Sterling finish earns praise

first_img “We will just look at that. If he is missing out, we have young Danny Ward and he will come on to the bench,” he said. Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt his side – who almost took the lead when Danny Ings hit the post in a one-sided first half – were robbed of at least a point by the visitors. “We had our pocket pinched with how they got away with a win,” he said. “If not totally dominant, we were very dominant and yet again it is another marker. “But the challenge is not just to be excellent but to win.” While defeat saw the Clarets drop to next-bottom, the welcome sight of last season’s 20-goal striker Sam Vokes returning for his first appearance since March after a cruciate knee ligament injury gives them hope going into the new year. “It is terrific. You can see by the reaction of the fans,” said Dyche. “It is only another step on his journey to being fit. He is not there yet. “He was ready to be involved in the squad but not quite ready to start, although he’s not a million miles off.” “He is in a position now where he will receive a lot of opportunities in that kind of situation because of his pace. “His pace will take him away from anyone and since that (United) game he has gone away with the coaches and worked on that type of finish, both left side and right side. “He showed great composure and a great ability to learn, to beat the keeper and finished it really well. “His development and ability to want to be better has got us the three points.” Rodgers also had praise for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet despite a unexpected and less-than-convincing return to the side when he came on for the injured Brad Jones after just 15 minutes at Turf Moor. “I thought he did well. There was just the once when the ball went over the line (wide of goal, from a Mamadou Sakho backpass),” he added. “He has worked hard since he has come out of the team. He has kept a clean sheet and that was important.” Rodgers admitted he may look at an emergency loan after Jones’s injury but it seems in the short term he will call on the youth team. The England international found his finishing under the spotlight after missing a host of chances against Manchester United in his new striking role a fortnight ago but displayed the composure to score the only goal in the victory at Burnley on Boxing Day. “It showed what a great learner he is,” said the Liverpool manager. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised match-winner Raheem Sterling for improving the area of his game which has brought most criticism. last_img read more

Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Polo to Gallop off in Kaduna May 15

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeThe biggest charity polo event in Africa, the 2017 edition of the Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament is scheduled to hold at Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Resort, Kaduna, between May 15 and May 21, 2017. Already, 15 teams have been listed to battle for honours in two major categories.Four high-goals teams fortified with the best Nigerian players and professionals from Argentina, England and South Africa are listed for action in the big stake Charity Shield that pitches four equally matched teams from Lagos, Abuja, Keffi and Kaduna.Campaigns for the prestigious Access Bank Cup would be an exciting experience with 12 regular and ambitious debutants bracing for fierce games in a potentially explosive week long confrontations.Speaking at a media briefing to herald the 2017 edition of the tournament in Lagos wednesday, Group Head, Inclusive Banking, Access Bank Plc, Ope Wemi-Jones, said the bank has continued to maintain its yearly commitment in supporting UNICEF towards its projects for orphans and vulnerable children in Northern Nigeria.“This year’s tournament is more than an affirmation of our commitment to socio-economic wellbeing of mankind and acknowledgement of the impact the initiative has had on the lives of vulnerable children in northern Nigeria especially in Kaduna State. It is also an opportunity for providing special care for Access Bank’s customers through our inclusive banking services,” stressed Wemi-Jones.Fifth Chukker Polo Captain, Babangida Hassan, said they are proud to continue in the development of the established partnership with Access Bank and the UNICEF Charity Shield tourney, which is in its tenth year.“Fifth Chukker is proud to continue in its development of this established partnership with Access Bank and UNICEF. As the level of play continues to raise the bar in Nigerian polo and captures a truly international following; the charity work follows in a similar fashion,” Babangida added.Also speaking at the event, UNICEF’s Chief of Field-Partnership in Nigeria, Manuel Rosini, said: “We are hoping to get more children needing support for instance, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS – especially the girl-child into schools.”He also disclosed that through the Access Bank and Fifth Chukker partnership, the school project at Maraban Jos in Kaduna has witnessed a 35 per cent increase in enrolment from a little over 8,000 last year, to 11,000 this year.“We have no doubt created the space for a lot of them to enjoy their rights to education through this partnership, but we aim to seek more community participation to achieve greater results,” he stated.Rosini pointed out: “UNICEF looks forward to expanding this partnership with Access Bank to advocate the realisation of children’s rights.”A special event to mark the Centenary of Kaduna City and Children’s Day celebration would form part of the major highlights of the 2017 edition of the tournament.The Access Bank Charity Shield Tournament was inaugurated by Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in 2003 as a fund raising platform to support local charity organisations.Since 2006, however, this effort has been exclusively geared towards UNICEF’s intervention projects for orphans and vulnerable children and its environs.So far, more than N100 million has been raised during the charity event, for underprivileged children in northern Nigeria and this has been hailed as a huge achievement for a sporting partnership that began a decade ago.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Glasgow 2014: Okagbare targets treble

