Online Newspaper Software
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 4, 2011
Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. Major Commercial PageSuite Commercial software, pricing not available, demo not functioning. ZMags Apears to be more of a commerce server, but has something they call online newspaper software. System information here. Bondware Newspaper website software.
What’s next for educational software?
AUGUST 13, 2013
Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. This is reflected in learning management systems, virtual classrooms, and interactive whiteboards. Instead of creating central spaces of learning, our focus (and reflected in Stephen’s grsshopper software) in subsequent courses turned to encouraging students to own their own learning spaces. Educational software in common use today assumes that structure exists a priori.
Learning and Performance Support Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 4, 2013
This post is to introduce you to our Learning and Performance Support Systems program, a new $19 million 5-year initiative at the National Research Council that I will be leading.
Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design
MARCH 9, 2016
Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. I sat down with Jeff to pick his brain on putting the ‘service design’ in software-as-a-service. The other thing is, I think a lot about the relationship between designing and operating systems and designing and operating organizations. And our systems get better and better as we go.
Networks and Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 9, 2014
It''s worth parsing this into individual points, because this is (I guess) connectivism from Dron''s perspective: all of which adopt a systems view all of which recognize the distributed nature of knowledge all of which embrace the role of mediating artefacts all of which recognize that more is different all of which adopt a systems perspective all of which describe or proscribe ways to engage in this new ecology. It''s interesting that he makes the point about ''systems'' twice.
Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management
MAY 2, 2012
Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets. Toward the end of the roundtable, the moderator asked us to reflect on the kinds of controls needed to make financial systems more stable and less prone to another major crisis. Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems.
Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study
MAY 16, 2012
Digital technologies are enabling us to develop systems with huge numbers of interconnected components and sophisticated software that infuses them with seemingly unlimited capabilities. We are increasingly able to pull all these capabilities together and develop sociotechnical systems, which combine the powerful, inexpensive and ubiquitous digital technologies with the people and organizations they are transforming.
Changing thinking, changing systems
DECEMBER 23, 2011
“The challenge of the coming century is to change the value system of society. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared on Twitter this past week. Vaclav Havel” via @BillMcKibben. “Intellectual property is an oxymoron. Ideas can’t be owned. Instead, governments grant exclusive licenses to them.”
7 critical aspects of Tibbr’s big step forward for enterprise social software
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
Marc Benioff of Salesforce once asked “why isn’t all enterprise software like Facebook?. When I first heard about Tibbr my first thought was about the potential for enterprise social software to integrate deeply into the nuts and bolts of enterprise applications. Tibbr’s basic structure of following activity streams from across the organization, drawing on the power of its integration capabilities, is a significant step forward for social enterprise software.
Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software
FEBRUARY 20, 2011
He worked on the PLATO system for Control Data. Joe told me the PLATO system had a key which enabled you to page the author of the material you were working with. Learning is social. Business is social. People are social. So why are so many of the forays into learning technology anti-social? Friday afternoon I had a delightful conversation with a kindred spirit, Joe Miller. Joe has been marrying people, technology, and learning since the early days.
ICTs in Higher Education Systems of Arab States: Promises and Effective Practices - A Summary Report
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Karam identified the use of free and open source software as a key enabler of ICTs in education. Sidir described the quality assurance mechanisms centering on the Bologna process in Europe and illustrated how a transnational program can be adapted to a national system.
Real Profitability Part II: classical System Integrators
JANUARY 16, 2011
Still, the quest continues, and this post contains the same calculations for the classical system integrators: Accenture, Capgemini, Logica and Atos Origin. For now, I think youll just feel bad for the poor system integrators - or at least their employees? Business or Pleasure? -
Social Software Adoption
AUGUST 10, 2009
Not surprising, the terms most closely associated with Adoption are Adoption of Social Software and Adoption of Enterprise 2.0. There are some great resources on this such as: Ten tips for choosing & using social software Adoption of Web 2.0
The Future of High-Performance Work Systems – Towards Meaningful Work
OCTOBER 3, 2011
And how they themselves, when making use of social software tools, keep augmenting, even more, their already high performing working methods, to the point where the time finding the right experts has now gone down from several hours a week, to perhaps just 5 to 10 minutes.
AI, Automation and the US Economy
JANUARY 10, 2017
We can expect a great need for highly-skilled software developers and engineers to put AI to practical use across multiple industries. Similarly, t he increased use of robotics will be accompanied by major changes in manufacturing systems.
Managing Multiple Learning Managment Systems - The High Cost of Choice
JUNE 25, 2013
Did you know that today there are approximately 500 Learning Management System vendors in the market? In fact, according to Bersin, 27% of companies utilizing learning management systems today are managing between two to five LMSs, with a small percentage managing six to ten-plus!
Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
A Digital Twin is essentially a computerized companion to a real-world entity, be it an industrial physical asset like a jet engine, an individual’s health profile, or a highly complex system like a city. A few weeks ago I first learned about a relatively new concept - Digital Twin.
