The Write Stuff

Nancy White provided a review of Writely, a Web-based word processing application, so I thought I’d sign up and give it a go. As well as giving people the power to collaborate on a document you can also post directly to blogger. Signing up for an account is nice and quick, so why not give it go.

My only complaint is that it was a little slow, but that may be the fault of my slow Aussie broadband connection. Also, a non-US spellchecker would be nice too 😉

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Are you mashing?

If you’re interested in social software, then the idea of “mashing” or “mash-up” is an important concept to understand. The Economist provides an introduction and discussion of the future direction in social software mashing. They explain mashing as:

The term mash-up is borrowed from the world of music, where it refers to the unauthorised combination of the vocal from one song with the musical backing of another, usually from a completely different genre. Web mash-ups do the same sort of thing, combining websites to produce useful hybrid sites and illustrating the internet’s underlying philosophy: that open standards allow and promote unexpected forms of innovation.

I’ve mentioned a number of examples of social software mash-ups on this blog, including:

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The BBC’s low-tech KM

A few months ago I posted a brief blog about Euan Semple from the BBC. Semple continues to attract interest (such as on excited utterances) with his knowledge management work at the BBC. His approach, which is apparently making good use of blogs and wikis, is described in this new short article by David Weinberger in KMWorld.

PS Also, have a look at this interesting argument/conversation linked from Semple‘s own blog about blogging and marketing. Also worth reading, from another BBC blogger Tom Coates, is his related response “to the rhetoric of weblog marketing“.

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Knowledge and Innovation – 21st-23rd Nov. in Sydney

I’ll be presenting at the Ark Group‘s Knowledge and Innovation conference in November on the use of collaborative tools in facilitating innovation in the corporate environment, including:

  • Understanding the role of collaboration tools;
  • Examining the different forms of social software; and
  • The future of collaboration tools: blogs, wikis and instant messaging.

The conference also includes two half-day workshops – one from David Rymer (former Director of Know-How at Minter Ellison) and another by Optimice. As part of the conference, Optimce will also be using their Accelerated Networking approach help people network more effectively.

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More from Tom: Why Office Design Matters

Following on from Tom Davenport‘s special presentation for the NSW KM Forum, you can read an excerpt from his new book on the HBS Working Knowledge site that discusses his thoughts on the link between the physical work environment and knowledge worker performance.

Davenport comments that while there “is a good deal said about this topic, but not much know about it“. His own argument on the subject focuses on the observation that while knowledge workers prefer closed offices, they seem to communicate better in open ones.

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy some of Davenport‘s CIO magazine columns, such as Serenity Now!, Putting It All Together Again and Withering Heights.

PS While you’re on the HBSWK site, also have a look at another article in the same edition that looks at the future impact pervasive high(er) speed broadband access is going to have.

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In the Know And On The Move

My July/August Image and Data Magazine article, In the Know And On The Move, is now available for download from my IDM article archive page.

It has been said that knowledge knows no boundaries. But as knowledge workers begin to access technologies like personal area networks, wireless broadband, Voice over IP and 3G, can we finally say the same about knowledge management and make it truly mobile?

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