conversation. Probaly a good starting point is a conference which has just happened for some network operators in Australia. It's a good orientation point as many (forms of) .edu's use a moodle (for 'course delivery') around the world. I'll point you at I hope you'll take the time to look at the videos which were captured over the two days, particularly the one from Mike Foley fro mthe World Bank. His two main messages were "Communities of Practice" and "real time communication". My main message to anyone who wants to promote scholarly education is "capture, not produce" (although there is obviously a need to help poor lecturers improve their presention skills (or support them with editors and tools). Over on the wikipedia foundation's list, they're beginning to talk about "chapter related issues" = what can or should we do to encourage grassroots groups that want to support our mission, but may not fit into the chapters framework? The problem we all have is that although we understand that we want to promote, and aggregate scholarly information, we always make a basic mistake. We don't ask ourselves' "if there are hundreds of thousands of Communities-of-Practice (both national and global), which, at the moment can be easily found at conferences, why don't we try and capture the conferences (at a fixed point in cyberspace) and bring the information to these communicating hubs, rather then setting up separate places in cyberspaces with different (language) names for different types of media." The problem is not that we can't all see where scivee, or the researchchannels in every country are going. The problem is they - the national COP's (real time) communication's hub - don't share a common directory, so we can't capture their COP's global conferences, and leave their archive on the same page, from which they are streamed live. E.g. Jul 19, 2009 Re: Questions for this community April, I'm revisting the site just to see of you hadn't moved things along. Still pretty quiet. I think the point here comes down to ease of use. Attendees will always give reasons as to why a video of their presentation shouldn't be created. "their work was too boring to create a video", it's too hard, the dog ate my slides, ad infintum. The idea, i would have thought is to make "capturing content" so simple that it becomes the rule rather than the exception.Let me give you an idea of conference videos we've just seen in Australia. You have to register, like here, which is another common proble we have. You could watch the presentations streaming live (and ask questions). By the time presenters were finished you could watch the recording. OK some are very boring (unless you like technical networking stuff). But that's the point isn't it? Isn't the aim here that we must use the video to capture a small commiunity's discussions, almost invariably "at a conference", to present an overview and then, on the same community 'channel' create libraries of journals, so institutions don't have to pay a third party publisher. Jul 11, 2009 Re: Postercast pop-ups covering video when not expanded We will discuss this - thank you for your interest in SciVee Phil Feb 14, 2009 Re: SciVee stats for embedded videos? Hi Tim, I thought it had to go at the end too - we're getting stats so presumably it is working but I'll ask our developers for their opinion... Simon. Aug 27, 2008 Exporting from Camtasia Studio to Scivee I'm going through the process of exporting a screencast from Camtasia Studio to scivee. For future reference (others' and mine), I've jotted two notes below... - Camtasia allows export to many different formats with many different options. I tried WMV, FLV, AVI, and MOV. I got the best results exporting to MOV, which not surprisingly resulted in the biggest file. Even though I understand that scivee coverts my MOV to FLV, having scivee do that conversion was better than directly exporting FLV from Camtasia. - The final max video size is 480x360 (which I probably would have known had I read more carefully), which makes screencasts of internet browsers pretty challenging. I found Camtasia's "Zoom-n-Pan" function to be indispensable for converting my screencast into something usable for scivee. (Incidentally, doesn't have the resolution limitation...) Jul 21, 2008 Synchronizing Your Pubcast I posted this in my blog, but wanted to post to this community too: A very important part of creating a pubcast is properly linking specific sections of the text and figures in your paper to appear highlighted as your video plays. When you link your paper to the video in this way, the value of your pubcast is increased because attention is drawn to the scientific data included in your publication. In addition, when the video is annotated with data at specific points in the timeline, it not only creates a form of chaptering of the video but the value of the video is increased because of the later possibility of data mining the video content. Although SciVee does not yet use this data in searches, the data you create when connecting specific synchronize points in the video could be used later on to search specific parts of the video. There is an older tutorial of a screencast that walks you through the whole process of creating a pubcast, but if you want to view a newer tutorial that covers more specifically how to synchronize your publication to your video it is available in the help section. Jul 8, 2008 More effective browsing on SciVee I just wanted to share information about a new feature that you may have recently noticed in the "Browse" section of SciVee. It has been updated to allow viewers to sort through videos more effectively. You can sort videos and pubcasts by target audience and subject area. If you have uploaded a video prior to this feature being added to the website, this means that it is important to identify which target audience and subject areas your videos or pubcasts belong. I recently sent out an email to a several SciVee members that described these steps, but perhaps it was not as clear as I intended because I have been receiving quite a few emails requesting further details about how to do this. In case you were wondering, I thought I would post steps that were more clearly understandable. You can now choose which target audiences and subject areas that your videos or pubcasts should be included by taking the following steps: 1) Log on to the SciVee website. 2) Click on "My Account." A listing of your videos and pubcasts will appear under the heading "My Pubcasts and Videos" 3) Click on one of your videos or pubcasts. 