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Carla Casilli

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19 Nov 11

The essential characteristic, in my view, is “open.” And “massive” is not the right modifier for “open.” Rather, I would say they are “radically open,” in the sense that all content is freely accessible and anyone can come and do however much or little as they want, when they want, and leave when they want. This lack of accountability and follow-through is sometimes criticized as a bug, but actually it’s a feature. In fact, it is the essential defining characteristic. The very thing that makes a course like DS 106 work is the fact that people make it into what they need it to be. It is a Radically Open Online Class, or ROOC.

19 Nov 11

Where, how and when we learn is changing dramatically, and how we get recognized for what we learn is now changing, too. Our BadgeStack™ system is at the forefront of this movement. We’re working with associations, conference planners, museums, schools, and companies to advance this learning revolution.

17 Aug 11

There are three letters that have been floating around the media world for several years now: API. Short for “application programming interface,” an API enables software programs to communicate with one another, allowing your programs to share data and interact in a variety of ways.

17 Aug 11

From the results, they created the following Finger Movement Diagrams that detail the keyboard motions innate to each individual typing style. Lines represent the total number of direct movements between pairs of keys – thin for less and fat for more – tinted red at the end with greater inbound traffic, blue on the other, or purple where the back-and-forth is substantially equal. For simplicity’s sake, the underlying U.S. keyboard peeks through, but only in a few spots, as labels on the busiest keys to give you some bearings…

One-Fingered Peck

17 Aug 11

About the project

Researchers from AT&T Labs - Research (Alexandre Gerber, DeDe Paul, James Rowland, Christopher Rath) along with researchers at MIT SENSEable City Laboratory and IBM Research examined anonymous connections from AT&T cell phone networks across the US and analyzed how these aggregated county-to-county connections determine regional boundaries.

This research was originally highlighted in the global edition of TIME Magazine on the 11th of April in the series on Intelligent Cities, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with the National Building Museum, IBM, and TIME. The research was also featured in the Opinion section of the New York Times on July 3, 2011.

17 Aug 11

Let me frame five of those hard problems for you.

1. Environment – US is at 8+ times footprint, Europe at 4+ times. We have no sane development path for 5 billion poor people trying to get a foot on the ladder.
2. Poverty – one billion are regularly hungry, 9 million children a year die of preventable disease.
3. Freedom – can free societies make tough decisions, or will authoritarian states like China endure hardship more effectively? What about creeping fascism and legalized torture in our democracies?
4. Democracy – has failed, to a substantial degree, when combined with Imperial Power. Can the world be governed by democracies?
5. Technological Risk – we have essentially no mechanism to regulate global risks from nuclear, biotechnology and nanotechnology. All three are spreading like a plague. Now what?

17 Aug 11

Finding 1:
* Open source is about transparency.
* Journalism has traditionally not been about transparency, instead keeping projects under wraps — the art of making the sausage and then keeping it stored inside newsrooms.

Finding 2:
* Open source is iterative.
* Journalism is iterative, but news organizations generally aren’t (yet).

Finding 3:
* Open source is about standards.
* So is journalism.

Finding 4:
* Open-source development is collaborative, free, and flexible.
* Producing news costs money, and open source may not get to the heart of journalism’s business problems.

17 Aug 11

What is critical in making cities “smart” is not just data, it seems, but clear, accessible data that is often used for purposes government may never have dreamed of. Early in the symposium, Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, said that information to make cities smart was about “making it easier to do the right thing.”

Some data need to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt. In his new book Makeshift Metropolis, Witold Rybczinski points out the illusions that are projected by raw density stats. The standard geographical definitions of urban borders and densities often hide more truths than they reveal. Many times, suburbia is tossed into the urban core. On paper, the density of LA and Chicago look similar; in fact, their greater metropolitan areas are a mix of compact sections and loose towns.

14 Aug 11

News Corp. closed its British tabloid newspaper, News of the World, founded in 1843, on July 10 after allegations that it obtained phone, medical, and bank records from as many as 3,870 people ranging from celebrities, politicians, and the police.

14 Aug 11

Now, in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection.

14 Aug 11

It’s best to combine research methods, using different methods at the various stages of an iterative design process. Start with user research to understand users, their tasks, their understanding of a site’s content, and their language.

Use open card sorting or Modified-Delphi card sorting to generate ideas for organization and labeling. Once you’ve created your taxonomy, skip closed and reverse card sorting to go directly to tree testing for feedback on its organization. Make adjustments to your taxonomy based on the results and conduct additional rounds of tree testing as necessary. Finally, once you’ve created your initial interface designs, mock them up in a low-fidelity prototype, conduct usability testing with them. Make design changes based on the results, then test again, later in the design process, using a higher-fidelity prototype to evaluate the design with fully interactive navigation.

14 Aug 11

The following five insights encapsulate our efforts to better capture contextual information in real-time. We believe these insights can provoke innovations and improvements on how we approach user research.
1 // Empower users to capture their life where it happens, as it happens.
2 // Context is a source of implicit user data. Uncover it.
3 // Capture the richness of communication.
4 // Don't exclude participants unnecessarily.
5 // Innovation is affordable.

14 Aug 11

SwiftRiver is a platform that helps people make sense of a lot of information in a short amount of time.
Filter & Verify Real-Time Data

In practice, SwiftRiver enables the filtering and verification of real-time data from channels like Twitter, SMS, Email and RSS feeds.

14 Aug 11

Everybody is the Rosa Parks of something—or at least the Michael Phelps, Cap'n Crunch, Dick Cheney, Elmer Fudd, or Paris Hilton of whatever. This blog collects examples of the adaptable idiom "X is the Y of Z", which is a snowclone. Feel free to use these descriptions when discussing your beautiful children, longtime companions, sworn enemies, favorite foods, and elected congress-scum.

14 Aug 11

Overview is an open-source tool to help journalists find stories in large amounts of data, by cleaning, visualizing and interactively exploring large document and data sets. Whether from government transparency initiatives, leaks or Freedom of Information requests, journalists are drowning in more documents than they can ever hope to read.

There are good tools for searching within large document sets for names and keywords, but that doesn’t help find stories we’re not looking for. Overview will display relationships among topics, people, places and dates to help journalists to answer the question, “What’s in there?”

We’re building an interactive system where computers do the visualization, while a human guides the exploration. We will also produce documentation and training to help people learn how to use this system. The goal is to make this capability available to anyone who needs it.

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