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May 2009


From Putting People First

John Maeda designs technology

John Maeda designs technology

On Fora.TV you can find a video of RISD president John Maeda’s talk at O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 expo, where he talks about people participation processes at RISD. Watch video


From Putting People First

John Thackara on clean growth

John Thackara on clean growth

Design Innovation Scotland has published a white paper by John Thackara, entitled Clean Growth: From Mindless Development to Design Mindfulness. It’s the first in a series whose aim is “to stimulate thought and debate about…radical…


From Putting People First

Talking mobile banking in Kenya

Talking mobile banking in Kenya

Erik Hersman reports on his blog White African from the e Fletcher mBanking conference in Nairobi. Talking Mobile Banking in Kenya Notes from the panel “Perspectives on Mobile and Branchless Financial Service” Volume vs Value…


From Putting People First

Wired economics

Wired economics

Nokia’s Ideas Project published a feature story on why technology may be making money superfluous. “We’re entering a time in which products are expected to give themselves over as platforms for innovation and reinvention. Even…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-25

links for 2009-05-25

Just in case you've not been paying attention: don't travel with RyanAir, their contempt for their customers is legendary. One more story to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford Metaverse Conference

Stanford Metaverse Conference

I have been away from the virtual worlds topic for a while now, but still think it has useful applications in the enterprise. See the upcoming meeting below:' ... The second iteration of the Metaverse U conference takes place…


From The Eponymous Pickle

John Holland on Complex Adaptive Systems

John Holland on Complex Adaptive Systems

Talk at Case Western by John Holland on Complex Adaptive Systems / Agent Models from this past October. Good overview for the general modeling and simulation practitioner. Have been involved in a number of applications of this…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-24

links for 2009-05-24

Unexpected trademark dispute. Is the noun "Allah" a trademark of Islam or a generic usable by any religion?
(tags: religion trademark Islam Christianity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Permanence of the Record

Permanence of the Record

When I give talks on the Web I often include the caution that you should write knowing that what you say there is permanent and often easily findable. So think about how your future professional prospects will be influenced.as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media Classroom

Social Media Classroom

How can social media be used to teach and in general help people within organizations communicate their knowledge? I was part of a recent test at Georgia Tech that used these methods. A project by Howard Rheingold called the…


From The Noisy Channel

News, Search Experience, and Value

News, Search Experience, and Value

I’ve been known to spar with Jeff Jarvis about Google’s role in the present and future of journalism, but I readily admit I’m something of an amateur. Thus I’m delighted to see a thoughtful post from Josh Young, a more serious…


From The Noisy Channel

News, Search Experience, and Value

News, Search Experience, and Value

I’ve been known to spar with Jeff Jarvis about Google’s role in the present and future of journalism, but I readily admit I’m something of an amateur. Thus I’m delighted to see a thoughtful post from Josh Young, a more serious…


From The Noisy Channel

NSF Report on Information Seeking Support Systems

NSF Report on Information Seeking Support Systems

Long-time readers may recall that I participated last year in an NSF Information Seeking Support Systems Workshop at the University of North Carolina, organized by Gary Marchionini and Ryen White. Some of the output of that workshop…


From The Noisy Channel

NSF Report on Information Seeking Support Systems

NSF Report on Information Seeking Support Systems

Long-time readers may recall that I participated last year in an NSF Information Seeking Support Systems Workshop at the University of North Carolina, organized by Gary Marchionini and Ryen White. Some of the output of that workshop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NEC Pennny Tags

NEC Pennny Tags

I have been long involved with the exploration of RFID tags in retail. Now NEC is indicating that they have developed the long desired passive RFID tags that could cost about one US penny in volume. Of course the cost of an…


From The Noisy Channel

Book. Is. Done.

Book. Is. Done.

I couldn’t think of a better way to start a holiday weekend than by uploading the revised chapters of my faceted search book to the publisher. It was the first–and hopefully last–time that I have hand-edited pdf files (download…


From The Noisy Channel

Book. Is. Done.

Book. Is. Done.

I couldn’t think of a better way to start a holiday weekend than by uploading the revised chapters of my faceted search book to the publisher. It was the first–and hopefully last–time that I have hand-edited pdf files (download…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

A researcher

A researcher

I love gardening. I get good results too. However, my wife is very critical of my techniques.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Wisconsin Leadership Cohort Update

Wisconsin Leadership Cohort Update

Hello from Wisconsin, land of Harleys, cheese, breweries and great ethnic festivals!

As part of our work on the CSTA Leadership Cohort, Sarah Huibregtse and I have been busy with many advocacy activities.

On May 7 and 8 at…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-22

links for 2009-05-22