Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

Virtual Information Services (VIS) Move to Oracle WebCenter

Check out the recent contribution to the Oracle WebCenter blog during their week of featuring Oracle on Oracle!


Friday Jun 10, 2011

Where's Christy

Most of my blog postings these days are for internal Oracle employees - hence why this blog is so quiet. I have updated it now that the information service function has moved into Oracle - known as Virtual Information Services. Oracle also gave me the title of Cybrarian which sparks lots of discussion and interest - all good!

If you'd like to connect with me, please do so via Twitter and/or LinkedIn.

I will be blogging here but not that frequently.



Friday Mar 11, 2011

Blog being migrated

This former Sun Digital Libraries & Research team blog is being migrated to the Oracle blog platform in the next few months. I will begin to post to this blog and re-name it appropriately after the migration.


Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday Feb 17, 2010

NFAIS Conference:Redefining the Value of Information: Exploring the New Equation

I will be speaking at the NFAIS conference on March 1st about how at Sun, the Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research team focused a lot of energy on the integration of and collaboration around information services. Here are my slides and I'm looking forward to presenting and getting input from attendees:

What is NFAIS?

NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) is a global, non-profit membership organization serving all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise
provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. To improve member capabilities and contribute to their ongoing success, NFAIS provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and a forum in which to address common interests.
A summary of my talk is here:

The Information Services: Digital Libraries and Research team at Sun Microsystems has always put the user and the content first when it comes to providing effective and valuable services that impact business success. Come hear about the internal and external partnerships created to help drive the integration of information across the organization – from marketing, sales, and learning to engineering. See the creative and innovative uses of content and technology to connect, collaborate and share information with users – from wikis, blogs, mobile devices and virtual worlds to twitter.

It will be fun!


Thursday Jan 28, 2010

Gotta Love the Impact of Information

Here is another great example of feedback from an engineer on the value of the information services provided and how they impact his work and collaboration with fellow engineers! This is specific to our eBook program:

"I must say that it's really nice to exchange information with fellow co-workers here at Sun and, if there happens to be a reference to something I'm trying to describe -- I just say -- See the book such-and-so, on page xxx (it's on Safari if you want to have a look online)."

I LOVE it! Information matters!


Wednesday Dec 02, 2009

Glenn Brunette's Shared Reading on Safari and Sun's READ Community

As Information & Knowledge Services experts at Sun, one of the things our team does is enable employees to share what they know. Not only do we provide the right information for employees to do their work - creating competitive advantage, smarter decision making and an informed organization - but also enable the connections for employees to share and learn from others.

Our Safari Books Online services is very popular with the Sun technical community and as part of that, we've partnered with Sun's Global Services Engineering (GSE) team to create a READ community within Sun - "reading recommendations from people you trust" - that includes connections to content in Safari (Sun employees can access the READ community on SunSpace).

In conjunction with GSE and the READ community, we have created lists in Safari for the recommended readings that happen to be books or videos and are in Safari Books Online. Below is an example from a Sun Solaris Security expert, Glenn Brunette. This image is of the recommended readings that come from books in Safari Books Online that Glenn recommends - and, as an expert, we care about what Glenn recommends, reads and thinks.

Not all content in the READ community is connected to Safari - other content can include blogs, experts, websites, Twitter feeds and other technical or business content that people at Sun recommend.

All this in an effort to partner with experts across Sun and enable them to learn from others and share their knowledge!

Tuesday Sep 22, 2009

History of Information at Sun

I mentioned a few months ago that the current Information Services team at Sun was working on a History of Information timeline as part of the overall Tribute to Sun website being created by Sun Marketing. Images we created of various information projects can be found on our previous blog entry.

The History of Information is now part of the offcial thenetworkisthecomputer.com website under the Inspiration tab. Check it out! It's so great to see all that good information and information professionals have contributed to the amazing history of Sun Microsystems!


Author Chat: New Sun Press Title - Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition

Please join us in Second Life at the Sun theater for this really exciting chat with two Sun Authors - Jeff Gardiner (SL: JeffGardiner SunMicrosystems) and Janice Gelb (SL: Editrix Alter)

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)
When: September 30, 2009 - 1:30pm SLT / PT (check your local time)
Note: This event is in Second Life so you must have a Second Life avatar and download the client software from www.secondlife.com

Summary: Join us for a chat with Sun Technical Publications team members Jeff Gardiner and Janice Gelb on the release of the third edition of the industry-leading style guide "Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry". This guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from writing style to creating lists and procedures to managing schedules and workflow. The book is set to be published in print in November 2009 but is available today online via Safari Books Online.

More about their book and access for Sun employees.

Friday Sep 11, 2009

Expert Chat: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World

Please join us in Second Life at the Sun theater for this really exciting and timely chat!

Speaker: Laura Stack (SL: LauraStack Ghost)
Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker.

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)
When: October 13, 2009 - 9am SLT / PT (check your local time)

Topic: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World
Businesses and individuals worldwide keep finding interesting ways to use social networks and other interactive online media to do some pretty amazing things – from building their brands to getting to know their customers.  Like most technology, social networks and other social media tools are great resources but lousy masters.  You could spend all day hopping around to different sites, updating your information, and connecting with people all over the world.  But how does that add to your daily productivity?  Laura Stack discusses how to take advantage of the best aspects of social media, without letting it take advantage of you.

Come and listen to Laura, chat with her and participate in an engaging and dynamic conversation!

Learn more about Laura on her website and on Twitter.  You can find her books at this site as well. 

Monday Aug 31, 2009

New Sun Press Title: Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition

Sun Technical Publications is pleased to announce the release of the third edition of the industry-leading style guide "Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry". This guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from writing style to creating lists and procedures to managing schedules and workflow.

