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Pondering PARC

PARCIn the 1960s, 70s and 80s, XEROX’s Palo Alto Research Center provided a nurturing research environment for some brilliant technical minds (check out their timeline). Financed by the steady stream of revenues from their photocopy and associate supply business. Despite a record of breakthrough research innovation and well executed business model, many have considered PARC to have been one of the best case studies for business failure to capitalise on innovation – they invested in the bright minds but seemingly were unable to find the magic means to commercialise itself.
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Mining Emotions

We feel fine has been mining the social web for emotions since 2005. Or so says their website. They have been coming up with some rather impressive models to do semantic mining … serious social implications from IS … no?

What are the implications of being able to gauge moods through a variety of social media and connect these with other social and demographic phenomenon is not radically new, these folks have a rather solid and proven way of accomplishing it. I will admit some challenges in using their java-based applet, the concept is there. I highly recommend checking out this straightforward discussion paper – We Feel Fine and Searching the Emotional Web.

What do you think? What are the implications of the automated mining of emotions? Do social media really give a clear indicator? How can this be used?

Seriously Social Computing

wefeelfineWe feel fine has been mining the social web for emotions since 2005. Or so says their website. They have been coming up with some rather impressive models to do semantic mining … if this isn’t applied social computing … what is it?

What are the implications of being able to gauge moods through a variety of social media and connect these with other social and demographic phenomenon is not radically new, these folks have a rather solid and proven way of accomplishing it. I will admit some challenges in using their java-based applet, the concept is there. I highly recommend checking out this straightforward discussion paper – We Feel Fine and Searching the Emotional Web.

What do you think? What are the implications of the automated mining of emotions? Do social media really give a clear indicator? How can this be used?

Stallman Speaking at TCD

stallmanDr Richard Stallman is speaking tonight at the Edmund Burke Theatre in the Arts Block. We’ll head over early to get a spot. Should be an interesting evening. More information is available at the Free Software Foundation website.

“The Free Software Movement”

Dublin, Ireland – The Edmund Burke Theatre, located in the basement of the Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2
When Feb 04, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Dublin, Ireland

The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users’ freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used together with the kernel Linux, specifically to make these freedoms possible.

Open Atrium as a Class Project?

The thought occurs that it may may some nice hands on sense to explore installing, configuring and using OpenAtrium as a module exercise. Using it could allow for some good reflective work, and given that it has such a well developed API (Drupal) it might even lend itself to invitation to extend capabilities as part of development part of module.

Dates for Group Presentations Set

I have set the dates for the presentation of the group report case studies.
Please take note:

15 March – Facebook versus MySpace
15 March – DropBox versus 43Things
22 March – WordPress versus LiveBlog versus SocialText
29 March – LinkedIn versus Viadeo
29 March – IBM Websphere versus Apache

We will discuss format of these during the lecture on 22 February.