first_imgWere it not for the track and field schedule, Nigerian Blessing Okagbare could almost be expected to be going for four medals at the Commonwealth Games, AFP reports.The 25-year-old scorched to a commanding victory in the women’s 100-metre at Hampden Park on Monday, timing a Games record of 10.85 seconds, the sole sprinter in a strong field including Jamaican duo Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart to dip under the 11 sec barrier.Okagbare, eighth in the 100 metres at the London Olympics but a long jump bronze medallist in Beijing in 2008 at the age of 19, was quick to point to a potential treble, as she also plans to compete in her favoured 200 metres as well as the 4×100-metre relay.“Everything this year has been really based on the Commonwealth Games,” said the US-based Nigerian, who confirmed her promise when winning long jump silver and 200-metre bronze at the World Championships in Moscow last year.“This year for me is like an off year but at the same time I wanted to come here and actually put on a good show.“I am happy that my training led to these Games and everything came out well and to break the Commonwealth record is an amazing feeling. “Every preparation has been made for the Commonwealth Games. My previous meets were not that fast but I just had to trust that I was going to be ready and everything fell in place.”Okagbare added: “This is my first Commonwealth Games and I wanted to go out and first of all have fun but at the same time I wanted to win a gold medal.“It does take the pressure off a little bit but it doesn’t mean I can sit down and do no more. I just have to keep working hard to keep on top of my fitness and shape in the Games.”On that note, Okagbare said: “Is it possible that I could be going for a treble gold (100 metres, 200 metres and relay)? I would say yes.”Unfortunately for Okagbare, qualification for the long jump and 200 metres are both on Wednesday, with the finals of the two events slated for Thursday evening, meaning a tilt at the long jump is extremely unlikely. Heats for the 4×100 metres relay, however, are on Friday, with the final on Saturday.“The 200 metres is a little easier for me to digest,” Okagbare said when asked what her favourite event was.“The 100 metres is over so fast and any mistake you make is so hard to make up for.”The Nigerian will be hoping she can keep her form through until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro , where her versatility could well see her have the chance of becoming one of the stars of the track.“I’m going to prepare and do my thing and yes I plan to push on and aim for the Olympics,” said the training partner of the US ’s 100-metre world champion from 2011, Carmelita Jeter. “As long as I stay healthy and train the best I can. I must stay on top of my shape.”last_img read more

Clark Claims Championship At Drake Invitational

first_imgStory Links Flight 2 and Flight 3 went incomplete as the finals weren’t played. Clark defeated Gustavus’ Mohanad Al Houni 7-6, 6-1, claiming the Flight 1 singles draw title. Additional Sunday Results The Bulldogs rounded out their weekend with Tom Hands and Ben Wood earning victories. Hands topped Northern Illinois’ Austin Russell 6-2, 6-2, while Wood cruised past NIU’s Tom Hjertonsson 6-2, 6-3.center_img Flight 1 Results DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Ben Clark won the Flight 1 draw at the Drake Invitational to lead the Drake University men’s tennis team on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake returns to action on Oct. 1 when the Bulldogs plays in the ITA All-American Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

Cyms special rates are your ‘cue’ to play snooker and pool this winter

first_imgCyms Snooker Club in Letterkenny are offering patrons and new members the opportunity to play in their superb facility for just €3 an hour.Management at the club have some incredible offers currently available with membership fees now just €20.It’s also only €3 an hour which is a superb offer for all you snookering enthusiasts out there. CYMS have TEN full size snooker tables and all tables are in fantastic condition, so if you are waiting for a ‘cue’ to start a new social hobby – this is it!The full list of prices, fees and offers available are outlined below.MEMBERSHIP FEES  Adults: €20 Juniors, Students (Student Card must be shown) & Senior Citizens: €10 All GUESTS welcome – Special rate from now until 2020 OPENING HOURS Monday – Sunday 6pm-11.30pm FACILITIES10 Full size Snooker Tables4 Pool tables (8 ball)Table Tennis tables (see in club for information)Snooker competitions run continually throughout the year catering for all standards of playersLOCATION From Main Street, turn left at Library, take first left.  Tel: (074) 91 24442 (after 6pm) Cyms special rates are your ‘cue’ to play snooker and pool this winter was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CYMS Snooker Clubletterkennylast_img read more

