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If Apple Sold Sheets of Paper...

Hilarious video! Bet you saw the presentation of Apple Air?! Here's the presentation of Apple Paper. Hey, my company Océ sells paper! Just got a marketing idea...



Thanks for the pointer, BoingBoing.

The Realm of Sociality: Notes on the Design of Social Software

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I'm not a social software designer. But this paper is really insightful! It titled: "The Realm of Sociality: Notes on the Design of Social Software" by Wim Bouman, Tim Hoogenboom, Rene Jansen, Mark Schoondorp, Bolke de Bruin & Ard Huizing. It won the ICIS 2007 best paper award.

In short, it's a model to support social software design. The design of social software "is a multidimensional problem that streches beyond connecting people and information." They "hypothesis that, in order to create social software, a designer has to address in one way or the other all issues of enabling practice, mimicking reality, building identity and actualzing self." Using a "soft systems methodology approach" the ended up with "A Conceptual Model for Social Software" (refer to Figure). This then resulted in "A Design Framework for Social Software".Again, I'm not a social software designer. But what struck me when I read this pape…

The Life Cycle of a Blog Post

Wired has an awesome article/post/picture on "The Life Cycle of a Blog Post, From Servers to Spiders to Suits -- to You". I'm not going to say more, just go and take a look!

A Paperless Office?

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Two nice posts here and here on why these two people think we won't have a paperless office any time soon. Although they do point to ways to make your office more paperless.

I agree with both that we won’t have a paperless office any time soon. The book "The Myth of the Paperless Office" clearly describes the affordances of paper and that of digital 'paper'. Furthermore it shows why some affordances of paper will not be possible for digital documents any time soon. Try to make a pile of digital documents, for instance. However there are some interesting trends, like multi-touch interfaces, that give some hope for a paperless or less-paper office. As for now, I’m happy with both.

Good Questions about Intranet

Wow, take a look at these really good questions about Intranet! I tried to answer them. You can find my answers there. I'd love to read your answers, post them on Jane McConnell's blog!

A Semantic Web killer app

Alex Iskold has anothergreat post on Semantic Web on ReadWriteWeb. He's looking for the killer app to launch the Semantic Web. That doesn't seem to be too easy, refering to his list of options.
What my killer app would be? It would be something like this. A tool that helps me when I write emails and documents. It reminds me of related (truly related, not just based on key word comparison) emails, documents (I wrote before), Internet pages (I visited before), etc. in a non-intrusive way.
But for now, the "Shortcuts" are indeed, a good step in the right direction. What "Shortcuts" are? Go ahead and read Iskold's post!

20 Questions about Blog Reading

How do you read blogs? Do you find information on blogs reliable? Do you really read the blog post or scan it? Etc. These are some of the questions two Dutch people are researching to find out how people read blogs. More information about their research and their (Dutch) questionair can be found here.

Everybody's a Knowledge Worker?

There's been an interesting debate on the thesis that everbody's now a Knowledge Worker. My first response would be: that's not true. Although all work requires some knowledge I would not call all work 'knowledge work'. I liked the distinction that was made in "the IT Flower" between Knowledge Work, Manufacturing Work and Transactional Work.
I don't want to get into this deeply, but love to point you to this insightful discussion. Acidlabs bundled the relevant posts for us.

Web 2.0 Joke

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Nice cartoon...


Paper and Digital Information Capturing...

I've looked at EverNote before. It's a nice tool for the fully digital knowledge worker. But most knowledge workers have a mixed life. They work on paper and on digital "paper". When I ran into this link, my first association was: did they solve this problem of a mixed work? No, they didn't, they just 'help' you move to one world, the digital one.

On Corporate Intranet

Well finally had time to write a post on Intranet...

First of all I'd finally - I know I'm way too late... - like to point you to the extensive and insightful "2007 Global Intranet Survey Report" and "Trend Report" by Jane McConnell. There's too much stuff to chew on in there for me to summarize it for you. You can find the author's summary here and order it there.

So, what's up for the future of Intranet? Here are some predictions.
And Jeremiah Owyang has an insightful post on "challenges, evolution and success factors for the Enterprise Intranet". Intranet is "a direct reflection of your corporate culture", he states. And:
If a company’s competitive strength is it’s employees and how they work together, the intranet is a valuable tool. Secondly, with many baby boomers in the United States retiring in the near future a great deal of corporate knowledge will be lost, how will you capture and distribute this tacit knowledge?
This a…

Using Xobni

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Just started using Xobni! Some time ago I pointed to it, but now I'm experiencing. And I very happy up until now. It looks nice, works quickly, is insightful and gives me good overview. I agree with Frank Goertzen (comment on the ReadWriteWeb post on Xobni that "it adds value to something I'm already using." It gives context to all the stuff that's in my email: emails, files, contacts, meetings, tasks, etc.
So, what's Xobni? There are some good reviews here by ReadWriteWeb, Web Worker Daily and TechCrunch (there's a summarizing video there too).

