November 2009 Archives

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Sat, 28 Nov 2009 16:19:37 : Waterstones is promoting Dave Sim's Cerebus graphic novel. Wonderful.

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Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:41:00 : #craggyisland @dlivingstone on #sloodle - we're both finding it very odd a) talking from podium on raised stage & b) having monitor 2m away
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 12:04:06 : #craggyisland also some great rl-sl mashups - like a washing machine controller in rl that drives a large scale duplicate in #sl
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:55:49 : #craggyisland neat PC architecture model in #sl too with student activity tracked by SLoodle Tracker
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:54:10 : #craggyisland @KerriMcCusker talking about their Tracker system for SLoodle - great step in better integrating VLEs and SL
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:44:12 : #craggyisland @Joe_Librarian from latest snapshot every UK bar one is doing work in virtual worlds
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:42:28 : #craggyisland #pic Towel elephant in the bathrooms at City Hotel, Derry http://twitpic.com/q7n1i
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 08:53:17 : Good looking morning here in Derry for Immersed on #vw at Magee - no hashtag yet except #fatherted or #craggyisland

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Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:14:05 : Any other parents turning into assistant code breakers every Thursday night at the moment?
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 17:46:00 : Flags still flyings and kerbs still painted in this part of Ulster - old habits die hard
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:53:21 : Touched down in a very wet Belfast -how much has it changed since I was here in 89-91 - those happy days spent up on Divis Mountain ;-)
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:34:55 : RT @Broughton500: recording last Ep of #planetb series 2 with @jezzzer - It's called "Dark Star" < Great news - superb series on BBC7 radio
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:31:07 : At #bhx departures with @V_World_Watch waiting for our flight/coach to Derry via Belfast for Immersed at Magee tomorrow
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:29:08 : Great dissemination session for Theatrebase on the use of #sl for managing theatre spaces and performing at SGI - vid to follow

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Sun, 15 Nov 2009 19:48:42 : Just finished my last French Napoleonic 20mm for probably at least 5 years. http://twitpic.com/pnuby

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Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:06:44 : Hurrah! Linked-In now takes twitter updates - finally changed my Linked-In status from "waiting for Linked-In to take Twitter updates"!

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Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:42:01 : Bit out of sequence but nice pic of fireworks at Brockham Bonfire last weekend http://twitpic.com/p7vhe
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:38:01 : RT @DirDigEng: Calling open data developers: we need your help http://bit.ly/QfiLQ #opendata #gov20
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:21:03 : Open information and data.gov.uk one of his main foci with Tim Berner-Lee - by end 2009. Also check out US Federal IT dashboard
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:16:23 : #intellectuk @DirDigEng Andrew Stott talking about Govt Digital Engagement and social media - #vw an "acquired taste" - one snigger
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 07:13:17 : #busyday #London for #Intellect Digital Govt mtg, then St George's for #Pivote mtg then back to #brum for #lunarsoc dinner with Milliband

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Wed, 11 Nov 2009 16:23:26 : Just finished the pivote stream - good attendance, used Skype for audio but #SL for visuals - worked fine, & real breadth of pivote on show
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:58:25 : #livw09 - Soton showing off our Datascape implementation on their Blip.TV video - http://blip.tv/file/2813967
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:47:42 : #livw09 - Southampton University talking - Daden built the ground level environment for them
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:25:32 : #livw09 - OK so why are UEL just re-inventing a system that does less than PIVOTE & by the look of it isn't open source or standards based
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 11:30:54 : #livw09 - Don't think its about "visitors" & "residents". Future is mostly about "users" - just using SL for a task - #SL as such fades.
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 11:03:38 : Neat. just had virtual 2 minutes silence on the Open University WW1 Poetry sim with bombs going off and nurses running around #livw09
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:57:37 : #livw09 - Maggi asks whether avatars or virtual worlds are the changling boy from A Midsummers Night Dream
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:38:12 : Looking for a hashtag for the Coventry Learning in Immersive Virtual Worlds in HE event - #livw09 #liivw09? #nwoliivwihe? Maggi just up

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Sat, 07 Nov 2009 17:00:34 : Back at Brockham for Brockham Bonfire, 10,000 plus people, flaming torches and about £20k worth of fireworks

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Thu, 05 Nov 2009 11:18:59 : Todays task: get PIVOTE moved across to #teengrid in #sl #'teensl

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Wed, 04 Nov 2009 16:41:29 : #idrn good summing up on main themes - google maps/earth, open-source, gps, public participation, data quality and access control
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 16:24:17 : Great to see #sl Enterprise & the Marketplace out in the open, we at Daden think both are great steps forward & we'll be actively supporting
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 16:16:39 : #idrn http://bit.ly/JMdIr - great disease alerts service, can't wait to put in Datascape in #sl
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 15:50:54 : #idrn healthmap.org - nice disease outbreak mapping system with good upstream parsing, aggregation, combination, categorisation & geocoding
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 15:03:37 : #idrn MapAction - "blue light" GIS and mapping charity - like REDR but for geographers
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 14:57:48 : #idrn excellent talk by Tim Fendley on Legible London pedestrian navigation - would play in nicely to our #sl macro-nav student project
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 12:43:10 : Got Twitter plotting on Datascape in #sl at last. Need to get the labels up next, and then perhaps the bubbles
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 11:02:07 : 4 Ideas for Pirate Havens in #birmingham #bigdebate - http://bit.ly/1kVeUi
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 06:58:53 : Off to London to talk about #sl to the Infectious Disease Research Network at the Royal Geographical Society. Swine flu jab at the ready!

