ELIZA's grandchildren


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 130

The community is the guru


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 130

Social capital/ism


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

2009 141

Moving community informatics research forward


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

2008 141

Argumentation support: who cares?


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.

Facebook redesign: whatever happened to the user?


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?


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


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


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


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

Birth of a portal


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.

Portal 100

Vulnerable societies and communities?


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


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


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


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

Facebook Eavesdropping Patent and Congress Questions

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Why does Facebook have patents to listen (eavesdrop) through the microphone for ambient sound if they are only using it for uploading your video? My live feed of the Congress hearings cut out right near the end, but did anyone ask these questions?

2018 203

Cambridge Analytica vs Beacon – Facebook Australia Quantium

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Ancient history? From Beacon to Cambridge Analytica, and Quantium. How Facebook and Twitter work with big data companies in Australia and beyond.

2018 199

Blog>> Taxonomy and Search Patterns for Search and Discovery

Green Chameleon

So you have built and implemented a taxonomy but search is still not returning the desired results. What do you do? Taxonomy alone is limited in what it can do. Search alone is also limited. Together, they become much smarter.

2018 130

Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

Mapping a community network is an art as much as a science. Solid methodology is important for professional purposes, of course (see for heavy-duty mapping processes the CommunitySensor methodology for participatory community network mapping).

2018 219

There are No Things. There are patterns.

Jenny Connected

As we can see from his website, Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary.

2018 191

Great meeting and art? Try Graphic Facilitation

Michelle Laurie

Lovely facilitator drawing by Nancy White, graphic facilitator extraordinaire. I recently read an article that states, “ a new Drexel University study found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.” ” And apparently everyone can benefit!

2018 182

Our first year exploring how to make London a more Networked City

Social Reporter

Over the past year I’ve worked with Drew Mackie, Matt Scott and a host of other people on an exploration into how we can use network thinking, digital tech and self-organising to support London civil society.

2018 207

(video) tool of the month: 1 second video apps for blended learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

This blogpost can be read in Dutch on Ennuonline. Video is an important online trend. The tool of this month is therefore a video tool: the 1 second video app. Video is already important in online marketing, and learning and training follows this trend.

2018 179

Building “networks of communities” for a civic intelligence movement with impact

Making CommunitySense

We live in an age of confusion, stagnation, and crisis. What we need is not more of the same top down, neo-liberal corporate and government interventions. These are just a recipes for ever more socio-economic and cultural alienation, disillusion and disempowerment.

2018 182

Lessons on learning analytics from a taxi driver

Joitske Hulsebosch

I've been on a surprise strip. You book a trip for three day but without having a clear where you are going to. Very exciting! We had to be at Schiphol by 5 am and although we were still sleepy: the taxi driver was not. He talked a lot, probably to stay awake.

2018 141

Painting of the Marigny New Orleans

Portals and KM

Here is a 12" x 12" oil painting of homes on Dauphine Street near Ferdinand in the Marginy, New Orleans completed on site. 

2018 130

Computing on R

Learning Alliances

R is not just software. It’s actually a global organism that grows information : insights, discussions, work methods, human relationships, and open questions as well as a massive amount of software and all the resources that document or support it.

2018 169

#openedMOOC Week 2: Copyright, the Public Domain, and the Commons

Jenny Connected

An infographic created by Shihaam Donnelly from [link]. This week’s videos and readings are a lot more interesting than I anticipated.

2017 214

Planning meetings? Can visuals help? Learn the basics at our 2018 Graphic Facilitation Workshop

Michelle Laurie

I’m planning a meeting for May where a group of scientists will come together to plan their reporting on five years of study. In their case they have been monitoring glaciers and snow melt. I am tasked with helping bring together the different studies to come under one technical report.

2018 130

Tilburg Legend(s): what’s in an icon?

Making CommunitySense

Tilburg is at the heart of a region in the southern Netherlands which has traditionally been very socially innovative. This tradition is celebrated annually during the European Social Innovation Week, recently renamed to the Dear Future week. The TilburgsAns open source typeface.

Icons 191

Quick Social Media Planner and Course Planner #UdemyLive

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

2018 152

5 Types of Content Calendar and Social Media Planning – Sydney Australia Course 2018

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Here are the 5 types of social media planners you need. Depending on your organisation you may want different sections, different colour coding or completely different calendars: Most people know content calendars for social media. This is content YOUR create. Earned Attention.

2018 140

March was my month of exploring virtual reality for learning and development.

Joitske Hulsebosch

We are the proud owners of 10 Virtual Reality (VR) cardboard glasses. We use them in our learning trajectory. However, we get stuck playing with a roller coaster and walking under the Eiffel Tower.

2018 117

You can use Twitter to get new ideas to do your work in a better way

Joitske Hulsebosch

Would you like to show off at work with great ideas? This week I did some intakes for a course about learning technologies which is starting next Monday and I realized that actually very few people are using Twitter.

2018 151

Explaining to London’s Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

Social Reporter

As I reported earlier in the this update , I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society.

2017 207

Do You Have a Productive Partnership or a Tug of War?

Partnering Resources

They’re supposed to be your ally. Your co-conspirator. Your partner. But instead it feels like every conversation is a struggle. This isn’t how it is supposed to be. In the best partnerships, people create something that neither could have accomplished on their own.

2018 141

Vanity Killed the Social Media Star


2016 281

Mastering the Art of Collaboration Through Conversation


. Can you have too many conversations at work?

2016 267

Nasty SMS Spam – turn off Facebook Mobile Messages #australia #socialmedia

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

How to stop those annoying spammy messages on your mobile cellphone from Facebook Messenger Text service. Took me a while to figure out what was going on. SMS messages but no telephone number? Just asking me to click on a dodgy link? Every. Single. Anyway two steps.

2017 173

Knowmads: the battle of generations

Joitske Hulsebosch

Generational differences in the workplace is a kind of debate. On the one hand you have the people who believe there are differences and that every organization should be responsive to those differences.

2017 194