Censorship Visualized: Tiananmen
Ross Mayfield illustrates the effect of censorship with two different Google searches:
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Also read Ross Mayfields posting about this: The Great Wall of Google.
Open Minds Gather in Leuven
January 12th I had the pleasure of speaking at a day long seminar called Open Minds of the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and the University of Leuven (Belgium), which took place in the medieval Groot Begijnhof in Leuven. When the meeting was announced last november I thought that it would be interesting to attend, and was sorry to learn that it would be a closed session. A week later I received the invitation to be their key note speaker to start the day :)
After I had the opportunity to talk about my view on knowledge management, (personal) information management and its relation to social software based on the changes I see in the world, I had the pleasure to hear about cases where wiki's and blogs were used in both universities, how Creative Commons might be used by academics for courseware, and how students experience the 'new' web ( I'm deliberately leaving out the Web 2.0 buzz word here) and the way these tools enter their education.
From one of the cases concerning wiki use in a course there came a few interesting observations.
Students were somewhat fearful of just going ahead and edit content, if there wasn't some structure provided already, or if explicit permission wasn't given. Also the results were in a very classical 'paper' form which seemed to surprise the teacher. I don't think it is very surprising really. Students have grown accustomed to being taught in a certain way, and being graded in a certain way. Now if you change the rules by allowing them free reign in a wiki, and perhaps you as a teacher don't make clear that there will be new rules to follow, they will respond in the way they've come to expect you to want them to respond. In a different blogging experiment in a class room for instance it was making clear that they would be graded on collaboration as well that triggered joint commenting by students. Other lessons taken away from this wiki experiment was that you need community/group sense and group purpose to keep things going. Something we know also from the experience made by the Wikipedia community.
The day was concluded with another key note, by Wim Veen, of Delft University, who summarized the day in comparable terms to those with which I started it. The day was set in the beautiful Groot Begijnhof in Leuven, a medieval part of town, which provided a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Only the way the general assembly room was prepared did not quite fit the themes discussed, with chairs bolted to the floor, a podium and a fixed microphone. Not quite a setting that invites interaction and conversation. Nonetheless it was a good day and a great learning experience.
All presentations were videotaped and should be available from the Open Minds website shortly.
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Tag I'm It....Four Things (for Jon)
Yesterday I got tagged by Jon Husband. Now, I am not likely to simply ignore questions from Jon, even if usually these type of chain-memes are not for me. Jon is way too valued a friend for that, and the request comes with good references such as Suw and Euan. So here goes!
Four movies I can watch repeatedly:
Empire of the Sun
Discovery of Heaven
Four places I've liked:
Boston area, USA
Prague, Czech Rep.
Four tv shows I like:
Noorderlicht (in depth documentaries, taken of the air, but continuing on the internet and through podcasts)
Gilmore Girls (for it's fast exchanges, and our weekly tea hour on the couch with Elmine)
Zomergasten (a 4hr programme where guests get to compose and discuss their own perfect tv-night, and ends with broadcasting their favourite film)
The Lama's (a "theater sport" / improv programme, based on suggestions from the audience)
The links are to shows in Dutch, I'm afraid :)
Four places I've vacationed:
New England, USA
Alps (Austria and Switzerland, often)
Four favourite dishes:
Clams (when boiled in garlic and white wine)
Zürcher geschnetzeltes if served with Kässpätzle, not Rösti
'Green' herring (basically raw herring, directly from the sea)
Four sites I visit daily:
My personal laptop-based wiki
None other unless triggered through RSS
Four places I would rather be right now:
In the new house we will be moving into the coming week
(and which pretty much takes all cognitive capacity right now)
Four bloggers I am tagging:
Lilia Efimova, to get her blogging rhythm going again
Boris Mann, whom I should have talked to more when I got the chance
Maarten Schenk, mister Six Apart for Belgium and the Netherlands
Juan Julian Merelo, for his sense of humour and charting the spanish blogosphere
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Moving House: Web Service Interruption, Advance Notice
This is an advance notice that my and Elmine's websites will probably be off-line for a number of days in February.
Due to the fact that we are moving to a new home, we will be moving our DSL line and servers as well.
Services will probably be suspended on February 13th, a day before handing over the keys of the house we are leaving. At this time there is no guarantee that the DSL connection on the new address will be up and running by then, though we hope it will. At the very least service will be suspended for some 24 hours, as I will have to reroute all domains to a new IP address.
These are the sites affected:
http://www.zylstra.org/, where my English blogs reside, and its various subdomains
http://www.interdependent.biz/, the home of the Dutch and German blog as well as the BlogWalk wiki space
http://elmine.wijnia.com/, Elmines blog
http://www.skallagrigg.net/, Elmines business site
http://www.innovatiefonderwijs.net/, the Dutch foundation for innovation in education.
Jack Yan, the Persuader Blog
For a number of years now, I have been in contact with a group of branding experts that call themselves the Medinge Group. A very interesting, bright and warm group of people who are all passengers on the clue train, ever since it took up service.
Since they look at brands containing value in human, cultural and other intangible senses, there is a natural fit with my approach to the role of knowledge in organisations.
In the past years I have attended some of the Medinge Group meetings, and shamelessly plugged their 2003 book Beyond Branding.
Through the Medinge Group I have met a lot of people face to face. Jack Yan sadly is not one of them. Jack lives in New Zealand, half a globe away, and a face to face meeting has not yet come to pass. Nevertheless I have come to enjoy his voice and insights, both during meetings via webcam, as well as on the Beyond Branding weblog.
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Happy New Year
A wish you all a smashing and grand 2006, full of exciting learning and collaboration opportunities!