Showing posts from July, 2008

Recommended links infoarch 07/31/2008

ChiefTech: Beware the gaps in SharePoint tags: sharepoint , ecm Banning Facebook - Intranet Blog - FindTech Blogs tags: intranet , socialmedia 30+ Solutions to Start Your Own Wiki tags: wiki

The End of Theory?!

Wired has a thought-provoking and interesting article by Chris Anderson, titled "The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete" . This article has spurred a lot of discussion on the internet. I'm still thinking it over. But I'll put my two cents in: I wonder if Anderson's take is true for all of science. If so, everything is data and can be described by data. I know that lots of people think this is true (e.g. singularity theory). However I think reality can not only be described by data. For instance, can someones soul be described by data? And, doesn't Anderson's article itself show we always (or often?) need theory (hypothesis, believe, convictions) to say something about practice? Anyway, large parts of reality can be described by data. And for this Anderson's theory is very interesting indeed, just ponder on the examples that he gives. Some highlights from the article: About the Petabyte Age: "It forces us to view

Recommended links infoarch 07/30/2008

Library clips :: Conversations, Connections and Context :: July :: 2008 tags: infoarch , blogging Welcome to Backboard tags: collaboration , office tags: thoughtleader , infoarch Primavera Research in Information Management tags: infoarch - News - Research Publications Online: Too Much of A Good Thing? - US National Science Foundation (NSF) tags: informationoverload Library clips :: Counters to enterprise 2.0 objections :: July :: 2008 tags: socioprise , socialmedia , web2.0 , enterprise2.0 Giving up on Work e-mail - Status Report on Week 24 (Six Months On!) tags: email , informationoverload , knowledgeworker Home | Smart Desktop tags: office , informationoverload YouTube - Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams tags: life , productivity , work Public timeline - Open source microblogging tags: microblogging

Recommended links infoarch 07/29/2008

coComment's Google Desktop Widget Makes Comments More Portable tags: blogging Andrew McAfee tags: no_tag Globally local - locally global : Slideshare made "Intranet 2.0 - hype, reality, future trends" a home page feature tags: intranet , web2.0 , socioprise , enterprise2.0 , socialmedia Textinfo—Specialist in document management. tags: ecm Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger » Blog Archive A new search engine appears: will you use it? « tags: search Cuil Launches -- Can This Search Start-Up Really Best Google? tags: search Cuil Exits Stealth Mode With A Massive Search Engine tags: search Cuil tags: search The Official Posterous Posterous - This is where we post about new features on posterous. You can get a blog just like this by emailing tags: blogging

Social Media ROI

Jon Mell has been writing some really interesting posts on the ROI of Social Media tools, like blogs and wiki's. I'd like to point to the latest two here and here . The posts help social media evangelists come up with a business case/ROI calculation, although they'd rather say: "It just the right thing to do!" Richard Dennisson of BT has another take on this topic and protests again the 'reductionists' that won't start a (social media) project without hard numbers. The difficulty with IT projects in general is defining a hard business case (- or maybe the 'hard' stuff is easy and we forget about the 'soft' part, like productivity improvement). My boss says - and I like this approach: "With IT projects it’s about the good idea first, numbers will come later." I'm curious what you think about this topic. Please drop a comment!

Facebook Intranet at Serena

Do you want to know more about how Serena started and uses Facebook as their Intranet? I do! Well, Andrew McAfee is keeping us posted . He (and Bill Ives ) have written about it before (and I've pointed to those posts before here and here ). Now McAfee serves us with an interesting long post with an interview with 2 Serena people on this topic . Go ahead and read it all. Here are some excerpts. Reasons to use Facebook as their Intranet: A third, and what we believe is a radical thought, is that most Intranets are built on a wrong assumption. They’re fundamentally built to make content available to employees and trickle only a tiny bit to customers. We believe that the vast majority of content an organization produces is customer facing, with only a trickle back behind the firewall for truly proprietary materials. This belief achieves two major goals: customers are better served and receive better and more frequent communication in their language, and rather than companies p

Recommended links infoarch 07/27/2008

35+ Examples of Corporate Social Media in Action tags: socialmedia , web2.0 , socioprise , enterprise2.0

