Reading and writing for our peers

The story Jan Dawson tells in The De-Democratization of Online Publishing is familiar to me. Like him, I was thrilled to be part of the birth of personal publishing in the mid-1990s. By 2001 my RSS feedreader was delivering a healthy mix of professional and amateur sources. Through the lens of my RSS reader, stories […]

I get to be a blogger

To orient myself to Santa Rosa when we arrived two years ago I attended a couple of city council meetings. At one of them I heard a man introduce himself in a way that got my attention. “I’m Matt Martin,” he said, “and I get to be the executive director of Social Advocates for Youth.” […]

Data-driven career discovery

The fulcrum of my talk last week at the Open Education Conference was observable work. I first started thinking about this back in 2002, when I included this Dave Winer excerpt in my review of Radio UserLand: We’ve been using this tool since November, internally at UserLand. We shipped Radio 8 with it. When we […]

Cornell is WIRED!

I spent last weekend in DC at Transparency Camp, which turned out to be one of the best cultural mashups I’ve attended in a long time. If we can get federal policy wonks and Silicon Valley tech geeks working together in the right ways, there’s good reason to hope that our government can become not […]

Hacking the noosphere

I was in Montreal on Saturday to give a talk at CUSEC 2008, a great conference that’s organized by Canadian software engineering students (and recent grads) who want to congregate, exchange views, and hear from speakers they think will provide useful insight. I gave the morning keynote, and Jeff Atwood spoke in the afternoon. Our […]

Beautiful code, expert minds

Last year Greg Wilson wrote to tell me about the collection of essays that he and Andy Oram were compiling into what has now become the book Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think: The idea is to get a bunch of well-known and not-yet-well-known programmers to select medium-sized pieces of code (100-200 lines) […]

A conversation with Timo Hannay about the scientific web

As director of web publishing for Nature Publishing Group, Timo Hannay’s projects include: Connotea, a social bookmarking service for scientists; Nature Network, a social network for scientists; and Nature Precedings, a site where researchers can share and discuss work prior to publication. The social and collaborative aspects of these systems are, of course, inspired by […]

A conversation with Tessa Lau about Project Koala

For this week’s ITConversations show I talked with Tessa Lau about Project Koala, a “a system for recording, automating, and sharing business processes performed in a web browser.” I’ve been interested in that idea for a long time, and mentioned it most recently in this item on pooling citizens’ collective knowledge about the services of […]