Make a Mark

Career is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a person’s “course or progress through life”. So your Career is about much more than the work you do.  It’s about the things you learn, the opportunities you get, the people you work with, and the environment that supports you. It’s about making your mark, and doing things that matter- to you, to your company, and to the world around you.

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How to perfect your interview?

So you’ve finally landed an interview for that dream job you’ve always wanted. Now what? Do you go into panic mode as you try and figure out how to best prepare for the interview, or do you remain calm, cool and collected as you review your interviewing basics checklist. Now is the time to buckle up and prepare for the big day because as they say, there is no second chance to make a first impression. A face to face interview preparation will make you more confident, help you identify points that may let you down and will definitely improve your chances of getting that job.

Always remember that you cannot underestimate your competition and all of them are working hard to enjoy the same fruit. Face to face interview is the only parameter that will decide who will win the marathon and who will be the also-rans. Therefore preparation for an interview is essential. Just to underline the importance of preparation, remember, that many well prepared candidates have a better chance of getting selected than many well qualified ones. Therefore prepare, prepare and prepare!

A few import areas that one needs to address in his interview preparations include one’s tone, body posture, enthusiasm, subject knowledge, background research on the company, knowledge of the role, etiquettes and one’s ability to showcase oneself as the right fit.


Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.


vinni asked, Hi Amit I recently changed my job about 6 months ago. But the work here is not satisfying; I got another chance with a product company with which the F2F interview is scheduled next week. I always desired to be with that company. What should I tell at the time of Interview since I barely joined present company 6 months back only.. How can I convince them I am not interested in current work assignment and interested in joining their organization …
Amit Bansal answers, Well in this case you can tell them that this company is like a dream job because of (state the reasons). Make sure you have looked at the job description carefully and prepared yourself about about all anticipated interview questions.

feroz asked, SIR which dress suitable for interview like formal etc.
Amit Bansal answers, Formals or semi formals are good. Do not get over dressed and ensure you are wearing something that suits your personality.

lol asked, let says the interview went all OK and during HR around when it comes to salary they say 30% and I say 40%,,,what are the skills required at this stage?
Amit Bansal answers, 30% hike is industry standard. Beyond this can be a little difficult. However you may try based on how exclusive your experience is and how critical that experience can be for the business of your potential employer.

birendra asked, what if the interviewer asks why “YOU”?
Amit Bansal answers, For this question, you need to study the job description carefully and ensure you align your experience, strengths and knowledge to the job description. That’s the key; the interviewer is looking at how your knowledge skills and attitude fit in with the job you will be doing.

kanaka asked, I have location preference due to personal reasons. I am planning to quit my current job for the said reason. I am also outdated in my knowledge. How should I proceed?
Amit Bansal answers, I guess you know what you must do to update your knowledge. And if you are moving jobs because of location, let your interviewer know about it.

abhinav asked, how should one tackle telephonic interviews which are very common these days..
Amit Bansal answers, be clear when you speak over the phone. Do not interrupt and ensure you smile. A smile can be heard over the telephone. The other rules remain the same, know what you have written on your resume and talk with conviction with evidences about your work experience.

DS asked, I have qualified for NDA SSB interview. Interview will be held at Dehradun on 30th Jan. onwards. Any tip sir,
Amit Bansal answers, Be confident. The biggest trait looked at is commitment and stable mind. If you are able to highlight that you will surely be selected. All the best!

shekhar asked, how to gain confidence, sometimes I am not unable to say certain things confidently.Due to this I missed 3 jobs
Amit Bansal answers, It needs to be practiced. Believe in what you are telling your potential employer and keep practicing. Do not take an interview failure to stop you from preparing better for the next one.

ran asked, I had been working in IT field for almost 3 years. As I was interested to switch into banking/finance sector, i tried many PO test but couldn’t make any. Now I am doing MBA in finance from a reputed college, how should I convince recruiters who come from bankin/finance background about the switch from IT to this sector
Amit Bansal answers, you can say that it is your interest, provided it really is. You can also say that you were in the IT industry to earn while you were studying for a finance sector job.

dsdsd asked, what is the right way of answer when interviewer asked to tell us about ourselves
Amit Bansal answers, You must highlight what you are doing currently, what you have done in the past and your future plans. Keep it strictly professional and ensure whatever you say is in alignment to the current job profile that you are applying for.

