Documents: Dead or grizzled survivors?

David Weinberger

My friend Frank Gilbane has unearthed an issue of my old e-zine from 1998 in which I proposed that documents are dead, and in which he counter-proposed that they are not. ” I will acknowledge that there is one itsy-bitsy way in which Frank was right and I was wrong: Documents are not dead. So, we still write and read documents. The finality of the document is serving as a forcing function for getting us literally on the same page. So, no, documents live.

Open Business – From Document-Centric to People-Centric Collaboration

Luis Suarez

Apparently, it’s not happening, because we all keep being engaged on the influx of exchanging attachments, presentations, documents, spreadsheets, etc. Lately, I have been thinking quite a bit around the topic of Social / Open Business Transformation.

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Every business document should be in the cloud and concurrently editable

Ross Dawson

However it struck me that in fact the vast majority of organizations represented in the audience still store most of their business documents on a hard disk somewhere. The number of documents being emailed between people inside companies today is still massive. Emailing documents back and forth is fraught with staggering problems, not least version control. The first step is moving documents into the cloud, whether it is an internal and external cloud.

Timbuktu librarians, scholars, and citizens preserving ancient documents and Islamic heritage

David Weinberger

“Estimates for the total number of historic documents in the city, some of them from the 13th century, range from 150,000 to five times that number,” says Pascal Fletcher, the article’s author. Brittle, written in ornate calligraphy, and ranging from scholarly treatises to old commercial invoices, the documents represent a compendium of learning on everything from law, sciences and medicine to history and politics.

Drupal Documentation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to this item in KairosNews wherein it is argued, regarding documentation problems, that users should "revise the existing documentation or provide new text as needed and negotiate with the project to have your changes included." The problem is not that the help documents do not exist, mostly. And therefore we cannot fix the documentation problem. But there is a lot more to simply writing some decent documentation needed to solve these problems.

docstoc and scribd - document sharing.

Mark Oehlert

I was talking to my wife the other night about how we are thinking about using a wiki at work do develop some documents. You can share documents, comment on them, send them to others, embed them but no editing and that's OK. FM 20-11 Military Diving - Upload a Document to Scribd Read this document on Scribd: FM 20-11 Military Diving. I hope the embed code from scribd and docstoc both show up below alright.

Workplace Learning in the Post E-Learning Era

Jane Hart

It means the time when L&D and managers no longer think they need to turn everything that moves into e-learning – classroom training, presentations, documents, etc. The “Post E-Learning Era” – what does that mean?

filter failure is not acceptable

Harold Jarche

Self-published works, like blogs, can contribute to official documents like white papers and brochures. Implicit and explicit information must be connected or the organizational knowledge base becomes a wasteland of useless documents. Fake news. PR hype. Content marketing. Advertorials.

My Workflow

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was thinking about working openly recently and decided to document my workflow, such as it is. As you can see I need to devise a way to make my projects and courses more transparent. There's also a PowerPoint version of the image with working links. No HTML version, sorry

Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning

George Siemens

Anyway, I’ve uploaded the pdf version of the document (the wiki is gone): Handbook of Emerging Technology for Learning In 2009 Peter Tittenberger and I wrote a handbook of emerging technologies for learning. We created a supporting website (wiki) for the book. Those fine folks at University of Manitoba (motto: we’ve never met a permanent link that we haven’t made unpermanent) have deleted the wiki and the website.

The Leadership Tonic Scale – Free PDF Download

Dan Pontefract

You can download the entire series as a singular PDF document. During the week of June 3, I wrote five posts in five days centered on “The Leadership Tonic Scale” I defined five types of leadership styles found in organizations today: The Moronic Leader. The Ironic Leader.

