December 2002 Archives

I am building a site for my wife

I am building a site for my wife, barbara poole, who is a figurative painter, so I have not been posting lately.  Also, it is almost the New Year and I am very busy.  I should pick up the cadence soon.   Her site will focus entirely on her paintings, like Kay Ruane's site which I wrote about on December 26.   It will also include a weblog, which I am in the process of enabling.

In addition to my job search, a new business idea is emerging.   The business, currently called CCA: Content and Collaboration Architectures, will focus on designing and building environments for creating and sharing intellectual capital.   This is a huge concern in medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies, so the initial service offerings will focus on solutions for that vertical market.


Follow the link for a good post on metadata and the reasons for RDF (Resource Description Framework).   "Hopefully, by spreading these little chunks of Creative Commons RDF around the Web, we can promote interest in the broader vision of aSemantic Web, and help kickstart its development. I hope you'll join us and get creative."

Holiday Postings

I missed several days of posting during my holidays, but I am back and still on vacation.   It snowed like crazy last night, but not enough to dampen our Christmas party.   My friend Doug Bolin launched a new site for his wife Kay Ruane, who makes beautiful images in black and white with pencil.   Visit the site. This is one of her pictures:

NY Times: "Although Dr. Poindexter's

NY Times: "Although Dr. Poindexter's system has come under widespread criticism from Congress and civil liberties groups, a prototype is already in place and has been used in tests by military intelligence organizations." [Scripting News]

LibraryLookup: How Web Services are

LibraryLookup: How Web Services are Evolving. Jon Udell's LibraryLookup is a brilliant demonstration of how Web services are going to evolve. I've already plugged it into... [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

Riedel Wine Glasses. Can I

Riedel Wine Glasses. Can I Have A Glass For This? Yes, you can. Riedel make the best glasses in the world (well, with a little competition...), painstakingly suiting each drink to the best shape and size of container, for the benefit of nose, mouth, eyes and hold. A very recent addition, not yet found on their official list, is the bourbon glass, made with expert advise from Fred Noe, of the legendary Noe family, overlords of Jim Beam. Form means content indeed! More's the pity that the great majority of drinks are served in inappropriate glasses and therefore never fully enjoyed. [MetaFilter]

I fully agree with this, the glass makes a huge difference in the enjoyment of the the wine.  Most glasses are much to small and restaurants don't seem to be aware how much difference the glass makes.

Ernie the Attorney: Outline of

Ernie the Attorney: Outline of Law Blogs. [Scripting News]

great list.


THE PROMETHEUS DECEPTION, Robert Ludlum, St. Martin's, Suspense/Thriller, ISBN: 0312253

Today I drove to see my daughter's hockey game.   The drive was made tolerable only by an intense spy nove on tape.   Nicholas Bryson, in THE PROMETHEUS DECEPTION,spent 15 years of his life as a deep cover operative for The Directorate. The idea behind The Directorate is simple. The alphabet soup agencies --- FBI, CIA, NSD, etc., --- spend as much time one-upping each other as they do preserving national security. Hence, The Directory is created. It is a quasi-legal organization whose existence is a close-held and guarded secret, known only to the President of the United States and a few of his closest advisors. Bryson over time becomes The Directorate's most prized operative. It quickly becomes the only life he knows.  

K-Logs Here is a link


Here is a link to lists of k-logs from John Robb.

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Dear K-Loggers,

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My New Business Ideas I

My New Business Ideas

I am working on several new business ideas.  As I have mentioned in this weblog, I see the most opportunity in Health care, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. The information management requirements of these industries are extraordinary and the yield loss because of poor systems integration makes them a clear target for cost reduction and process transformation.

Also, there are a number of significant trends which I want to capitalize on in any new venture that I create:

1.) Automatic Computing: An approach to self-managed computing systems with a minimum of human interference. The term derives from the body's autonomic nervous system, which controls key functions without conscious awareness or involvement.

2.) Grid Computing: distributed computing, in which a network of computers taps into a main computer that links to thousands of distributed computing networks and processors resembling a utility company's power grid

3.) Web Services: The programmatic interfaces that are used for application to application communication

4.) WiFi: ubiquitous connectivity

5.) Broad application of XML and open source software

6.) Extremely low cost software development resources available in China

All of these trends, if harnessed creatively, can create a huge cost advantage for early adopters.

I think that I may be able to take advantage of these trends in Health and Life Sciences and I am beginning to build a team that will help develop  and execute the vision.

New Hampshire in the rain and

New Hampshire in the rain and ruminations about the job market, XML, Linux, and IT cost reduction     Rain Early

It is no fun driving in torrential rain from Boston to New Hampshire!  But I drove slowly and got a lot of thinking done, however, about XML, software development, open source software, and the kind of business I want to create.   Over the past two weeks, a contingency recruiter who wanted to work with me called over 70 companies to see if they needed someone in knowledge management.   He called consulting firms and law firms and no one wanted to hire someone in a leadership position in knowledge management.   Now maybe he  did not know how to describe the value that I could add, but no one responded positively.   I am wondering if knowledge management is a tired concept.

