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Yes I can!

Barack Obama’s Inauguration Speech
My fellow Americans, today is a loud day. You have shown the world that “hope” is not just another word for “turkey”, and that “change” is not only something we can believe in again, but something we can actually swipe.

Today we celebrate, but let there be no mistake – America faces tall and dark challenges like never before. Our economy is handsome. Americans can barely afford their mortgages, let alone have enough money left over for schools. Our healthcare system is wooden. If your elbow is sick and you don’t have insurance, you might as well call a librarian. And America’s image overseas is tarnished like a chutney tree. But running together we can right this ship, and set a course for bristol.

Finally, I must thank my cool family, my white campaign volunteers, but most of all, I want to thank clintons for making this historic occasion possible. Of course, I must also thank you, President Bush, for years of strutting the American people. Without your broad efforts, none of this would have been possible.

via the Obama Inauguration Speech generator

Favourite blogs: What kind of week has it been?

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2008 logoWelcome to Our Favourite Social Science blogs.

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 7th –16th March, Intute: Social Sciences is featuring a series of articles by our subject editors presenting their favourite blogs.

Today Paul Ayres the Section Editor for Economics and Education, looks back at our week of writing about blogs in the social sciences.

So what kind of week has it been? I hope you have enjoyed this all too brief sojourn through a compact and bijou part of the social science blogosphere. Over the last 10 days we have picked out some of our favourite blogs in a range of subjects.

Friday 7th of March: Sociology
Monday 10th of March: Psychology and Law
Tuesday 11th of March: Elections and Statistics / Data
Wednesday 12th of March: Economics and Business / Management
Thursday 13th of March: International Relations and Europe
Friday 14th of March: Politics / Government

We went with our favourite blogs for a good reason – the blogosphere is so vast that it’s difficult to be comprehensive in just a few hundred words and you will always miss someone out – though the recent Observer 50 most powerful blogs piece certainly got a lot of attention for taking a rather different approach.

However, I think that a special mention has to go to Crooked Timber which has been picked out by three of our contributors this week. The breadth of expertise on offer, the range of subjects tackled and the darned good writing, makes it hard to beat.

Just this week they have been discussing the future of current academic publishing models (and a follow-up asks academics what would change their publishing habits) with many of the points raised being equally applicable to blogging.

But what about the wider picture of blogging in academia? It seems clear to me that academics are taking blogs and blogging more seriously. ResearchBlogging.org aggregates serious academic blog posts about peer-reviewed research across a range of subjects, including a number in the social sciences. Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting organises this effort and includes a lively forum where issues around academic blogging are debated.

Why blog? It’s a question academics are still asking and answering amongst themselves and some of us have chimed in as well – but plenty of academics are just getting on and doing it, as the wiki at Academicblogs.org goes to prove.

Back in 2005 the old SOSIG blog got a fair bit of attention for blogging about the UK general election – less than three years later and such a development would not be remarked upon. And to me that shows how blogs and blogging have come into the mainstream, within academia and elsewhere, and perhaps the key lesson from this week is that blogs are here to stay.

You can contribute to this event by leaving a comment on any of the articles, perhaps letting us know about your favourite blogs in a particular subject or by helping expand our catalogue of academic blogs by filling in our suggest a site form.

If you would like to send some feedback about the ESRC Festival, then why not fill in their online survey.

Intute: Social Sciences features more blogs and more about blogging.

Our Favourite Social Science Blogs

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2008 logoWelcome to Our Favourite Social Science blogs.

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 7th –16th March, Intute: Social Sciences is featuring a series of articles by our subject editors presenting their favourite blogs.

With over 70 million blogs worldwide this new breed of online commentating has taken the Internet by storm and has the potential to be a significant source of information, debate and research material for social scientists.

Whether it is online sources of political gossip, an insight into the latest economic issues or how psychological research may tell you more about what you are thinking and why, let the editors at Intute: Social Sciences guide you through the Social Science blogosphere – or at least the parts of it, that we like the most.

With thousands of blogs being published by academics and many more that may be of interest to the scholarly community, this won’t be a comprehensive overview of them all, but we hope it will perk your interest in exploring further.

Each day during the Festival we shall be publishing a couple of articles looking at key blogs in a range of subjects.

Here’s what we’ve got coming up:

Friday 7th of March: Sociology
Monday 10th of March: Psychology and Law
Tuesday 11th of March: Elections and Statistics / Data
Wednesday 12th of March: Economics and Business / Management
Thursday 13th of March: International Relations and Europe
Friday 14th of March: Politics / Government and Round-up of the week

You can contribute to this event by leaving a comment on any of the articles, perhaps letting us know about your favourite blogs in a particular subject or by helping expand our catalogue of academic blogs by filling in our suggest a site form.

If you would like to send some feedback about the ESRC Festival, then why not fill in their online survey.

Intute: Social Sciences features more blogs and more about blogging.

Tagging on Intute: Have you tried it?

A new report from the Pew Internet Research Center states that 28 percent of Americans have tagged something online, be it a blog post, image on a photo sharing service like Flickr or a website on a social bookmarking service like del.icio.us

David Bigwood over at the Catalogablog site points out that some public domain texts have had keywords extracted from them and automatically uploaded to del.icio.us, but that such automation could be used by spammers to to wreck social bookmarking sites.

Tagging is essentially adding labels to something, to help you find it again. They can be personal just to you or more descriptive and applicable to many more people – there’s no right or wrong way to tag things.

MyIntute offers the chance to tag records for yourself – for example you could gather together a range of websites that you are looking to show off in a lecture, give them a tag of ‘presentation’ and then export them as an email to yourself.

Have you used the MyIntute tagging system? If so, why not tell us what you used it for, how you got on and send us some feedback.