From Ethan Murphy…
I remember that you were talking about using visualization software a lot and I was wondering if you had heard about IBM’s project called “Many Eyes”. I think it would be great for professors that want to upload research data sets and instantly have a bunch of ways to visualize that data to analyze it. It is cool too because then you can take those visualizations and drag and drop them into blogs, powerpoint slides, etc. The downside is that the information is public. Check it out if you haven’t already http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/home.
The second one that I like a lot and that may be useful if people need to broadcast something quickly is called Stickam and it is basically a free, online based streaming solution that has bailed us out of quite a few jams when our streaming server went down or was not working correctly. http://www.stickam.com/
I could definitely see students using ManyEyes for presentations. I am specifically thinking about the Research Symposium. Jury is still out on Stickam, but I am open to ideas on how it can be used.