chiii asked, If the interviewer asks about previous manager what should I say? I left my prev company coz of manager only
Amit Bansal answers, I do not think that’s a good reason to give. You can say personal reasons or for better opportunities. Those are more or less safe reasons. However, I would encourage you to introspect to find out the reasons of disharmony with your manager; So that you can avoid similar situations in your future employment.

birendra asked, I should lean towards the interviewer or sit back?
Amit Bansal answers, you should sit back comfortably without slouching on the chair. Keep an upright posture and you may keep your hands on the table.

ariv asked, Hell Sir, Can you please tell that what should be the right answer to the interviewer if asked that “why are changing jobs so frequently”
Amit Bansal answers, There is no right or wrong answer. What has been your reason for frequent job changes?

Chegu asked, I have 3 years of experience in ecommerce and now working in BPO as csp since 16 months and no growth
Amit Bansal answers, well, which area would you like to grow your skills in? Are you planning to continue in the BPO industry or move out?

birendra asked, what should be body language at the time of interview?
Amit Bansal answers, it should be confident and pleasant. Make sure you make appropriate eye contact and smile.



Chat Date: 27 January, 2012


Duties of a Team Member

A team can achieve their goal easily when there is proper synchronization within its members. As an individual in a team if one knows what are his duties and responsibilities then the overall achievement will be high and the work process also will run smooth. The basic concept is to understand the strength and weakness of each other member.

Team members don’t have specific responsibilities, but their participation is critical to the team’s success. Team members must agree to:

  • Be enthusiastic and committed to the team’s purpose.
  • Be honest and keep any confidential information behind closed doors.
  • Share responsibility to rotate through other team roles like facilitator, recorder, and timekeeper.
  • Share knowledge and expertise and not withhold information.
  • Ask questions, even seemingly “dumb” ones. Often the new perspective of “inexperienced” team members can provide insight.
  • Fulfill duties in between meetings.
  • Respect the opinions and positions of others on the team, even if the person has an opposing view or different opinion

Source: Internet

Be an EffectiveTeam Member

Working on teams can be rewarding, but at times it can be difficult and downright frustrating. If there are poor communicators on your team, you may often feel left in the dark, confused or misunderstood. To create a successful team, effective communication methods are necessary for both team members and leaders. Even though some people understand their communication skills need improving, many aren’t certain how to improve them. So, in the following article, we’ve outlined how to avoid some common team blunders as well as some helpful advice on how to be a better teammate or leader overall.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
If you have a problem with someone in your group, talk to him about it. Letting bad feelings brew will only make you sour and want to isolate yourself from the group. Not only does it feel good to get it out, but it will be better for the team in the long run.

Don’t Blame Others
People in your group lose respect for you if you’re constantly blaming others for not meeting deadlines. You’re not fooling anyone, people know who isn’t pulling his weight in a group. Pointing the finger will only make you look cowardly. Group members understand if you have a heavy workload and weren’t able to meet a deadline. Saying something like, “I’m really sorry, but I’ll get it to you by the end of today.” will earn you a lot more respect than trying to make it seem like it’s everyone else’s fault that you missed your deadline.

Support Group Member’s Ideas
If a teammate suggests something, always consider it – even if it’s the silliest idea you’ve ever heard! Considering the group’s ideas shows you’re interested in other people’s ideas, not just your own. And this makes you a good team member. After all, nobody likes a know-it-all.

No Bragging
It’s one thing to rejoice in your successes with the group, but don’t act like a superstar. Doing this will make others regret your personal successes and may create tension within the group. You don’t have to brag to let people know you’ve done a good job, people will already know. Have faith that people will recognize when good work is being done and that they’ll let you know how well you’re doing. Your response? Something like “Thanks, that means a lot.” is enough.

Listen Actively
Look at the person who’s speaking to you, nod, ask probing questions and acknowledge what’s said by paraphrasing points that have been made. If you’re unclear about something that’s been said, ask for more information to clear up any confusion before moving on. Effective communication is a vital part of any team, so the value of good listening skills shouldn’t be underestimated.

Get Involved
Share suggestions, ideas, solutions and proposals with your team members. Take the time to help your fellow teammates, no matter the request. You can guarantee there will be a time in the future when you’ll need some help or advice. And if you’ve helped them in past, they’ll be more than happy to lend a helping hand.

