A world of big (closed) data and its unused potential

29-05-2012 – Filed under communicationtechnologybig-dataopen-dataopenness

“Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003” said Eric Schmidt from Google in 2010. Behind most of this information there is Big Data. And although we Internet users contribute mostly to that vast data, we get little…

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Information silos vs. open data in development organizations

30-06-2009 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentopen-dataopenness

Accurate data is key for development work. Opening data sources can enhance transparency and improve collaboration between development projects. Surprisingly, development organizations show few signs of opening up data to create new channels to link information across organizations. The age of the typewriter: Data exchange in developing organizations Information exchange…

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Wisdom of crowd: Bottom up measuring of development results

19-05-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Ddevelopmentkenyamobileopennessorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Some days ago, I had a talk with a colleague from another development organization about web2fordev. We were asking whether web2.0 can really make a difference in development work? We both agreed it can, but we were unsure whether the organizational culture has to change first or the external pressure…

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NGO2.0 is all about learning and ideas (2)

04-04-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementcivil societyculturengoopennessorganizational-learningsharing

As I have previously argued in a recent post, many NGOs have quite conventional organizing forms, facing the challenge of openness and often not founding a way to deal with open networks and a two way conversation. A key step to openness and different understanding of roles such as an…

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How does social software get in an organization?

25-02-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementcultureintranetopennesssharing

**In older days, new software and applications came to an organization via the IT department. Nowadays, it is easier for social software to reach organizations in different ways because no firewall can stop it. To keep social software and its potential for knowledge sharing behind the firewall it is a…

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Web2.0 and development studies

04-02-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationopennessweb2fordev

In my last post I argued that the collaborative web has its implications for development aid. And yesterday I read an interesting article by Mark Thompson from the University of Cambridge titled “ICT and development studies: towards development2.0.” The article is an attempt to highlight the potentials of the web…

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A network of ideas - development 2.0

01-02-2008 – Filed under communicationICT4Dcitizen-journalismculturedevelopmentnetworkopen-sourceopennesspoverty

[Published in the Internationale Politik magazine in December 2007.] How the participative Web 2.0 challenges development cooperation - and why this is a chance for development organizations  Adyaka, a village in the heart of Uganda, needs a new trade school. None of the 4,000 inhabitants have the necessary skills to…

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7 concerns about the web in 2008

21-01-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementculturelanguagenetworkopennessparticipation

Frequent readers know I am quite enthusiastic about the social web, its potentials and cultural impact. Especially when it comes to knowledge sharing and information and communication technologies for development. However, I also have concerns and see obstacles about the participative web – its development and its divide. So as…

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10 reasons why statuses and tweets are a key for social networks

19-11-2007 – Filed under communicationmobileopennesssharingsocial-network

For the past weeks I have been experimenting with Twitter and Facebook. I have checked out the value of statuses (Facebook) and tweets (Twitter) over these two social network tools. For those of you who do not know, Facebook is a social network platform which lets one not only to…

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web2fordev conference impressions (2)

30-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationconferenceculturefeednetworkopennessrssweb2fordevwiki

Complexity Another key lesson was the big question of ‘how to best combine all these web2.0 tools to obtain better results.’ Everybody is still experimenting –this might be what web2.0 is all about. Nevertheless, I understood the importance of taking a holistic approach and use a combination of blogs according…

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web2fordev conference impressions (1)

29-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dconferenceopen-sourceopennessrural-developmentsharingweb2fordev

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to blog during the web2fordev conference. Organization work was more than what I expected, and of course there were so many interesting people to talk to around, I just couldn’t let go. Favourably, we got about 50 blog posts mainly from our journalists,…

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10 arguments for web2.0 in an organization

03-09-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementfeednetworkopennesssocial-bookmarkingsocial-networkwiki

It is not always easy to argue in favour of web2.0 tools when you are faced with these arguments: More information? My mailbox already drives me nuts! The content written by some people is often so irrelevant and just for entertainment. I spent already so much time online and now…

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Implications of knowlegde sharing through the web

18-07-2007 – Filed under knowledge-managementlearningopennessorganizational-learningsharingwiki

While reading “everything is miscelleanous”, I found a quote by Michael Gorman, president of the American Library Assiciation, in Library Journal back in 2005: “Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained…

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