The business that I may create, if I can build enough momentum is focused on content management, knowledge management with a primary focus on dramatic cost reductions by transforming the content management processes, transforming the applications, using XML, and running the apps on low cost linux systems maybe using grid computing rather than on high cost windows based systems or proprietary software like Lotus Notes.

After the drive, I relaxed and watched �The City of Lost Children�.

La Cit� des Enfants Perdus

La Cit� des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children) (you can tell I love the visuals)


Tonight, on our cinematic Christmas tour de force, we saw "La Cit� des Enfants Perdus" a movie that I unfortunately did not know about. It is an extrordinary movie of nightmarish images. "That mastery of imagery and montage is what keeps Jeunet and Caro's film from being a mere clutter of dazzling images. The City of Lost Children is something of a fable set in a city in either the future or an alternate reality. The movie has to do with a scientist named Krank (Daniel Emilfork), who is aging prematurely because he lacks the ability to dream. Fighting to reverse the aging process, he sends his blind minions out to kidnap the city's most potent dreamers�the children�and bring them back so he can invade the children's dreams and make them his own."

After seeing this movie I am fascinated by the films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Most recently Jean-Pierre Jeunet create Am�lie, another of my recent favorite movies. Researching the film makers I found they also did Delicatessen (1991), a cult favorite in France which presents a post-apocalyptic black comedy about cannibalism! What a treat! :)

The Road Warrior Well tonight

The Road Warrior

Well tonight we found the right movie...The Road Warrior.  What a great film!  And how refreshing to see Mel Gibson do an excellent job at a movie after the first Mad Max.  This movie is a strong candidate for the most thrilling movie ever.  What more appropriate commodity to be fighting over than gasoline?

Tomorrow we will go to see the Two Towers in the movie theatre

Ray of light for tech

Ray of light for tech investors. Software firm Oracle and handheld computer maker Palm lift technology investors' spirits with better than expected results. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]

I am always looking for good news!

While I am on holidays

While I am on holidays we like to watch movies, every night sometimes on DVD. Tonight we watched Mad Max. 

I mistakenly thought I had gotten the second installment, but this one was great any way. There were tons of firey car crashes and chases.   I can' wait to see all the others again, in anticipation of Mad Max 4.  Visit the Mad Max web ring for more details.

At the same time I

At the same time I am reading two books

These are books that have been recommended in the weblogs I have been reading, so, not to be left in the dust I am reading:

   Emergence  by Steven Johnson, who I link to in my Blogroll.    Steve writes essays and articles for magazines.   I like his writing, especially on his web log.

 I am also reading "Small Pieces Loosely Joined by David Weinberger.


The New Yorker I just

The New Yorker

I just finished two articles in the New Yorker magazine.  The first was:  MANHUNT by SEYMOUR M. HERSH; The Bush Administration's new strategy in the war against terrorism; Issue of 2002-12-23 and 30; Posted 2002-12-16.  This is an article that dissects the Bush administrations new tactics for fighting terrorism, including assassination.   It also details Rumsfelds ongoing battle with the Clinton generals.   


I also read Norman Mailer's essay: "Birds and Lions"  Scenes from a writer's life.   It presents a good picture of how a writer develops and how hard it is to truthful about yourself and the world you live in.   I think Norm Mailer is a spectacular writer.   I saw him read in Province Town two years ago.  He read about going into space and Cassius Clay in Africa.   He's old now, but very sharp and insightful.   The first book I read by Norman Mailer was "The Naked and the Dead".   I read it in Paris where he wrote the book.

  I am on my


I am on my Christmas Vacation

I probably won't look to hard for a job, but I will continue to write in the weblog.   I think, however that I will change the subject a bit and start  to discuss a number of the other things that I like besides technology, computing, information science, taxonomies, XML, content management, and Google.   So now I will talk about art, painting, music, and what I am reading.

Let me start by talking about an artist that I heard speak at the Carpenter Center at Harvard the other night.  Damian Loeb is a figurative painter who is inspired by movies and the act of narrating a story pictorially.    His panoramic paintings require time to view and to comprehend the story.   His technique is fabulous.  Unfortunately during the lecture he did not show any slides.   He said it was a lecture and that people came to hear him talk about his images rather than to have him uncomfortably show stuff and tell a bit about the picture.   He also did not lecture, but rather just spoke about his images, the way he constructs his images and his approach to painting.


  2002 Year-End Google

  2002 Year-End Google Zeitgeist
Search patterns, trends, and surprises

"2002 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on more than 55 billion searches conducted over the past year by Google users from around the world. Whether you are tracking the global progression of the "Las Ketchup" craze or finding out who really is the queen of the Internet, the 2002 Year-End Zeitgeist enables you to look at the past year through the collective eyes of the world on the Internet."

For a google fan, these lists recap the year and the pulse of the worlds interests, primarily in pop culture.  "Las Ketchup" demonstrates how memes spread globally.

A burst of schemas. For

A burst of schemas. For different reasons many XML 2002 presentations proposed the use of multiple validations and transformations for advanced needs, rather than using a single schema. [xmlhack]

Interesting to follow the Links to the XML conference proceedings where the papers give a lot of insight into XML schemas and their application in web publishing

Reuters I am also getting


I am also getting some pull from Reuters who are thinking about the synergies between content managment, knowledge management, and their CRM initiatives.  This is a strategic requirement for them.