Source: Internet

How to deal with deadlines and organise work

In spite of careful planning and scheduling we face the problem of piling workload and are constantly working to finish assignments on time. This constant pressure to meet deadlines has become an integral part of the work culture in today.

Dealing with project deadlines can be challenging for even the most organised and hard-working people. It can be difficult to know exactly how to manage your time, energy and commitments in order to finish things on time and produce the best quality of work. However, deadlines don’t have to be daunting. A little planning and structure can help anyone deal with project deadlines so that they’re met with grace and ease.

Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.


Mitul asked, I am going through tough time management on work as well as personal life. I normally looks busy all the time but end of the day i am not satisfy myself on work done by myself.I dont know how to deal with this issue.
Amit Bansal answers, Do a root cause analysis. Sometimes we feel that way because we have too many things on our plate. Spend some time to sit with yourself and introspect. Maybe you just need a break to sort out things and structure a process to handle your responsibilities.

Hintred asked, How do we set SMART goals? A lot of times, we miss out on peroforming our tasks because the goals are unrealistic
Amit Bansal answers, Therefore, it is important we check if the goal we have set for ourselves is realistic with respect to the given situation, resources and time.

nishant asked, inspite of all planning for the deadlines n organising the deadlines r not easy to meet – its easy to say then in action< whts the remedy
Amit Bansal answers, And therefore it’s called a deadline. :). It’s always a struggle and will remain one, however it’s the sense of achievement one gets once a tough deadline is achieved.

Krish asked, I am from a finance background.Due to intial time estimates of any work being a best guess ‘estimate’ ,which is often not based on structured thought or work methodology plus no one can accurately predict the behaviour of outside factors including human beings behaviour,the work usually ends up taking more time and the backlog keeps creeping up.
Amit Bansal answers, It’s anticipating these interruptions as well while creating a project timeline. Your best guess should also be in some way coming from a past experience.

Mitul asked, Hi Amit, My most of the time going in follow-up and micro manage things in spite of delegate to teams. I see escation coming to me as i am manager and responsible for team performance. can you guide how to handle it?
Amit Bansal answers, Mitul, you can create escalation levels so that only the very high red flag escalations come to you. Would you like to share your specific problem here?

Ashu asked, How to deal with sitting late in office ? Private companies do not pay overtime.I worked in Maersk India.It never paid me overtime.
Amit Bansal answers, Then what’s the reason for staying late in office?

Ramya asked, Amit,Thank you.Iam not manager friendly in the sense I will do my work and never pose much.This resuls to less visibility and my work is getting recognition inspite of knowing me as valuable resource.How to come out of this?
Amit Bansal answers, In organizations if you are not able to highlight your work you cannot blame anyone for not noticing you. It’s not about one or two people. Therefore it’s important you talk about your work. Keep people in email loop and talk about your ideas in meetings. It’s a mindset, practice on working on changing it. And it’s not negative to talk about your work.. but subtly without bragging.

saleem07 asked, when I have 10 works to do, I end up doing the 11th one which is not important and not urgent. How to organize my work.
Amit Bansal answers, You need to be more disciplined.

sunil asked, Dear Sir, How to deal with situations when our boss give work daily on 7 pm and expecting to do it right now.
Amit Bansal answers, You must talk to your boss about it. Be assertive to say that you can complete it only the next day. Maybe a one on one conversation about it to your boss is the best way to handle it.

aravindkumartbang asked, Amit, Inspite of doing good enough work there lacks promotion this has happened in my last company & is repeated here.. is there a way to get noticed and be pushed for next position?
Amit Bansal answers, A lot of time you need to create a need to be promoted. Doing good enough work is very good, now focus on a business need and how you alone can make a difference to bring about a change in the system. Talk about it to your management. The key is having a brilliant idea and convincing the stakeholders that your can make it happen.

red asked, Amit , thank u but need more elobrate and practical ans
Amit Bansal answers, Can you tell me what profile you work in and if there are any challenges you are facing?

