David Weinberger

Trending Sources

Informed consent for human sensors

David Weinberger

Friend (CEO at that same outfit) write about a project in which users of a health monitoring app have given informed consent to have their data made available to other researchers. How to get informed consent via an app? The post Informed consent for human sensors appeared first on Joho the Blog

Data 49

Information is the opposite of information

David Weinberger

The ordinary language use of “information” in some ways is the opposite of the technical sense given the term by Claude Shannon — the sense that kicked off the Information Age. ” The more surprising the news is, the more important the information is. “I got some information today.

News 60

[2b2k] No, now that you mention it, we’re not overloaded with information

David Weinberger

On a podcast today, Mitch Joel asked me something I don’t think anyone else has: Are we experiencing information overload? That’s where I think we are with information overload. But it’s not Information Overload any more than the atmosphere is Air Overload. Information overload is so 1990s Including me.

[2b2k] [berkman] Alison Head on how students seek information

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. Project Information Literacy is a research project that reaches across institutions. NOTE: Live-blogging.

[2b2k] Information overload? Not so much. (Part 2)

David Weinberger

Yesterday I tried to explain my sense that we’re not really suffering from information overload, while of course acknowledging that there is vastly more information out there than anyone could ever hope to master. We have been taught by our previous media that information is manageable.

[2b2k] 13 reasons why the Britannica failed on paper

David Weinberger

Topics had to be consistently shrunk or discarded to make room for new information. In the straight-up match between paper and Web, the Encyclopedia Britannica lost. This was as close to a sure thing as we get outside of the realm of macro physics and Meryl Streep movies. Topics were confined to rectangles of text. All the links were broken.

Reddit and community journalism

David Weinberger

What’s interesting to a community is not enough to make us well informed because our community’s interests tend to be parochial and self-reinforcing. I’ve come to love Reddit. Reddit as it stands is not the future of news. It is, however, a hope for news. As at other sites, at Reddit readers post items they find interesting.

[2b2k] Linking is a public good

David Weinberger

Mathew’s point is that linking is a good journalistic practice, even if author of the the second article independently confirmed the information in the first, as happened in this case. It is thus a stopping point in the ecology of information. They create a web that is increasingly rich, useful, diverse, and trustworthy.

News 97

Aaron Swartz was not a hacker. He was a builder.

David Weinberger

He was a builder: Aaron helped build the RSS standard that enabled a rush of information and ideas — what we blandly call “content” — to be distributed, encountered, and re-distributed. Of course Aaron was a legendary prodigy of a hacker in the sense of someone who can build anything out of anything. Aaron was not a hacker.

[berkman] Anil Dash on “The Web We Lost”

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. Now, with the introduction of Adlinks and AdSense, Google transformed links from the informative and aesthetic, to an economic tool for SEO. Anil Dash is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk, titled “The Web We Lost.” NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Paraphrasing badly.

Transparency is the new objectivity

David Weinberger

Nevertheless, objectivity — even as an unattainable goal — served an important role in how we came to trust information, and in the economics of newspapers in the modern age. We were told that bloggers have agendas, whereas journalists give us objective information. This change is, well, epochal. And then foolishness.

Report 107

[2b2k] Truth, knowledge, and not knowing: A response to “The Internet Ruins Everything”

David Weinberger

Quentin Hardy has written up on the NYT Bits blog the talk I gave at UC Berkeley’s School of Information a few days ago, refracting it through his intelligence and interests. It’s a terrific post and I appreciate it. want to amplify the answer I gave to Quentin’s question at the event. The bit about truth starts at 46:36.

[2b2k] Attribution isn’t just about credit. It’s about networking knowledge.

David Weinberger

As the piece says about the Poynter Institute ‘s Kelly McBride : [McBride] struck another theme, echoed by other ethics experts: that providing such credit would have enabled readers to find other sources of information on the subject, especially through online links. “You get so much flak — these are difficult stories,” Ms.

Noam Chomsky, security, and equivocal information

David Weinberger

It literally carries no information, even in the technical sense: it’s completely predictable and thus carries no info. I don’t doubt that the US security folks believe it, but it is without meaning. believe they are acting for the best of purposes. I am a little bit hung-up, however, on his equivocating on “information.”

[2b2k] The commoditizing and networking of facts

David Weinberger

In Wikidata you will be able to enter that information in a way that makes it processable by the computer. Ars Technica has a post about Wikidata , a proposed new project from the folks that brought you Wikipedia. there will be a discussion page, yes. [11:31] 2. every fact can always have references accompanying it. Literacy did this.

Kew Gardens adopts Web principles for real-world wayfinding

David Weinberger

” From the abstract: In October 2010, Kew Gardens commissioned an in-depth study of visitors’ motivations and information needs around its 300-acre site, with the express aim that it should guide the development of new mobile apps. Hat-tip to Hanan Cohen for the link

[avignon] President Sarkozy

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. They move us into the grand hall — vaulted ceilings — for a talk by Pres. Nikolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy has not exactly been a friend of the Internet. The last time I heard him talk was at LeWeb when he was a candidate. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Over-emphasizing small matters.

David Weinberger - Untitled Article

David Weinberger

PS: No, I don’t know how to save the newspaper industry

Buy 60

[sogeti] Andrew Keen on Vertigo and Big Data

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. Andrew Keen is speaking. (I liveblogged him this spring when he talked at a Sogeti conference.) His talk’s title: “How today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us.” NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Introducing artificial choppiness.