The Balanced Scorecard Collaborative I

The Balanced Scorecard Collaborative

I am having a bit of good luck with the balanced scorecard collaborative.  I think they will see me after the new year.   They are interested in learning and knowledge managemnet for their clients.

 Weblogs of Boston Notables

 Weblogs of Boston Notables

Sites to watch for news and what's next is an article chronicling 7 tech notables in the Boston area and their use of weblogs.
[Blogging Alone]  

Rats, I am still not on the list, although I don't think my comments would add to much to the technology debate.   They left out Mitch Kapor, who has moved to California, but was a former Bostonian.

Here is a list with links:   Dan Bricklin; John Robb; David Weinberger; Ray Kurtzweil; Jeremy Allaire; Ray Ozzie; Bob Frankston; Mitch Kapor; Ralph Poole

Theodore Roosevelt Quote "It's not

Theodore Roosevelt Quote

"It's not the critic who counts; not the person who points how the strong
man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The
credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is
marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and
comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great
devotions; who spends themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows
in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if they
fails, at least fails while daring so greatly, so that their place shall
never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Technology in Healthcare Series
"Medical Management � Making it Work with New Technologies"
Sponsored by: SkyWorld Interactive
Supported by: New England HIMSS

David Stievater, Healthcare Strategy Consultant, Stievater & Associates
Panelists: Rick Berard, Head of Internet Development, Global Commercial Strategy, Biogen, Inc.; Tom Hawkins M.D., Director of Web Services, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; and Lee Steingisser, MD and Senior Director of Clinical Development, McKesson Health Solutions
Tuesday, December 17th � 8:00am � 10:00am
Registration/Breakfast - 8:00am-8:30am; Panel - 8:30am-10:00am
Hosted by: Accenture, 100 William Street, Wellesley Office Park, Wellesley
Pre-registration: MIMC Members - $35; Non-members - $70
Please note: $10 additional for on-site registration
A panel of industry analysts, health plans, and technology implementers will describe their success stories in applying new technologies to allow them to realize the promised value of Medical Management. Applications of technology in this area include improved data mining of claims and medical history to target individuals most likely to benefit from medical management, new tools provided to individuals and providers allowing them to manage their health collaboratively, and communications via wireless and Internet networks that provide insight to medical professionals allowing them to assist their patients before possible illnesses become emergencies.

There are lots of good discussions happening around Boston, however I only find out about them the day before the event, and they cost a lot too.   $70 for a breakfast with Accenture.  It seems I have missed another good industry event.

Locus for action. There is

Locus for action. There is no room for people in intranets.  This has been my impression too.

Who Needs an Intranet?. Martin White has an interesting answer for managers of small companies wondering about intranets -- you probably don't need one! I concur, companies under about 50 employees, with everyone located in the same facility, can likely forego the expense and ha [b.cognosco]

I think this is where I begin to diverge from mainstream thinking on Intranets.  My thinking here is along the same lines as my previous post on whether an Intranet is a factory or a gallery.  I agree with Martin that a 50-man organisation doesn't need a gallery intranet to reflect upon work done or to showcase the HR policy set.  But who does?  More often than not I think these sites are built with an eye on senior management approval.  Hence: glossy, bright colours, simple headlines and little substance.

However if an intranet is living work, an embodyment of the spinning flywheels and turning cogs of the organisation, then why is it any less relevant to a 50-man, or even 5-man organisation?  To me it's just as relevant.  In a small organsiation there are less people doing the work, everyone needs to be that bit more focused on it (don't I know it!)  In a large organisation there are more cracks for things to fall through, but the idea is the same.

An intranet should help to collect things together and provide a locus for action.  The intranet should be part of the process, embedded in the work not separate to it.  As Terry says in response to the gallery post:

In "The 21st-Century Intranet" Jennifer Gonzalez describes four types of intranets ranging from the asynchronous broadcast model to the symmetrical interactive model. Almost none of the later exist and I belive it is becasue of the point you make -- there is almost no room for people. Even the idea of adding people to the intranet draws gap-mouthed stares from executives in many companies.

I don't think a change in workflow alone will do it. As numerous k-log threads have discussed, the cultural and personal barriers are greater than a simple change in workflow can address. But a comprehensive approach, will solid management support, could drastically change the nature of intra-company communication.

The basic point is this: If the Intranet is about the people, and their work, then why does the number of people matter?

[Curiouser and curiouser!]

More on Wired Correspondence. I've

More on Wired Correspondence. I've made two edits to yesterday's entry. First, I've put a pointer to the actual Wired article on Chandler at... [Mitch Kapor's Weblog]

Maybe I was a bit wrong in my earlier post about Chandler.  In this post Mitch explains a bit more about his vision for the application and it does sound interesting.

At the end of last

At the end of last week I received a number of good leads for jobs:

Accenture: Content Management

Omidyar Foundation: VP of KM

Massachusetts Medical Society:  A information platform for transforming medical reimbursement; knowledge managemnet in biotech

And a friend and I are working on creating content management/knowledge management company, I will explain more about this later, as the idea matures.