Ramya asked, Now we are in the time of recession in IT.We can’t say no to any work to prove our worth.How to manage these type of situation?
Amit Bansal answers, You must not say no, however being assertive and convincing people on how much time you will take to complete a task without compromising on quality is important.

chetna asked, My boss does not respond on time. Approvals are late hence it impacts my performance. what to do?
Amit Bansal answers, You need to find an alternative way to follow up with him. Perseverance works most of the time 🙂

GAGAN asked, I guess the expectations of client and todays managers are beyond realistic and everything cannot be done on a deadline specified by them as there are exogenous factors responsible for delays… what would be your take on this
Amit Bansal answers, Absolutely. However, to handle it professionally, rather than talking about what’s your opinion it’s better to highlight experiences and learning in past projects.

red asked, Amit bhai, how to shine in the new job??
Amit Bansal answers, I appreciate you asking me the same question in every chat session. Be good with your assigned job and be proactive and take up all opportunities you can handle. That’s the way to shine in a job. Hope I am able to answer your query. 🙂

Bhavin asked, How do you deal with a manager who thinks that you can deliver a baby in 1 month with 9 women. I stressed him that we will try out best to complete it but the manager says put in more resources and complete the work.the work is dependency based and hence cannot be done by more people.I tried to explain him but to no do you deal with them?
Amit Bansal answers, I suggest look at the past performance data for a similar kind of project. Stating your reasons with solid backing of data is important. Most often either we don’t keep a record of it or we think it’s an unnecessary step. However, when you talk about your past performance and learning people agree because no one wants half baked food. You need to convince stakeholders that quality work can be done only if a certain time is invested but all this should be backed by data.

Bhavin asked, A client who is very demanding and he insists on setting up a deadline and is not bothered what you do to get it.He is a contract which is FP and you know maybe by more resources you might just be able to do it but will cost the project more. How do you deal with this situation
Amit Bansal answers, While establishing deadlines most often we work on approximations. And therefore it becomes difficult to convince a client about why we are assigning a particular timeline. A gantt chart is a very effective tool. You may want to explain your point of view to your client through this tool along with stating reason for each timeline very objectively backed by data.


Rediff Chat Date: Jan  20, 2012




Tips to answer “Tell me about yourself” Part II

It’s one of the most frequently asked questions in an interview: Tell me about yourself. Your response to this request will set the tone for the rest of the interview. For some, this is the most challenging question to answer, as they wonder what the interviewer really wants to know and what information they should include.
The secret to successfully responding to this free-form request is to focus, script and practice. You cannot afford to wing this answer, as it will affect the rest of the interview. Begin to think about what you want the interviewer to know about you.

List five strengths you have that are pertinent to this job (experiences, traits, skills, etc.). What do you want the interviewer to know about you when you leave?
Prepare a script that includes the information you want to convey. Begin by talking about past experiences and proven success:

Next, mention your strengths and abilities:

  • “My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I make sure it gets done, and on time.”

Conclude with a statement about your current situation:

  • “What I am looking for now is a company that values customer relations, where I can join a strong team and have a positive impact on customer retention and sales.”

Practice with your script until you feel confident about what you want to emphasize in your statement. Your script should help you stay on track, but you shouldn’t memorize it — you don’t want to sound stiff and rehearsed. It should sound natural and conversational. Even if you are not asked this type of question to begin the interview, this preparation will help you focus on what you have to offer. You will also find that you can use the information in this exercise to assist you in answering other questions. The more you can talk about your product – you – the better chance you will have at selling it.

Here are examples given by WikiAnswers contributors:

