The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

The Web was social before it had social networking software. In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and That was the theme of Clay Shirky ’s 2003 keynote at the ETech conference, the most important gathering of Web developers of its time. The two talks, especially Clay’s, serve as reminders of what the Internet looked like before social networks. Clay’s 2003 analysis of the situation is awesome. This is an incredibly powerful pattern.

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diverse networks, strong relationships

Harold Jarche

strong interpersonal relationships that allowed discussion, questions, and feedback were an essential aspect of the transfer of complex knowledge” – Hinds & Pfeffer (2003). Being engaged with a diverse network of people who share their knowledge makes for more effective workers.

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we are dependent on human connection

Harold Jarche

Our networks are great places for serendipitous connections. The difference between an open social network (e.g. To make sense of our complex world and its often-veiled media sources, we need both open social networks and more closed communities of practice/interest.

70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent

Charles Jennings

The idea that companies could neatly slice the learning patterns of their people into three carefully-defined and carefully analysed buckets like this belies belief. As Jay Cross pointed out back in 2003: “At work we learn more in the break room than in the classroom.

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Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2014 he published Social Physics : How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter. Few organizations have applied social network analysis to help them scale the size and expertise of the decision-making group.

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cities and the future of work

Harold Jarche

These have been edited and synthesized to a single composition in advance of my sessions in Helsinki on 3 November 2017 with The National Foresight Network and the Prime Minister’s Office where we will discuss the transformation of work and its consequences. Tribes & Networks.

The Future of Jobs: Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While there’s no guarantee that historical patterns will continue to apply going forward, they might well be our most important guides as we peer into an otherwise unpredictable future. Between 1965 and 2003, leisure time has increased from 6-8 hour per week for men and 4-8 hours per week for women. Furthermore, we’re seeing the return of some pre-industrial job patterns, including increasingly porous boundaries between work and home life and greater hours flexibility.

Making Sense of the World

Jay Cross

Concept work relies on pattern recognition, tacit knowledge and the wisdom borne of experience. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said “Every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.”

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Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2014 he published Social Physics : How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter. Few organizations have applied social network analysis to help them scale the size and expertise of the decision-making group. Machine learning grew out of decades old research on neural networks , a method for having machines learn from data that’s loosely modeled on the way a biological brain , - composed of large clusters of highly connected neurons, - learns to solve problems.

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The Eras of Late Night Memory Test

David Weinberger

Do we sense a disturbingly Freudian pattern here? What game show host had a late night talk show on a major network for a season? I’m fairly good at associating the U.S. presidents of my lifetime with the decades in which they were in office.

Your Art, My Art

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Today of course we are in the grip of surveillance capitalism, and there is not much about you that your computer and the networks its connected to doesn't know. But today, we express truisms differently: Rage, Flower Thrower, Banksy, 2003.

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Strata Conference Wrap Up: Big Data, Big Opportunities

George Siemens

Through social network analysis (email, LinkedIn, Facebook) organizations are able to gain a better understanding of the social and collaboration fabric that influences how work gets done. In early February, I attended the Strata Conference in Santa Clara.

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[tech@state][2b2k] Real-time awareness

David Weinberger

They plan on adding doc mgt, SharePpoint access, links to Federal Social Network. If you look at what people say to one another and what people actually do, “we have the opportunity to look at these as sensor networks.” Can we begin to look at the patterns of data when people lose their job, get sick, pull their kids out of school to make ends meet? What patterns appear when our programs are working? ” He was part of a network of activists.

A Year in Photos

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Organizations aren’t thinking about the ‘networked individual’ – the networking choices and patterns of individual Internet users. They’re still focused on their own organizational information systems and traditional institutional networks. -- William H.

The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute in 2003, he was the leader and founder of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Lab. Dr. West and his collaborators at the Santa Fe Institute studied these scaling laws, and concluded that they were due to the internal structure that makes life possible, - the nutrient networks that have to reach every cell and capillary in a living organism. the urban patterns remain the same.”