Mitch Kapor tries to take

Mitch Kapor tries to take the high road, but Wired puts him on the low one -- with "10 Things I Hate about Outlook." Oy. Same old stuff. Apparently it's impossible for anyone to do anything without it being about Microsoft. This is what a true monopoly looks like, in the mind of supposed journalists. I see the same thing re open source. The world is very simple. There's Microsoft and there's open source. They're like two puppets beating up on each other. Mitch tells us that they won't let him not be the kind of puppet they want him to be. Hey at least they know he exists. This, by the way, is why weblogs are so important. They allow us to route around this outage. [Scripting News]

However, having read Mitch's weblog, I can not figure out what value Chandler will add above Outlook.  It is, however, open and they have a number of very good people, I wish that they were working to be a bit more creative however.   We will see.

"The most important information is

"The most important information is the information you create youself."  I read that in the microcontent news blog. I think in his article about microcontent clients.

Is your intranet archival or vital?.

A good thread on intranets and klogging. Matt Mower has two posts, too long to repost: Contributing to an intranet and More like a gallery than a factory. And Spike Hall's Workshop or Trophy case: Strangers are Shown Trophies. I think their comments bear on the whole knowledge as object artifacts, as things, vs. knowledge as communication shared.

[a klog apart] [Blogging Alone]

AOL Moving into Blogging? [Dan

AOL Moving into Blogging? [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

There certainly is a rush to blog!

Health system elicits interest The

Health system elicits interest
The Daily Transcript
By Jennifer Heldt Powell

Friday, December 13, 2002

"Social-service advocates fed up with a fragmented, costly health and human services system welcomed a proposed change presented yesterday by Gov.-elect Mitt Romney's top health care adviser. Charles D. Baker Jr., chief of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc., outlined a plan yesterday to reorganize the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Instead of 15 separate agencies serving different types of clients, there would be seven departments based on functions such as case management, information services, purchasing and personnel.  As an analogy, Baker said, it would be like treating health and human services as a single store rather than a mall.  The plan, presented at an event sponsored by the Pioneer Institute, would make client services more efficient and save money by eliminating redundancies, Baker said. Also, the state might find more ways to snare federal matching funds. The plan was developed over the summer long before Romney was elected. But Baker, who heads Romney's health care transition team, said he will push it. "I would expect the incoming administration to engage this debate," he said."

Something has to be done very quickly to reduce healthcare spending.  Reducing the number of agencies is part of the plan, but ongoing reengineering of the information systems and processes associated with healthcare is also required.  I hope that his is part of the vision.

John Robb. Electronic Portfolios for

John Robb. Electronic Portfolios for Students (a K-Log?) [klogs] [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

I have written about blogs in education in this weblog before.  I think it is a great idea and I think building an electronic portfolio of work is an excellent idea for aggregating the work.

Google labs Google have added

Google labs

Google have added a new search viewer to their site which shows you a few seconds of each site until you get the one you want. Not sure it's on the main menu yet so here is a link Try it!   I am a big google fan so I will keep this site up to date with their innovations.

Announcing Froogle!. New, from Google:

Announcing Froogle!. New, from Google: Froogle! "Froogle is a new service from Google that makes it easy to find information about products for sale online. By focusing entirely on product search, Froogle applies the power of Google's search technology to a very specific task: locating stores that sell the item you want to find and pointing you directly to the place where you can make a purchase."... [Google Weblog]

[Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

Former KPMG Consulting lays off

Former KPMG Consulting lays off 4 percent of staff. Company says move is in response to market demand [InfoWorld: Top News]

State seen slipping as biotech

State seen slipping as biotech center

By Naomi Aoki, Globe Staff, 12/11/2002  Quote from the Boston Globe. 

Massachusetts, a major center of biotechnology since the field's birth nearly 25 years ago, may be in jeopardy of losing its stronghold, at a time when the industry is poised for a new wave of growth and other regions are aggressively vying for an increasing share of the nation's biotech jobs, companies, and tax dollars.  According to a report released yesterday by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the Boston Consulting Group, the state is already falling behind in the competition to be the premier center of biotechnology, and if it doesn't act soon to reverse the trend, it stands to lose out on nearly 100,000 new jobs and $1 billion in tax revenue in the next eight years"

Forrester: '03 IT spending forecast

Forrester: '03 IT spending forecast is mixed. Early data forecasts 1 percent IT spending growth [InfoWorld: Top News]

I vote that companies spend more!

