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Why Twitter is like, and not like, living in an intentional community

My attitude to Twitter and the concept of microblogging has changed dramatically in the last 18 months. I’ve gone from “that’s stupid, why would anyone use that” to “I would find living without Twitter very difficult indeed”. In the last month or so, I’ve started noticing some similarities between using Twitter, and living in an intentional community. I’ve also noticed some marked differences.

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IM Trends 4 – Doing SharePoint wrong, and right

In this fourth post on information management trends in NZ, I look at the phenomenon that is SharePoint. The key trend I’m picking is that given the sheer number of deployments we’re seeing in NZ, and the capability of some of the solution partners and consultants, by 2010/11 we’re going to see lots of very bad implementations of SharePoint, and some very good ones.

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IM Trends 3 – Enterprise Social Computing

I’m an early adopter. I started Christchurch’s first web design company in 1995. I’m onto my 3rd iPhone. But when I first saw Twitter I didn’t get it. I thought it was stupid. Now I couldn’t live without it. Social computing brings this kind of tool inside the organisation. My prediction is that enterprise social computing is going to be big in NZ, in the 2010/11 timeframe.

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IM Trends 2 – CMIS will save us

One of the big challenges for Enterprise Content Management in the last few years has been the sharing of content across different repositories and systems. Traditionally the only way to get sharing/reuse/blending of different content types across different stores was to buy all of the solution components from one vendor. Enter CMIS – the Content Management Interoperability Services standard. Think of it in the same light as the way major database vendors standardised on SQL in the 1980s.

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IM Trends in NZ 1 – OpenSource ECM

I’ve just been asked to Chair the Brightstar Information Management conference in Wellington in March next year. As such, I’ve consolidated my mental meanderings on IM trends into something a bit more cohesive. Here’s what I’m seeing coming: 1. OpenSource ECM, 2. CMIS will save us, 3. Enterprise Social Networking, 4. Doing Sharepoint wrong, and right, 5. Structured Data, 6. Toes in the mist. First up, Open Source Enterprise Content Management.

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Blogstorming, Wikipolishing and simultaneous emergence?

I’ve been listening of late to Dave Snowden’s podcasts (mostly keynotes from various KM conferences around the world). In the last year he’s added a strong focus on social computing, as, in inimitable Dave style, he’s in the last three years leaped head first, experientially, into the world of blogging, editing the Wikipedia pages on KM, Welsh Rugby and other topics, and into Facebook and Twitter. Dave suggests the use of a new double loop iteration method using blogs and wikis to develop policies, strategies, and other plans in organisations. I was fascinated therefore, to hear Australian Senator Kate Lundy explaining her use of exactly the same method in her PublicSphere events for consultation with citizenry on public policy issues.

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Action over words – combining electronic and analogue facilitation

At the Open Government Data Barcamp this Saturday I was asked to facilitate the closing session. The purpose of the session was to get 160 people to come up with a shortlist of projects to be worked on the next day at the hackfest. Nat Torkington, while not physically present at the event had been looking over our shoulder virtually on Twitter, and had beseech-ed us to leave the weekend with some real things built. How on earth was I going to pull this off?

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3 Pillars of Open Government

Can politicians embrace social computing in a way that is open, honest and truly participatory, rather than simply cynical bandwagon jumping? Was David Cameron, UK opposition leader wrong when he said that “too many tweets might make a twat”? It seems so. The visit of Senator Kate Lundy to NZ, and the talk she gave to a packed room at Archives NZ on the evening of 26 August, proved, irrevocably, to me, that at least one politician is using social computing in a very powerful and authentic way.

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Australasian geospatial metadata, standards, spaghetti and disappearing spacecraft

I’ve just been to the ANZLIC metadata presentation held by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). ANZLIC is the Australia & New Zealand Spatial Information Council. They provide leadership in the collection, management and use of spatial information in Australasia. Today they presented on the use of their ANZMet Lite tool for creating spatial metadata records.

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Head in the Clouds?

As an independent consultant I’ve always worked hard to be technology agnostic. This has meant mixing and mingling with people from different parts of the IT landscape, including free software advocates, Microsoft evangelists, and everyone in between. About three years ago I started wondering whether the next big battle wouldn’t be between Microsoft and Linux, but rather it would be between Microsoft and Google. What’s made me really realise that the space has changed from an idea to a business reality is not the media and large vendor hype. It’s the people, and the business names. I’m seeing a third set of people emerge, they’re not OpenSource stallwarts, or Microsofties, they’re Cloud junkies.

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Albert Einstein