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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

I just reorganised my KM Summer School notes in one-page story: KM Summer School log [Mathemagenic]
What do you think? []  links to this post    4:12:45 PM  
Bleeding complexity

Just a "SMALL" amount of "Light Reading"[grin]. Emerge, already..

Existential blogging from Ray Ozzie:

Clay Shirky on online community.  Clay's contrasting of "audiences" versus "communities" is also relevant in the enterprise environment.  "Employees", like "audiences", are intentionally gathered sets of individuals, linked by organizational affiliation and by the business processes within which they need to participate.  The bonds that hold communities together, however, are edge-based forces - the same forces that bring people together to solve problems, to innovate.

Center vs. edge.  Orchestrated organization vs. self-organization.  Business process vs. business practice.  Fragility vs. resiliency.  Complexity vs. chaos.  Control vs. empowerment.

Clay and Ray are right.

Complexity science bleeds all over the social sciences. It is slow going and the math and empirical work are just getting started. But the thought, the approach is there. We're not decomposing organizations. We're going to their atomic components, people, and studying their interactions.

Take a look: [...]

[Phil Wolff: technology via Dewayne Mikkelson and his Radio WebDog, Shadow via Ron Lusk's Radio Weblog]

What do you think? []  links to this post    3:55:19 PM  

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries has posted the program and registration information for its November 21-22 conference, Research Innovation and Scholarship: The Role of Open Access Publishing. [FOS News]
What do you think? []  links to this post    3:35:58 PM  

The Physics Of the Wave, in Stadiums, Not Oceans. The sweeping mass of spectators rising in sequence around a stadium can be quantified just about as well as all those others waves. By Henry Fountain. [New York Times: Science via Dan Mitchell: Electronic Music]
What do you think? []  links to this post    3:32:53 PM  

Elizabeth Gadd and the RoMEO Project are conducting an online survey of academic authors and their views on self-archiving and copyright. [FOS News]
What do you think? []  links to this post    3:22:32 PM  
The Internet goes to college

Today the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its report, The Internet Goes to College. Among its findings: only 9% of U.S. college students use the library more than the internet for information searching. [FOS News]

The report says: Occupying a middle ground between childhood and adulthood, between work and leisure, college students have been at the forefront of social change since the end of World War II.

Here are a few more statistics:

  • 73% of college students say they use the Internet more than the library.
  • Two-thirds (68%) of college students reported subscribing to one or more academic-oriented mailing lists that relate to their studies. They use these lists to carry on email discussions about topics covered in their classes.
  • 42% of college students say they use the Internet primarily to communicate socially.

The study also suggests that "Colleges and universities might be experiencing an Internet generation gap between professors and students in terms of their Internet usage interests or abilities." I seriously think there is such a gap, and it has to do with the fact that professors already have established means of finding information and connecting with people, while students have nearly empty professional networks and are likely to search for information in the most convenient way, which at this time is the Internet.

But I feel that the most important observation is the following one: "While formal distance learning has not replaced the classroom, informal learning often takes place online." Teachers aren't always around, and our knowledge needs are constantly increasing. How are we coping? By becoming teachers to one another, which is now becoming possible across time and space. To quote Andy Oram, look at how individuals solve information problems on their own, and you'll see that this is what is happening.

What do you think? []  links to this post    3:21:47 PM  
The implicit that haunts us

Why Process Capture is Difficult. Subjectivity created by our knowledge and experience 'taint' our observations.  What seems obvious to one person is not to another and vice-versa.  If you've tried to write processes, you will know how difficult it is.  [thought?horizon :: non inferiora secutus]

And as long as you're only talking to people with very similar experience to your own, you may not even realize how much stuff there is between the lines.

What do you think? []  links to this post    2:13:47 PM  
Developing countries, open source and fair use

An international panel of copyright and science experts recommends that developing countries (1) favor open source software, (2) not enact anti-circumvention rules, (3) declare shrinkwrap licenses null and void, (4) adopt explicit fair-use rules for "creating and distributing printed electronic copies in reasonable numbers for educational and research purposes and making reasonable excerpts in commentary and criticism", and (5) adopt a rule that "[i]f suppliers of digital information or software attempt to restrict fair use rights, either through contract provisions or by technological methods of protection, the contract provisions may be treated as void." (Read the ZDNet summary or the full report.) [FOS News]
What do you think? []  links to this post    7:40:43 AM  

The September 16 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education has four articles on how budget cuts and recession are eroding our "intellectual infrastructure" especially in libraries and university presses (1, 2, 3, 4, each accessible only to paying subscribers). The first of these quotes Willis Regier, director of the University of New Mexico Press: "Universities may find that a more honest way to track the cost of publications would be to fund them upfront, publish them electronically, and publish them free." (PS: Apart from Regier, no one interviewed for these stories suggested open access as a solution. If your campus is discussing this erosion, make sure that open access is not overlooked.) [FOS News]
What do you think? []  links to this post    7:39:07 AM  

Let's spam the world. It just occured to me: bloggers are spammers. We spam the world with unsolicited opinions. [Krzysztof Kowalczyk's Weblog]

The key difference being that we're not pushing them into everyone and their brother's inboxes. Those opinions have to be pulled to be seen. Not many people will subscribe to a pure spam RSS feed!

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:38:07 AM  

On Being the Digital Job. Or, why I haven't emailed you back or blogged in weeks.... [The Shifted Librarian]

This story is simply unbelievable. I almost cried halfway through.

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:26:28 AM  

Rewarding and recognizing knowledge sharing. Speaking personally I am very much against extrinsic motivation to reward or encourage knowledge sharing. [Gurteen Knowledge-Log]

The status hierarchy that results from the symbiosis between Google and K-logs provides a natural incentive to share, as Jon Udell remarked in Google And Weblogs - Best Hope For KM. This is similar in structure to how academics get recognition more or less proportionally to how many people rely on their work. Being perceived as an expert by peers matters.

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:09:53 AM  

Screenplay, part 1. This is the first in a series of articles looking into the craft of screenwriting. I'm not sure where we will end up. []
What do you think? []  links to this post    6:46:00 AM  
Radio wishlist: automated referers harvesting

Does anyone know of a simple way of automatically storing (or e-mailing) my list of referers every day just before they are reset, so I can look at them when I have the time?
What do you think? []  links to this post    6:42:39 AM  

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