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July 2009


From The Noisy Channel

SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Vanja Josifovski

SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Vanja Josifovski


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power of Packaging

Power of Packaging

Steve Genco from Lucid Systems on the Implicit Power of Packaging.. Met with Steve recently and he outlined the very good work that he has been doing with clients. ' ... Neuroscience meets social science meets the marketplace…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Exploring Computer Science Curriculum Now Available!

Exploring Computer Science Curriculum Now Available!

CST is very pleased to announce the availability of a free curriculum now available on the CSTA website. The Exploring Computer Science (ECS) materials avalable at:

http://csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/ExploringCS.html

provide…


From BLOG@CACM

Bridging Cultures for Collaboration

Bridging Cultures for Collaboration

All too often, our technical curricula fail to focus on the human aspect of cross-domain collaboration. Technical skills are necessary, but not sufficient. One must also understand and meld the disparate motivations of the collaborative…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

First CIFellows sub-award completed!

First CIFellows sub-award completed!

Today, the first sub-award in the Computing Innovation Fellows project was completed! Under the CIFellows project – conceived of and implemented by CCC and CRA, and funded by a $15 million award from NSF – 60 extraordinary new…


From Apophenia

help me find innovative practitioners who address online safety issues

help me find innovative practitioners who address online safety issues

I need your help. One of our central conclusions in the Internet Safety Technical Task Force Report was that many of the online safety issues require the collective engagement of a whole variety of different groups, including…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Freestyle as Market Research

Coke Freestyle as Market Research

Roger Dooley writes about the Coke Freestyle intelligent dispenser as a market research approach. I agree, it is a way to link research to differentiated delivery, which gathering lots of consumer behavior information along the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Press Releases Still Have Value

Press Releases Still Have Value

A recent conversation at our little start-up questioned the need for press releases. Paul Gillin makes the case that a number of things that could be described as so very '1.0' still have value, including the ancient artifact…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant

Everyone likes the idea of having an intelligent assistant to help lead them through complex systems tasks. Yet almost no one liked Microsoft's 'clippy' idea. The sheer obtrusiveness was part of it. It then got wound up in the…


From Putting People First

Designing waits that work

Designing waits that work

The MIT Sloan Management Review has published Donald Norman’s paper ‘Designing Waits That Work‘ (available for $6.50). It is based on a 2008 paper by Norman, entitled ‘The Psychology of Waiting Lines‘ (which is freely available)…


From CSDiary

At last: *Useful* social networking

At last: *Useful* social networking

For the past two weeks I’ve had meetings in Washington DC. For various reasons, I decided to drive instead of fly. Well, on my Monday drive down to DC, I was nabbed for speeding. Not the first time that’s happened to me, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Collaboration via Reflected Knowledge

Global Collaboration via Reflected Knowledge

In HBS Working Knowledge, a look at how to make remote and global collaboration work. ' .... Based on 47 semi-structured interviews and 140 survey responses in a global chemical company, this paper explores the effects of firsthand…


From The Noisy Channel

SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: danah boyd

SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: danah boyd


From Putting People First

An interview with Eric von Hippel

An interview with Eric von Hippel

Scott Wilson interviewed Prof. Eric von Hippel of MIT


From Putting People First

Nokia in trouble? How fast can a mobile device giant react?

Nokia in trouble? How fast can a mobile device giant react?

Fascinating and seemingly very realistic tale on the potential of Nokia (and other device manufacturers) to be able to react to the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, based on the time frame of their product development cycles…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet View

Internet View

A precient view of the internet from 1969.-


From Return 42;

Sector/Sphere beats Hadoop. Again.

Sector/Sphere beats Hadoop. Again.

Clouds are everywhere. Next to endless options for cloud hosting, there are even more possibilities and platforms to perform cloud computing itself. The most popular one is probably Hadoop, which is used by many large scale projects…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time on on Web Diminishing

Time on on Web Diminishing

In AdAge. Not for me. And some of the comments believe that it is an artifact of measurement. Yet it does have to flatten eventually.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Semantic Search

Google and Semantic Search

Semantic analysis. An area of interest. In readwriteweb and in Computerworld. Google is continuing to improve search that includes semantic concepts. What does this mean? Semantics imply the meanings of words in context…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Building CS in South Carolina

Building CS in South Carolina

This blog is like the blogs I have seen people writing in real time during conference presentations. I am writing this in the middle of our Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Computer Science. Our consultant, Richard de…


From Putting People First

Experience sampling on the iPhone

Experience sampling on the iPhone

Can the Apple iPhone measure your happiness, asks Jenna Wortham on the New York Times Bits blog. “Matt Killingsworth, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Harvard University, thinks the phone might at least help researchers…


From BLOG@CACM

Computer Science Outreach: Meeting the Kids Half-way

Computer Science Outreach: Meeting the Kids Half-way

Some thoughts on how to interest young people in computer science, based on some recent workshops.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seven Rules of Interpersonal Relationships

Seven Rules of Interpersonal Relationships

These are fairly obvious, but worth some further thought.-


From Putting People First

User research at Apple

User research at Apple

In a truly excellent article, entitled “You can’t innovate like Apple”, Alain Breillatt also discusses Apple’s approach to user research. “While I


From The Noisy Channel

SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Matt Cutts

SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Matt Cutts


From Apophenia

Would the real social network please stand up?

Would the real social network please stand up?

This ideas in this post are based on conversations with Bernie Hogan and should be interpreted as the production of our co-thinking. All too frequently, someone makes a comment about how a large number of Facebook Friends must…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM to Acquire SPSS

IBM to Acquire SPSS

Big news in analytics world. The article says to do better predictive analytics. In the enterprise SPSS and SAS have been heavily used since the 6os. Quite an acquisition, makes sense to strong support IBM's consulting, which…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disney Ad Research

Disney Ad Research

In the NYT: Lab Watches Web Surfers to See Which Ads Work. How they are using eye tracking and other biometric techiques to understand how ads work. As always draws the question about how 'looking at' an ad can determine the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Intelligence in Manufacturing

Business Intelligence in Manufacturing

New overview paper in business intelligence issues in manufacturing by MAIA. Covers much of the typical context of BI for manufacturing. Not prescriptive but good for anyone starting to explore this space.


From Putting People First

People will be able to control and federate their own data

People will be able to control and federate their own data

John Clippinger, who directs the Law Lab at Harvard University, predicts, in this video on Nokia’s IdeasProject, a huge shift over the next one to two years in the way people manage their identities. He asserts that “user-centric…

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