GrowingPains

The community is the guru

GrowingPains

Last week, in a meeting with a customer, I was introduced as a "community guru" Although flattered, of course, the label didn't feel right to me at all. I told them that instead I consider myself more like somebody in the land of the blind.

2011 169

ELIZA's grandchildren

GrowingPains

Natural language processing has come a long way. One popular application is in chat bots. One of the first and most famous was text-based "computer therapist" ELIZA  in the 1960s.

2012 141

Saving Web 2.0 from itself?

GrowingPains

On September 18, Andrew Keen gave the Incubate Innovation Lecture. Incubate is an annual independent culture festival in Tilburg. Keen is a well-known web entrepreneur and web critic. In 1995 he founded Audiocafe.com and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. After a while, however, Keen realized the negative impact of the democratization of the Internet and the Web 2.0

Collaboration Space: The Final Frontier?

GrowingPains

Collaboration is hot. However, in all the surrounding excitement and hype about flashy social media, abundant communication, and innovative co-creation processes, we almost seem to forget the key role of "space" in allowing people to fruitfully work together. People jointly producing lots of tacit and more or less explicit forms of knowledge require many different technologies enabling them to do so. Social media are only the tip of the collaboration technology iceberg.

2010 122

ELIZA's grandchildren

GrowingPains

Natural language processing has come a long way. One popular application is in chat bots. One of the first and most famous was text-based "computer therapist" ELIZA  in the 1960s. Nowadays, chat bots have much more sophisticated algorithms and user interfaces, usually in the form of moving avatars. A current state-of-the-art chatbot is Jabberwacky. Although

2012 100

Open access: The grey zone

GrowingPains

Open access publications are very important for promoting knowledge sharing, innovation, collaboration, and so on. Many research publications are still proprietary, however, and hidden behind high copyright walls. On the Community Informatics Researchers mailing list, an interesting discussion is being conducted about this topic, triggered by the invitation to one of its members to contribute a chapter to a research handbook to be p ublished b y a commercial publisher.

Open 122

Social capital/ism

GrowingPains

Last Thursday, Noreena Hertz gave a talk at the "debate temple" LUX in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2009 141

Moving community informatics research forward

GrowingPains

From Oct 27-30, 2008, the 5th Community Informatics & Development Informatics conference. was held in Prato, Italy. 

2008 141

Co-creating the CIRN Commons

GrowingPains

At the Prato 2009 conference, we decided to set up a wiki, dubbed the "CIRN Living Knowledge Base" At this year's conference, we decided to change its name into the "CIRN Commons", as this much better reflects what it is about: a shared, active knowledge resource, used and jointly created by the members of our global community: [link].

2010 109

Argumentation support: who cares?

GrowingPains

Argumentation support tools aim to create structured maps of arguments that aid sensemaking in a particular problem domain. A wide range of argumentation support tools exists, some of the more well-known ones including CMaps , Compendium , COHERE , and DebateGraph.

Visualizing workflows and business processes

GrowingPains

is the Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems.    As an alumnus, I attended the annual "SIKS Day" in Utrecht on October 2.

Co-creating the CIRN Commons

GrowingPains

At the Prato 2009 conference, we decided to set up a wiki, dubbed the "CIRN Living Knowledge Base" At this year's conference, we decided to change its name into the "CIRN Commons", as this much better reflects what it is about: a shared, active knowledge resource, used and jointly created by the members of our global community: //cirn.wikispaces.com/.

2010 100

Facebook redesign: whatever happened to the user?

GrowingPains

Facebook is completely revamping its layout and functionality in, what some say, is much needed to remain a viable social networking platform , while many others are disappointed or at best consider it a mixed blessing. Whatever the reason, fact is that there is a huge opposition against this move.

Collaboration Space: The Final Frontier?

GrowingPains

Collaboration is hot. However, in all the surrounding excitement and hype about flashy social media, abundant communication, and innovative co-creation processes, we almost seem to forget the key role of "space" in allowing people to fruitfully work together. People jointly producing lots of tacit and more or less explicit forms of knowledge require many different technologies enabling them to do so. Social media are only the tip of the collaboration technology iceberg.

