Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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?

George Siemens

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.

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Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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

Adaptive Path

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

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

Only open systems are effective for knowledge sharing

Harold Jarche

In software programming, the saying is that with enough eyes, all bugs are shallow. Only an open system can ensure this, which is why I highlighted the knowledge sharing paradox. When it comes to knowledge, and learning, only open systems are effective.

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software

Jay Cross

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.

Real Profitability Part II: classical System Integrators

Martijn Linssen

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? -

Changing thinking, changing systems

Harold Jarche

“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.”

ICTs in Higher Education Systems of Arab States: Promises and Effective Practices - A Summary Report

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

Social Software Adoption

Tony Karrer

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

Luis Suarez

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.

The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Hardware and software platforms have long raised competitive concerns in the IT industry, due to the economic power of network effects. The Economist’ s May 6 issue referred to data in its cover as the world’s most valuable resource.

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AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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Managing Multiple Learning Managment Systems - The High Cost of Choice

Xyleme

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the 1980s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other. Just sending an e-mail across two different applications from two different vendors was quite a chore, as was sharing information across disparate systems.

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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?

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Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.”.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.”.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Police agencies hope to do more with less by outsourcing their evaluations of crime data to analytics and technology companies that produce predictive policing systems. If properly deployed, the use of data and AI software could be of great help in improving policing and public safety.

What’s the Value of Blockchain?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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 ?

Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain technologies should help us enhance the security of digital transactions and data, by developing the required common services for secure communication, storage and data access, along with open source software implementations of these standard services.

Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lean software development , for example, can be viewed as the agile reaction to the highly structured, heavyweight waterfall-based software methods of the past.

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The Emergence of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How do you measure the value of the explosive amounts of free goods available over the Internet, including Wikipedia articles, Facebook social interactions, Linux open source software and You Tube videos?

Reflections on the Longevity of Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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 New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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?; .

The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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The MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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Design principles in DSS software

Dave Snowden

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 Will Life Be Like in an AI Future?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.”.

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Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.)