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Yudu Library: Data is the next ‘Intel inside’

03 Apr

On the 5th of March 2011, I was appointed as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador for the Philippines. My relatives from back home informed me via Facebook that my appointment here in Australia generated some publicity mileage around the Filipino readership or at least in the province of Negros Oriental where I hail from.

Excited about what’s in the news, as I’ve rarely even seen the word Xavier in any periodical (probably because it’s not even a usual name),  I then decided to grasps on ways on getting at least someone to get me a scanned copy of that newspaper then have it emailed to me.  Adamant in my belief that if it is published then chances are, there might be copies online so I tried to Google about it hoping that the search giant would at least return me some results.

Anyway this is not the story of my life here in Brisbane right?  But about how much web applications have revolutionized the internet in terms of management of data in the manner that they are now being properly stored, organized, and shared. Hence, we tend to question now who actually owns them once they go through the spectrum of the Web 2.0 world.

Yes, Google did return me some results but lead me to an interesting Web 2.0 application, YUDU Library, wherein a news staff of The Dumaguete MetroPost might have managed to put online an issue so luckily I don’t need to ask someone to grab me a copy of an actual one.

YUDU is an online library to read and explore. Some people simply go to YUDU to explore the huge library of digital content and read digital magazines, eBooks and other publications of interests. As we know, there are over one million publications read each month and new items being published every day from page-turning digital publications to music, podcasts, photos and more.

As a free publishing tool, YUDU allows users to upload PDF, Word & Powerpoint files to convert all brochures, magazines, newsletters and more into rich, interactive digital editions. Publications can be made private; password protected for selected readers; or public, to share with the world. And what makes YUDU more like a one-stop shop is that one can also upload music and photos so you can store & organise all your favourite digital content in one place.

It can be comparable to another Web 2.0 Application, Scribd, as it allows you to publish documents in a rather interactive, page-turning digital format and host them online at no cost at all. While Scribd does have a leg up on YUDU when it comes to the logging in being synced to Facebook, there is something to be said for having another solid option to have your document converted to HTML codes thereby allowing the user to embed the publication on their respective blog or website as a Flash-based with that neat page turning effect. So anyone can now make professional digital publications!

Using YUDU Library in action, you can view my hometown’s local publication where I was profiled by simply clicking on the image below.

Yudu Newspaper

As YUDU wants their users all over the world to enjoy this interactive, online reading experience, they have stated on their website, “We do not allow offensive material, adult content or copyright abuse. Please let us know if this publication is not YUDU-friendly.” Very clearly, they have also placed an icon for the readers to report abuse on each and every publication.

On that note, I think this is a great policy to take ownership of your own data and it makes YUDU a better place for online document publishing for teachers and students alike. That ability of collecting data and controlling data should rest on the shoulders of the users.  As they understand that data is the most important aspect in building a Web 2.0 application, developers of such strive hard to limit open data as strategic and core assets.

Privacy Policy

So finally to answer how our information are being used, in their website YUDU states that;

“We use cookies and tracking technologies in a variety of ways, including:

  • Keeping count of return visits to our sites;
  • Accumulating and reporting anonymous, aggregate (data collected in mass), statistical information on Web-site and advertisement usage;
  • Determining which features our overall user population likes best;
  • Saving your password so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit our sites;
  • Displaying the most appropriate advertising or content based on your interests.”

So what will YUDU?

 

 

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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Web 2.0 Applications

 

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7 responses to “Yudu Library: Data is the next ‘Intel inside’

  1. Matt

    April 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

    It’s definitely an interesting concept, did you happen to notice if they have any facility for automatically detecting copyrighted content, similar to the algorithm’s Youtube uses to automatically detect copyrighted music and things like that?

    It looks like it has potential for publishers as well if they get on board and use it to bring their print content to consumers.

     
    • Xavier Villagonzalo

      April 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Hey Matt,

      I’m afraid they haven’t got that kind of technology in place as of this moment–or at least none that I know of.

      But what I’m certain about is that they strictly want
      their readers all over the world to enjoy this interactive, online reading experience, and yes FREE, providing that we (the users) follow their 3 simple rules:

      1) No adult content (nude or pornographic in nature);
      2) offensive material (racist or anything that has gore);

      AND YES, they make sure that nothing infringe the issue of:

      3) No copyright abuse.

      And likewise by using their website, we are to agree prior to utilizing their data: That they (YUDU) will take publications down without notice.”

      Thanks a lot Matt for commenting! But don’t worry I’ll get back to you, once I know they have something in place for that.

       
    • Xavier Villagonzalo

      April 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Hey Matt,

      I’m afraid they haven’t got that kind of technology in place as of this moment–or at least none that I know of.

      But what I’m certain about is that they strictly want
      their readers all over the world to enjoy this interactive, online reading experience, and yes FREE, providing that we (the users) follow their 3 simple rules:

      1) No adult content (nude or pornographic in nature);
      2) offensive material (racist or anything that has gore);

      AND YES, they make sure that nothing infringe the issue of:

      3) No copyright abuse.

      And likewise by using their website, we are to agree prior to utilizing their data: That they (YUDU) will take publications down without notice.”

      Thanks a lot Matt for commenting! But don’t worry I’ll get back to you, once I know they have something in place for that.

       
  2. deapht

    April 6, 2011 at 10:45 am

    This is very interesting, i have never encountered an application such as this. I went on the website and on the front page and there seems to be a lot of magazines. this begs the question is what the website doing illegal and does it breach intellectual property laws and standards around the world?

     
    • Xavier Villagonzalo

      April 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Hi David!

      You brought up an interesting issue too, yes they do have it in their YUDU content guidelines, saying that:

      “The act of uploading content to YUDU does not transfer ownership to YUDU in any way and therefore you, as publisher and site user, are wholly and legally responsible for the content – YUDU simply acts as the host for all files. If your content breaches the Law, you expose yourself to prosecution.”

      They also made it clear that whatever content we, users, put in MUST NOT break the laws of the country from where you are uploading the material.

      So I guess, David, it’s more on the user’s responsibility to make sure that whatever they upload does not breach such. To find out more info about it, please read their guidelines at http://www.yudu.com/info/content-abuse

      Thanks David, I hope I have answered your questions.

       
  3. deapht

    April 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

    also to add to my comment ( i didnt read your previous reply) how does this website get to keep these publications on there

     
    • Xavier Villagonzalo

      April 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Hi again David!

      To get your publications on there, you need to upload those documents first this can be in PDF, Word(.doc) or Powerpoint(.ppt) (& OpenOffice equivalents) and must comply with their content rules. You can follow the steps as soon as you click the publish button found on the first page. After that, they will be the one to convert it to a page-turning document.

      To get there, you can also follow the link below:
      http://www.yudu.com/publish/upload/document

      I hope that helps. When you have tried it, give me a feedback. Cheers!

       

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