As the famous saying goes: ff there is one constant in ICT, it is change. Well, the same goes for my blogs. I run two blogs: GrowingPains with my philosophical musings about evolving virtual communities, and this Making CommunitySense blog, which contains the more technical bits you need to know. read more »
The Pragmatic Web is still in its infancy, as are the explanations about what it is or could become. Here is one of my recent takes on the matter trying to answer some questions by Paola di Maio on the Pragmatic Web mailing list.
Second Life is hot. read more »
From June 28-30, I attended the Communities & Technologies 2007 conference in Lansing, Michigan, USA. It was a very inspiring event, basically the academic conference in the field of community informatics. Lots of interesting ideas and people, see my GrowingPains post for an impression.
On May 14, I gave a presentation at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University, in Milton Keynes, UK. The topic of my presentation was "A Socio-Technical Approach for Topic Community Member Selection" (see my GrowingPains blog). I had some interesting meetings before and afterwards with Mark Gaved, Simon Buckingham Shum, Jianhan Zhu, and Trevor Collins of that institute. read more »
At the 1st Second Life International Conference I took a whole bunch of pictures, to try and capture some of the quite mature conference uses of this virtual world. I already showed a glimpse of one one of the presentations. Here are some other galleries of my trek through conference land: read more »
On June 14, I was at the University of Twente in Enschede to attend the Interdisciplinary Second Life Workshop. It was organized by the new inter-facultary Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS), part of the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology. read more »
Efficient task management is an essential component of community workflow management, all the more as standardized organizational structures and procedures for coordinating activities are often lacking in collaborative communities. Before starting with group task management, first the task management for individuals ("to do lists") needs to be taken care of. Countless task management tools, planner web sites, Personal Information Managers etc. are available. However, task management tool support is not enough. read more »
Although images are such a staple of today's websites, strangely enough proper image handling is not part of Drupal's core functionality modules. In particular, I was looking for modules that allow image galleries to be created. Although many people recommend the Gallery2 module for Drupal, I also read posts that said it can be very complex to install and finetune it. Many people therefore recommend the Drupal Image Module. read more »
Click here for the gallery that contains the pictures taken by Al Mohr (Second Life) / Aldo de Moor (Real Life) of Schomer Simpson 's (Second Life) / Peter Twining's (Real Life) presentation at the Second Life Best Practices in Education International Conference 2007. read more »