  • Hard worker, quick and eager learner, pays attention to detail.
  • Example: Because of past experience and MBA degree, I am versatile and can perform well in many kinds of positions. Now I am looking for a challenging internship position in an established company. Basically, I am an experienced and flexible person can be successful at any kind of finance works.
  • “Hardworking”, “Task-oriented”, “Solution-oriented”, “Dependable”, “Motivated”, “Independent”, “Team player” are all examples of good terms you can use. There are many more.
  • I am a self-starter dedicated, hard-working person who works well with other, punctual, detail oriented a team player, great organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Describe yourself as outgoing, hardworking, dependable, eager to learn and grow professionally, etc.
  • Fast paced, quick learner and very challenging. That’s all they want to hear.
  • This question is usually asked in order to gauge how a person perceives himself.
  • Just be honest. List off a few characteristics that you see yourself as having. Actually, a question of this kind is an ideal way to plug in everything we want to say about ourselves that we had leave out of the CV.
  • If you have attended a premier institution, say that the institution taught you much more than the degree it awarded you. Mention people who influenced you, talk about the books you like reading, your hobbies and your other interests.
  • Talk about your strengths. Mention an instance when you used your conflict resolution skills or selling skills or whatever. But make certain that it does not sound like blowing your trumpet. Mention these instances as a good learning experience.
  • Talk about your weaknesses, but make sure that they are positive weaknesses. For instance you could say that that you are a person that pays more attention to details than is warranted. You can openly confess a tendency to be impatient with team members who cannot carry their own weight, or who cannot contribute sufficiently.
  • Maintain the right tone in doing so. You do not want to give the interviewer the wrong impression or make him feel that you get impatient at times.
  • No one can do that for you as only you know yourself.
  • If asked to then you should do so. Prepare yourself for personal questions.
  • Just list off a few characteristics that you see yourself as having. If it’s for a job interview, make all of the characteristics sound as positive as possible. This question is usually asked in order to gauge how a person perceives him or herself. Just be honest. Are you outgoing? shy? diligent? stubborn? clever? passionate? level-headed?
  • Don’t stress too much. If you can’t think of anything. Then think of a few people who know you and imagine how they would describe you. Pretend that your mom, a sibling, a good friend, a co-worker, and your spouse or significant other are all sitting down in a room making a list of your characteristics and then use the things you think they would say.
  • Do not mention a bad quality if you are not working on it, e.g., what is your weakest quality? I am not very competent using computers but I am currently taking a evening course to rectify that/ I am going to.
  • Most importantly back up what you say, why are you reliable?


Tips to answer “Tell me about yourself”

While describing yourself in an interview, the answer should always be related to the job. Remember, although the employer is asking personal questions, they are still all related to “what can you bring to the company?” So, I usually give adjectives like reliable, loyal, etc., but make sure you back these with supporting examples. The most important thing is to make sure you boil it all down to presenting the answer in a way that it matches the things the employer is looking for.

Here is more advice

  • Think about what kind of person you would like working for you and convey that to the employer. The best advice I can give to a job seeker is first aim high, well as high as you are capable of and realize the more you are willing to learn through experience or school is valuable. See yourself as a commodity. Be honest about your capabilities, if you don’t know how to do something, say you don’t know but let the employer know you are capable of learning and even give an example of something else you learned to do, maybe at another job or even a hobby. Most jobs will have to train you to their way and processes so don’t undermine your capability and be proud of your accomplishments in life because they will only bring you up.
  • Just list off a few characteristics that you see yourself as having. Make all of the characteristics sound as positive as possible. This question is usually asked in order to gauge how a person perceives him- or herself. Just be honest. Are you outgoing? Shy? Diligent? Stubborn? Clever? Passionate? Level-headed? Easy-going? etc., etc. Don’t stress too much.
    • If you can’t think of anything, think of a few people who know you and imagine how they would describe you. Pretend that your mom, a sibling, a good friend, a co-worker, and your spouse or significant other are all sitting down in a room making a list of your characteristics and then use the things you think they would say.