What’s the Value of Blockchain?
APRIL 17, 2017
Blockchain has the potential to transform our economic and social systems, but such a transformation is still many years away. What’s more, the system is rife with fraud. It has the potential to become the system of record for all transactions.
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Similarly, the full impact of automobiles was not felt until the mid-20th century with the rise of suburbs, the Interstate Highway system, and the motels, restaurants and gas stations that sprung up all around them. In short, these systems are trained rather than programmed.”.
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
Systems Metabolic Engineering — “Advances in synthetic biology, systems biology, and evolutionary engineering mean that the list of building block chemicals that can be manufactured better and more cheaply by using plants rather than fossil fuels is growing every year.”.
Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer
JULY 28, 2015
Our educational system has long been based on the assumption that learning is mostly about acquiring knowledge as well as critical skills to enable us to apply whatever we learned in school throughout our careers, say 30 - 40 years. When I build a piece of software,… does it work or not?
The Rise of the Platform Economy
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
IBM’s System 360 family of mainframes, announced in 1964, featured a common hardware architecture and operating system, enabling customers to upgrade their systems with no need to rewrite their applications. What do we mean by a platform ?
Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World
AUGUST 29, 2016
From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. But, the transition to a digital economy requires radically different identity systems.
Lean Principles in the Digital Economy
AUGUST 6, 2014
Lean software development , for example, can be viewed as the agile reaction to the highly structured, heavyweight waterfall-based software methods of the past.
The Emergence of Cognitive Computing
NOVEMBER 5, 2011
The colloquium, - which was part of IBM’s Centennial celebration, - brought together experts across industry and academia to discuss and debate the direction of four key Grand Challenges at the very leading edge of IT: nano systems, exascale, big data, and cognitive computing. We will be able to design sophisticated, powerful nano systems-on-a-chip that will be totally contained within such a trillion transistor nano device.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
One of the best discussions of the challenges of bleeding-edge AI systems is a 2015 article on the Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence by Tom Ditteriech and Eric Horvitz , - current and former president respectively of the Association for the Advancement of AI.
Reflections on the Longevity of Mainframes
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
As pointed out in the announcement, the new system is a result of more than $1B in R&D investments over the past four years, resulting in major improvements in performance, security, availability and other key enterprise features. I was a second year college student at the University of Chicago when the System 360 was first announced in April of 1964. The architecture of client-server systems was quite different from that of mainframes.
The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing
DECEMBER 12, 2016
The vast majority of people don’t want to see the hardware, software or applications, - any more than they want to see wires showing through in electronic devices.
The New Era of Smart, Connected Products
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
The article introduces a whole new class of smart connected products - “complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways.”. Should the company pursue an open or closed system?; .
Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?
OCTOBER 31, 2016
Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. the internet, electric car, software, etc.)
Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?
AUGUST 2, 2016
Just sending an e-mail or exchanging information across systems based on different vendors’ networks and applications was quite a chore. The use of open standards and open source software made it much easier to send an e-mail or share information across disparate systems and institutions.
The MIT Second Machine Age Conference
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
And question-answering systems like IBM’s Watson are enabling us to solve increasingly complex problems. . “We’re As Brynjolfsson said, advances in AI software, robotics and related technologies are quite amazing.
What Will Life Be Like in an AI Future?
MARCH 3, 2015
but also in the software we create to run on these more capable computers. To achieve the singularity, it isn’t enough to just run today’s software faster. We would also need to build smarter and more capable software programs.”.
New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society
MAY 29, 2013
This is the first time in human history that we have the ability to see enough about ourselves that we can hope to actually build social systems that work qualitatively better than the systems we’ve always had. On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.
Design principles in DSS software
JULY 15, 2013
the next generation of Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning system for Singapore and as one of the main designers of 1.0 An exciting week in Singapore with a series of events including IRAHSS 2013 all held in the Raffles City Convention Centre.
What Should We Think of Machines that Think?
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
Complexity of AI software. “We We are all familiar with errors in ordinary software. Major software projects, such as HealthCare.Gov, are sometimes riddled with bugs. AI algorithms are no different from other software in terms of their vulnerability to cyberattack.
The Future of Financial Services
JUNE 23, 2015
Given its intangible character, it’s not surprising that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) have in turn led to advances in the way we deal with money and payments, as well as with identity, trust and other key attributes of a well-functioning financial system.
The Evolution of Design Thinking
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
But, it’s considerably harder to appreciate its importance when it comes to more abstract entities like systems, services, information and organizations. As a result, people-centric systems are changing all the time, making them intrinsically emergent or unpredictable. .
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Systems impact : “The breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.”. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture
The Era of Cognitive Computing
JUNE 26, 2013
In this recently released excerpt , Kelly and Hamm point out that cognitive systems represent the third era in the history of computing. Any problem that can be expressed as a set of instructions can be codified in software and executed in such stored-program machines.