Friday, January 27, 2006

Weekly readings - 27 January 2006

It May Look Authentic; Here's How to Tell It Isn't. Nicholas Wade. The New York Times. January 24, 2006.

In the digital age, photo-manipulation has proved particularly troublesome for science and others. In recent events, photos have been manipulated to misrepresent scientific tests. The Journal of Cell Biology editors recognized the likelihood that images were being improperly manipulated when the journal required all illustrations to be submitted in digital form. The guidelines state that nothing should be done to any part of an illustration that did not affect all other parts equally. Basically that it is all right to adjust the brightness or color balance of the whole photo, but not to obscure, move or introduce an element. Others are concerned about the authenticity of digital images. The editors are developing methods of detecting certain patterns of image manipulation.

EMC adds Google Desktop search to Documentum. Lucas Mearian. Computerworld. January 17, 2006.,10801,107811,00.html?source=NLT_SU&nid=107811

EMC announced that Google Desktop has been added to the Documentum 5.3 Enterprise Content Integration (ECI) Services. The search feature can access unstructured content stored on desktops, including documents, Web pages, XML, and audio and video files. Other Google applications for web and network have already been supported.

Data-Storage Essentials. Washington Post. From PC World. December 24, 2005.

For consumers the ideal storage is ultra cheap DVDs and CDs, which can store a lot of files permanently. For moving files around from one place to another, flash memory or an external hard drive are very useful. An external hard drive is good for backing up your data.

DoD First to Transfer Digital Records to National Archives. Steven Donald Smith. January 23, 2006.

The Defense Department became the first federal agency to transfer digital records to the National Archives and Records Administration using the new established Electronic Records Archive "pre-accession" guidelines. These guidelines st

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