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9 great ways to make the iPad a useful work tool: structures, setup, apps

Ross Dawson

But they are basically useless because there is no easy way to access and edit documents hosted on cloud servers such as Dropbox , Google Docs , or There are three major third-party office suites: Documents To Go , QuickOffice , and Office2 HD. After spending some time with them when I first bought an iPad, I have pretty much settled on Documents To Go, occasionally using the others, for example when I want to open a Google Doc at the same time as a document on Dropbox.

Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology

Andy McAfee

This line documents the labor share of GDP in the US over the post-war period — the percentage of GDP that gets paid out in compensation (wages and benefits) to workers. Two papers came out last year that examined important issues around jobs and wages. Both are in top journals.

My Professional Learner’s Toolkit

Clark Quinn

I often read and markup documents on my iPad with GoodReader. I have used Dropbox to share documents as well. My colleague, Harold Jarche, recently posted about his professional learning toolkit, reflecting our colleague Jane Hart’s post about a Modern Learner’s Toolkit.

1,000+ Learning & Performance Tools

Jane Hart

Documentation tools. Looking for some new ideas for tools to support your work? Here are the links to the pages in my Directory of Learning & Performance Tools , which lists over 1,000 tools in 4 main categories as shown below. Want to add or amend a tool’s details? You can do so here. What are your favourite tools for learning? Voting is now open in this year’s Top Tools for Learning survey. Please share your own. INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS. E-Learning Authoring Tools.

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Launching new framework: The Future of Work

Ross Dawson

While the future of work and organizations is one of my most important themes, I haven’t had any public summary documents on the topic. I have been working with one of the world’s largest private companies, which is engaged in a strategy project looking at the future out to 2025.

If you want to foster change, stay out of training

Harold Jarche

I suggested creating a decision support tool that looked at both physical and functional fidelity, and integrating this into the training system documentation. Without such a documented process, decisions to purchase +$25 million simulators would continue to made on a best-guess basis.

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Are they focused around information such as documents or other static content? I’m wondering if you have that as a downloadable document somewhere.

Reconciling the enterprise IT portfolio with social media

Dion Hinchcliffe

With social media features popping up inside existing enterprise applications combined with the crush of enterprise-ready social business platforms, figuring out how to situate social media on an intranet, in content/document management, and within functional verticals inside the has become a significant challenge.

I Wrote a 90,000 Word Book Entirely in Evernote

Dan Pontefract

I’m a digital packrat; I collect academic studies, documents, quotes, words, sites, books, articles and emails. No major scrolling or switching documents at any time was necessary. Take that Microsoft Word. Sorry Scrivener and Pages.

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Visual history of corporate education

Jay Cross

Check out this awesome history of corporate education from Eileen Clegg: “ Ongoing project with IFTF and Global Learning Resources, 4 X 12 foot graphic map documenting corporate education over 120 years in historical context, leading to a forecast through 2010″ Just Jay

Sense-making glossary

Harold Jarche

Sense-making – The process by which individuals (or organizations) create an understanding so that they can act in a principled and informed manner … Source-linked sensemaking – In conventional media, a document about a topic may cite a list of references.

7 Social Media Toolsets for 2016 by @jeremycaplan

Beth Kanter

Format: He has organized this resource in a Google document — his slides, FAQ, and links are on one page. He has also made the document editable and invited feedback.

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A learning meta-story

Clark Quinn

Pat starts work to create a document to send to the CEO. In previous assignments there were support tools about creating documents and about marketing plans, but this time such support isn’t available. The document creation will be evaluated separately and in the context of previous documents required across this particular topic and previous ones, while the marketing plan itself will be evaluated in terms of it’s response to the context. .

Community of improvement?

Clark Quinn

What I suggested in the conversation was that a community should also be about documenting practice, applying that practice through action or design research, and reflecting on the outcomes and the implications for practice. It requires: places to share thoughts; ways to find partners on the documentation, experimentation, and reflection; and support to track and share the resulting changes on community practices.

Evil design?

