Note: I have left in headings for your reading/unpacking convenience – I do not expect or recommend you leave these in your own.
Citation: Parameswaran, Manoj and Andrew B. Winston. “Social Computing: An Overview,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems (Volume 19, 2007) 762-780. Continue reading Sample Review – Social Computing: An Overview
One of the areas that I like to cover in the Social Computing ecosystem is that surrounding Community development and management. In the past I have been far more focused on exploring open source platforms and the raw ingredients that have shaped the success of community development as an alternative to push marketing. Continue reading Pondering Community/Mission Building
There was a rather important finding in the EU Court of Human Rights yesterday that caught my eye. In a precedent setting finding, the court found the owners of Delfi, an Estonian news-site provider, were liable for comments posted to the site by outraged customers of Leedo – an Estonian ferry provider in the process of reducing the routes it provided to Estonian islands. The vituperative comments were directed at the ferry service provider, by way of the news providers website and were considered offensive by the court.
The nature of libel via the Internet remains a contentious area and this finding further increases the responsibility on providers to censor their feeds – raising issues around EU freedom of expression rights.
The original articles appeared throughout Europe in 2006. Continue reading Who’s Responsible for Online Comments?
“One of the biggest roadblocks to implementing local community ideas is finding resources in city government or local organizations who might be able to help. More importantly, how can you involve like-minded individuals in the discussion? A new type of civic engagement platform – like MindMixer – can help. MindMixer is in essence a “virtual town hall,” a community forum where constituents can meet to discuss issues and share ideas. (Here’s an overview of how MindMixer works.)”
Hardly wondered what sort of segue was necessary to link to Philips innovation, but wondered what thought might be around this bright idea;-)
Funded as part of the Knight New Challenge grant last year, the OpenBlock initiative is basically trying to exploit the hyperlocal news market through a crowdsourced and social media augmented application that functions as an open data portal. It’s innovative in that it offers a tripartite approach appealing to consumer, reporters and sponsors, but does it result in more informed and engaged communities? There’s a very limited functional demo (alas just for Boston, MA) but it does give an idea of the SM augmented mashup combined with linked open data within an ecosystem that supports and cultivates community opinion and contribution. Continue reading What Sort of Lightbulb is This?
Very germane to discussion surrounding current ineffectiveness of many LBS recommenders systems comes news that that Yelp has acquired its largest European competitor – primarily to build their base of recommendations and reinforce their relevance to euroropean users. Intriguing to consider as we think about trust, recommendations and the applicability to our location informed choices.
It simply bears remembering when good crowdsourcing of knowledge goes bad. In this quick article, Search Engine People collect some of the more infamous failures of wikipedia – 10 Famous Wikipedia Scandals.
I am very impressed with a Norwegian initiative called the ‘Data Hotel‘. It’s an EU funded approach to providing the mechanism and the standards to make data from public sector agencies freely available. It addresses one of the key challenges to organizations today – not that they don’t want to share – simply that they lack the tools and resources to do it with increasingly depleted resources. Enter the Data Hotel. It embraces all the right open access standards, not just for the data itself, but in terms of open source software. Continue reading Getting Back to How we Share Public Data
Salon has an interesting look at the impact of a pilot project in Paris (CityPulse) that distributed 100 sensor wristbands and tracked a variety of environmental factors as well as paths taken over the space of a year. Part of the Smart Cities initiatives that emerging worldwide and aided by IBM and Cisco among other corporate players, these programmes demonstrate the potential for a touted €16B annual market. It’s about making people and things digitally aware and networked. Continue reading Urban Information via the Green Band
Here’s a very thoughtful article on Techcrunch by Josh Constine exploring a presentation by Brian Solis that questions whether Klout (and PeerIndex) actually measure your influence. He argues (effectively) that what they are actually measuring is your social capital which indicates your potential to influence rather than actual impact. He provides some useful discussion about how these services are being refined and do providing an increasingly accurate measure of potential and are determining the most effective socialmedia touchpoints to metrics this.