Inbox Sand: Five Tips to Beat Procrastination

Idea Sandbox is an interesting site/blog on creativity and fresh thinking. They also have a newsletter I subscribed to. Not to long ago I received one titled: "Five tips to beat Procrastination". One of them struck me: Keep Yourself Fresh: 48/12 Rule - For each hour, work for 48 minutes followed by a 12 minute break. This really works. The 12-minutes gives you a nice break. The 48-minute push helps you crank through your work. Even if you're on a roll, still take a refresher break. (Especially if your work requires using a computer screen... the 12-minutes is a nice break for your eyes... and in the end reduces overall fatigue). This is basically the 80-20 rule! My experience is that most people find breaks signs of laziness, working all day long without breaks is cool and shows your tough. But how many people actually apply this rule? For instance, if you have a two-hour meeting, you might stop for a short coffee break, but nobody I

Recommended links infoarch 07/26/2008 tags: complexity , intelligence , cybernetica , selforganisation Slingpage Share webpages and chat about them easily tags: collaboration Interwoven Buys Its Way into eDiscovery tags: ecm The Forrester Blog For Information & Knowledge Management Professionals tags: blogging ChiefTech: Information Management Strategy Reality Check tags: infoarch More on ROI of social software … « Inside out tags: web2.0 , enterprise2.0 , socialmedia Principles of wiki and Enterprise 2.0 adoption | Jon Mell - Web 2.0 ideas and strategy tags: web2.0 , enterprise2.0 , wiki , socialmedia ROI of Social Software | Jon Mell - Web 2.0 ideas and strategy tags: web2.0 , enterprise2.0 , socialmedia Web 2.0 ROI discussion at Web 2.0 Strategies | Jon Mell - Web 2.0 ideas and strategy tags: web2.0 , enterprise2.0 , socialmedia Wikinomics » Blog Archive » How Web 2.0, Facebook, and the Net Generation will change corporate security tags: infoarch , infosecurity , millenials Open Parenthesis » Open Sou

Beyond Blogs

Just the other day I went into our company library. One of the magazines I always take a look at (- even though I also am subscribed to their feeds -) is Business Week . For some reason I decided not only to look at the most current issue, but to look through some older ones to. And then... all of a sudden... I saw the front page of the June 2 issue: "Beyond Blogs"! What?! How could I have missed that? Was it due to my vacation...? Anyway, I'm happy I ran into it. The article is an update from an article written in 2005, "Blogs Will Change Your Business" . This article was corrected and commented on here . Finally the article that was published in the June 2 issue is titled "Beyond Blogs" . It's a very nice article giving an overview on what has happened in 2 years with blogs and social media in general. It's a great read for people that don't understand this world or are taking their first steps in this energetic space. It is loaded with i

Update 'Google Query as RSS Feed'

A couple of days ago I mentioned 'Feedmysearch' with which you can RSS-ify a Google query. Very neat, but the 'automatic subscribe button' on their site didn't work for me. However it does work in this way: - type in the Google query you want to RSS-ify, - click 'Feed my search!', - copy the URL (instead of hitting the 'subscribe' button), - paste it into your feedreader (in my case Google Reader ) ... and you're all set!

Recommended links infoarch 07/25/2008

WebWorkerDaily » Archive Should You Kill Your RSS Reader? « tags: rss , feedreader Column Two: Presentation: Understanding staff needs and how to meet them tags: intranet Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves | Video on tags: thoughtleader , trends , innovation Hod Lipson builds "self-aware" robots | Video on tags: robot , selforganisation Welcome tags: robot , selforganisation Jott™ - Official Site tags: productivity What do Millennials teach us about the future of the workplace? tags: millenials BlogEngine.NET - An open source ASP.NET 2.0 powered blogging engine tags: blog Gabor Cselle - Organizing Email From old VP Engineering of Xobni tags: email , informationoverload Pixily: Put Your Paper Docs Online in 3 to 5 Days Max - ReadWriteWeb tags: paperdigital

Dare to be Wrong! Do School Kills Creativity?

Awesome TEDTalk by Sir Ken Robinson on how kids 'work' ('they'll take a chance'), get educated and how the capacity to 'be wrong' and 'make mistakes' is lost as we get older. 'If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.' Enjoy!

