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Information fertiliser

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Thought you might enjoy this paragraph from the chapter in my book exhorting people to resist tidying up their information: Finding the good stuff is one of the functions of bloggers. Information rag and bone men who curate the weak signal and the long tail. Why not apply this to information and knowledge?

Love at The Commission

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First of all I discovered an immense source of information related to so many areas in our work. This wonderful article, reproduced with her permission, by Maria Podlasek-Ziegler at The European Commission totally nails why social matters in organisations. And I was also alarmed by warnings how the data could be manipulated or misused.

Intentional marketing

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have no problem with being better informed, in a timely and appropriate fashion, about products or services I might be interested in. I am going to buy stuff, I might as well make better informed decisions about it. I am increasingly asked to work with marketing departments and run workshops for them on social media or "digital".

Organisational anarchist or corporate jester?

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Use it as a huge magnifying glass to see why people are not sharing information and helping each other out. Phillipe Borrowmans just posted a great post about the possibilities of truly social business which he titled "We need more Corporate Anarchists". Why not use social media to truly open up an organization ?

Social tools and the filter problem

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As soon as we get "improved" information systems we are exposed to too much information, feel swamped, and feel the need to improve signal and reduce noise. I just saw someone comment that "Twitter would be improved by better list functionality". We are then faced with the problem of classification. It''s a bit like "real life".

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Supping with the devil

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As I said in my earlier post on patterns there is nothing wrong in us collectively being better informed as a result of the patterns we leave on the web but so much of Big Data is about people who don't contribute to those patterns making money from them. Big Data is the latest wave of oversold and under-understood hype to buffet people.

Facebook vs your IT department

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Walter Adamson posted a really interesting article about the scale of Facebook and the way it is able to support terrifyingly large amounts of information, constant high levels of activity, and global reach to 1,000,000,000 people with almost 100% uptime on comparatively modest resources.

Defend your mess

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One was formal and managed, the other was informal and emergent. Half way through the life of our bulletin board at the BBC we came under pressure to make it more structured. Most of the early adopters, myself included, were happy with the really simple structure and organic growth that had helped it find its place in the organisation.

Schools and our online lives

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As she put it: We need to actively find ways to educate our children and ourselves in the basics of the Internet, of information, of data, of sharing, of algorithms – computational thinking. Schools and the online life. And history has shown time and time again that this way madness lies. This relates to my occasional rant about "digital".

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That first CEO blog post

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Not falsely informal nor nervously official. Your first "hello world" blog post is hard whoever you are - and whoever you think is going to read it. But imagine doing your first blog post as a senior executive. You''ve probably only ever written business documents or emails on your own. Whatever you do, resist the temptation. But it is.

Farming the meatware

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We know that Facebook makes its money out of the information we share and the patterns that that information makes. When I am asked what the next big thing on the web will be I say patterns. It is able to do so because I leave it running all the time and the system can track my movements. This is a choice that matters.

Making pretty patterns

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If we generate consumer data let us all see it so that we can make better informed purchase decisions. For the last few years any time anyone has asked me to predict what will be interesting in the future of the social web I have said "seeing patterns, and what we do with the patterns that we see". It really matters

What's stopping you?

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Rather than banning the tools they should be using them to keep their own teams better informed and to reconnect with their organisations. Last week I did three workshops for CIOs and CTOs on how using social tools could help them get back some of the influence they have lost in their organisations. Really? Is that really true?

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E to C

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They are anyway but have to pretend they are not or do so with only partial information. I have always struggled with "B to E" or "B to B" or "B to C" and the way these phrases are bandied about almost aggressively by people wanting to show how businesslike and in the know they are. Why not accept this is happening and make a virtue of it.

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A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace - John Perry Barlow

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Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. Worth re-stating this from 1996 (ht Stowe Boyd ). On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You cannot.

The Web At Work

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As I began to think  about writing more frequently and more specifically on the use of the web for work I started off deciding to set up a new shiny, focussed blog with loads of "information products" and all the currently fashionable ways to package and sell information to others. But then I thought no. The Web At Work

Working things out

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Even deciding if the information or images we see online is true or photoshopped and distorted is a source of stress. If we use it less to consume the ever increasing tsunami of information, and more to work things out, both individually and collectively, we might avoid the relativistic mush we are being sucked into

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Paperless Field Guide

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Paperless Field Guide was my first experience of reading an interactive book created with iBook Author and what a great experience it was.

