Informatik 2004 & KI 2004

Now that summer’s over, the second half of this year’s conference season starts. For me, conference hopping resumes in Ulm/Germany, which is just around the corner of my new home town Biberach. Actually, it’s two conferences in one from September 20-24: Informatik 2004 and the other on artificial intelligence.

I will definitely attend the following two workshops (because I am interested in the topic, but as well because I help out the organisers):

Algorithms and Protocols for Efficient Peer-to-Peer Applications

Open Source Software in an Industrial Environment

Haven’t decided yet which other sessions to attend, there are just too many interesting things going on…

Thanks to Alexander Kaiser who made me aware of this fantastic event and who helped me get the ticket 😉

An Introduction to Radical Constructivism

By chance, I found An Introduction to Radical Constructivism online. This article is part of the excellent book “Die erfundene Wirklichkeit” (edited by Paul Watzlawick) that influenced me a lot during my university studies.

Call constructivism my theoretical mantra 😉 It’s the only theory that does not attempt to explain reality and defines truths, but explains why we explain reality the way we explain it – and why we fight for a certain truth. It also serves as a perfect theoretical basis to understand “knowledge” as a social phenomena.

Scientific Publications: "It is the author's work, it is his or her right"

Want to have a deep look inside of major changes in society? This transscript of a discussion on scientific publications in the UK Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons indicates that the knowledge society is in full swing and that the scientific community is slowly moving towards a more open and free approach towards scientific research and knowledge transfer in general.

This transscript is also a wonderful manifestation of how knowledge mediaries like publishing houses step by step lose power and impact and how the authors of scientific works, the producers of the knowledge goods traded in the scientific community, gain power.

Session at LOTS, the 'Swiss LinuxTag'

ZZ/OSS CEO Sandro Zic will present a session about Free Software in the Knowledge Society at the first LOTS event, a kind of Swiss LinuxTag.

Come to Bern at February 18th and hear about the following:

This talk will concentrate on an often neglected aspect that the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community introduced to society: A new organizational form of knowledge work in networks of excellence. Due to the fact that FOSS developers and projects act in distributed and heterogenous knowledge networks and furthermore collaborate in self-organised groups, they serve as the prototype elements of the emerging Knowledge Society.

Sandro has presented this talk at LinuxTag 2003 – but don’t expect it to be the same, because the presentation style is interactive, with Sandro discussing most of the aspects with the audience. Thus, the session itself is a show case of impulsive knowledge work inspired by the spirit of the FOSS community.

Stigmergy is the Answer

Ever wondered why the Web works? Not from a technical, but from a sociologic viewpoint: Why do human beings still invent and use the Web?

Stigmergy is the answer, says Joe Gregorio:

The World-Wide Web is human stigmergy. The web and it’s ability to let anyone read anything and also to write back to that environment allows stigmeric communication between humans. Some of the most powerful forces on the web today, Google and weblogs are fundamentally driven by stigmeric communication and their behaviour follows similar natural systems like Ant Trails and Nest Building that are accomplished using stigmergy. The web is new. In the context of written human history is barely a blink of an eye. Yet as new as the web is, it is already showing it’s ability to support complex human interactions that mimic natural systems use of stigmergy. And were just getting started…

Now you wonder what Stigmergy is? It’s all explained in Joe Gregorios blog entry on Stigmergy.

"Interactive Microcontent"

t’s one of my main interests to create a Web-based application with a WYSIWYG editor that allows working with parts of content, so called microcontent. Imagine integrating text or images from other Web sites into your new content object. This way, knowledge work can become visible online, e.g. showing in a SVG graph the content parts that a document integrated.

Jon Udell has published “Interactive Microcontent” with some thoughts and especially solutions on this aspect.