Source: Giants’ top pitching prospect to make major league debut

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are bringing their top pitching prospect, Logan Webb, to the major leagues.Webb, the No. 5 prospect and the organization’s No. 1 pitching prospect according to, flew to Arizona on Friday and will be activated Saturday to make his debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Bay Area News Group was first to report Webb’s call-up.“He was throwing the ball well in Richmond, we thought he did a nice job in a start in Sacramento, so we’re going to slot him in,” …last_img

News on the Mind

first_imgHere are a dozen recent stories dealing with brains, the mind, perception, motivation and other aspects of psychology and neuroscience.Nature and nurture:  PhysOrg claims that scientists at SMU have resolved the nature vs nurture debate with a hybrid approach.  Whether it satisfies critics remains to be seen.  Perhaps they are still thinking inside the box by overlooking factors outside those two.Profit motive:  A Caltech neuroscientist wrote in PNAS that removing financial incentives demotivates the brain.1  He commented on a paper by Murayama et al. that indicates that “extrinsic incentives (e.g., pay) can undermine intrinsic incentives (e.g., fun).”  He cautioned, “Increased incentives should be applied carefully, because removing them might damage or destroy a preexisting intrinsic incentive.”Aspire to be Neanderthal:  My, how anthropology has changed its view of Neanderthal Man.  “They were technologically savvy, creative and cultured,” began an article on New Scientist.  “So maybe it’s time we accepted that Neanderthals were people just like us.”Believing is seeing:  Science Daily reported on work by the Wellcome Trust that indicates our perception of the world is a function of the size of our visual cortex.  Since the size of that part of the brain can differ by a factor of three from one individual to the next, we may each see the world differently to some extent.  An optical illusion accompanies the article.  “Optical illusions mystify and inspire our imagination, but in truth they show us that how we see the world is not necessarily physically accurate, but rather depends a lot on our brains.”False witness:  Americans exaggerate about church attendance, an article on PhysOrg claims.  A U of Michigan researcher said, “In the U.S., and to a lesser extent in Canada, the gap between what we say and what we do is substantial, and has been so for the last several decades.”  Some people may claim church attendance more as a statement of identity and self-concept than behavior.Walk for life:  Taking walks may stave off Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, radiologists said in Science Daily.Color me blue:  Matt Crump, a cognitive psychologist at Vanderbilt, was interviewed by Live Science.  He talked about his work on learning, attention, memory, and learning to play the blues.Easy cheating:  Science Daily talked about game experiments by U of Toronto psychologists that made it easy to cheat, and headlined, “Why Do People Behave Badly?  Maybe It’s Just Too Easy.”  The article made no mention of conscience.Rapid aural convergence coding:  “Coding” is a word becoming more frequent in papers about sense perception.  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin analyzed how rapidly listeners can correlate acoustic inputs.  The abstract in PNAS stated,2 Natural sounds are complex, typically changing along multiple acoustic dimensions that covary in accord with physical laws governing sound-producing sources.  We report that, after passive exposure to novel complex sounds, highly correlated features initially collapse onto a single perceptual dimension, capturing covariance at the expense of unitary stimulus dimensions.  Discriminability of sounds respecting the correlation is maintained, but is temporarily lost for sounds orthogonal or oblique to experienced covariation.  Following extended experience, perception of variance not captured by the correlation is restored, but weighted only in proportion to total experienced covariance….  Predictions from the principal components analysis model also match evolving listener performance in two discrimination tasks absent passive listening.  These demonstrations of adaptation to correlated attributes provide direct behavioral evidence for efficient coding.Hunting for nature:  Why do hunters hunt?  At least in Wisconsin, connecting to nature is one top motivation, reported PhysOrg.The speaking brain:  Language cannot be isolated to just one region of the brain.  Researchers found “rich connections throughout the brain that have not traditionally been associated with language, but are now found to tie together key areas important for understanding language,” said Science Daily about work by the Society for Neuroscience.  “The results revealed a far more extensive network for language functions than current models would predict.”Spider eyes:  They’re not just for magical potions any more.  Elizabeth Jakob at the University of Massachusetts is tracking the eye movements of spiders to learn about how their brains process sensory information.  According to Science Daily, she shows videos to jumping spiders and monitors their eye movements.  “It’s like having a window into a spider’s brain,” she said.    “Densely packed with photoreceptors, the retina gives the spider high-resolution vision rivaling that of primates,” the article said – only jumping spiders have eight eyes, each equipped with muscles that allow them to focus on objects like aiming a flashlight beam.  Their vision is very effective, too: “they need to quickly sift all sorts of visual information and decide whether they are seeing a threat, a potential mate or a delicious treat,” the article continued; “This sorting through incoming stimuli is the same problem other animals face, including humans.”  They do all this with a brain that could fit on the head of a pin. 1.  Colin F. Camerer, “Removing financial incentives demotivates the brain,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print November 29, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1016108107.2.  Stilp, Rogers and Kluender, “Rapid efficient coding of correlated complex acoustic properties,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print November 22, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1009020107.We can use our brains to study the brain, just as we can study the eye using the eye, or think about thinking.  But to think about where thinking came from, we need to think outside the materialistic box.  Then, the brain, the eye, and the senses make sense, and are seen for the designed wonders they are.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mrs SA First Princess helps women take wing

