Archive for June, 2005

Technology Review: Das Web sind wir

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Technology Review (German issue): Das Web sind wir - Das neue Leben im Netz: Wie Blogs und soziale Netze das Web umkrempeln. Der Cyberspace ist tot. Im Web hält das echte Leben Einzug: Social Software bringt Menschen zusammen und macht Schluss mit der Anonymität im Netz. By Mario Sixtus (in German).

TheWikiBook project

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

I met Tom Portante at The Presidio Dialogues a few weeks ago. He just announced he will be writing a book on Wikis. You can participate via the WikiBook wiki.

CTC 2005: Event coverage

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Overall Synopsis

Collaboration Loop (Day 1 and Day 2)
Ben Poole


Tom Malone’s keynote address:
Arieanna Foley


On James Surowiecki’s keynote address:
Ben Poole
Stowe Boyd


How to collaborate without trying
Peter Saint-Andre

Presence - The Battle for the Desktop
Peter Saint-Andre

Key services of Presence

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Michael Sampson of Shared Spaces explains what presence has to offer (PDF download page):

Presence offers the following key services:

  • Presence Indicator and Control Panel. The ability for a user to set whether they are “present” or “not present”, and to have this displayed to everyone else on the IM service that wants to communicate with them.
  • Availability Indicator and Control Panel. The ability for a user to set a finer level of granularity on their presence — such as “available”, “on the phone”, or “ready to talk” — or their non-presence, eg, “Out to lunch”, “Back at 2pm”, or “At the doctor”
  • List of Possible Communication Mechanisms. A given person can be contacted through a variety of communication channels, such as via email, via IM, via a phone call, or via text message. If the user knows about all of those addresses for a given person, they should be shown. See Figure 2.
  • Privacy Rules. Privacy rules allow for the user to set who is able to view their presence information. Settings range from “Allow everyone” to “Deny everyone”, with a number of levels in between. See Figure 3.

CTC 2005: Content Management and Collaboration

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

In this session at CTC 2005 today, Chris Cummings (Interwoven), Kevin O’Connor (EMC/Documentum), Mark Fredrickson (NextPage), Mark Levitt (IDC), Jared Spataro (OpenText) and Darrin Wood (Vignette) talked about content management and collaboration (check the wiki for more info). Stowe Boyd sums it up.

Interesting, how big a strategic role email plays still. I don’t agree with the notion that “email has simply won.” Who would argue the fact that email has some pretty big downsides to it. There just don’t seem to be any real alternatives available today that actually work (i.e. that offer a better overall user experience at a lower cost). People will probably continue to use email until that day when - eventually - more effective tools/processes have been invented.

Word of mouth

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Matt pointed me to and

Got Presence?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

First time in a long time that Wikipedia doesn’t seem to have anything on a topic I’m researching: presence. Presence, as I understand it, has to do with the ability to letting each other know on an individual/personalized basis where you are, whether or not you’re available, how you can be reached, and what mode of communication you’d prefer - all that, of course, no matter whether you’re at the office or out in the field (or at home, for that matter) and whether you’re sitting at a desktop or using your smart phone/PDA.

So, for instance, I’m in a meeting with a client and do not want to take phone calls, but I indicate that IM or email is fine. Unless you belong to my group of important people who I have decided may reach me 24/7 anytime, in which case I might even encourage you to call me. Something like that …

CTC 2005: Open Source Collaboration Solutions

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Follow-up information on yet another very good session at CTC 2005 is available on the CTC 2005 Wiki.

Dipping my toes into social bookmarking

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Some pretty cool stuff here at CTC 2005 in NYC. Just saw a presentation by Joshua Schacter of Finally got around to signing up and bookmarked my first link, Introducing the AO/Technorati Open Media 100. While I chose to put it in the “people” categorie (for now, at least), other people are using the following tags: media, blogs, blog, technorati, web2.0, toolsmiths, opensource, web, rolandtanglao, blogging, tech, trendsetters, people, enablers, practitioners, culture, pioneers, bryght, drupal.

Are there tag mechanisms in place yet that help evaluate the quality of the content? As in, show me all web resources on topic X that score “very good” or “excellent” with, say, topic experts A, B, and C …

Back in New York City

Monday, June 20th, 2005

6.53am: a beautiful sunny morning at JFK International Airport. Almost 16 years since my first stop-over and a little over four years since my last visit - glad to be back!