Links Roundup for May 24, 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories that might be of interest to fans: news about Google Video, Blogger, “A Billion Wicked Thoughts,” Creative Commons, and “Con or Bust,” just beneath the cut!

* Google Video is being subsumed into YouTube for all but “Google Video for Business” and “Google Video for Education” users. If fans are using Google Video to host their fanworks, they can either move them to YouTube or download and save copies. (This is, for the record, more courtesy than Imeem showed its users when it eliminated its video hosting service, as it did not give patrons the chance to download their works before deleting them.) You can find more information in this Google Video Help article.

* Many fans have been closely following the coverage of the publication of Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam’s book, “A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire.” Ogas and Gaddam attempted to survey fans two years ago both individually and by means of an online survey that fans found to be a blunt and badly-designed instrument; many fans are now giving the resulting book a decisive thumbs-down. Read Doctor Science’s article at Obsidian Wings, A Billion Made-Up Conclusions, for one fan’s perspective.

* For Blogger Users: While Blogger has moved to using the Google accounts system for logins, legacy users have up till now been able to maintain their own accounts. This will soon no longer be the case: if you have a Blogger account and haven’t logged in since 2007, you will lose access to the account and associated content permanently unless you update to the Google Account system before June 25th.

* In its most recent alumni magazine, Cambridge University professor Dr. Rupert Gatti argues something that the OTW (and its gold standard, Open Access journal Transformative Works and Cultures) has believed for years: that Open Access models and Creative Commons are the future of academic scholarship. (See p. 40-41 for the whole article.)

* Lastly, “Con or Bust” is taking applications to fund con attendance for fans of color. “Con or Bust” is a sub-project of the Carl Brandon Society, an organization whose goal is “is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.” Grants are being administered by Kate Nepveu.

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