On a Few Deadly Data Sins and the Entropy of Open Data

I just ran into a lovely and frustrating open-government-style map of stimulus funding put together in Colorado.   The same tool is used in a number of other states, listed in Brady Forest’s blog post at O’reilly Radar.  Lovely because its always nice to look at maps; frustrating because that’s all I can do.  Where’s the [...]

Facebook’s ‘Like’ button makes me lonely

As a researcher, I expect myself to make mistakes all the time. It’s sort of par for the course, and a great way to learn. You build little tests to try out social designs, learn, and move on.  But before a company like Facebook is willing to deal with a huge firestorm of privacy issues, [...]

Semantic Mediawiki workshop at MIT this Saturday/Sunday

I’ll be hosting a Semantic Mediawiki workshop at MIT this upcoming Saturday and Sunday May 22/23 and invite you to attend.   Semantic Mediawiki has made some significant progress on a topic I consider vital—helping end-users manage structured information.  Semantic Mediawiki tackles this problem by adding a database to the Mediawiki platform (which runs Wikipedia) and [...]

Open government: will too much mean none at all?

I just finished reading O’Reilly Radar’s latest post on this week’s open government initiatives, and found myself quite daunted by the sheer number of efforts to open up different government activities to public scrutiny and participation.   Obviously, there’s too much going on here for a single interested academic to keep up with.   We can [...]

Twitter at WWW 2010

This past week at WWW 2010 has resulted in quite the spread of Twitter papers.  Topic included systems, novel uses, and studies of tweets and users.  I’ve made an attempt to provide a taste of each paper/presentation I experienced.  Feel free to comment if I missed anything! At the web science conference on Monday, we [...]