In this issue:
TechCrunch • November 30, 2008
Something here for everyone. Author Glenn Kelman has a real estate business and calls this a guide for new CEOs, but many of these suggestions ring true for anyone who manages people, answers to a board or works on business strategy.
The New York Times • November 30, 2008
Collective intelligence is our job. The abundance of personal data out there is fueling a new avenue of research that leverages wireless networks of digital sensors with other data to create collective intelligence systems. One intriguing conclusion: Research by MIT Media Lab and Hitachi Data Systems that tracked Lab employees' activities via sensor badges showed that productivity improved 30% with an incremental increase in face-to-face communication. Should we be doing more water cooler chit-chat and less e-mail?
Globe and Mail • November 27, 2008
Are blogging and virtual worlds finally passé? With a plethora of blogs on every major media Web site and a virtual storefront on every cybercorner, people are waking up to the reality that watching avatars interact or wading through strangers' stream-of-consciousness prose is about "as fun as watching paint dry," in the words of Reuters reporter Eric Krangel.
Harvard Business Review • December 2008
Turn your innovators into "innovation hubs." Finding and developing breakthrough innovators is a challenge, but once you've given them the tools and training they need to flourish, where do you put them? (Hint: it's not in senior management.)
Web Worker Daily • December 1, 2008
People-finder. Socialtext, based on a combination of wiki and blog, makes it easier to create and manage virtual teams by focusing on the people rather than on shared documents or files. By providing a platform for users to advertise their areas of knowledge and expertise, the tool provides a shortcut to finding the right person to answer a question or provide a service.
IBM Press Release • November 25, 2008
It's crystal ball time. IBM has a number of leading-edge projects in the pipeline, but the most relevant to librarians is its work in "Spoken Web" technology, which will change the way we both seek and deliver information.
The Above the Fold commentators wish all Above the Fold subscribers peaceful and restful holidays.
- Something New For Something Old—PACSCL Conference Recap (Part 1)
- Centering the Decentralized Identity
- Das Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia Commons
- Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa Rocks My World
- Season's Greetings from OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership
- RLG Programs Meetings at ALA Midwinter, 23–28 January in Denver
- RLG Programs 2009 Annual Partner Meeting, 1–3 June 2009 in Boston