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The Cloud and Collaboration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A similar pattern, he argues, is observed in society. The response is a "worldwide social network of self-selected people resembling human brain and mind, who will collaborate in attempt to solve social problems." Kilpatrick, Barrett, & Jones, 2003) Or as Brown & Duguid write, reciprocity is strong. If the patterns of activation and inactivation are sufficiently similar, Hebb postulated in 1949, a connection between those neurons is more likely to be created.

Bring on The Live Web

Doc Searls

I first heard about the “World Live Web&# when my son Allen dropped the phrase casually in conversation, back in 2003. “Everything wants to be its friend, and then it’s connected to the network of your other device. It’s time to do it again with the network of things.

The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I have been looking at the world of social networking, and my mind is moving away from the model where we are the experts and package the knowledge and sequence it. Instead of trying to systematize, to sequence, a more appropriate approach is based around patterns and connections. It was started in 2001, and the main spec came out in 2003. Simplify the authoring process: simpler visual modeling, visual pattern repositories, design scenarios and aids.

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The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Bandwidth As administrators struggle against the demands video streaming and bit torrent networks place on backbones, it is hard to imagine saying that bandwidth will be unlimited. Sun Developer Network, 2008)This concept, which in education became the idea of the ‘learning object’, emerged as a result of the idea that reusable software objects could be created. Audio content became popular with file sharing and music content services, as well as with the rise of podcasting in 2003.


Jay Cross

Thursday, May 08, 2003. social network analysis. Co nnectivism, recently coined by George Siemens, makes it explicit that the learner is augmented with connections to networks of people and information. The proliferation of open co nnections heralds a new world of continuous improvement where chain reactions of combined thoughts and learning recombine in ever-greater patterns. It’s new thought being wired into the brain’s network. ( Fortune Magazine ).

Applications and Theory of Educational Social Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Metaphor: virtual classroom Network: shared interest or practice, fluid membership, reputation and altruism driven, activity ebbs and flows: Metaphor: virtual community of practice Collective" 'aggregated other', unconscious 'wisdom of the crowds', data mining, never f2f. Some quick ideas: - authority is changing - not gone, but a different nature - not determined by position, bt conferred on a person or group by a network - eg. Learning is a network forming process.

Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This Open Educational Resource is a concept that was identified and named by UNESCO in 2002 or 2003 [1]. Finally, in the LPSS, or Learning in Performance Support System, is analytics, competence and assessment , and this is essentially the application of artificial intelligence, and the pattern recognition to identify the ways in which a person can become competent at some skill or task, and the gap between where they are, and becoming competent.

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Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Long Live?

Tony Karrer

percent in 2003 and 70.58 percent of all training in 2003 to 6.39 I would also claim that this is exactly why Network Learning is so important. Network Learning? Next up for Saul is questioning the value of social networking tools for informal learning… The contributors to the discussion also suggest that social networking tools (also known as Web 2.0) It helps share effective patterns. Or maybe it's more time networking.

What I'm Working On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The combination of resource profiles, syndication, and distributed metadata gives us the model for a learning resource syndication network. Here are the slides describing the network and the paper. But if we look at the RSS network (which now comprises millions of feeds) and the OAI/DSpace network (which comprises millions of resources) we can see that something like this approach is successful. And the answer is: by the way the network is organized.

My Digital Identity

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Ungerleider, 2003) This creates a very limited, very simple point of view, since most of what accounts for a student’s learning is outside the control of the evaluators. Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software. 2003).

Kirschner, Sweller, Clark (2006) - Readings

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Of course, traditionally this third way was limited at school level, where the learning network was restricted to those in the class, most of whom would be at roughly the same level, their teacher, the textbook and maybe the school library, but with net access from our classroom and desktops, the number and variety of others with whom learners may engage is orders of magnitude greater. Note: I'm posting this as an example of the reading I have done while reviewing an academic paper.

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

One example is research which understands technological innovations as being "disseminated" throughout a population (often the faculty at a university, as it happens; e.g. Mahony & Wozniak, 2005 ; Bull et al, 2002 ; Garofoli & Woodell, 2003 ; PT3 2002 ). If so, then the mathematics describing the difficusion of technology will be the same as the mathematics underlying social network theory.