4) Click the "Edit" tab and scroll down to the heading "Target audience and subject areas." 5) Check the box(s) for the correct categories then scroll down to click "submit" to save your choices. Please let me know if you still have questions, I am happy to assist. Originally posted in help at: Mar 30, 2008 Re: Wondering how some things happen Good questions. Once a pubcast or video is published, a community's manager or administrator may add the content to their community. Pubcasts are added from the General tab, and videos from the Communities tab of the content page. One could send a private message to a manager or administrator to request that they add content to their community. To confirm your membership in a larger SciVee community, one may need to click the gray, 'view all' link on the right of the Members heading bar, and then possibly one of the extra page links. On the communities home page there is also a blue, 'Join this community' link centered below the community description. This link changes to 'Leave this community' once one is a member. Once a new community is formed or a pubcast or video is published, it seems to be added to the marquee of featured communities or recent pubcasts, videos, discussions, or blogs on the SciVee home page. One may also use a feed reader or feed-supporting page, such as iGoogle, to subscribe to the pubcast or videos page. There is a small, square, orange icon next to the heading on the browse page. To add a feed to iGoogle, right click on the icon, copy the shortcut, and then paste it into the 'Add feed or gadget' box on the 'Add stuff' page of iGoogle. A feed link is also available on a community's home page for content from that community. It would be great if such feeds were also available for the SciVee Communities, Recent Discussions, Blogs, and Channels lists. Keep exploring SciVee for new content and features! --Frederick Grose Feb 24, 2008 Re: SciVee user interface for community list Hello all, I just want to thank all of you for your feedback, and detailed accounts of the issues you guys have come across. Were definitely listening, and I would like to let you guys in on some of the stuff were working on. Currently, were going through our major pages and giving them a sort of touch-up or revamp. Our latest victim was the Community pages, and our motivation behind that, was to provide a hub for users to keep track of the discussions and communities they have participated in, as well as their blogs and media (Hope you guys liked it, if not feel free to post or PM me suggestions). Next in our crosshairs is the browse page. The means of navigating our content is cumbersome to say the least, and the browse page doesn't help too much with that. Were trying to come up with the most accessible way of combing through all categories of data on our site i.e Communities, videos, users... in a way that doesn't crash my browser. You guys can expect this update in the near future. In the meantime, if you guys have any suggestions for us web guys, just drop us a line, well be watching... - Alex , Flash Developer/Web Designer SciVee - "make your complaints about our site known!" Feb 19, 2008 Content Browsing & Tags Navigation Visitors, new, and returning users want to be able to quickly see the scope and breadth of content topics and communities available on SciVee—to scan for something that captures their interest. Pubcast, video, or community titles are the most succinct description of content, and so, scanning through lots of them rapidly, should be made easy and natural. Surely the developers at SciVee have many plans to add features to the website that they haven't yet had time to implement. Below are some ideas for easier browsing of SciVee content. The current paging method presents only a short list of content material. After clicking the [more] button, I'd like to be able to scroll through dozens of titles, rather than the 4 to 10 items currently supplied. Perhaps, a secondary, long list of titles only, could be supplied on one side of the page so that one could review more broadly the available collection. One good discovery tool is the tag cloud navigator of MeSH terms and keywords supplied by the content submitter. Here, terms are presented alphabetically in a 6-row, word list, where the more frequently used terms appear with progressively larger letters. Clicking on a keyword, takes one to a page listing pubcast or video content tagged with the selected keyword. This is a fast tool for topic sorting (although it would be better if more that 10 results were listed). One navigational improvement I would really like to see would be for the matching content list to appear below the tag cloud, so that one could select another term from the tag cloud without backing up 1 page or re-clicking the tags link. More powerful, would be for the tag cloud tool to have some scaling controls above the field of terms. Minus(-) and plus(+) magnifier glass buttons, or a slider control, could be used to shift the field of words to more or less frequently used terms. Thus we could navigate more deeply into the population of keywords—searching perhaps for a rare, but significant term for our current interest. To provide even more contextual information, once a term's result set is displayed, the tag cloud field could be updated to show only terms used in the current result set. This would allow one to drill down even further into subsets of the results, and would provide a contextual overview of the content. The minus(-) button should take us back to the previous list of more frequently used terms, and a home or top-level button should take us back to the top-level tag cloud. If the proposed new control interface is designed with a multi-dimensional data model, a combo-selection box control could eventually be used to select other frequency aspects about the content. We could view the most frequently viewed topic terms, include or exclude blog tags, view most active contributors or communities, even study the distribution of dates or durations associated with content. This post on Tag Clouds from Moritz Stefaner's blog on Well-formed data at the University of Applied Science in Potsdam, Germany, has some insightful examples and prototypes to consider. Have fun discovering interesting science on SciVee! --Frederick Grose Feb 19, 2008 Re: Introduction Thank you for getting this going. I look forward to comments on what we are trying to do which in a nutshell is to make science more accessible to a broad worldwide community. Sincerely Phil Bourne SciVee Co-founder Jan 30, 2008