GrowingPains

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.

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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 130

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

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Social capital/ism

GrowingPains

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

2009 141

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 one-eyed in the land of the blind. I kept thinking about what exactly was bugging me about the label. Here are some of my musings. I would be happy to learn what you think.    Gurus are dangerous.

2011 100

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

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

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 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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

A video harvest…forever grateful!

Michelle Laurie

It’s a challenge to prepare, be the trainer on site and capture what is happening in the room for sharing. Early on, my co-conspirator Nancy White and I found it helpful to have a social reporter.

2018 195

What I learned about facilitating by doing stand-up comedy

Viv Mcwaters

Earlier this year I co-hosted an experimental event called Radical Acts. The premise being that we need to do things differently – maybe not big things, sometimes the smallest of acts can make a huge difference.

2018 194

Finding Human Space

Evolving Web

The world is filled with different people. Wonderful people. Interesting people. I have sat on hilltops in Capetown, drinking wine and eating kudu carpaccio. I’ve felt the random rush of people, all moving on different missions, in Shinjuku.

2018 204

New Workshop: Prince George, BC, Aug 15-16th

Michelle Laurie

Want to learn more about engaging beyond words? There are a handful of graphic facilitation workshops in major city centres, mostly in the USA. I’ve been offering one in the interior of southern BC, Canada for 8 years. Now I’m doing one this August 15-16th in Prince George, BC.

2018 151

Sustainability of smart digitally enhanced learning ecosystems

Taming the spaces

We have published an article that models sustainability issues in digitally enhanced schools. The digital innovation sustainability bottlenecks in schools are related with actuating the organizations as systems, that is influenced by ill-developed feedback loops of data-, learning- and information flows for the purpose of intra-organizational innovation driven transformation as well as for transforming the […]. digital learning ecosystems sustainability

2018 100

Excel for Mac Plus Excel MVPs

Michael Sampson - Currents

Excel Table Talk Episode 6. Back in the early 1990s, the first client project that paid decent money (NZ$25 per hour, which my client described as “charging like a bull”) required the use of a massive spreadsheet to analyse cost flows in a small manufacturing firm.

2018 116

Four Things to Remember When "Planning"

Evolving Web

In 1989 I received my degree in Urban Planning. I have studied how to make plans. In 2007 I received my certification to be part of the American Institute of Certified Planners. I have been recognized for making good plans.

2018 194

Losing Yourself in Awesome

Evolving Web

You can lose yourself in awesome. Awes ome itself is overload. boredom is seldom awesome. For the last 10 years, I've been traveling the world, working with all kinds of companies, eating great food, staying in (sometimes) posh hotels, speaking at conferences and it's been awesome.

2018 192

Data Residency in Office 365 – It’s Complicated

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced data residency for data in Microsoft Teams for Canada, with Australia and Japan coming before the end of August as well. However, the details matter.

2018 116

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

Information Protection in Windows 10 and OneDrive

Michael Sampson - Currents

2018 116

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

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 200

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain. It can feed it with positive messages or real world things. Or it can act like Cable News and feed you fear of the “other”. So, stop making Facebook your amplified CNN or Fox News. Stop eating crap.

2018 173

Focus and Finish

Evolving Web

Be like Mark: Ignore Facebook. Today I have three things to do: write this blog post, format a follow up package for our classes in Iowa last week, and get my cleaning to the cleaners so I have clothes for New York next week. Oh, and get a ticket to New York. four things.

2018 184