KM And The Pharmaceutical Industry

KM And The Pharmaceutical Industry
Joseph Horvath � KM Director, Millennium Pharmaceuticals
Thursday, December 19th, 2002  --  4 pm-5:30pm
News As our Web site undergoes reconstruction, please register by e-mail this month
Location � Earley & Associates � 400 Hillside Avenue Needham, MA -- $15 at the door
Directions at or call 781-444-02872 x202 for more info
Joseph Horvath leads the development and implementation of  knowledge management strategy at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA. Before joining Millennium, Joe was an executive consultant with IBM Business Innovation Services and a research manager with the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management, which he helped establish. He was Associate Research Scientist at Yale University where he researched tacit knowledge and organizational learning. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University.
Knowledge Management Strategy at Millennium Pharmaceuticals
In an industry where breakthrough treatments come from breakthrough science, Millennium Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1993 with a strategy to make innovation more manageable. It has partnered with, merged or affiliated with more than a dozen global companies in a revolutionary collaborative approach to research. The company develops treatments for patients in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular, inflammatory, and metabolic disease. Millennium leads the way in understanding the roles that genes, proteins, and molecular pathways play in disease and applies that knowledge to drug discovery and development.  Joe Horvath will discuss how KM is changing this industry, Millennium�s development of key, strategic knowledge bases and the role KM plays in catalyzing and supporting the company�s work.

Reminder � Reserve your seat this month via e-mail to REGISTER@KMFORUM.ORG

Job's I applied for: empolis:  

Job's I applied for:


Microsoft:  I wrote again about the Business Productivity initiative that they have underway. 

The Balanced Scorecard Collaborative  :  Balanced Scorecard Collaborative, Inc. is a new kind of professional services firm that facilitates the worldwide awareness, use, enhancement, and integrity of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) as a value-added management process.

Computers' Shelf Life Gets Livelier

Computers' Shelf Life Gets Livelier

By Mike Musgrove
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 10, 2002; Page E01

The next time you tap on a keyboard at a Gateway Country store, you might just be touching a piece of one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.

Gateway Inc. plans to announce today that it has linked up the computers on display in its retail stores across the country to sell the combined processing power to corporate customers in need of some extra computing punch.

A $199 PC with No

A $199 PC with No Windows, No Intel Inside

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Here's the pitch for what could be your next PC: No Microsoft, no Intel -- and almost no markup. By dropping software from Microsoft Corp.(NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) and avoiding "Intel inside," retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.(NYSE:WMT - news) is offering a $199 computer it says is a hot seller on its Web site, attracting novices looking for a way onto the Internet as well as high-end users wanting a second box. The machines, manufactured by Microtel Computer Systems, aim to provide an experience similar to Windows by using operating systems based on the free Linux (news - web sites) system. They support high-speed Internet (though the service itself is not included) and have a CD drive that can read music and data disks, but not record them.  They also have relatively small hard disk drives of 10 gigabytes.  There is no modem, floppy disk drive, or monitor, and the VIA Technologies Inc. (2388.TW) microchip that is the brains of the machine. Freedom -- from Microsoft -- is a chief reason that consumers would buy a Linux-based machine, said Jason Spisak, marketing director of Lycoris, a nine-person start-up and one of two companies supplying Wal-Mart with an operating system for the $199 machines. The other, also Linux-based, is Lindows. Spisak says his Desktop/LX software is modeled to look like Windows XP (news - web sites). "We've basically taken this as far as you can go without being prosecuted," he said.

Open source application, broadband, and a low cost operating system.  What could be better.

Supernova Bloggers Doc is blogging

Supernova Bloggers

Doc is blogging the conference here. Dave Winer is blogging it here. Cory Doctorow is blogging it here. Dan Gillmor is blogging it here. David Weinberger from here.

I have been following the Supernova Bloggers, and I have a few comments. 

I don't know if decentralization is the best term for the changes that I am seeing in the IT world, although there is a trend towards decentraliztion in the user community. Software applications are becoming much smaller, componentized, open and free; content is decentralized and connection to content occurs, not through huge organized systems, but through networks of people and powerful search engines like Google. Blogging is an excellent example of very distributed content management. Anyone can create and post content to a personal content management system. Others can subscribe, if they wish, to your flow of microcontent and quote or link to your thoughts. Links accrete around important or contrversial conversations or insights into topics. 

Compounding this trend is a dramatic decrease in hardware and software costs.  Walmart is selling a linux based PC for $199 with 10 gigs hard disc space.

The implication of this is that computing is becoming extraordinarily powerful, extremely adaptive, and extraordinarily cheap. Companies should take advantage of these trends to encourage much more dialogue, collaboration and free flow of ideas. Each person, should be encouraged to publish, subscribe and comment on the thoughts of their colleagues. Rapid experience sharing, I am convinced can create the speed that is required in the new economy and this different and decentralized computing model can accomplish this at a much lower cost.

Now, what does that mean to us..

Companies have large infrastructures that are ripe for cost reduction, when combined with open standard tools and the internet, cost can be reduced dramatically.  Monolithic centralized IT departments should be disassembled.

Content management processes can be distributed so that authors can spend more time on content creation and management rather than technology

Collaboration can be done with P2P tools rather than large client server collaboration tools.

Open source software and extensions to current applications should be embraced, supported and enabled further.


elearningpost is an intelligent digest


is an intelligent digest of daily links to articles and news stories about Corporate Learning, Community Building, Instructional Design, Knowledge Management, Personalization and more. Besides the daily links, elearningpost brings out feature articles and related special reports on the above topics. elearningpost's mission is to provide quality e-learning content that attracts a diverse and emerging audience.
This log deserves a post because the content is so good, well maintained and there is a substantial amount of work put in to make sure it is relevant.