Data 59

Respect the Internet

David Weinberger

E.g., would you like to know that this morning I keynoted the Canadian Research Knowledge Network meeting outside of Ottawa, and that on Monday I gave the John Seely Brown lecture at the University of Michigan School of Information? The subtitle of the day is “Is marketing ruining the Net?” Networks tend toward transparency.

Against hard cases

David Weinberger

Whether you or the solitary man on the track dies is of no interest to the utilitarian calculus, unless you throw in some more information, such as you are a reprobate who only has two weeks to live anyway, and the man on the tracks is an adorable baby whom we know will grow up to be the greatest Nobel Prize winner of them all.

Library as starting point

David Weinberger

These are all straightforward ways to start record and use information about the items the community has voted for with its library cards. This then calls into question the expenditures libraries make to achieve that goal. Hat tip to Carl Straumsheim and Peter Suber.). The questioning is good. Library platform s can help.

If we had called it the Age of Patterns instead of the Age of Information

David Weinberger

Claude Shannon, a father of Information Science, had to call the differences that move through telephone wires something. He picked “information,&# a term that had meant, roughly, something that you hadnt known, or the content of written tables. With an abundance of information, it seems we must be gaining more knowledge.

HyperCard@25

David Weinberger

TBL’s real genius was that he wrote protocols and standards by which hyperlinked information could be displayed and shared. Fun.).

Municipal nets, municipal electric power, and learning from history

David Weinberger

The debate over whether municipalities should be allowed to provide Internet access has been heating up. Twenty states ban it. Learn from history?

[2b2k] Social Science in the Age of Too Big to Know

David Weinberger

” Gary also points to “the coming end of the quantitative-qualitative divide” in the social sciences, as new techniques enable massive amounts of qualitative data to be quantified, enriching purely quantitative data and extracting additional information from the qualitative reports. ” 3.

[2b2k] Science as social object

David Weinberger

” The results provided by search engines “may all be linked in a self-reinforcing informational spiral…”[3] This leads them to ask an important question: Is the World Wide Web opening up a new world of easily accessible scientific information to lay audiences with just a few clicks? But all is not rosy. Mater.

Getting the path from the Dropbox API

David Weinberger

Figuring out how to get that path information took me /for/ev/er. That function is passed information about the files that have been opened by the user in an array, but since I’m only allowing users to open one file at a time, the information is always going to be in the first and only element of that array. Someday.).

Data 25

[berkman] From Freedom of Information to Open data … for open accountability

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. The Web is making the Freedom of Information Act (FOIOA) obsolete. 2. An open data policy is necessary to keep freedom of information up to date, and to move toward open accountability. One of the cornerstones of transparency policy is freedom of information regulation. Filipe L. Missing points.

[nextweb] The Open Source Bank of Brewster

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. I’m at the Next Web conference in Amsterdam. From my end of the bell curve, most crowds are young.) 28 apps.

Revolution, politics, and the Internet

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. Another guy had a network over there…We organized a lot of things to get the information out.” On November 11, I had the privilege of being on a panel with Slim Amamou (one of the leaders of the Tunisian revolution) and Rick Falkvinge (the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party). Getting things wrong.

We are the medium

David Weinberger

McLuhan was reacting against information science’s view of a medium as that through which a signal (or message) passes. Information science purposefully abstracted itself from every and any particular medium, aiming at theories that held whether you were talking about tin can telephones or an inter-planetary Web. tweet about it.

Violate copyright? No Facebook for you!

David Weinberger

” No, there’s nothing even remotely Soviet about continuous surveillance that judges you via a bureaucracy without appeal, and punishes you by blocking access to information until you come back from re-education camp. According to TorrentFreak , a leaked AT&T training doc indicates that starting on Nov.

[misc] I bet your ontology never thought of this one!

David Weinberger

For example, if you’re gathering information about books, you’d have a schema that has slots for title, author, date, publisher, etc. And I can see why that would be a crucial bit of information. The TBRC has a fantastic collection of Tibetan books.

[2b2k] Will digital scholarship ever keep up?

David Weinberger

Scott F. Johnson has posted a dystopic provocation about the present of digital scholarship and possibly about its future. Here’s the crux of his argument: Scott F. Johnson has posted a dystopic provocation about the present of digital scholarship and possibly about its future. He understands the advantages of digital scholarship. Astounding.

[2b2k] Are all good conversations echo chambers?

David Weinberger

Also, I personally would be suspicious of any theory of conversation that began by viewing conversations as composed fundamentally of messages that are encoded by the sender and decoded by the recipient; that is, I’m not at all convinced that we can get a theory of conversation out of an information-based theory of communication.

[berkman] Culturomics: Quantitatve analysis of culture using millions of digitized books

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. I'd be interested in that as a way of watching the development of the concept of information.]) Missing points.

[2b2k] Truth as meta

David Weinberger

Our overall experience of the Web as chaotic informs us that there are lots of different ideas, and, no, they don’t all fit together harmoniously. I’m engaged in a multi-day conversation at The Well, led by Jon Lebkowsky — join in ! Networked knowledge seems like the work of humans who never quite get anything right.

David Weinberger - Untitled Article

David Weinberger

Omitting key information. But they are more informed than the general populace on these issues. I did a talk for 8th grade students, and almost all of them had heard of SOPA and Kony, and most knew more about Kony than they knew before March of this year Michael Geist (@mgeist), a Canadian hero, is giving at talk at Mesh. Shut it down.”

The origins of information

David Weinberger

As Paul Edwards explains in his wonderful The Closed World , information theory grew in part out of work done during WWII to develop a vocabulary of words sufficiently distinctive that they could be differentiated over the uproar of battle. “You can ring me here tonight from Finland. ” “And if not?”

9
9