Recommended links infoarch 07/24/2008

Many Eyes tags: visualsearch , visualization From paper to cyber and back: a problem in blogistics - BusinessWeek tags: no_tag Beyond Blogs tags: no_tag Knol: a unit of knowledge tags: KM , wiki , blog Beyond Blogs tags: blog , blogging , socialmedia , web2.0 Blogs Will Change Your Business Was later updated! tags: blog , blogging Portals and KM: Looking Closely at Lotus Connections tags: collaboration - Everything Enterprise 2.0 tags: socioprise , enterprise2.0 , web2.0 , socialmedia Corporate Social Networks Are A Waste of Money, Study Finds - ReadWriteWeb tags: community , socialnetworking Opinion: What Productivity Studies Really Show tags: productivity On the Road Again! This Time to Madrid for an Enterprise 2.0 Workshop Presentation on Web 2.0 at/by IBM tags: collaboration , web2.0

Recommended links infoarch 07/23/2008

Why Business Blogs Fail: Part 2 tags: blog , blogging Back To Basics: The Right and Wrong Reasons for Blogging. tags: blog , blogging GE’s Enterprise Collaboration Backbone | Collaboration 2.0 | tags: collaboration Business Technology : Why Most Online Communities Fail tags: community SitePoint Blogs » Study: Why Most Online Communities Fail tags: community GroupSwim: Home tags: collaboration MOSS Search Finally Gets an Update tags: sharepoint Social Media Integration: MOSS and Community Server tags: sharepoint , socialmedia Launch of the Future of Media Report 2008! We predict the media industry will be worth US$5.7 trillion in 2024 - Trends in the Living Networks tags: socialmedia , web2.0 , trends 75 Bleeding-Edge Search Engines To Beat Google tags: search , semanticweb Edopter Attempts “Social Trendcasting” Through Crowdsourcing And Internet Buzz tags: trends , masscollaboration The Future of Documents » Blog Archive » Paper lives ! tags: paperdigital NYTimes To Customize

What's with RSS? Harnessing the Power of the Oh-So-Social Web

Just read the interesting article by Josh Bernhoff and Charlene Li , titled "Harnessing the Power of the Oh-So-Social Web" (published in MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2008). Lots of the article is a nice summary of the stuff that has been going on in the social media world for some time now and how it's being used. What I really like are the tables on page 38 en 41. The table on page 38 is about "Participation in Online Social Activities Around the World". I was shocked to see the low percentage of people using RSS (8% in US, 3% in UK, 0%!! in Japan, 4% in Germany and 1% in South Korea). We RSS users have a lot of explaning to do! The table on page 41 is about "Using Social Applications in Different Departments". It gives a nice overview of what social applications you can use in different departments and how. UPDATE: Just found out this article was also translated into Dutch. It was published in Management Executive , juli/augustus 2008, "

Get HR on the Intranet team and then what?

Ran into two interesting posts on Intranet. One is about the seemingly essential role of HR in the Intranet team. Jane McConnell of 'Globally local... Locally Global' just wrote about two companies that have HR in their team and gives insight in their Intranet approach. It looks like Intranets that are "the way of working" have HR on board. So, now we have HR on board, what are we going to do? James Robertson of Column Two has an interesting post on how the Intranet team should spend their time. The rule of thumb for intranet resources is: 30% effort for day-to-day maintenance 40% effort for projects and new initiatives 30% effort managing relationships with staff and stakeholders

Recommended links infoarch 07/22/2008

Lifehacker Faceoff: Outlook vs. Gmail—The Definitive Comparison tags: email Giving up on Work e-mail - Status Report on Week 22 (Start Controling Your e-mail Addiction) tags: email , informationoverload Is Email In Danger? - Depends on Its Ability to Evolve to Meet Your Needs tags: email , informationoverload I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip - Additional Commentary (Part II) tags: email , informationoverload I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip - Additional Commentary (Part I) tags: email , informationoverload Giving up on Work e-mail - Status Report on Week 21 (I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip) tags: email , informationoverload

Balancing Email and Social Tool use?

Luis Suarez of IBM has been treating us with some very interesting post on using less (corporate) email and more social tools. I've pointed to several of those posts before and commented on several of his post. Basically he wants to stop using corporate email (except for confidential matters) and move all communication to social tools. This is a neat experiment. However I was one of the questioners that wondered how the time he spends/spent on email is compared to social tools. I understand his experiment is not about that, but I'm not asking it to be skeptic. I think it's a relevant question. Of course shifting communication from email to social tools is cool, better and more productive/efficient (in the long run). But it does have to be in balance (or doesn't it?). For instance, I can send back an email in a couple of seconds to someone with whom I share a certain context. I can leave out all the details when I reply to him/her. But when I want to answer him/her via

I finished!