2010 100

Open access: The grey zone

GrowingPains

Open access publications are very important for promoting knowledge sharing, innovation, collaboration, and so on. Many research publications are still proprietary, however, and hidden behind high copyright walls. On the Community Informatics Researchers mailing list, an interesting discussion is being conducted about this topic, triggered by the invitation to one of its members to contribute a chapter to a research handbook to be p ublished b y a commercial publisher.

Open 100

Portals as Community Hubs

GrowingPains

The main project I have been working on since last September is as the leader of the implementation of the student web portal of Tilburg University. It is interesting to be back here, this time in a very different role.

Portal 130

Back in business

GrowingPains

Since last August, this blog has been silent. This does not mean that I have been out of action, far from it. Since the fall, I have been very busy with two contracts, both at Tilburg University.

2008 130

Saving Web 2.0 from itself?

GrowingPains

On September 18, Andrew Keen gave the Incubate Innovation Lecture. Incubate is an annual independent culture festival in Tilburg. Keen is a well-known web entrepreneur and web critic. In 1995 he founded Audiocafe.com and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. After a while, however, Keen realized the negative impact of the democratization of the Internet and the Web 2.0

Social capital/ism

GrowingPains

Last Thursday, Noreena Hertz gave a talk at the "debate temple" LUX in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is one of the leading intellectual spokespersons of the alternative globalization movement, having gained prominence with her book "The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy" (2001). Thursday was an important moment for the new world order-inclined, as it was the day of the London G20 summit.

2009 100

Argumentation support: who cares?

GrowingPains

Argumentation support tools aim to create structured maps of arguments that aid sensemaking in a particular problem domain. A wide range of argumentation support tools exists, some of the more well-known ones including CMaps , Compendium , COHERE , and DebateGraph. My own GRASS tool also classifies as being an early experiment in this realm.

Visualizing workflows and business processes

GrowingPains

is the Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems.    As an alumnus, I attended the annual "SIKS Day" in Utrecht on October 2. It's always a nice event to reconnect with my scientific peers and to keep in tune with state of the art research in my domain through the presentations given by SIKS members.

Moving community informatics research forward

GrowingPains

From Oct 27-30, 2008, the 5th Community Informatics & Development Informatics conference. was held in Prato, Italy.    As always, the conference was a great meeting of minds of researchers and practitioners from all over the world, and from many different backgrounds, ranging from cultural anthropologists and process facilitators to hardcore computer scientists.

2008 100

Birth of a portal

GrowingPains

On September 30, the Tilburg University student portal was launched. The portal seems to have been enthusiastically received by both the students (the end users) and the information suppliers (such as faculties, service departments, and student associations) who own the portlets that make up the portal. To get an idea of what it is, look here for a brief overview.

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Vulnerable societies and communities?

GrowingPains

Last Wednesday morning, a water main broke down, leaving the whole of Tilburg without water for a couple of hours. In a country like the Netherlands, it's an unusual experience not to be able to flush the toilet, have a shower, brush your teeth, make tea, clean, and have access to so many other necessities you are usually at most only semi-conscious of.

2008 100

My music communities

GrowingPains

Among my research interests are tool systems. I want to know how (communities of) users combine different tools to support complex workflows, often leading to usage patterns very different from those originally intended by the tool designers. Earlier, I gave an example of how we used a combination of tools to help us in the difficult collaborative process of writing a call for papers.

2008 100

Simple is beautiful

GrowingPains

Since yesterday, I am the happy owner of an Asus Eee laptop. No, it's not yet another machine with more cycles, megabytes, and features. Rather, the philosophy is "less is more" My version is the 4G-SURF : it has only a 7" display, 512 Mb RAM, and 4 Gb (solid state) harddisk. However, the beauty is exactly in these limitations.