Clark Quinn

Innocently, I’d ticked the ‘desktop/documents’ syncing ( don’t ). When I did, there was a warning that said something to the effect of: “you’ll lose your desktop/documents” And, I admit, I didn’t interpret that literally (see: model, above). I did try to drag my entire documents folder from the iCloud drive to my hard drive, but it said it was making the estimate of how long, and hung on that for a day and a half.

Zeitgeist 2011: anxiety, mobility, blending, indulgence, immersion, wrath, nudity and more

Ross Dawson

See the Map and ExaTrends of the Decade for a longer timeframe view forward, as well as the original Zeitgeist document.


Metacognitive Activity?

Clark Quinn

How do we know when you’re annotating a document with the underlying thinking, not just documenting your progress? So, as another outcome of the xAPI base camp a few weeks back, I was wondering about tracking not only learning , but meta-learning.

C01: The Strathern variation

Dave Snowden

The various evils and stupidness of this system are legion, but have been well documented recently by Yiannis Gabriel for whom I have the deepest respect and have spent several fascinating hours in conversation.

What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?

Clark Quinn

Collaborative documents are a really valuable tool here so you’re not sending around email (though I’m doing that with one team right now, but it’s only back forth, not coordinating between multiple people, at least on my end!).

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In Defense of the Evidence

Adaptive Path

Current trends in product and service design are causing a baby-out-with-the-bathwater scenario, where the justified desire to deemphasize documentation has also devalued the importance of the artifacts we generate—the evidence of our processes and methods.


David Weinberger

The HTML standard itself was at best serviceable; it was a specification using an already-existing standard, SGML, that let you specify the elements and structure of particular document types. Anyone who wanted to could write applications for displaying hyperlinked documents.

Social tools or tools that are social?

Harold Jarche

Teams that rely primarily on document management features favor SharePoint sites, and those teams that are more focused on the conversations lean toward Yammer groups. Sharepoint supports people who are collaborating, focused on specific objectives, and sharing the same documents.

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GitHub launches service for open government

Ross Dawson

It allows people to branch off to create variations of documents, then request the controller of the master document to incorporate their changes. Future of government seems to be the topic of the moment.

Demoing Out Loud (#wolweek and #DevLearn)

Clark Quinn

So I recently was involved in a project with Learnnovators where we designed some demo elearning (on the workplace of the future), and documented the thinking behind it. Demoing is a form of working out loud, right? The posts, published by Learning Solutions, are aggregated here.) And now there’s be a chance to see it! So, a couple of things to note. First, this is Work Out Loud Week, and you should be seeing considerable attention to working out loud (aka Show Your Work).

The Purpose Effect Scorecard

Dan Pontefract

This is not a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) document or report. CSR documents tend to be reactive, and, too often, toothless. My latest book, THE PURPOSE EFFECT , has been out in the wild for about six weeks.

Doug Symington Mashes Us Up | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Apr 24 2008 Doug Symington Mashes Us Up Published by Nancy White at 12:44 pm under events , visual thinking Doug uses A N I M O T O to mash up photos and music to document a panel Chris Lott organized at Northern Voice 2008 on “The blog is dead, long live the blog!&#

Only 14% think that company training is an essential way for them to learn in the workplace

Jane Hart

3 – Just like company training, the use of company job aids and company documents are also only seen as “somewhat important” I found this quite surprising, I thought more people would value job aids, but maybe this is due to the dearth of good quality job aids available.

Sharing pointedly or broadly

Clark Quinn

Finally, a slightly different twist is shown with documents. Edited documents (e.g. Creating these in a richer way that allows for others to contribute requires a collaborative document (once known as a wiki). Also, I recognize that the collaborative documents are fundamentally different, and I need to have a more differentiated way to look at these (pointers or ideas, anyone), but here’s my interim thinking.

imagining open collaboration

Harold Jarche

At work and in school we are pretty good at creating documentation to share explicit knowledge. This is the kind of knowledge that goes into training programmes. It’s the result of interviews with subject matter experts and reviews of the field of study.