Today, the Web's been around for 25 years, hip hip hurray! In this excellent interview, founder Tim Berners-Lee makes some remarks that should be particularly close to the hearts of fellow community informatics researchers and practitioners, e.g.: - "I've been very satisfied with the international spirit. It's wonderful how the Web has taken off as non-national thing. I … Continue reading Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web!
De Tilburgse Spoorzone (zie ook Co-Creatie Kerngebied Spoorzone, De:Werkplaats, Spoorzone site Brabants Dagblad en de Spoorzone Facebook groep) staat in het centrum van de belangstelling. Ruim 2,5 kilometer lang met een oppervlakte van 75 hectare ligt deze voormalige NS werkplaats bijna volledig braak, maar met een geweldige potentie in deze stad van creatievelingen, makers, doeners en denkers. Het is … Continue reading De Tilburgse Spoorzone als “Laboratorium voor de Maatschappij van de Toekomst”
On February 18, SIKS, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems, organized a career day for Ph.D. students, with the goal of making Ph.D. students think about what are the career opportunities after they finish. It was a very inspiring day, with many interesting presentations and interactions. I was asked to present my … Continue reading Research consultancy: taking the plunge?
[The text of an e-mail I just sent to the Community Informatics Researchers-mailing list] What a wonderful moment in emancipatory history we have just experienced! No need to add here to the deluge of analyses of the profound impact Obama's election is going to have on all levels of U.S. and global society. At any … Continue reading Mr. Community President
It's been a busy time with my projects, too busy to keep up my blog. Of course, that is no excuse as very useful finally-get-into-and-stick-to-that-writing-habit sites like Write to Done try to tell us all the time. Well, us lesser mortals will have to keep practicing to get more disciplined, I guess. On August 11, … Continue reading Meeting The Hub
Richard Heeks and Bill McIver sent useful references in response to my post on the Another Perspective on Design-symposium. [Richard Heeks] Just to follow Aldo's original point, the whole area of "design for development" seems to be a growing one. Examples are the work of The Cardiff Group: http://www.thecardiffgroup.org.uk/ (which helps organise the Development Studies … Continue reading Design for development
The hype is over. Whereas only a year ago, Second Life was everywhere in the mainstream media, the mad rush seems over. Then, every major organization seemed to try to establish a presence "in world", and the virtual sky seemed the limit. Now, the number of active users seems to have stabilized, and many initially … Continue reading Second Life: Beyond the Hype