first_imgOlwethu Leshabane joins forces with Brand South Africa as a Play Your Part ambassador. The current Mrs South Africa First Princess is also an accomplished businesswoman and thought-leader in the entertainment and media industries. Olwethu Leshabane, Play Your Part ambassador and Mrs SA First Princess, is committed to developing the role women play in growing South Africa through her position as a Play Your Part ambassador, businesswoman and head of non-profit organisation Red Wings. (Image: Olwethu Leshabane, via Facebook)Play Your Part reporterBusinesswoman, wife and mother Olwethu Leshabane, crowned Mrs SA First Princess in October 2016, is one of our new additions to the Play Your Part ambassadors, who go above and beyond in supporting the development of South Africa and its people.Born in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth and raised in Pretoria, 26-year-old Leshabane juggles the demands of motherhood and business, as well as takes an active role in the development and empowerment of women.A brand strategist, Leshabane also runs and co-owns Stanford Media, the media arm of diversified investment holding company Stanford Group.EmpowermentLeshabane, a firm believer in the immense potential that women have to change South Africa and the world, can now use her status as Mrs SA First Princess to raise awareness about women’s health issues, encourage the education of young women, and empower women socially and economically.One of her major goals, she says, is “to use the crown to make a meaningful contribution towards significantly dropping the ever-increasing statistics of women being killed or abused in relationships and marriages by advocating for tolerance in marriages”.Her position as Mrs SA First Princess, coupled with her new role as a Play Your Part ambassador, means she is well-placed to make an even bigger impact in her chosen field.“Women need to be educated, included socially, have their health made a priority, and also be given a platform economically,” says Olwethu Leshabane.Red WingsIn 2014, Leshabane started The Red Wings Project, an organisation that collects sanitary pads to donate to underprivileged young women.She believes that feminine hygiene should not exclude those who cannot afford it, and hopes to get the government and private business to work hand-in-hand with her organisation to help address the issue.“Women need to be educated, included socially, have their health made a priority, and also be given a platform economically,” she says, further highlighting the need for women to be brought to the forefront of South Africa’s growth.last_img read more