Some problems I am experiencing are: Outlook seems to slow down somewhat and it seems to dig up old tasks that I finished a long time ago and present them as To Do's. And my SyncMyCal has disappeared...
I was wondering if Xobni also searches my archived items. That would be nice and it would also explain why it shows my old To Do's.

Google docs and the future of document management

Interesting post on the future of document management, relating to Google Docs. I agree with most of their vision of the future. Employees being able to select their own email and collaboration (web) apps.
However, there is another issue to be addressed: if all employees will be able to use their own email and collaboration apps, how do you facilitate knowledge sharing and reuse in the organization? Any ideas? Should the Information Management department monitor all these email and collaboration apps and manage the interesting stuff centrally?

1st Blogging Anniversary!

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Wow, today's my first blogging Anniversary!I actually started out just wanting to try blogging and see if it work for me. Is blogging useful? Does it get me anything? Will I be able to write posts in my spare minutes/hours? Will I only be writing for myself or will others also like what I write?

Well, in short: blogging is cool and exciting. I started out writing a blog post once every week, but got up to speed, writing a post practically every (work) day. That ended up in writing about 180+ posts in the previous year.Blogging really helps me structure my thoughts on all the stuff I run into (on the Web). It helps me bundle links and thoughts on a certain topic.
Several times I also used posts to pass on my thoughts to other people, that didn't read my blog regularly.I think my blog is pretty focused. I don't write on personal stuff or politics, for instance. I don't intend to either. I plan to keep on posting on work-related topics.
I'm really thrilled that about 40 …

Dissertation on Mass Collaboration

Just wanted to point you to this post on the Wikinomics site: there's a new (first?) dissertation on 'mass collaboration'! Here's the link to the site (of course it's a wiki!) of the new "Dr."
Haven't read it yet, but did print it to read it soon.

CoCreate integrates CAD and Sharepoint

Nice demo of how Cocreate integrates structured and unstructured information! The CAD model is encapsulated in a Word document and a task is added to it. This can be seen in Sharepoint and in Cocreate tooling.
I was wondering: Is it also possible to view the actual CAD model/file in Sharepoint (not encapsulated in Word)?

Video Presentation by David Allen on GTD

So you don't want to read David Allen's book Getting things done. Well here's a video presentation by the maestro himself which pretty much sums up the book. But I'd advise you to read the book anyway, to really get the details of this new way of working.

5 dangerous things you should let your kids do: Gever Tulley on TED.com

Really interesting talk on 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do by Gever Tulley on TED.com. If you have kids and you want them to be creative and innovative, go and take a look!

Comments on "The Social Enterprise - What Works, and What Doesn't"

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Finally had time to read another great post (and all the comments!) by Alex Iskold on ReadWriteWeb. It’s about “The Social Enterprise - What works, and What Doesn’t”.This post gives a good overview of why and how companies should use social media (internally and externally). I agree with most of the post.I do have a couple of comments and questions:1. Alex ask “Do corporations need social networks?”I would say ‘yes’ because companies are inherently social, or at least, they were when they started. Companies are built up by individuals that got together because they have/had a shared concern. If these individuals are not social, there would be no enterprise.Or do you mean ‘social network applications’?2. I missed one (to me) important dimension in Alex’s “Agile Communication in The Enterprise”. It focuses on one company with two department. But isn’t the real issue for companies a little bit more complex? And isn’t this a very important reason to devise new work methods and tools to su…

IT resources focused on (un)structured data

With respect to my post about structured and unstructured information managementGartner
predicts this:By 2011, IT will allocate 75% of information management (IM) resources (people, systems and software) to integrate and analyze a blend of traditionally structured and diverse data types, whereas today 75% resources are focused only on structured data.Source: Predicts 2008: Information Infrastructure Will Help Master Chaos (Gartner Research, G00153199, Dec. 5, 2007)

Managing for Breakthrough in Productivity

Scott Berkun pointed us to "the best innovation paper you've never read". Yep, I've never read it, but had some time to just recently. And it's a very convincing and interesting paper. It challenges all who say innovation cannot be managed and should just appear. The Breakthrough Framework is wonderfully simple, but says it all.

An architecture to Manage Structured and Unstructured Information

Relating to this post by Column Two, which is more about web content structuring/un-structuring, I'd like to ask you the following questions. But first I'll give you some context.

Introduction
Product research, development, engineering and manufacturing is an interesting process. To certain extent it is structured and follows agreed upon work flows. On the other hand much is done in an ad hoc and unstructured way.An important part of product research, development, engineering and manufacturing is information management. To design a product information must be gathered, structured, distributed, searched, etc. Over time a clear description of this product (part) is stored, versioned, communicated, etc. These facets of data, document, information and knowledge management are also sometimes very structured, while in other parts of the process totally unstructured.Most companies manage structured data, documents and information fairly well (in PLM and ERP systems). Most information a…