Tue.Apr 24, 2012

[2b2k][everythingismisc]“Big data for books”: Harvard puts metadata for 12M library items into the public domain

David Weinberger

(Here’s a version of the text of a submission I just made to BoingBong through their “Submitterator”). Harvard University has today put into the public domain (CC0) full bibliographic information about virtually all the 12M works in its 73 libraries. This is (I believe) the largest and most comprehensive such contribution. The metadata, in the standard MARC21 format, is available for bulk download from Harvard.

PKM is our part of the social learning contract

Jane Hart

Yesterday, Harold Jarche shared the image on the right, in his post To learn, we must do. For me this is spot on.

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What a Broken Back Taught Me About UX in Healthcare

Adaptive Path

As the daughter of an Emergency Room doctor and nurse who wanted me to follow their lead into medicine, I had a somewhat unusual childhood. I experienced my first human dissection at age eleven and treated a simulated cerebral aneurysm before I could drive.

A new symbol for epilepsy in Chinese

Mind Hacks

The Chinese character for epilepsy has been changed to avoid the inaccuracies and stigma associated with the previous label which suggested links to madness and, more unusually, animals.

Variety and diversity

Harold Jarche

Esko Kilpi made a series of tweets today that I wanted to collect in a single post: Unlike mechanical systems, human systems thrive on variety and diversity. An exact replication of behavior in nature would be disastrous and seen as neurotic in social life.

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UX Intensive Amsterdam 2012: Strategy Day Snapshot

Adaptive Path

On Monday, April 23, we kicked off our first UX Intensive event of 2012 at the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. UXI is four days of participatory workshops focused on different aspects of the work we do: Design Strategy, Design Research, Interaction Design, and Service Design.

Mobile Work

Clark Quinn

I’m regularly trying to do two things: explore mobile capabilities, and get folks to think more broadly about how we can support performance in the organization.