On This Blog Today In ….

There are 7 posts found on this site published on June 19

  • June 19, 2018
    • Some Open Data Observations

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      Today I contributed to a session of the open data research groups at Delft University. They do this a few times per year to discuss ongoing research and explore emerging questions that can lead to new research. I’ve taken part a few times in the past, and this time they asked me to provide an […]
  • June 19, 2015
    • Flemish Open Data Day 2015

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      Today I am in Brussels, as a guest of the Flemish government. For the fourth time the ‘open data day’ is held in Flanders, bringing together public and private sector to explore possibilities for open data. I gave the opening keynote this morning, on building public services with ‪#‎opendata‬ in collaboration with other stakeholders. At […]
  • June 19, 2009
    • Rotterdam University Learning Community – Group Forming and Platform Use In the past 14 months I worked together with a group of teachers at Rotterdam University. In this posting I reflect on how the group was or wasn’t forming into a community, and how we used a platform for online interaction. For a more general description see my earlier posting about the general results. Rethink […]
  • June 19, 2004
    • Stowe Boyd on Blogging Networks In recent months I have spent a lot of time talking about what changes there are on the horizon in terms of organisational structures and the way we work, and how the networks of bloggers we see emerging are a foreboding of this. I am trying to get to grips with this myself, which is […]
  • June 19, 2003
    • Shooting your own foot David Weinberger cites Declan McCullagh at C|Net News.com on how American Senator Orrin Hatch, who proposed the absurd plan to remotely destroy pc’s using unlicensed copyright material, apparantly uses javascript code ripped from Milonic Solutions on his own website at the US Senate. Checking the Orrin Hatch site myself just now, I find the following […]
    • More Blogtalk pictures Haiko Hebig (not the other Hebig) has posted his pictures from the Blogtalk conference, including the pubcrawls at night, the conferencelocation at Donau City, and the street- and other signs the Viennese surround themselves with, to confuse eachother and amuse the tourists (I guess). My own pictures, which I took with the brand new camera […]
    • What is the real value of blogrolling This is the question that David Buchan (thought?horizon) asks. I explained my reasons for having a blogroll in his commentsection, but would like to point to some instances where I wrote about blogrolling as well: The reason I use pictures in my blogroll The way I think blogrolls visualize my ‘intellectual horizon’, and the importance […]

3 reactions on “On This Blog Today In ….

  1. Alan Levine recently posted his description of how to add an overview to your blog of postings from previous years on the same date as today. He turned it into a small WordPress plugin, allowing you to add such an overview using a shortcode wherever in your site you want it. It was something I had on my list of potential small hacks, so it was a nice coincidence my feedreader presented me with Alan’s posting on this. It has become ‘small hack’ 4.
    I added his WP plugin, but it didn’t work as the examples he provided. The overview was missing the years. Turns out a conditional loop that should use the posting’s year, only was provided with the current year, thus never fulfilling the condition. A simple change in how the year of older postings was fetched fixed it. Which has now been added to the plugin.
    In the right hand sidebar you now find a widget listing postings from earlier years, and you can see the same on the page ‘On This Blog Today In‘. I am probably my own most frequent reader of the archives, and having older postings presented to me like this adds some serendipity.
    From todays historic postings, the one about the real time web is still relevant to me in how I would like a social feed reader to function. And the one about a storm that kept me away from home, I still remember (ah, when Jaiku was still a thing!).
    Adding these old postings is as simple as adding the shortcode ‘postedtoday’:
    There are 3 posts found on this site published on January 18
    January 18, 2009
    On the Real Time Web This post is triggered by Fridays posting on RWW by Bernarnd Lunn ‘Sorry Google, You Missed the Real-Time Web!’. In it Lunn rightly describes how keeping track of things that are happening right now is a new area of innovation, where big incumbents like Google don’t have much to bring to the table. (Consistent with […]

    January 18, 2007
    Jaiku As Story Teller (or: Jaiku Works) Mark Wubben posted this great and telling screenshot, which precisely shows what Jaiku does. (just as this one about what Plazes does) Today a big storm is crossing the Netherlands. On behalf of the police the national railsystem has been halted. As I was on the other side of the country today I am stuck […]

    January 18, 2004
    Jay Allen’s Spam Filter Added After having been hit with a considerable amount of commentspam starting on New Years Eve, I’ve finally took the 15 minutes it costs to install Jay Allen’s comment and trackback spam filter. Tested it, and it works fine. A big thanks to Jay Allen for this effort! Latest developments in the fight against spam in […]

  2. The ‘on this day in earlier years‘ plugin I recently installed on this blog is already proving to be useful in the way I hoped: creating somewhat coincidental feedback loops to my earlier blogposts, self serendipity.
    Last week I had lunch with Lilia and Robert, and 15 years ago today another lunch with Lilia prompted a posting on lurking in social networks / blog networks. With seventeen comments, many of them pointing to other blogposts it’s a good example of the type of distributed conversations blogging can create. Or could, 15 years ago. Re-reading that posting now, it is still relevant to me. And a timely reminder. I think it would be worth some time to go through more of my postings about information strategies from back then, and see how they compare to now, and how they would translate to now.

  3. A summary overview of changes I made to this site, to make it more fully a indieweb hub / my core online presence.
    Theme related tweaks

    Created child theme of Sempress, to be able to change appearance and functions
    Renamed comments to reactions (as they contain likes, reposts, mentions etc.)
    in the entry-footer template and the comments template
    Removed h-card microformats, and put in a generic link to my about page for the author in the Sempress function sempress_posted_on. Without a link to the author mentions show up as anonymous elsewhere.
    Removed the sharing buttons I used (although they were GDPR compliant using the Sharriff plugin, but they got in the way a lot I felt.
    Added a few menu options for various aspects of my postings (books, check-ins, languages)
    Functionality related tweaks

    Started creating pages as a wiki-like knowledgebase, using page categories to creat the wiki structure
    To show excerpts from webmentions I changed the template for a webmention in the Semantinc backlinks plugin, class-linkbacks-handler.php
    Added a plugin to display blogposts on the same date in previous years.

    Added plugin Widget Context to remove recent posts and comments from individual posting’s pages, as they cause trouble with parsing them for webmentions.
    Other tweaks

    Set up 2 additional WordPress instances for testing purposes (Proto and Meso)

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