Knowledge isn't power, says Xerox.

Knowledge isn't power, says Xerox. english: The idea that knowledge is power has been knocked on the head by researchers who claim that high-performing employees are more likely to be ones who proactively share information with their colleagues. High-flyers consistently recognise the value of sharing knowledge. In contrast, employees rated as 'low performers' tend to be hoarders who avoid contributing to the knowledge pool, according to research commissioned by Xerox... (via eLearningpost exlink: ) [cognitiveArchitects News] [Blogging Alone]

eGoverment Best Practice The Victorian

eGoverment Best Practice

The Victorian Government is widely regarded as a world leader in making its services available to the public online. Since 1995 agencies of the Victorian government have carried out an enormous amount of innovative and practical work aimed at having all suitable services available online by the end of 2001. The results of this work to date can be best seen by visiting Multi-service Express where online services are provided - Multi-service Express uses navigation as

  • Top 5 Online Services
  • Service Assistant
  • Topic and subtopic headings including Life Events, and
  • A-Z Indexes by Service Provider and by Service.

The eGovernment Resource Centre aggregates our substantial knowledge as to how we, as the Victorian Government, are meeting our goals of providing services online. It is a dynamic site and aims to help us all learn from each other and continue to be the pacesetters in using new technologies to deliver better government services.

Wow, the site is well organized and useful!  Maybe I should recommend this approach to Mitt Romney and the new crew governing the State of Massachusetts.

Supernova. I am attending Supernova,


I am attending Supernova, the most interesting conference I have seen in years, put on by Kevin Werbach & Jeff Pulver.

Unified by the theme of Decentralization, its on most of the technologies and business models that have made me an optimist again -- weblogs, web services, collaboration, P2P, grid computing & WiFi.  I look forward to seeing old friends and new ones, let me know if you are going.

And the line up can't be beat:

Jeremy Allaire, CTO, Macromedia
Marc Benioff, CEO
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder, Google
Andy Chapman, EVP,
Narad Networks
Nick Denton, CEO, Weblog Media
Cory Doctorow, Evangelist, EFF
Ann Thomas Manes, Author and Former CTO, Systinet
John Hagel III, Consultant and Author
Dan Gillmor, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
David Hagan, President, Boingo Wireless
Duncan Davidson, CEO, SkyPilot
Morgan Guenther, President, Tivo
Mike Helfrich, VP of Applied Technology,
Groove Networks
Meg Hourihan, co-author, We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs
David Isenberg, Principal Prosultant,
Karl Jacob, CEO, CloudMark
Dan'l Lewin
, Corporate VP, Microsoft
Mike McCue, Chairman,
John Parkinson, CTO, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
Yatish Pathak, Founder,
SOMA Networks
Howard Rheingold, Author, Smart Mobs
Bill Robins, CEO,
Stencil Group
Martin Rofheart, CEO, Xtreme Spectrum
Sean Ryan, CEO,
Doc Searls, Linux Journal
Clay Shirky,
Dave Sifry, Co-Founder, Sputnik
Narry Singh, VP of Marketing, CommerceOne
Rod Smith, VP of Advanced Technology, IBM
Dave Winer, CEO,

I am blogging the conference, but don't expect to be the only one.

[Ross Mayfield's Weblog]  

And, I for one will look forward to a record of the discussion, I wish that I could be there.   I certainly seem to be missing a lot of stuff, but blogging keeps me current.

.   Tumour Diary: Reasons



Ivan Noble

BBC News Online Science and Technology writer Ivan Noble was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in August. He has been charting his progress in a weekly column.  Here he describes beginning another round of chemotherapy and looking back on the last three months.


This is a really amazing story, taking place before our eyes. 

Altercation:Is this the right

  • Altercation:Is this the right room for an argument? Eric Alterman on media and culture.
  • Cosmic Log: MSNBC Science Editor Alan Boyle on space, science and explorations
  • Hardball: MSNBC's Chris Matthews' insider's guide to the way politics is played
  • The Juice :Arts and entertainment news with attitude, from MSNBC's Jan Herman
  • Practical Futurist: Tomorrow's headlines today from Newsweek's Michael Rogers
  • Spyscope: Inside info on intelligence and the arms trade from NBC's Robert Windrem
  • War of Words Michael Moran eyes international media on conflict, politics and diplomacy

  • kausfiles  A mostly political Weblog

These MSNBC weblogs make good reading.  I particularly like the Spyscope.  It has lots of links to and photos of Iraq.

IBM aims to get Rational.

IBM aims to get Rational. Big Blue plans to pay $2.1 billion in cash for Rational Software, the leading seller of tools to create models of applications and databases before programmers actually start coding. [CNET]

Rational is a company that I really like.   I have architected and built software methods and Rational presents a very complete, organized approach to software developement.   I have applied to work at Rational and at IBM, but with this acquisiton it will be probably harder than ever to get their attention.