  • A job interview is NO TIME to be shy. Brag about yourself. It’s expected. Brag about all of your good points and don’t mention anything negative or anything you “can’t do.” Be positive and upbeat.
  • With complete honesty, don’t try to make yourself better than you are, but don’t yourself down, either.
  • Employers love to ask you questions that get to your perception of yourself. These may come in several forms – “How do you describe yourself”; “What are the qualities you possess that make you the best candidate for this job”; “What do you bring to this company that will make this company stronger” or a variation on these are commonly asked.
  • Your resume should already have a personal statement that discusses your qualities – in the most positive terms possible. Make sure you are familiar with your resume. VERY familiar. This is especially important if you didn’t write it yourself, or if you have multiple resumes tailored to different positions.
  • Because this is such a common question, it may be a good idea to sit down ahead of time and list 4-5 qualities and examples in your previous experience where these qualities allowed you to overcome a problem or succeed at a task.
  • Remember, the interview is not a “game”
    where you are trying to outsmart the interviewer to get the job. Your best strategy is to honestly sell yourself and your abilities to an employer to get a job that is a good fit for you, in a company that is a good fit for you. Outsmarting an interviewer to get a job in a company or position that ultimately leads to unhappiness on either or both sides is really outsmarting yourself.
  • Give a fair answer, tell them about your strong and weak points, but try to emphasize some of your qualities. For example, you could say that you are a hard-working, responsible, serious person, you are able to handle with people, able to work under stress, you are an easy learner. Don’t be shy to talk about your creative “side”. But be honest, admit that you also had some “bad moments” in your past jobs.
  • Your answer should be relevant to the job for which you are being interviews. Do not start going into your personal life. Keep your self-introduction professional!
  • A person is defined in three ways: (1) who he is right now, (2) what he has done in the past, and (3) what he will become in the future. So, here is how you answer: (1) I am a [the job title for which you are applying or something very close.] (2) I have [how many years of experience] in [what field, what subject]. (3) I want to be [a job title that is a couple or a few levels above the current position for which you are applying in 5 to 10 years.] Close your answer with an affirmative question: “Is there anything else you want to know?”
  • You should be very straightforward and honest in replying to this question. The interviewer wants to check if what you have mentioned in your resume is correct or not.
  • I would answer the question based on who is interviewing me? If it’s a sales manager/Technical Manager/Human resources manager? Depending on the person’s field I’ll have to mend the answer to please him… I feel that everyone’s goals are different… so analyze that and then answer.
  • Answer this question with your 30-second “elevator speech” about yourself. The standard format for this speech is… “I am a (BLANK), who does (WHAT).” In my case… I am a PROJECT MANAGER, who PROVIDES QUALITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, Blah, Blah, Blah. (you get the idea).
  • Let me share what my recruiting office tells its candidates as they head out for that crucial face-to-face interview. When asked to “tell me about yourself,” say, “I will gladly answer that question, but may I first ask you a question? (They ALWAYS say yes) So that I may better focus my answer, what are the issues you want me to address should you hire me? Once they share with you what they need to have you do, then proceed to address how your training, education, skills, and experience can best resolve these issues. By answering in this fashion, you have proven that you know how to focus … and that you have what’s needed to fix the issues they need to have fixed. It’s always a winner … and beats the heck out of, “Well, let’s see, I was born on a small farm in Idaho …”
  • I suggest you go into the interview with a few “talking points” about yourself, in other words things you want the interviewer to know about you. Then you try to hit those points in response to any questions you are asked, such as “tell us about yourself.” Also be sure to have copies of your resume with you and offer them. In general, interviews go better when you spend them listening and don’t talk. If the interviewer is just telling you about the job, you might have a good shot at it.
  • This is the chance for you to run down a 30-60 second sales pitch for yourself. The employer doesn’t want to know that you like gardening or have four dogs. Here’s where you start usually with your education and highlight selling points about your skills, experience and goals.


Skilled manpower must chip in for semicon sector

However, availability of skilled manpower and managing attrition is a huge challenge. Ahuja says the attrition rate compared to the three-year-ago period has increased by a few points, mainly due to MNC investments in India. This has opened up multiple opportunities, particularly in R&D, and there is a need for a fundamental makeover of engineering education. While there are only skilled 25,000 VLSI engineers at present, there would be a demand for 75,000 by 2015, says a Nasscom report. “The electronics industry is a sunrise industry now and a lot of opportunities are there to be exploited at the design, component and assembly levels. All these segments offer tremendous job creation potential for talent from the ITI level to the PhD level,” says JA Chowdary, chairman Talentsprint.

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Source: The Finnacial Express

Wikipedia to shut for 24 hrs to stop anti-piracy act

Wikipedia, the popular community-edited online encyclopedia, will black out its English-language site for 24 hours to seek support against proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said threatens the future of the Internet.

The U.S. service will be the highest profile name to join a growing campaign starting at midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday that will see it black out its page so that visitors will only see information about the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act.

The information will urge Wikipedia readers to contact their local congressman to vote against the bills. Other smaller sites leading the campaign include and Cheezeburger.

“This is a quite clumsily drafted legislation which is dangerous for an open Internet,” said Wales in an interview.

The decision to black out the site was decided by voting within the Wikipedia community of writers and editors who manage the free service, Wales said. The English language Wikipedia receives more than 25 million average daily visitors from around the world, according to comScore data.

