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A place to discuss the meeting of theory and practice on evolving virtual communities. By Aldo de Moor (you should follow me on twitter here)

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ELIZA's grandchildren

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:10:53 +0100

Natural language processing has come a long way. One popular application is in chat bots. One of the first and most famous was text-based "computer therapist" ELIZA in the 1960s. Nowadays, chat bots have much more sophisticated algorithms and user...

The community is the guru

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 17:44:30 +0200

Last week, in a meeting with a customer, I was introduced as a "community guru". Although flattered, of course, the label didn't feel right to me at all. I told them that instead I consider myself more like one-eyed in...

Co-creating the CIRN Commons

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:39:05 +0100

What? At the Prato 2009 conference, we decided to set up a wiki, dubbed the "CIRN Living Knowledge Base". At this year's conference, we decided to change its name into the "CIRN Commons", as this much better reflects what it...

Collaboration Space: The Final Frontier?

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:15:21 +0200

Collaboration is hot. However, in all the surrounding excitement and hype about flashy social media, abundant communication, and innovative co-creation processes, we almost seem to forget the key role of "space" in allowing people to fruitfully work together. People jointly...

Open access: The grey zone

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 14:42:53 +0200

Open access publications are very important for promoting knowledge sharing, innovation, collaboration, and so on. Many research publications are still proprietary, however, and hidden behind high copyright walls. On the Community Informatics Researchers mailing list, an interesting discussion is being...

Saving Web 2.0 from itself?

Sun, 04 Oct 2009 00:34:15 +0200

On September 18, Andrew Keen gave the Incubate Innovation Lecture. Incubate is an annual independent culture festival in Tilburg. Keen is a well-known web entrepreneur and web critic. In 1995 he founded and built it into a popular first...

Social capital/ism

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 12:30:17 +0200

Last Thursday, Noreena Hertz gave a talk at the "debate temple" LUX in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is one of the leading intellectual spokespersons of the alternative globalization movement, having gained prominence with her book "The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism...

Argumentation support: who cares?

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 18:00:44 +0100

Argumentation support tools aim to create structured maps of arguments that aid sensemaking in a particular problem domain. A wide range of argumentation support tools exists, some of the more well-known ones including CMaps, Compendium, COHERE, and DebateGraph. My own...

Visualizing workflows and business processes

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 12:26:49 +0100

SIKS is the Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems. As an alumnus, I attended the annual "SIKS Day" in Utrecht on October 2. It's always a nice event to reconnect with my scientific peers and to keep in...

Moving community informatics research forward

Sat, 08 Nov 2008 16:33:04 +0100

From Oct 27-30, 2008, the 5th Community Informatics & Development Informatics conference was held in Prato, Italy. As always, the conference was a great meeting of minds of researchers and practitioners from all over the world, and from many different...