The third edition features new chapters on:

  • Writing for wikis and encouraging wiki collaboration
  • Creating screencasts, using screencast terminology, and guidelines for creating narration
  • Creating alternative text for nontext elements such as screen captures, multimedia content, illustrations, and diagrams
It also includes new tables for symbol name conventions, for common anthropomorphisms, and for common idioms and colloquialisms. To quote STC Fellow Dr. JoAnn Hackos, "It brings together a wealth of knowledge that all technical communicators must have to succeed."

"Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition" is available through Safari Books Online at http://techbus.safaribooksonline.com/9780137058280. The print edition will be available in mid-October. For Sun employees, access is funded via the Sun subscription to Safari Books Online - access this amazing book here: http://sunlibrary.safaribooksonline.com/9780137058280/?uicode=sun and learn today (note: this does not replace the Sun Editorial Style Guide, which is the in-house and Sun-specific version of this guide).

Friday Aug 28, 2009

New Video: Introduction to Virtual Worlds - Check out the Mixed Reality!

This new video, created by Robin Williams in the Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research group, has a great message about the value of virtual worlds for business and also uses various types of media to get the message across - including mixing real people and avatars - it's a must see!

Thursday Aug 20, 2009

Author Chat in Second Life with Clara Shih, The Facebook Era

Please join us for our next Author Chat at the Sun Second Life theatre!

Author Chat: Clara Shih, Author of The Facebook Era and CEO of Hearsay Labs (SL: ClaraShih Zufreur)

Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/141/132/23)- must have Second Life avatar and software (http://www.secondlife.com)
When: September 28, 2009 - 5pm SLT / PT

Topic: Sales, Marketing, and Business in the Facebook Era
Last decade was about the World Wide Web of information and the power of linking content pages. Today, it's about the World Wide Web of people and the power of the online social graph across sites. Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin are rewriting the rules for customer engagement, interactions, and relationships. Social networking sites are changing everything we thought we knew about sales, marketing, and product development -- and empowering companies with new tools, insights, and ability to transform customers into true partners and your most effective sales force yet. Bestselling author and social networking expert Clara Shih will walk through the radical business transformation taking place and what sales, marketers, and professionals must do to thrive and win in the Facebook Era.

Come and listen to Clara, chat with her and participate in an engaging and dynamic conversation!

Learn more about Clara on her website and on Twitter.   

Sun employees - access The Facebook Era on Safari Books Online!

Hope to see you there!

Christy Confetti Higgins
Informaiton Services: Digital Libraries & Research
Sun Learning Services
Sun Microsystems
christy.confetti-AT-sun-DOT-com | 303-990-5005
Skype: cconfettihiggins
Twitter: twitter.com/confetti and twitter.com/libraryresearch
Blog: blogs.sfbay.sun.com/sunlibrary and blogs.sun.com/library

Tuesday Aug 11, 2009

Connecting with Information Services - Anywhere!

We recently created a quick wikis.sun.com site for Sun employees who are not on the Sun network (SWAN) but need to connect with the information experts at Sun and/or need to know what information services are available to them. Check it out - most of the services are available off the network after you register - just ask us!

Information Services - Digital Libraries & Research (Sun Learning Services)
You can connect with us via our Twitter (/libraryresearch), this blog as well as view some of our digital content and presentations via the Social Learning Exchange - Digital Libraries Information channel (employees can view it all off the network, non-employees can view all content tagged for the public).

There are many ways to connect, stay connected and learn through these key informal learning information and knowledge services!


Monday Aug 10, 2009

JavaOne 2009 Author Chats in Second Life Replays and Slides

Thank you again to everyone that joined our series of author chats in Second Life during JavaOne 2009. If you missed the sessions, here are some replays and slides as a way to share the learning - these are all posted to Sun's Social Learning Exchange (a fabulous platform for information and knowledge sharing - learn more here!)

The Developer's Edge
by Darryl Gove
June 3, 2009
eBook available via Safari Books Online:  Non-Sun Employees | Sun Employees
Slides and transcript | Replay of slides with audio

JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications book
by Jim Clarke, James Connors and Eric Bruno
June 3, 2009
JavaFX video played during the session
eBook available via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees

June 4th at 9am PT
Core JavaServer Faces 3/E
by David Mark Geary and Cay Horstmann
Rough Cut access via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees  (early access to the book)

June 4, 2009 at 12pm PT
Real-Time Java Programming: with the Java RTS
by Greg Bollella and Eric J. Bruno
eBook available via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees  (early access to the book)
Slides | Replay with slides and audio

Check our previous blog entries about the author chats with photos and more. Thank you -

Christy Confetti Higgins
Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research
Sun Learning Services

Tuesday Aug 04, 2009

Pro OpenSolaris eBook now available!

Last month Harry Foxwell, Sun employee and author of Pro OpenSolaris, spoke in Second Life to employees and the public about his new book (access the replay here). Today, I'm pleased to announce that through a 3 month pilot with Springer (Sun employees - go to this internal site for access), we have access to all Apress books including Harry's book, Pro OpenSolaris.

Sun is currently a subscriber of key Springer collections via SpringerLink: Computer Science, Engineering, Math/Statistics. So, all Sun employees, be sure you are leveraging this fantastic learning content today. We are piloting access to Apress content specifically as Springer owns Apress and there is some key content in there that we are not able to get from other services.

For Sun employees, try it out today within SWAN and access all Springer content mentioned above as well as the new Pro OpenSolaris eBook.

If you are not a Sun employee, you can get access to this book in a few places - check Harry's blog for details.


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