Loomio: Making Better Decisions Remotely Possible

Loomio: Making Better Decisions Remotely Possible

Email, instant messaging, forums, code forges and other collaboration tools make it possible for distributed teams to get work done – but they’re not great tools for making decisions. The team behind Loomio wants to solve that with a new Web-based tool for focused, concise discussions that allow all team members to be heard. 

Could Mind-Maps Make SharePoint More Lovable?

Could Mind-Maps Make SharePoint More Lovable?

Companies everywhere pay for Microsoft’s collaboration and document management service SharePoint, but research and anecdote both indicate that a lot of people dislike using it. What if using SharePoint was fun, though? Imagine all the money invested that would feel more worthwhile and all the collaborative work that could be done.

That’s…

Disqus Rolling Out Plug-n-Play Commenter Rankings

Disqus Rolling Out Plug-n-Play Commenter Rankings

Disqus is quietly testing an interface that allows site owners to rank and give credentials and labels to their commenters. The feature takes advantage of a trend towards being able to find experts through social search.

The project is called Disqus Ranks, and it should be rolling out shortly. Disqus did not return a request for information about…

DARPA Hires Company to Build a Machine Reader That Scours the Web

DARPA Hires Company to Build a Machine Reader That Scours the Web

The intelligence community is inputting data to the Web at an amazing rate. That mountain of data can be overwhelming to mere humans who are trying to read through pages and pages of information to pinpoint exactly what they’re after. Mark Rutherford of CNET News reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired a…

Wikipedia Gets Grant to Help First-Time Authors

Wikipedia Gets Grant to Help First-Time Authors

The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit entity behind the immensely popular Wikipedia, just announced a new project that is meant to make it a lot easier for inexperienced authors to contribute articles and edits to the project. To do this, the Wikimedia Foundation just received a $890,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation. The project will…

Is SaaS Cheaper Than Licensed Software?

Is SaaS Cheaper Than Licensed Software?

Most people quickly answer this question in the affirmative. I certainly do. However, there are people out there who aren’t sure. They look at the monthly cost of a SaaS application and compare it to the equivalent licensed product over an extended period of time. Given enough time, you will eventually hit a point when the SaaS product appears to…

Summary of Bill Ives’ KM Storytelling Posts

Summary of Bill Ives’ KM Storytelling Posts

I recently did a dump of content from my PDA to my
linkblog – things I’d been reading offline and not yet recorded in my ‘Ideas
Database’ (aka my linkblog). One batch of links is from a single person, Bill Ives. So I
thought I’d dump them into one R/WW post – more for my benefit than anything else.

All these links are from his Trends:
KM/Portals…

The Role of Storywriters in Organisations

The Role of Storywriters in Organisations

After my Dave Snowden grokking last week, I’ve been reading up on storytelling in KM. Bill Ives has some fantastic reading on this subject and I intend to read Steve Denning too. I was thinking this morning about how people have different niches and specialist talents. For example, I’m a better writer than I am a programmer or designer. And there…

Third Generation Knowledge Management

Third Generation Knowledge Management

This post could be sub-titled “Grokking Dave Snowden”, because that’s how I felt after
reading this PDF file from AOK
(Association of Knowledgework). The PDF features extracts from a proposed AOK book entitled Stars Of The
New Order: What They’re Telling Business Leaders. The chapter that got my attention
was chapter 13: Third Generation…

Pens, Weblogs & Knowledge Management

Pens, Weblogs & Knowledge Management

There’s an interesting meme doing the rounds about using pens as a metaphor for
weblogs. Of course I can’t resist adding my 2 cents when it comes to that topic
🙂 Lilia began with a
post that explored the ‘weblog as a pen’ metaphor in relation to how weblogs serve
many purposes – like pens do. This was as a reaction to the ‘weblog as genre…

Morning Coffee Note: Heavy Themes

Morning Coffee Note: Heavy Themes

As a follow-up to my Reliance post yesterday, which was on the subject of my dependence on web servers, I read something by Mitch Kapor this morning that resonates (even though his post was from a different context):

“I think I’ve unfairly maligned servers in the past. It’s not the server I dislike, it’s the idea that as an end user I am…

Knowledge Management for Generation Y

Knowledge Management for Generation Y

In my travels today I came across some articles about how Generation Y (people born in 1980’s
or 1990’s) use Information Technology. I’m a Generation X’er myself, so Generation Y has
always been something of a curiosity to me – as other generations always are, no matter
which part of the timeline you come from. The first article that caught my…

Knowledge Management in the Real World

Knowledge Management in the Real World

Knowledge Management is a term that many people dislike, myself included.
Firstly it’s a misnomer – you can’t “manage”, at an organization or
corporate level, something as subjective and contextual as knowledge. It’s even
debatable whether you can manage knowledge at a personal level – because
we don’t always know what we…

The Passion of the Information Flow

The Passion of the Information Flow

I’ve begun the push to introduce wiki and weblog technologies into the company I work for. As I wrote in my last post, I’m aiming to enhance Information Flow within my company. There is some initial skepticism from my colleagues about wikis and weblogs, but mainly due to unfamiliarity with these tools. For example, one concern is…

Information Flow

Information Flow

Dina Mehta wrote today about implementing Weblog, Wiki, IM, and other collaboration technologies into an Intranet environment, to replace an “archaic” Knowledge Management system and improve inter-office communication. I’m embarking on similar activities with the company I work for, so I’m eagar to read about others experiences. In…

Random thoughts about Blogging Overload

Random thoughts about Blogging Overload

Thought a) Some people post too much. Recently I subscribed to 7 Journalist Bloggers – 6 of them post too many items, so I’ve fallen behind already. One of them has 81 unread items sitting in my RSS Aggregator and it’s only 3 or so days worth. It’s too much! I don’t have the motivation to catch up, so I will probably unsubscribe from most…

Internal Corporate Blogging

Internal Corporate Blogging

One of my 12 main categories for this weblog is Corporate Weblogging. I recently wrote my category headings in the form of a manifesto, so here is how I actually phrased it: “Weblog technology can be used to enhance Corporate/Business communications and KM.” Thus far I haven’t written much on this theme, but it’s something that’s been percolating…

Individualizing the Web

Individualizing the Web

Summary: I analyse a 1994 Personal Information Management program and compare its goals to what we want in in a similar tool in 2004. I discover the requirements are basically the same. The blogosphere is mostly a synchronous give-and-take of content. People largely comment on and link to things that other people are commenting on and…