The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% The Difficulty of Measuring Productivity.

it’s all about our data

Harold Jarche

A platform: a centrally controlled application that controls the data on ll interactions and activities. Control of data is the new source of power in the network era. It’s time to empower ourselves and take our data back”, says Chris Middleton.

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Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF), launched a project on Rethinking Personal Data. The project brought together experts from business, government, academia and end user privacy and rights groups to examine the challenges and opportunities involved in properly managing the explosive growth of personal data in the digital world. In January of 2011 they published their first report, - Personal Data: the Emergence of a New Asset Class. .

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[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

DJ Patil, the first US Chief Data Science, five days into his tenure. Lynn Overmann – Deputy Chief Data Officer, US Dept. ” The velocity is the support of the President who deeply believes in open data and technology. Data scientists are force multipliers. has huge amounts of data and needs help unlocking it. [ In a previous session, Lynn explained that Commerce offers almost no public-facing servies except gathering and releasing data.

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A New Data Deal, starting today

Doc Searls

There was a time when clouds were only corporate, and personal cloud was an oxymoron — or worse, just a new term for more data storage. They begin what @Petervan calls The Revolution of the Data Slaves. Form-filling from organized personal data. I’ll be at both, and giving the opening keynote tomorrow. On the Respect Network you control when and where your personal data is shared and benefit directly from the value earned.

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[eim][semtechbiz] Enterprise Linked Data

David Weinberger

David Wood of is talking about Callimachus , an open source project that is also available through his company. Traditionally we dealt with this type of demand via data warehousing: put it all in one place for easy access. Jeffrey Pollock says we should be talking not about data integration but interoperability because the latter implies a looser coupling. Elsevier uses Linked Data to manage their assets, from acquisition to delivery.

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Unlocking Data for Philanthropy: Notes from Global Philanthropy Forum Session

Beth Kanter

I went to cover one session, “ Building An Information Infrastructure: Unlocking Data for Philanthropy.” ” For further context on mindset and work practice changes in philanthropy to embrace data, here’s some points from Lucy Bernholz.

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols. These collaborations have led to the creation of standards, open source software and governance processes embraced by all participants.

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Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF report compared the blockchain to the Internet, noting that “Like the Internet, the blockchain is an open, global infrastructure upon which other technologies and applications can be built.

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The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Smart mobile devices, broadband wireless networks, cloud-based services and big data are now ushering the next major phase in the evolution of FS. Big data is one such disruptor. As some put it, personal data will be the new oil – a valuable resource of the 21st century.

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The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

If the case of light is representative of those products that have caused tectonic shifts in output and consumption, then this raises the question of whether the conventional measures of real-output and real-wage growth over the last two centuries come close to capturing the true growth.”.

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UX I/O: Prototyping Interactive Objects Workshop

Adaptive Path

This two day workshop will give you foundational knowledge of Processing, a programming language for Designers and Artists, as well as Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform. Adaptive Path Experience Designers Scott Sullivan and Evi K.

GDPR will pop the adtech bubble

Doc Searls

Without adtech, the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) would never have happened. Simply put, your site or service is a violator if it extracts or processes personal data without personal permission.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A killer app is an IT application whose value is simple to explain, its use is fairly intuitive, and the application turns out to be so useful that it helps propel the success of a product or service. Over the years, institutions have automated their original paper-based ledgers with sophisticated IT applications and data bases. Identity Management and Data Sharing. The other major kind of blockchain killer-apps will likely deal with identity management and data security.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Then in the 1990s, the open Internet protocol, - TCP/IP , - was widely embraced by the general IT marketplace, making it possible to interconnect systems and applications from any vendors. Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned.

Twitter research tool

David Weinberger

It’s the final product of the various provisional tools we’ve used to produce our previous reports on the social phenomena of Twitter , and of lead researcher Devin Gaffney’s own work on high throughput humanities.&#. It enables complete data pulls for a set of users or terms on Twitter, with searches running continuously. The ability to download those data pulls in raw form to use for whatever you please. It’s free to use and open source.

Reflections on Linux and Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After three month, the study strongly recommended that IBM embrace Linux across all its product lines, that it should partner with the Linux community and contribute to its development, and that it should establish a company-wide organization to coordinate its various Linux activities. .

Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Align technology and production systems with business goals. . Focus on agile product development to enhance customer engagements. . Encourage product managers to think about digital experiences rather than discrete applications or components. . Digital Product Management .

What’s wrong with bots is they’re not ours

Doc Searls

So at this point Mark seemed to be talking about a new communication channel that could relieve the typical pains of being a customer while also opening the floodgates of demand notifying supply when it’s ready to buy. It’s tabula rasa : wide open.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The strategy, which is spreading despite added costs and headaches, in part reflects a shifting view of the cloud from a more efficient, cost-cutting tool, to a source of business innovation and new revenue, chief information officers and industry analysts say.”.

The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A major reason for its ability to support such a rich diversity of applications is that the Internet’s foundations, its TCP-IP layer, has stuck to its basic data-transport mission, i.e., just moving bits around. Key here is the all-important role of open standards.

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness. At the EDUCAUSE conference in October, they were clear that they wanted to partner with the open educational resources movement. At that point, Pearson had announced open class (look Ma, free LMS!). How do you respond to Open Class?