Well, now that I'm back at work I dare write about this. Some time ago I said to myself I want to walk the Nijmegen 'Walk of the World' (Dutch: 'Vierdaagse' - Nijmegen is my hometown.). This is the largest walking event in the world. It's four days of walking and you can choose between 30, 40 or 50 kilometers (per day). I walked the 50 (you don't get a medal for less in my age category). And... I finished! It was pretty heavy stuff. But here's the proof that I finished . Now back to work and blogging.

Google Query as RSS Feed

I've been waiting for this for some time: to be able to turn Google searches into an RSS feed. I've been using Google Alerts , but I don't like getting the results in my Inbox. Feedmysearch solves the problem nicely! It turns your Google query nicely into an RSS feeds. Thanks Lifehacker for the pointer.

Recommended links infoarch 07/12/2008

KM Edge: Where the best in Knowledge Management come together tags: KM

Productivity Prophets

Insightful and nice overview of the history of personal productivity in theory and practice in Strategy+Business . It was written by Tom EhrenFeld. It addresses questions like: What is at the core of the visions of productivity prophets? What makes a good productivity 'system' anyway? And what productivity advice is timeless? (For Dutch speaking/reading people: this article was also translated and published in Holland Management Review , nummer 117 - 2007. There's no online version, by the way...)

Toys and Web 2.0

Some time ago my Dutch newspaper, the NRC, ran an interesting article about "The evolution of place of play" (written in Dutch). This article was largely an interview with Maaike Lauwaert , a PhD student from the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands), that finalized her study on this topic. The title of her book is: The Place of Play. On Toys, Technological Innovation and Geographies of Play . Just recently I had time to read a large part of her (lengthy) thesis. I must say this is very interesting! In my simple words it's about how toys (physical and digital) and the place where kids play with them change based on technological and social developments (and vice versa). And what "the increasing technologization and digitalization of both toys and play" has to do with "the vagueness of borders between [toy/game] producers, consumers and players" ("participatory culture"). She uses Lego a.o. as an example of this change. I browsed arou

Changing IT

Interesting post about the (need for a) changing IT department/employee on ReadWriteWeb . Some highlights: A good I.T. person, though, knows how to interpret "user-speak" and present them with the tools they need even if they didn't know how to ask for them in our language. (...) The I.T. 2.0 guy will need to know not just what software is best for the company, but whether or not it should run behind the firewall, in the cloud, or a combination of both. (...) The I.T. department, though, will have to adapt their current solutions to fit this new workforce - one that's not always connected to the company network, but surfing unprotected Wi-Fi from their local coffee shop or their own home wireless network. I.T. will need to find ways to push through the security updates and patches their users need, even if they're never remoting in to the company network. I.T. also needs to be more wary of lost and stolen company laptops filled with company data. I.T. will be

Recommended links infoarch 07/10/2008

The Productivity Promisers tags: productivity , office Lively: Google Launches Virtual World - ReadWriteWeb tags: virtualworld , google

Future of Media Lifecycle Framework

Ross Dawson just released "the Future of Media Lifecycle Framework" . Really interesting to take a look at. It really stresses the change in the lifecycle of media, being circular and not one-directional. And it also clearly shows the increase in types of media and how they relate. Of course you can't fit everything in a/this framework. But I was wondering: shouldn't 'business' also be added (besides 'home' and 'mobile')? Or should it be 'home/business', assuming that these are blurring?

