Harvard's Berkman Center blog group develops blogging tutorials

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Meeting participants, discussing a projection of the moderator's computer display
Meeting participants relaxing as the meeting ended

A discussion group about weblogs, or blogs for short, that meets at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society last week began releasing video tutorials about how to blog using various web and software tools.

Harvard University's Berkman Center hosts the blogging discussion group, which has met weekly for the past two years.

After months of discussion and collaboration on the new tutorials, at Friday's evening meeting presenters showed off some of their early video tutorials, which stream recorded audio, and previously-captured video of a computer screen, along with simultaneous live audio from a microphone.

Participants learned how similar tutorials can be constructed using free software tools such as CamStudio. Audio of the session was made available on the World Wide Web.

Shimon Rura, a local software developer, presented a recent screen-capture + voiceover flash file he had made, demonstrating how to use a bookmarklet in the Frassle blogging package. Other participants discussed video demonstrations of how to podcast, and how to use specific blogging tools such as WordPress.

There was also disussion of a recent initiative to set up a Blogging101 site for distributing and translating these instructional materials. Rebecca MacKinnon, a noted blogger and Berkman Fellow, spoke about the BloggerCorps initiative to connect non-profits who want broader exposure with local blogging enthusiasts.

The meeting was held inside the main conference room in the Berkman Center's Cambridge offices on Massachusetts Avenue.

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