Open as in commons, not garden

Harold Jarche

I have been a proponent of the open web and open source software for the past decade and more. I have talked several times about the importance of owning your data. As they say on the web, if you’re not paying for it, you are the product.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output based on the market value of all the goods and services the country produces. GDP is essentially a measure of production.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A concrete case in point is predictive policing , - the use of data and AI algorithms to automatically predict where crimes will take place and/or who will commit them. Despite wide adoption, predictive policing is still in its infancy, open to bias and hard to evaluate…”.

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

First there was the open source movement (Moodle and Sakai). If we look at the data: new implementations are increasingly externally hosted (ie., It’s funny with all the talk about open education, the licensing model of the LMS is not going in that direction.

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Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The strategy, which is spreading despite added costs and headaches, in part reflects a shifting view of the cloud from a more efficient, cost-cutting tool, to a source of business innovation and new revenue, chief information officers and industry analysts say.”. Over the past decade, computers and data centers have been disappearing into the cloud. Cloud computing represents the industrialization of the data center.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years I’ve learned that when trying to explain a complex new concept or product, it’s important to engage in a kind-of conversation with your intended audience, where you talk about what's in your mind, your questions, your doubts, what you know and what you don't know.

Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

That post is over a year old but from the comments as late as last fall, there seem to be ongoing issues on how Ning treats its customers, users and their data. This brought me to reflect, once again, how important an open source framework is as we move more of our computing to the cloud. While Ning may be free, it is not open source, and the company can make changes at will, just like Facebook, Google or Twitter may do. Can the data be easily exported?

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Knowledge is the network

David Weinberger

On the other hand, this morning Antonio, who is doing some work for the Library Innovation Lab this summer, poked his head in and pointed us to a jquery -like data visualization library. So, global software productivity just notched up. I forked yesterday for the first time.

top tools 2018

Harold Jarche

FramaDate : It’s an open source alternative to Doodle, to set up a meeting date/time or create a poll. They do not sell or share your data. 7: Apple Preview : is the productivity tool I use the most, so I can focus on learning, not fighting with applications.

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The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A major reason for its ability to support such a rich diversity of applications is that the Internet’s foundations, its TCP-IP layer, has stuck to its basic data-transport mission, i.e., just moving bits around. It’s key functions are to enable the secure, transparent sharing of data and to process transactions among multiple actors that may not know or trust each other. The basic blockchain platform or fabric doesn’t know what the data and transactions do.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

It also means reducing spend by using open source technology, exploiting tools that are already being used in other parts of the organisation, and looking for new, faster and better ways to deliver value.

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[berkman] Dries Buytaert

David Weinberger

It currently has 750 people working on products and services for Drupal. Drupal was (and is) Open Source, a concept that most people didn’t understand. “How can we save the open Web?,” What do we mean by the open or closed Web? They record data about our behavior, and they won’t stop until they know everything about us. ” Control — you owned your own data. Decentralized — open standards connected the pieces.

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Why Blockchains Could Transform How the Economy Works

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Starting over 50 years ago, institutions have been transforming their paper-based ledgers into highly sophisticated IT applications and data bases. Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols.

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Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ID³ , - the Institute for Institutional Innovation by Data Driven Design, - is a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution formed to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. Not long ago, such open, community-based initiatives were considered pretty revolutionary.

The Rise of Vendor Relationship Management

John Hagel

They are able to access more and more information about products and vendors and to more readily switch from one vendor to another in a world of expanding choice.  Most of us think of markets in conventional terms – it is about vendors seeking out customers and persuading them to buy more of their products and services. the end result is that the “small data” that’s yours will be more important than the “big data” behind marketing’s guesswork. 

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The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It encompasses the whole money ecosystem , including the global payment infrastructures , the management of personal identities and personal financial data, the global financial flows among institutions and between institutions and individuals, the government regulatory regimes, and so on. Many companies embraced this collaborative, open culture. There is no one killer technology or killer product you could work on in the labs that would make you a success in the marketplace.

“IT Doesn’t Matter” Ten Years Later

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

First, we strongly believed in the emergence of an open, integrated, heterogeneous IT infrastructure. The Internet had already convinced most people and businesses of the virtues of open standards. Linux and open source in general were becoming accepted across the IT industry.

[siu] Panel: Capturing the research lifecycle

David Weinberger

Six men from six companies give brief overviews of their products. Center for Open Science , which sounds great. [ ” This can easily double R&D productivity “because you stop missing those false negatives.” Open source communities are better at collaborating than most academic research communities are. The principles of open source can be applied to private projects as well.

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

It was released as open-source software in 2009. Also called a shared ledger, it is “a consensus of replicated, shared, and synchronized digital data geographically spread across multiple sites, countries, or institutions.”

Opening new common ground

Doc Searls

Meaning that’s generally how long any new world-changing development effort spends in the quiet shadows before it breaks out into the open and starts taking off. (If I’ve also seen VRM from the start as fundamentally an open source effort, not a commercial one.

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Thoughts on privacy

Doc Searls

White opens with this sentence: “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” I see two reasons why privacy is now under extreme threat in the digital world — and the physical one to, as surveillance cameras bloom like flowers in public spaces, and as marketers and spooks together look toward the “Internet of Things” for ways to harvest an infinitude of personal data.