Proteas gear up for India on Sunday

first_img20 February 2015The Castle Lager Proteas have begun their preparations for their second ICC Cricket World Cup match on Sunday when they will face India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MSG).After a light practice session at the Junction Oval in St Kilda on Tuesday, the team moved to the MCG on Wednesday.While India have never beaten South Africa in the World Cup, the match against India on Sunday is likely to be one of the toughest the Proteas will face in the group stages.“Even though they will probably still make it through to the next round even if they lose, this match is significant. It will serve as a psychological victory, both in the fact that India have a way of getting under South Africa’s skin, and in overcoming their first big opponents in this World Cup,” Antoinette Muller writes in the Daily Maverick.ConfidenceAll-rounder JP Duminy says the Proteas had taken a lot of confidence from their 62-run win against Zimbabwe, and felt his innings has given him an understanding of what it takes to succeed in pressure situations.“I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Duminy said of his innings. “I guess we don’t want to find ourselves in that position again, especially in the knock-out stages, but it’s good to get an innings like that under the belt coming in under pressure.“We needed to make a play and to soak up the pressure that was there. I am pleased with the performance. Getting time in the middle is something to enjoy.“Batting at six it’s not always possible to get a lengthy period of time out in the middle. It was a good opportunity to find my feet and to understand what is needed in certain situations.”Duminy said he has come to understand his role at number six, mentioning Sunday’s match as a good example of how he had learnt to to adapt his game to different challenges. It has also afforded him more time to work on his growing role with the ball.“It’s about adapting and making sure you have different sets of skills for different situations,” he said. “These are the things we talk about in team and batters meetings and we try to execute them. Sunday was a good showcase of our skills, especially myself and David [Miller]. We are enjoying batting together and we complement each other well.”Fond memoriesDuminy has fond memories of the MCG, the venue where he announced himself as a Test player, and says he is looking forward to another opportunity to create more memories at the cricketing coliseum.“All of us are,” he said of the excitement ahead of Sunday’s match. “It doesn’t happen often that you get to play in front of so many people. The MCG is a ground that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing at and hopefully I will be given an opportunity to do something special again.”Consultants Gary Kirsten and Mike Hussey will be with the team until the Proteas’ third match against the West Indies in Sydney. WORLD CUP MATCHES/h4>Group matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: South Africa v India. Melbourne Cricket Ground27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistand. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundCricketSA and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Open Source and Social Media: Community, Collaboration, Freedom