Speeding Drugs to Patients:

Speeding Drugs to Patients: Streamlining Clinical Trials With IT

Mass eComm is a non-profit business association that brings together buyers and sellers of information technology and e-business solutions for the purposes of fostering knowledge-sharing and business networking in a professional environment.   Please join Mass eComm and the Mass Biotech Council on  Friday, December 6, 2002 for a seminar on  Speeding Drugs to Patients: Streamlining Clinical Trials With IT

Industry Leaders and Their Vision for 2003

Pressure is higher than ever on Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies to get promising new drugs through clinical trials and to market more quickly. Hear what industry leaders are doing to exploit technology to accelerate the clinical trial process and what they're planning for the future.

Moderator:Forrester Research , Michael Barrett, Senior Analyst, Healthcare

Averion, Philip Lavin, PhD, President & CEO; Co-Chair, Mass BioTech Clinical Trials Committee

- EPIX Medical , Stephen Knight  , MD, President & COO; Chairman,  Veritas Medicine

- Genzyme , PK Tandon, PhD, Senior Vice President, BioMedical Operations; Adjunct Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

- Millennium Pharmaceuticals  , Thomas P. Scarnecchia, VP Corporate Informatics

- Perceptive Informatics, a PAREXEL  company, Mark A. Goldberg, MD, President

Clinical trials make up a big part of the time and expense of drug development and their costs have been increasing faster than other R&D expenses. In this highly regulated environment, quality and safety are key drivers.

Electronic data capture (EDC) is emerging as a best practice for accelerating clinical trials and trimming time to market for new drugs. Forrester Research reports that over half of front line clinicians involved in trials would like to move to Web-based systems -- and 53% expect their organizations to be online for at least 20% of trials by 2003. Some drug makers are already moving all new trial starts to the Web.

Many new information technologies are being tried and no single one has been a "silver bullet." Today IT solutions are being seen as strategic tools to transform clinical trials. New IT based solutions are being tried to improve the speed, quality, and cost effectiveness of clinical trials. PDAs, wireless, portals, and online recruitment, are some of the technologies being applied today.

The panelists will share their experiences, talk about what's working and provide insight about their plans and expectations for the coming year. The group discussion will help you understand the challenges that lie ahead for your organization. A question and answer period will help attendees drill into the hard lessons learned by our participants.

Registration for Mass BioTech Members: When registering online, select "Yes" when asked if you are a member; then select "Mass BioTech Member" for your company name and type your company name into the "Comments" field. This will ensure you are charged the member rate. Register online at massecomm

About the Health & Life Sciences Program Series:

Mass eComm members and partners within the Health & Life Sciences Industries have come together to develop a series of programs that reflect our concerns and explore vital issues. We come from payers, providers, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices and affiliated industries, operating in extended enterprises that start with the customer, and spread through technology and service partners, regulators, and others, each adding a unique perspective to the issues we face in this interconnected world.  Register online at

The program was sold out for today but I will go the next time they have a program.



"Welcome to GooglePeople! Try one of the example questions, or let your imagination go wild!

GooglePeople shows that with simple, yet effective, text mining techniques, answers to specific questions can be extracted from the vast Google data repository.

News.Com reports on a new

News.Com reports on a new WiFi company funded by Intel, IBM and AT&T. [Scripting News]

I absolutely love WiFi.  I especially like to work, at times, from Starbucks.   It makes my day so much more productive when I can get online from just about anywhere.   American Airlines has it too, in all of their Admirals Clubs.   That is where I found out about the Tmobile Service.   I hope the price comes down with wider distribution of bandwidth.

Here is a good point about the network effect from Weblog:  "WiFi is a classic case of positive network effects. This concept is now somewhat discredited, because during the Internet bubble it was applied much too broadly. It's not true that any Internet-related business gets the magic boost of network effects. In some cases there are still major dis-economies of scale, and networks don't suspect the laws of economics. But when the conditions are ripe, as they were for AOL in dial-up Internet access and eBay in person-to-person e-commece, network effects can be a beautiful thing to behold".

A Google Weblog For fans

A Google Weblog

For fans of Google there could not be a better place?

Google Zeitgeist - Search patterns,

Google Zeitgeist - Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google


For both breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search on Google at With a bit of analysis, this flurry of searches often exposes interesting trends, patterns, and surprises.  On a monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily basis, this Google Zeitgeist page will be updated to reflect lists, graphs, and other tidbits of information related to Google user search behavior.

I was looking for this page after the NYT article this weekend.   Full article: Postcards From Planet Google,  By Jennifer 8 Lee, New York Times  28 November, 2002

Networking with Ryze After a few

Networking with Ryze

After a few hours of fiddling around I think that Ryze is a pretty good tool for networking.  It is obvious, however, that I will have to spend some money to get the kind of information that I want from it.   For example, say I want to network with someone from HP, with the basic version, I can't search on company.  You can, however, test out some of the additional functionality for a few days to see if it is worth it.   The people seem pretty cool and there are others who blog.

IBM claims PwC integration is

IBM claims PwC integration is on track. Analysts say too early to tell [InfoWorld: Top News]

From my discussions the integration is going fairly well.  Management is trying to get everyone assigned.  If you are unassigned you are probably out.   My interest is when they will start hiring.   Probably the beginning of next year.