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Orange and the over systematisation of life.

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When I pointed this out I was told that they couldn't correct this simple bit of information and that I would have to start again with the ten day registration process. As some of you who have seen my grumpy tweets will know I have been having significant problems with my broadband access from Orange over the last few weeks. Literally.

Critical Thinking

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If they are sufficiently careless to do that what other dodgy bits of information are they accepting uncritically?

Feelings

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Or what about all those documents they were so busy writing that may have been full of information – but made me feel as if my life was slowly draining from me! Following on from my post on Wednesday about making an impact this got me thinking just how much of the world of work this applies to. This is what I remember.

The truth

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In a recent article Emily Bell wrote: "Tweaking an algorithm to favour “family and friends” is the engineering equivalent of “people have had enough of experts”, in that it acknowledges that how people feel is a better driver of activity than what people think.". Bollocks. They have thought about what they are linking to and why.

Keeping up

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The sheer volume of incoming information, combined with the unfamiliarity of tools, which themselves keep changing, is all too much. Although people usually leave my workshops feeling fired up and enthused about the social web, they also frequently confess to feeling overwhelmed by it. The problem is that some do manage to keep up.

Staying sane. Well, maybe…

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People often comment during my workshops about the increasing pressure to keep up with the amount of information coming into their lives and the pressure of an “always on” existence. For all the usefulness of our mobile devices they do expose us to constant interruptions from the outside world. We need to learn to defend ourselves.

Rigour

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Keeping a lot of information in your head like that takes effort and matters. I had a conversation with my Dad about education this week. He is a fan of the changes made by Gove, and of the view that we need to return to "proper" fact based learning. But it left me wondering why such conversations get to me. We need rigour.

Me and my outboard brain

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It was as if the Internet was passing on mood as well as information. Because of the time I spend online in an day, and the fact that I have been doing so for more than twenty years, the Internet increasingly feels like my outboard brain. It feels biological. And not just ideas. have learned to listen to this

VOST

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They also curate information from diverse related agencies and news feeds along with Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest, to give an overall picture of what is happening and people's reactions to what is happening. For instance they use Tweetgrid to capture tweets based on geo tags in concentric rings around the centre of the incident.

Following your nose

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But experience shows that by allowing for serendipity you often find a real sense of place, or the really valuable information. I am visiting a lot of new cities here in Australia. Understandably the locals want me to see the best of their home towns, and I am making an effort to visit the odd honeypot site.

Vander Wal on Sharepoint

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They continue, “There is great information being shared and flowing into the system, but we don’t know it exists, nor can we easily share it, nor do much of anything with that information.”. Thomas' post reflects accurately the sort of stories I have been consistently hearing over the last year or so

Meatware based search

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One the most powerful uses of the large forum we had within the BBC was as a way of finding information. Contextual colour and human interpretation trump technology based search every time. Interesting to see people talking of Twitter as a Google killer in this context

Ada Lovelace Day

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Her comprehensive knowledge of the programme, which has a steep learning curve and is highly customizable, means the videos are packed with information but they are also presented in a way that doesn't make the viewer feel stupid. So with that by way of explanation most of you will, I guess, not have heard of my choice Marni Melrose.

Going back to my roots

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We need more people saying what they think and don't need tidy managed sanitised but ultimately boring information spaces. When I first started blogging eight years ago there weren't many of us around. There were much fewer blogs, no Twitter, no RSS, no Facebook and nothing called social media. Life was simpler then!

The true nature of bottom up

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That support includes discipline as well as training, tools, parts, direction, policies, procedures, information, etc. From a great comment by Bennet Simonton on a great post by David Tebbutt. Bottom-up does not mean that the boss is not in charge and fully responsible/accountable for outcomes.

Pulling informal learning

Harold Jarche

Informal learning is mostly Pull. Informal LearningTake a look at these 8 demand-side knowledge management principles by Nick Milton.

Learn Informal Learning Informally

Jay Cross

Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. Format.

Informal learning is

Harold Jarche

Stephen Hart has a good series of quotes on informal and social learning on his website. Informal Learning

Informal rule of thumb

Harold Jarche

According to Gary, as much as 95% of workplace learning is informal. Informal LearningShe found it rather useless. Wikipedia.

Informal learning, the 95% solution

Harold Jarche

Tweet Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. Informal Learning

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Execution is the goal.

Informal Learning Research Report

Jane Hart

The main informal learning activities […]. Social learning