Recommended links infoarch 07/09/2008

Launch of the Future of Media Lifecycle framework - Trends in the Living Networks tags: socialmedia , trends How to sell Enterprise 2.0 | Jon Mell - Web 2.0 ideas and strategy tags: socioprise , enterprise2.0 Social Software: Here Come The CMS Vendors tags: ecm , collaboration , web2.0 , socialmedia Organisations using twitter | Jon Mell - Web 2.0 ideas and strategy tags: blogging , microblogging ChiefTech: E-mail: A communication tool for one on one conversations of a sensitive, private or confidential nature tags: email Andrew McAfee tags: email , informationoverload Sowing the seeds of enterprise2.0 in a global organization tags: web2.0 , enterprise2.0 , socioprise Where Are We in The Enterprise 2.0 Wave? - ReadWriteWeb tags: web2.0 , enterprise2.0 , socioprise infoarch: Is Filtering the Next Step for Social Media? tags: filtering Collaborative Filtering: Lifeblood of The Social Web - ReadWriteWeb tags: filtering Generation Y: Welcome To Their World - ReadWriteWeb tags: trends Techn

Social Networking at BT

In the past many companies tried Yellow Pages to help employees find other relevant employees to be more productive and effective. Of course, on the Internet, we now have social network tools that help us connect to relevant people from all over the world. Some companies are starting to apply this inside the organization. BT is one of them . They just released their social networking tooling. Very interesting! They "easily" built in on BEA AquaLogic. I've heard of other large companies working with PeopleAggregator , but I haven't heard what their experiences are. What I was wondering is this: employees can mention their skills; do other employees also get to rate their skills? And what is the incentive to keep your profile up-to-date (- which was a big problem with Yellow Pages)?

Recommended links infoarch 07/08/2008

SharePoint To Run Enterprise 2.0? - ReadWriteWeb tags: sharepoint The Future of Documents » Blog Archive » Semantic Technologies and the Future of Document Management tags: ecm , languagetechnology , semanticweb 11 Search Trends That May Disrupt Google - ReadWriteWeb tags: search , languagetechnology Library clips :: KM 2.0 model :: June :: 2008 Interesting KM model, relating to web2.0 tags: web2.0 , collaboration , km

Recommended links infoarch 07/05/2008

Info Overload: What Can We Do? - ReadWriteWeb - Annotated tags: informationoverload Info Overload: The Problem - ReadWriteWeb tags: informationoverload The rise and fall of email - Intranet Blog - FindTech Blogs tags: email The intranet becomes a leading competitive advantage - Intranet Blog - FindTech Blogs tags: intranet Intranet Focus Ltd - Blog Article 39 "The core message of the paper is that there are four fundamental building blocks to ensure effective strategy execution, and the most powerful of these is effective information management." tags: infoarch Xobni, Xoopit, Gmail Labs: Inbox Addons Are Getting Hot - ReadWriteWeb tags: email Client Video: LinkedIn | Common Craft - Explanations In Plain English tags: socialnetworking Giving up on Work e-mail - Status Report on Weeks 15 to 20 tags: email , productivity I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip - So Much More Than Just E-Mail! tags: email , socialmedia , km


Started using GetFingerTips today and am excited about it. I'll let you know what my experience are soon. But for now, being able jot down tasks without going to Outlook is already a big improvement.

100 Lifehacking Tips (book)

A colleague of mine pointed me to a new (Dutch) book "100 Lifehacking tips" . I always love to skim through these kind of books (and websites/blogs) to see if they have new tips I can apply. This book contains the best 100 tips from the Dutch Lifehacking site . After reading the book I decided to: - turn off my 'new mail' notifier - use a different color-code for emails that are cc-ed to me I'm considering the tips: - don't open your inbox until 11:00 - do the task you find most difficult and have to do that day first

Recommended links infoarch 07/04/2008

PR Squared: A "NSFW" Explanation of Social Media tags: socialmedia

Is Google Making us Stupid?

Nicolas Carr has written another fascinating article you can chew on. It's titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" . It relates well to posts about changes in reading behavior that I've been pointing to recently . The central thought of the article is: "Media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought." This is an interesting statement. However after reading this article I don't understand how this works, although I see it in practice. Does anyone no where I can find more info on this topic? The conclusion of the article seems to be: get used to less-deep-reading and more skimming. But is this really inevitable trend or we will people revolt every now and then? Just like with philosophical trends move between subjectivism and objectivism. --- Here are some key citations from the article: "It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional

Download World-Record for Firefox!

Thanks for the certificate. But first of all: thank you Mozilla for building a wonderful browser! Keep up the good work.

Recommended links infoarch 07/03/2008

Confirmed: Microsoft Acquires Powerset - ReadWriteWeb tags: languagetechnology , semanticweb Is Email In Danger? - ReadWriteWeb tags: email

Recommended links infoarch 07/02/2008 tags: productivity