Companies researched and applied to

Companies researched and applied to via the internet today:

IBM Global Services: eGovernment

Microsoft: Consulting

Wesleyan University: University Librarian

Iron Mountain: records management consulting

The Knowledge BoardKnowledgeBoard is the portal for the European Knowledge Management forum, and is a growing community of over 2,000 KM professionals throughout Europe and the world.

Reasonable site with european job postings and a who's who.

The Gurteen Knowledge Website    knowledge management, learning, creativity, innovation & personal development

A friend turned me onto a new (for me) K-log by David Gurteen from the UK.   He is extremely knowledgable about knowledge management and learning and his site generates a good bit of traffic.   I was particularly impressed by the visitors log and the community that he has built up around his newsletter.  Lots of good links!

The best of my new

The best of my new bookmarks

eVectors� has worked with companies and government agencies since 1989. During that time, eVectors has become a leader in technology for secure web content management systems and consulting on complex web sites. By using our cutting edge IdeaTools technology, companies can address their Internet, Intranet, and Extranet communication needs at the same time -- using one product.   Cool tools for editing Radio Userland templates with Dreamweaver too. is a community resource that provides a database of known spam to be used for testing, developing, and benchmarking anti-spam tools.  The goal of this project is to provide a large repository of spam that can be used by researchers and tool developers. In the past, there were a few small personal spam archives that were used. There was no large set of spam that could be used to test new anti-spam algorithms. Thus, developers could not sufficiently test their techniques across a range of messages. Also, the lack of a "standard" sample of spam made it difficult to effectively benchmark anti-spam tools.

Technorati Web Services for Bloggers.  Find out who's linking to you.Cosmos allows you to find what's new in the blogging universe, and find out who's linking to whom. Simply type in a URL of a blog, website, or interesting article on the web, and Cosmos will tell you which bloggers are linking to the URL.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g. fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents. Tutorials, books, mailing lists for users, etc. can be found on the �learning CSS� page. For background information on style sheets, see the Web style sheets page. Discussions about CSS are carried out on the (archived) mailing list and on comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets.


Mitre Corp. has interesting postings

Mitre Corp. has interesting postings especially in information architecture, information engineering for Homeland Security and Defense.  I am most interested in large information integration, legacy transformation projects, primarily with unstructured data.

Documentum has superb content management products, I am particularly interested in management of digital assets and web content management.

University of California, San Diego, has a job for a Head, Information Technology Department in the Library, since my career started as a Librarian and I have a degree in Library and Information Science, this job has some appeal.   And their moto is "putting knowledge to work", perfect!


Companies that I contacted today:

Companies that I contacted today: sent resumes or arranged for informational interviews.

Google, Health Dialog, Trilogy, Deloitte Touche, eDial, DaimlerChrysler

DaimlerChrysler has a tradition of managing knowledge, with their "Engineering Book of Knowledge".   Several of my colleagues from E&Y have gone to Trilogy which produces e-Commerce applications for large businesses.   eDail is a great tool that enables telephone numbers to become a live link and can initiatie a call to your phone and to the recepients phone with just a click.

Osso Buco I made Osso

Osso Buco

I made Osso Buco from The Sopranos Family Cookbook tonight.  Nice meaty veal shanks cooked slowly for 4 hours and Vegtable Risotto.  Beautiful.   We have a supper club with some friends every Sunday evening when we make Italian food and watch the Sopranos.   Wine Spectator published the Osso Buco and the Risotto recipe in a recent issue.   I should have been looking for a job rather than stirring risotto, I think..

CBI Future Scan: Digital Paper

CBI Future Scan: Digital Paper Trail Becomes Your Identity - The last drill-down on Future Scan 5.0 focuses on digital identity. (1794 words)

Digital Paper Trail Becomes Your Identity
By Hadar Dafny (

Companies will collect more information to identify their customers and authenticate transactions, provoking disputes over who will own and control this data.

Whether you like it or not, your identity is no longer something fixed, and no longer a simplistic formula consisting of your name, date of birth, and tax ID number. Today, your identity changes as your behavior does. It arises from not only simple, static data, but also from information about where you go online, what you buy, whom you call, where you call from, and much, much more. Where will this digital paper trail lead? Who will manage these layers of personal identifiers, and how will they be used?
Developing a standard for secure online identification is paramount to the resolution of these unanswered questions, not only for individuals, but also for businesses that hope to take advantage of the opportunities offered by today�s information-rich marketplace. Already, as companies and governments vie for the gatekeeper role, issues of ownership and control of personal information have sparked heated debates.

Five myths about holiday job

Five myths about holiday job hunting

These myths have been around for a long time and are repeated like mantras. Like other myths, they�re fantasies that shatter when scrutinized.  But, I don't know, this year, the economy for anything related to IT is pretty poor.

Analyst: Gloom lifting for chipmakers.

Analyst: Gloom lifting for chipmakers. A leading analyst upgrades investment ratings for Intel and AMD, predicting that corporate upgrades and a continuing increase in IT spending will lift the semiconductor industry. [CNET]

I don't know if this is true, but more spending would be welcome.

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