2008 100

The Summer of '93: The Struggle for Clayoquot Sound

GrowingPains

In 1993, the 'Clayoquot Land Use Decision' was made by the British. Columbia provincial government to permit the logging of the majority of. the remaining old growth forest in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. Protestors engaged in a massive campaign of peaceful civil disobedience, including blocking access to logging sites, which resulted in over 850. arrests. Most of these people were sentenced for criminal contempt of. court, a serious charge which meant that they got a criminal record.

2007 100

Open Educational Resources and the Distributed Web

Jenny Connected

In this video, posted for the fifth week of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC , Stephen Downes makes the case for open education.

2018 225

Consensus and community in the distributed web

Jenny Connected

The topic for this week in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Community.

2018 166

My takeaways from OEB18: communities, AI and 3D-smarts and some very practical stuff

Joitske Hulsebosch

For the first time in my life I went to the OEB learning technologies conference in Berlin. It was a great conference. I did not feel tired Friday at 18.00 when it ended, but completely energized and full of new ideas!

2018 130

Digital badges and the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

We have now come to the end of the sixth topic – Recognition – in Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 For me, this has been the least satisfying of the course topics so far.

2018 148

Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of 15 minute podcasts over five days on the topic of Truth.

2018 219

PechaKucha presentation on “The Power of Communities”

Making CommunitySense

Last week, I gave a presentation at the 12th edition of the PechaKucha Tilburg event. PechaKucha is a lively presentation format in which anybody can share an idea(l), project or passion close to their heart.

2018 130

Painting of Alvin Youngblood Hart at Chicki Wah Wah, New Orleans

Portals and KM

Here is a 24" acrylic painting of Alvin Youngblood Hart doing a solo gig at Chicki Was Was, New Orleans. The best way to easily see most of my paintings for s ale is to go to my Facebook page -  [link]  - and look at Photos and albums within Photos.

2018 130

Data, personal learning and learning analytics

Jenny Connected

This week’s topic for Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Data.

2018 194

My experiences of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC to date

Jenny Connected

First a bit of background. The task for this week in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is related to the topic of Community in the distributed web. This is the task as created by Stephen Downes: As a community, create an assignment the completion of which denotes being a member of the community. For the purposes of this task, there can only be one community. For each participant, your being a member of the community completes the task.

2018 127

Ten Reasons to Keep Writing

Jenny Connected

One of the people I enjoy following on Twitter is the author Joanne Harris. Every so often (this might be weekly, but I’m not sure) she invites her followers to ask a question about anything and everything to do with writing and publishing, which she attempts to answer in #TenTweets.

2018 193

Painting of Marigny, New Orleans, Dauphine and Spain

Portals and KM

Here is a 16" x 20" oil painting of the corner of Dauphine and Spain, in the Marigny, New Orleans completed on site. I did this to capture the contrast of warm and cool light.

2018 141

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

Jenny Connected

I have recently been exploring Iain McGilchrist’s ground-breaking work on the divided brain (see The Master and his Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World ), with a view to learning more about the implications of this work for education.

2018 217

Digital Badges as Recognition of Success

Jenny Connected

Looking back through this blog, I am reminded that in 2012 I attended a SCoPE seminar on digital badges and wrote two posts about it. Reading back through these posts I see that at that time I had some reservations about badges.

2018 148

Painting of Stone Barn Wye Valley England

Portals and KM

Here is a 12" x 16" acrylic painting of a stone farm house in the Wye Valley, England, near the West border, It is the view from a house we stayed in during the summer of 2017.

2018 130

Access to E-Learning 3.0 and the Distributed Web

Jenny Connected

Stephen Downes has once again written an excellent summary for the work we did last week on open educational resources. He has tweeted: Downes @Downes. Friday’s #el30 newsletter is now available. el30.mooc.ca/archive/18/11_…

2018 148

Badges are not sufficient

Jenny Connected

This week Stephen invited Viplav Baxi to join him in a discussion about this week’s topic – Recognition – for the E-Learning 3.0 They only mentioned badges briefly, but the task for participants this week has been to create a badge – see my last post.

2018 139