terça-feira, novembro 15, 2005

Blogging automation and non-faces

Today I had a comment made on my blog that read like this:

"Stop wasting your time posting here, use RSS to Blog [removed link] to automatically create your own blog network."

Can't they understand that blogging is not about instant gratification for economic reasons? Can you imagine a time when blogs won't have a personal voice? Do they even grasp that what made blogs a success was given the ability to people all over the world to share and engage in conversations?...

Mind me saying so, but I'll keep on building this space, cause it was never about automation, nor being on top lists, nor even about money. It's about relating to others work, getting the time I need to understand at my own rhythm, building bridges that will foster learning, dealing with my own doubts and sharing them, recognizing that I'm not alone in a quest for discovery for so much that there is to know and find out.

Sorry Mr./Mrs. Non-Face, I'm not your target and I choose not to publish your comments (links)!

domingo, novembro 13, 2005

moderated comments due to heavy blogspam

Sorry i had to opt for moderated comments (wich i do not like), but in the last weeks splogs have consume a significant part of my scarce time for blogging.

Believe that in the meantime, sploggers will understand that one can not go on vandalizing conversations, and will get some time to learn what makes people link to each other in blogs.

Hope that in a short time i can unmoderate them again, like they should always be: an open invitation for anyone to jump in the conversation :)

sábado, novembro 12, 2005

Mobile Information Systems - MOBIS 2005

Since i will not be abble to go to this conference, would like to know who is going so i could follow your comments by way of reading weblogs, side notes, wikis and/or papers presented in there. The Conference is MOBIS 2005, and going to take place in Leeds, UK, on December 5 and 6:

"The rapid developments in information technology, particularly communication and collaboration technologies, are substantially changing the landscape of organizational computing. Workers in any business area are becoming increasingly mobile. Workers in more and more areas will be required to act flexibly within the constraints of the business processes of the company (or companies) they are currently working for."

quarta-feira, novembro 09, 2005

eLearnSpaces with a friendly voice

For a long time i've been subscribed to elearnspace's weekly blog summary email. A great eLearning resource and fresh news delivered by George Siemens. I've never met him nor did i exchange any messages (that i recall). But he as been in my informationspace in such a blended and welcome way that i only remember him if i'm on holidays.

Today i felt i could not postponed anylonger this acknowledgement. He has provided me with the latest reflections on what elearning in current and future could/should be, pointing me to other peoples work, new tools that are being tested and old tools that were thought to be for personal communication use (like blogs). And all of this arrives once, sometimes twice a week in such a friendly voice that makes my learning delightfully enjoyable.

"As I've stated previously, elearning is an aggregate industry - it relies on developments in various technology and research fields. For example, tools like blogs, wikis, iPods were not developed for learning. They were developed for communication and content creation/sharing. We simply adopted them for learning purposes. As a result, we misread what's really going on if we don't take time to see what people are using for communication and personal learning." [keep on reading...]

terça-feira, novembro 08, 2005

Information behaviours and using information

When reading the comments made by Jack Vinson, a lot of things came to my mind. While commenting on the reflections of Christina Pikas, Jack ends his notes with:

"One of the comments suggests that re-finding can be more frustrating because we know it exists and because it is already part of a larger context of our work. It's just that we don't know how to use our tools to articulate context when we save something and when we look for it later."

Then I recalled a paper by Bruce, H., Jones, W. e Dumais, S. (2004). Information behaviour that keeps found things found (Information Research, 10(1), paper 207) that I’ve used to explain as one of the reasons that made me start blogging, althought the authors didn’t considered it in the study.

I agree it’s not about keeping, it’s about using. But in order to use it we have to know that the resources exist so we develop strategies that will enable us to use that information. Keeping, is just a small part of it as is our use of tools that allow us to extend our capabilities.

When one uses a blog it tends to add meaning for the later use of information, allowing others to relate also with it. For me it’s not so much about keeping, it’s about living clues so when we need to use the information we are able to recall it, when need it.