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Tue, 03 Nov 2009 09:41:35 : RT @Andbwell 10 things Brum could do to welcome the pirates #bigdebate http://bit.ly/1AshJk Nice list & practical. Must blog my take.


Here's my reflections on The Big Debate event. Speaker-wise Charles Leadbetter and Toby Barnes were great, but David Harris must have thought he was speaking at an advertising event circa 2000. Far too long was spent on them talking though, and not enough on the rest of us having some structured discussion. The final "ideas" list could have been done in the first 10 minutes and had no hard actions.

But I don't want to spend this post griping, I want to contribute. So here is my "Top 4" actions (sorry couldn't get to 5!) that I'd like to see taken as part of an "invite the pirates" initiative, and which would certainly help the pirates like myself who are already here. The first three should be do'able quickly and cheaply, the other might take a bit longer but can at least be projectised..

1.Open up the local HEI student cafe areas to SMEs, making them co-working spaces where collaboration can naturally happen.

I'm lucky that I spend a lot of time visit regional and other HEIs. Most have nice cafes full of students working in ad-hoc groups, and wi-fi and power. The Saltire Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University even has lightweight igloos and tents that students can drop over the tables to make ad-hoc project spaces. Whilst my meetings usually involve staff rather than students there is a) a nice buzz about being around students and b) from screens and books and posters you pick up a bit about what is going on.

So why don't we "formalise" this. Why not let SMEs make use of these same spaces - so that we can build informal links with the students - growing their awareness of us and of real business, and our awareness of their individual and collective capability. And we might even agree to give the odd guest lecture for the privilege!

2.Ensure that every HEI has an RSS feed or web service giving a) key details of each member of their research/development staff and b) details of each paper/report produced by the HEI

One area that we really struggle with is finding out who in our local HEIs are expert in the areas we are interested in. Over 5 years we're getting there, but it takes a lot of effort and I'm sure is not 100% complete. The Index Voucher scheme has been useful quite apart from the cash in finding out who's who, but we need something better.

So why doesn't every HEI clearly advertise an RSS feed or web service where I can track by keyword any paper, project, report, activity or people in the areas that interest me. We're not talking about a portal, something they have to maintain separately or I have to go to separately, but a feed straight out of what one would hope would be existing systems, and straight into my existing RSS reader.

3. Every company should post an RSS feed of student project ideas

The flipside of 2. When I visit HEIs I'm often asked if I have ideas for student projects - but chances are that I have my ideas at a different time from when they want the projects. And the lecturers appear to be crying out for real commercial projects. So every SME should post ideas on their web site as they occur to them, make them available on an RSS feed, and let the HEIs aggregate and search then as needed. Again no portal, but a great mash-up of project ideas. The benefits should be obvious - students and lecturers get real ideas and commercial input, companies get interesting work done for free.

We could even extend the model to embrace freelancers and bounty projects (Pirates again), and maybe even peer-to-peer B2B collaboration.

This is one we can do for ourselves, and the Daden project feed will go live by the end of the week.

4.Create urban (and rural) based hubs

The recent debate out about the Digital District had a lot of people calling for the emphasis to be city-wide, not just Digbeth. And talking to people in the Birmingham Library Service there's a lot of talk about how neighbourhood libraries are integrated with the new Central Library. And with others there's been talk about how we can make better use of school premises - particularly as they get revamped for the the 21st Century under Building Schools for the Future. And Moseley now has Moseley Exchange, and I've always been a great fan of the old Telecottage concept - no longer as a tech hub but as a co-working hub. So whilst I see the merit for a focussed physical centre for our Digital efforts (and Digbeth is nicely on the #50 bus route), I can also see the benefit in finding a way to federate that District out through a series of hubs based on existing infrastructures into the urban villages and neighbourhoods of Birmingham, and into the market towns and rural villages of the West Midlands.

Today's 9 Twitter Posts

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Mon, 02 Nov 2009 17:14:20 : #bigdebate Underwhelmed. Still not clear if focus is creative arts industries, or digital industries or creativity in industry
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 16:49:16 : #bigdebate "employ a young guy to do Twitter for you" Isnt that missing the point - & in the same league as using secretaries to send emails
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:52:12 : #bigdebate @tobybarnes good talk - "making life playable" and yes def a Dave Gorman clone
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:46:39 : #bigdebate Nice Kevin Kelly quote about connecting the other 7995 things in the home - Internet of Things
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:38:00 : #bigdebate neat doll/accelerometer interface, perhaps I need a model of my avatar to have a whole new #sl interface
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:34:53 : #bigdebate love AR but anybody got any stats on %pop with QR enabled phones or even with the s/w on their PCs?
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:26:55 : #bigdebate Not impressed by Harris' content or style - @wethink was far more on target. This sounds like Ad101
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:13:36 : #bigdebate but do create something like The Saltire Centre with a huge cafe space & portable igloos and tents to create your own teamspaces
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 12:19:22 : Off to #bigdebate. Working def of Creative Industries might be a good start. When does software become "creative"? Is Excel? Is Excel in SL?

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