Tom Critchlow last week wrote about a decentralised format for shareable bookshelves he came up with. I like the concept, it’s like the FOAF of old but for books, BOAF maybe? Like he mentions in the updates, while providing JSON is probably more fitting technology for the now, there is a world of RSS and OPML out there that might mean a more ready made environment. After all RSS can have very different payloads, as podcasting shows.

I’ve been writing here every now and then since a year or so about (not all of) the books I read. Like Tom says, there’s no getting around the dominance of Goodread and its owner Amazon, other than doing something yourself. I started writing here about my reading, not for the first time in the past two decades, precisely because I don’t want to add my effort to Goodreads. Although I do post affiliate links to Amazon here, as there is not reliable other way to link to books so that it makes sense for most readers. No way to dynamically link a book to your ‘local’ bookstore. Maybe I should just stop doing that, linking to Amazon. People can search a book in their own preferred way easily enough.

This sounds like a good conversation to have. I have been and am experimenting with the blog / wiki combination basically since the start of this blog. And I dislike the disconnect between that and my note taking system, as well as the always manual creation of wiki content (though I used to have a script that pushed blog content to the wiki for further evolution way back in 2004)

RSVPed Attending Gardens and Streams: Wikis, blogs, and UI — a pop up IndieWebCamp session

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Dries describes the ‘shop local’ equivalent for open source, and how he and his company are experimenting with promoting that. Also mentions as example two organisations who make open source contributions part of the procurement requirements. Supporting Makers more than Takers.

Liked Shop local to fuel the Open Source dividend

In the small town where I live, some of the local businesses have “shop local” signs on their windows. They are reminders to support local businesses…we know that they are investing a portion of their profits back into our communities…. End users of Open Source software can help maximize the Open Source dividend by working with implementation partners that give back to Open Source. If more end users of Open Source took this stance, it would have a massive impact on Open Source sustainability and innovation.

Ik heb er geen enkel begrip voor dat ik 45 Euro per jaar aan een commercieel bedrijf moet betalen om aangifte te kunnen doen bij de Belastingdienst voor de Vennootschapsbelasting. Dat bedrag is om me te kunnen ‘identificeren’ met e-herkenning (eh3 in mijn geval) en vergt dat ik mijn gegevens verstrek aan dat bedrijf (kopie ID etc.). Terwijl ik a) al een Digid heb waarvoor mijn identiteit is vastgesteld, en b) de Belastingdienst uit eigen gegevens en uit het Handelsregister exact weet voor welke organisaties en bedrijven ik tekenbevoegd ben. Waarom ik dan niet met Digid kan inloggen om aangifte te doen voor bijvoorbeeld mijn B.V.’s is me een volslagen raadsel. De route via ‘de markt’ is een toegevoegde kwetsbaarheid, waarlangs mijn persoonsgegevens ongetwijfeld een keer op straat komen te liggen.

Google has released the statistics for the mobility and location data they gather a.o. from all the mobile devices that share their location with them. Below are the results for our region.

It shows nicely the beginning of the soft lock-down, starting with the announcement on March 12th, that from the 13th working from home was the default, and from the evening of March 15th the closure of all restaurants, schools etc. You see the enormous decline in use of transit, the drop in general retail and recreation, the drop in workplace presence due to skiing holidays and then the work from home measure, and the peak in grocery and pharmacy visits right after when the lock-down measures came into force, resulting in empty shelves in the super markets. This type of data is probably not extremely useful on a day to day basis, but it is useful to get a general feeling for how well people are complying with measures, as well as to detect the moment when things get back to their regular patterns. I know e.g. debet and credit card transactions similarly can be and are being used to determine e.g. if a community has returned to normal after for instance a hurricane or another emergency.

With stores around the world either being closed or lacking customers because of lock-downs, putting more effort on digital ordering and home delivery or store pick-up. A bookstore in our city started same day home delivery of any book they have in the store, next to their regular central online ordering process.

Boris Mann shows a great example of stores you maybe don’t normally see online. They went around the shop taking pictures of the shelves and sharing those online so customers can find the items they need. What will remain of such steps once we leave our houses again? Revert to the previous mode, or the start of evolving towards more mature digital means? First data on Dutch online retails suggests that many households who previously only bought online 1 or 2 times per year (holiday packages usually), are now doing so much more. It is likely that many of them will not revert fully back.

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Photos of shelves, make your choice