The bills pit technology companies like Google Inc and Facebook against the bill’s supporters, including Hollywood studios and music labels, which say the legislation is needed to protect intellectual property and jobs.

The SOPA legislation under consideration in the House of Representatives aims to crack down on online sales of pirated American movies, music or other goods by forcing Internet companies to block access to foreign sites offering material that violates U.S. copyright laws. Supporters argue the bill is unlikely to have an impact on U.S.-based websites.

U.S. advertising networks could also be required to stop online ads, and search engines would be barred from directly linking to websites found to be distributing pirated goods.

Google has repeatedly said the bill goes too far and could hurt investment. Along with other Internet companies such as Yahoo , Facebook, Twitter and eBay , it has run advertisements in major newspapers urging Washington lawmakers to rethink their approach.

White House officials raised concerns on Saturday about SOPA saying they believe it could make businesses on the Internet vulnerable to litigation and harm legal activity and free speech.

“We’re happy to see opposition is building and that the White House has started to pay attention,” said Wales.

News of the White House’s comments prompted a prominent supporter of the bill News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch to slam the Obama administration.

“So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery,” he posted on his personal Twitter account Saturday. News Corp owns a vast array of media properties from Fox TV, the Wall Street Journal to Twentieth Century Fox studios.

Wales said the bill in its current form was too broad and could make it difficult for a site like Wikipedia, which he said relies on open exchange of information. He said the bill also places the burden of proof on the distributor of content in the case of any dispute over copyright ownership.

“I do think copyright holders have legitimate issues, but there are ways of approaching the issue that don’t involve censorship,” Wales said.


Open-Source Robotic Surgery Platform Going to Top Medical Research Labs

Robotics experts at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be shipped to medical robotics researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Nebraska, UC Berkeley, and UCLA, while the other two systems will remain at UC Santa Cruz and UW.

“We decided to follow an open-source model, because if all of these labs have a common research platform for doing robotic surgery, the whole field will be able to advance more quickly,” said Jacob Rosen, associate professor of computer engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC and principal investigator on the project.

Rosen and Blake Hannaford, director of the UW Biorobotics Laboratory, lead the research groups that developed the Raven II robotic surgery system and its predecessor, Raven I. A grant from the National Science Foundation funded their work to create seven identical Raven II systems. Hannaford said the systems will be shipped out from UW by the end of January. After they are delivered and installed, all seven systems will be networked together over the Internet for collaborative experiments.

Robotic surgery has the potential to enable new surgical procedures that are less invasive than existing techniques. For some procedures, such as prostate surgery, the use of surgical robots is already standard practice. In addition, telesurgery, in which the surgeon operates a robotic system from a remote location, offers the potential to provide better access to expert care in remote areas and the developing world. Having a network of laboratories working on a common platform will make it easier for researchers to share software, replicate experiments, and collaborate in other ways.

Even though it meant giving competing laboratories the tools that had taken them years to develop, Rosen and Hannaford decided to share the Raven II because it seemed like the best way to move the field forward. “These are the leading labs in the nation in the field of surgical robotics, and with everyone working on the same platform we can more easily share new developments and innovations,” Hannaford said.

According to Rosen, most research on surgical robotics in the United States has focused on developing new software for various commercially available robotic systems. “Academic researchers have had limited access to these proprietary systems. We are changing that by providing high-quality hardware developed within academia. Each lab will start with an identical, fully-operational system, but they can change the hardware and software and share new developments and algorithms, while retaining intellectual property rights for their own innovations,” Rosen said.

The Raven II includes a surgical robot with two robotic arms, a camera for viewing the operational field, and a surgeon-interface system for remote operation of the robot. The system is powerful and precise enough to support research on advanced robotic surgery techniques, including online telesurgery.

In addition to Rosen and Hannaford, UCSC postdoctoral researchers Daniel Glozman and  Ji Ma, along with a group of dedicated undergraduate students working in Rosen’s Bionics Lab, played a key role in developing the Raven II. Rosen and Glozman have also developed a Raven IV surgical robotics system, which includes four robotic arms and two cameras. The system enables collaboration between two surgeons working from separate locations and connected over the Internet.  – Tim Stephens

SOURCE: UC Santa Cruz