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification To most people, the term “open source” immediately conjures an image of two geeks sitting in a dark room (probably a basement) — curtains drawn, McDonald’s remains strewn across the desk, and 42 oz sodas within arms’ reach — coding away at their computers, listening to Linkin Park or a game soundtrack. People automatically associate it with endless lines of code, back-end technology, server rooms, computer science labs, and experimental (read: unsafe and buggy) technology.In reality, open-source software provides stable solutions, created by people and for people and used by companies of all sizes. Use Firefox? That’s open-source software. Google Chrome? It too is based on an open-source code. Ever look up a term on Wikipedia? The site is completely built on user-generated code and content. “In fact,” says Allison Randal, Program Chair of OSCON, “chances are you’re using a lot more open-source software than you know: on your computer or powering you favorite websites.”With the Open Source Convention (OSCON) set to take over San Jose tomorrow, we’ll provide a glimpse here of open source in layman’s terms and the potential intersection of open source and social media.Author: Ravit Lichtenberg is the founder and chief strategist at — a boutique consultancy focusing on helping companies succeed. Ravit works with CEOs, marketing groups, and social media managers to craft customer-centric engagement strategies that result in higher customer value, stronger customer community, improved monetization, and higher profitability. Ravit authors a blog at Is Open Source?“The ideas behind open source are about freedom,” continues Randal, “that people should have certain basic rights in the software that they use, the same as every other part of life. It’s about people’s rights to create things they’re passionate about.”Mozilla‘s founders, who spawned Firefox, walked away from the ashes of Netscape with a desire to change the Web browsing experience. Drupal and Joomla are content management systems that enable unlimited options in website building and publishing. Remember how difficult it used to be to build your own website? Now building one is free, open to all, flexible, and extendable: anyone with a passion or idea can build for it, and numerous companies are taking Drupal and Joomla and building easy-to-use website templates that anyone can use, no programming needed. Don’t want to pay for Microsoft Office? You can use OpenOffice for free — it will serve most of your needs.In essence, these projects, developers, and organizations address mature, business-critical issues in better, faster ways. This form of crowd-sourcing enables businesses to use solutions that would otherwise have required a lot more time and/or people to develop at a much higher total cost.Open Source Is EvolvingYou may have heard the phrase, “Open Source is free as in speech, not as in beer.” This phrase refers to the notion that while everyone can freely start and contribute to any project, the actual use of open source solutions may still come with a price tag — often for services and additional product layers that a company bundles with the open code. But for corporations that already spend millions of dollars just to keep the lights on, investing in open source increasingly makes better business sense. For the CIOs and CTOs of these companies, it’s not about the price tag of each solution but rather about the total cost of ownership over time, especially in a downturn economy.In a study conducted by Gartner and reported by Matt Asay at CNET, CIOs reported they have increased investment in open-source software and decreased investment in proprietary software. CIOs reported that by investing in open source they were able to do the following:Reduce costs by 87% (while meeting or exceeding expectations),Improve quality by 92%,Ease integration and customization by 86%,Quicken pace of innovation by 82%,Improve support by 84%,Increase standards compliance by 91%,Decrease time to market by 82%.Michael Fauscette, Group Vice-President of Software Business Solutions at IDC, recently highlighted changes in the adoption of open source. IDC found that as recently as 2007, CIOs were reluctant to adopt social media software for fear of IP infringement and poor support: two mission-critical elements of any enterprise. By 2008, says Fauscette, CIOs reported that they preferred open-source software precisely because of the quality of support it comes with. And as for their fear of IP infringement, that was no longer at the top of the list because of standards and self-policing.Open source doesn’t only serve IT companies, though. It is now being explored for government and health care data management and access. Open-source software, in other words, has moved from the basements of Linkin Park fans to the desks of the largest corporations in the US.Sound familiar? The evolution of open source may sound a bit like the evolution of another web-related phenomenon, what has become known as Web 2.0 social media and social networking. Like open-source software, social media is about the basic human right to communicate, organize, and maintain control of one’s own experiences. And both address the needs of companies to do more at higher quality with less money. Both social media and open-source software involve communities and are fed by content: code in the case of open source, and media content in the case of social media.But unlike open source, social media has thus far primarily been a consumer play and is only now being explored by enterprises. Living on the Web, social media is also hardware and distribution-channel agnostic: it does not require pre-installation and does not compete with pre-bundled proprietary products. Historically, open source, being hardware dependent, has had greater distribution challenges: unless the software came pre-loaded on your hardware, notes Fauscette, you would rarely seek out alternatives to replace what you already have. Without a channel for hardware, distribution was driven primarily by hard-core tech enthusiasts.Seeds of ChangeCompanies that erected insurmountable barriers to protect their source code now realize that the cost of innovation and competition may be just too much compared to that of their competitors that use open-source software. Take Google’s Android, an iPhone competitor built on the open-source platform Linux. Android started off as closed-source software but very quickly became an open-source project. Developers can now build applications on top of Android’s platform and then use the code for their own Android-like products, just as developers use Firefox code to build their own browsers.2008 saw another significant milestone: the establishment of the Symbian Foundation to oversee the development of the Symbian operating system as an open-source platform, licensed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL). The Foundation’s members include Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Texas Instruments, Vodafone, Samsung, LG, and AT&T. With this development, a once highly protected closed-source cell-phone operating system has opened up.Caleb Sima, Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard, calls this “a clear move on Nokia’s part to try to catch up to the competition by using open source and the community to help evolve its features to those of smartphones.” Companies are now realizing that open-source software is a competitive advantage.What Open Source Means to Social MediaOpen source is the natural platform for fast-evolving social media and social networking. Forget about having to scale the walled gardens of social networks or having to upload, download, and link together multiple applications. With open source, everything is seamless and transparent. Picture a huge festive dinner table, set with dozens of mouth-watering dishes for you and your guests to pick from. You can heap whatever you like on your plate or, better yet, just dab your bread into whatever dish your please, all while seeing what others are putting on their plate and seeing whether they’re using a fork or a spoon and hearing the conversation around the table.But with all of these capabilities and openness, people will face new challenges on the Web. One big challenge will be to make the Web more personal and make it possible to simulate live interaction. One of the most promising companies to address this is Kaltura, maker of the only open-source online video management platform, with a free community platform, now used on over 35,000 websites and soon to be integrated into Wikipedia for user co-creation of rich media content. (Disclaimer: Kaltura is one of my client companies.)“Extensions like Kaltura make the Web real,” says Fauscette. “Video is in fact one of the big things we’ll see. This is an opportunity space, and first-mover advantage will be big.” For Fauscette, trust is a major sticking point: with the proliferation of networks, friends, followers, and brands online, helping people figure out who and what to trust will be key to making the Web personal.Whoever tries to control people’s relationships will lose. Whoever enables people to create and share experiences that are relevant to them across any website, with anyone, the way they want will win. And open source will create many more winners than losers.More About Open SourceOSCON is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this coming week in a four-day conference in San Jose, California. In addition to the usual technical tracks, OSCON has added people and business tracks and many free events. You can register for a free pass to the expo hall (yes, free as in beer) and attend the “Birds of a Feather” un-conference, Ignite party, Hackathon, and much more (all free). Check out the list of events.Great resources online include Open Source InitiativeOpen Government, Open Data Initiatives, SourceForge (where you can find a list of ongoing projects and downloads), Open Video Alliance, and the excellent short and sweet write-ups by open-source experts such as CNET’s Matt Asay.Oh, and there’s always Wikipedia (where smiles are always open). ravit lichtenberg from ustratecenter_img Tags:#Social Web#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more