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Adopting wiki's - wikipatterns

How do you use wiki's in organisations? How do they fit in your information architecture? Aren't wiki's too loose? In what situation should I use a wiki? What is a good configuration for my project wiki?
An interesting new initiative has been launched to help companies answer these questions. It's called wikipatterns. Go ahead and take a look. Two good posts about wikipatterns can be found here and here. Larry Cannell of Collaboration Loop (first 'good post') asked the following interesting questions after looking at wikipatterns:
Does WikiPatterns represent a key piece to enabling companies trying to fill the gap between IT and Business and help drive adoption of new technology? Can patterns be applied to other technologies like Microsoft SharePoint or eRoom? Are product-specific patterns sustainable or do patterns only apply to a capability (like wikis)? Are there, or should there be, patterns for blogs, social networks, or other Web 2.0 technologies?
Can a com…

Information Overload

On the eMarketer site I found this interesting article about generating, digesting, judging and coping with information. Lots has been written about this topic, under the title 'Information overload' (or 'cognitive overload'). They also give some interesting statistics.
I want to comment on some parts of the article. It states:
"Like it or not, marketers today are on a constantly accelerating treadmill where they need to get data faster, make decisions faster, execute faster, measure faster and even make mistakes faster. Particularly in digital marketing, the game is not won by endlessly debating what might work, but rather constantly iterating within the marketplace," said Mr. Ramsey.It is more important than ever to get the right data, quickly. Yet it is more challenging as well. The information-gathering process at most businesses is neither efficient nor effective, according to a survey of more than 1,000 middle managers in the US and the UK conducted by Ac…

wefeelfine.org -- Addictive Visualization of Collective Sentiment

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The O'Reilly Radar pointed to an interesting new site called wefeelfine. What's it about?

"Basically, blog data is collected and searched for variants of the phrases 'I feel...' or 'I am feeling...' One of 5,000 predefined feelings is associated with the post and the other database attributes are loaded. The 'mobs' has options to display 'most common' and 'most salient' characteristics of the data. The animation is done in processing." (...)

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles' properties - color, size, shape, opacity - indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains. The particles careen wildly around the screen until asked to self-organize along any number of axes, expressing various pictures of human emotion. We Feel Fine p…

Google Steps Into Microsoft's Office

Not to long ago I wrote about Google's information architecture. I didn't get any answers to my question what Google's info architecture looks like (yet). But I did get answers to this question I asked:
Although Google products are free and can also be used in enterprises, I haven't heard of many companies dumping Microsoft and using free web 2.0 stuff (from Google a.o.) from then on.But then I ran into this article a couple of days ago: "Google steps into Microsoft's Office". One of the companies that's thinking about swapping their old email system for Google (Apps for your domain) is Pixar Animation Studio's.
Greg Brandeau is itching to dump the decade-old, homegrown e-mail system he manages at Pixar Animation Studios Inc.. And the senior vice-president for technology at the Walt Disney Co. unit is sure about one thing: The replacement won't be Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange and Outlook duo, whose e-mail, calendar, and other programs dominat…

Lego Mindstorms

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Just got my Lego Mindstorms from the States. Of course I bought this for my son Nathan - as you can see. I really look forward to see him build robots and play with them.

What this has to do with 'information architecture'? Absolutely nothing. Just wanted to let you know I'm looking for ways to explain why a grown-up would buy Lego... ;-)

Samuel

Read/Write Intranet

Lots has been written about the use of a (corporate) Intranet. Many companies puts lots of money in implementing and maintaining an Intranet. Usually this is a full-time job for several people, and updates of the content of Intranet is done by a small amount of heavily loaded people (that decide for everybody what information is relevant for the others). And what you see is that the Intranet is never up-to-date and users can't find the stuff they need easily. So they bookmark several Intranet links or set up an openingpage with relevant links and that's their use of Intranet. That's not a lot of use/usage for big investments...

An easy way to change this is being applied more and more. I ran into a post by Innovation Creators which confirms this trend. It says:
I believe that 2007 is the year when companies will start to understand that they need a read/write Intranet. Here is a list of some of the start-ups and large companies that produce systems that could be used to buil…