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[2b2k][everythingismisc]“Big data for books”: Harvard puts metadata for 12M library items into the public domain

David Weinberger

(Here’s a version of the text of a submission I just made to BoingBong through their “Submitterator”). Harvard University has today put into the public domain (CC0) full bibliographic information about virtually all the 12M works in its 73 libraries. This is (I believe) the largest and most comprehensive such contribution.

Overthinking and Creativity - Think Like Child

Eide Neurolearning

From Life Hacker , look at the puzzle to the left. How long does it take you to solve? We see this with some of our most divergent students.

PKM is our part of the social learning contract

Jane Hart

Yesterday, Harold Jarche shared the image on the right, in his post To learn, we must do. For me this is spot on. PKM Social learning

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Learning is the new black

Harold Jarche

Work is learning and learning is the work. Learning is the new Black. Check out the back of the t-shirt too. PerpetualBeta Store.

Keynote at TheNextWeb: The future is motion graphic presentations

Ross Dawson

I am giving keynotes this Wednesday at TheNextWeb CxO Summit and on Friday at TheNextWeb Conference. Crowdsourcing design Technology trends

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What a Broken Back Taught Me About UX in Healthcare

Adaptive Path

As the daughter of an Emergency Room doctor and nurse who wanted me to follow their lead into medicine, I had a somewhat unusual childhood.

Collaboration Workflow 101

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Thanks for reading. visit the original at [link].

You Are Not Perfect! Live With It

Luis Suarez

I really like Inc. I mean, I really heart it. They are doing an outstanding piece of work so far! Ready? But how wrong is it? How wrong! Always have.

Variety and diversity

Harold Jarche

An exact replication of behavior in nature would be disastrous and seen as neurotic in social life. The Internet changes the patterns of connectivity.

The Rise of MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responses to interview questions posed by Kevin Charles Redmon, Independent Journalist and Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism 1. Are MOOCs an idea that were floating around the halls of universities for some time now, or was the first one in 2008 really a watershed moment? Someone from Yale has been annoited the expert on Edupunk.

Why Andrew Keen is fundamentally wrong about crowds

Ross Dawson

Internet dystopian Andrew Keen , author most recently of Digital Vertigo, has just spoken at TheNextWeb Summit and Conference. . He and his arguments are intensely annoying because his case is blindly and obtusely one-sided, though it is useful to have his voice to provide a counterpoint to digital utopianism. . Crowdsourcing Social trends

Adjusting to Life in a Hyperconnected World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the spring of 1997, during a presentation in Paris on IBM’s new e-business strategy , the CIO of a major European retail chain mentioned that his company had just spent a lot of money remodeling their stores. He was wondering if they had done the right thing, given all this new economy talk. Similar questions were being raised all around us.

Models, flows and exposure

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. Abundance = having enough eggs.” – via @SebPaquet.

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The semi-transparent Prisoner’s Dilemma

David Weinberger

A British game show that I never heard offers a version of the Prisoner’s Dilemma. If they both choose to steal, they get nothing.


Where the Jobs Aren’t for New Grads

Andy McAfee

I was reading an otherwise really good story about education and employment at Yahoo! news when I came across the following sentence: Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren’t easily replaced by computers. Actually, they are, or soon will be. Only 39% of them had full-time jobs.

UX Intensive Amsterdam 2012: Interaction Design Day Snapshot

Adaptive Path

After two days of fast-paced learning and making at our UX Intensive in Amsterdam, our attendees jumped into the deep end of Interaction Design.

Less thinking biases in a foreign tongue

Mind Hacks

A fascinating study just published in Psychological Science has found that solving problems in a foreign language reduces cognitive biases. Reasoning

[2b2] Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 50 years later

David Weinberger

The Chronicle of Higher Ed asked me to write a perspective on Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions since this is the 50th year since it was published. It’s now posted


Instructional Design Orthodoxy


I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. Back then, the metaphor was a deck of cards and each card was a 640×480 screen’s worth of content.

Social business around the world

Dion Hinchcliffe

We often think of social business as primarily a Western phenemenon, my trip last week across Asia and Eastern Europe shows that it’s truly global, and sometimes quite different when it comes to platforms, business models, and expectations


Are You Like Donald Trump? Take the Narcissistic Personality Quiz and Find Out!

Bob Sutton

I sent out a tweet the other day about a study showing that men who score high on a narcissism test appear to experience more stress than those who score low (but not narcissistic women).  "  You can see a report about study here.  & Terry, H. 1988). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , 54(5). Enjoy.

UX Intensive Amsterdam 2012: Research Day Snapshot

Adaptive Path

Continuing our coverage of UX Intensive Amsterdam, day two featured Design Research (see Day 1: Design Strategy here ) taught by Paula Wellings.

A new symbol for epilepsy in Chinese

Mind Hacks

You can see them ‘in action’ in this YouTube video. However, the link is mistaken as the goats do not have seizures. News Togetherness

Do you have 4 minutes to help me learn what people do all day at work?

Dan Pink

To write my previous books, I relied on tons of interviews, lots of traditional library and online research, and one kick-ass genie. Research

The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor

Luis Suarez

Positive Psychology. Goodness! How cool, and how timely, is that concept? Well, time to change all of that! Anything. And everything. Yes, I know.

Politicians and Persuasion: When to Use Abstract Versus Specific Messages

Bob Sutton

As I was reading research this morning for our scaling project, I came across a series of studies that has implications for both politicians and -- perhaps organizational leaders who wish to persuade others to like and support them.  Senate candidates and asked them to evaluate how positively or negatively they viewed the candidate. 

How Ghostwatch haunted psychiatry

Mind Hacks

The programme was introduced as a live report into a haunted house but in reality, it was fiction. Case 1. Link to GhostWatch entry on Wikipedia.

[2b2k] Astounding two-minute video edit from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions – Only if you love Saturn, Jupiter, and, you know, the Universe

David Weinberger

Outer Space from Sander van den Berg on Vimeo

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Attention Data Nerds: The Future is Now: Mobile Strategies for Social Impact

Beth Kanter

Guest Post: The Future is Now: Mobile Strategies for Social Impact. By Laura Efurd, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, ZeroDivide.

Not Convergence but Confluence.what the heck some Consilience too

Mark Oehlert

I'm sensing something in the tabs. There is a shift in the flow of the infostream. Eddies of data are harboring tadpoles of nascent thoughts.

The lie detector paradox

Mind Hacks

It turns out that polygraphs have a sort of placebo effect, where people are more truthful because they believe that they work.

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Study 36

[2b2k] Libraries are platforms?

David Weinberger

I’m at the DPLA Plenary meeting, heading toward the first public presentation — a status report — on the prototype DPLA platform we’ve been building at Berkman and the Library Innovation Lab. So, tons of intellectual stimulation, as well as a fair bit of stress. But the platform would do much more. DPLA session beginning.

Integrated Social Media for Sustainable Agriculture

Beth Kanter

Ag Grantees Twitter Webinar. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. I always design to incorporate the voice and experience of the participants.

Factoid of the day: National priorities edition

Dan Pink

“As a result of the [tax] code’s growing complexity, Americans spent a total of 7.64 billion hours in 2010 negotiating tax-related paperwork—more than twice the working time of all the elementary school teachers in the U.S.” ” (Source: The Week , citing ). Factoids