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The Rise of Personal Content Management (PCM)

Stéphane Croisier – The Rise of Personal Content Management (PCM): The Next Shadow IT?:

"Perhaps your favorite ECM is guilty of having spent a bit too much time in the last 10 years to try to unify all your company content assets while completely stopping taking care of the individual employee needs?"

(Via Digital Asset Management.)

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 22:56:05 +0000

Integrating taxonomies with search

Richard Padley – Integrating taxonomies with search:

"Alongside a set of search results a search engine can provide a series of drill down categories which allow the user to refine their query and cut down the result set until they find the information they need. If properly structured faceted taxonomies have been used to tag the search documents then the terms from these taxonomies can be used to provide the drill-down categories for the search engine."

(Via all things cataloged.)

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 20:48:56 +0000

Open Source Search with Lucene & Solr

Ilya Grigorik – Open Source Search with Lucene & Solr:

"Salesforce, LinkedIn and just recently Twitter are all examples of large-scale Lucene deployments that many of us use on a day-to-day basis. Salesforce started with Lucene back in 2002 and today manages an 8TB+ index (~20 billion documents).

[…]  iTunes is another notable user, said to be handling up to 800 queries/sec, and at PostRank we are currently managing a 1TB+ index (growing at ~40GB a week) with over 1.2 billion documents."

(Via Patrick Durusau.)

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 22:42:26 +0000

Agile product management using Effect Maps

Gojko Adzic – Effect Mapping:

"Effect Mapping is a game-changing technique for high level project visualization. It provides stakeholders and sponsors with an excellent level of visibility and helps to drive software projects towards delivering the right product with a high level of quality."

From the paper [PDF]:

"Why are we doing this? What is the desired business change? This is the business goal. Put that goal in the centre of the map so that you can always keep that in mind."

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:34:50 +0000

Serendipity and large video collections

Fran – Serendipity and large video collections:

"Serendipity is rarely of use to the asset manager, who wants to find exactly what they expect to find, but is a delight for the consumer or leisure searcher. People sometimes cite serendipity as a being a reason to abandon classification, but in my experience classification often enhances serendipity and can be lost in simple online search systems.

For example, when browsing an alphabetically ordered collection in print, such as an encyclopedia or dictionary, you just can’t help noticing the entries that sit next to the one you were looking for."

(Via Digital Asset Management.)

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:08:16 +0000

Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You

NYTimes.com – Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You:

"Put free software into the little plug server in the wall, and you would have a Freedom Box that would decentralize information and power, Mr. Moglen said. This month, he created the Freedom Box Foundation to organize the software."

(Via Dave Winer.)

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:19:06 +0000

In a change, it isn't your point of view that matters

Jack Vinson – In a change, it isn't your point of view that matters:

"In the context of the stories, it was "spirit killing" the people who were subjected to these changes when their point of view was not considered.

Whenever a change is introduced, the people who have created the change are the most familiar with the new situation they want to create and why it should be created. But everyone else?"

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:30:12 +0000

Conformity, innovation, and progress

Chris Spagnuolo back in 2008 – Conformity, innovation, and progress:

"Some time later, Asch conducted his experiments again. This time, when every one of the confederates voted for the wrong answer, one stood up and said “That’s wrong!”. The test subject then easily identified the correct answer. Adding one supporting partner greatly diminished the power of the majority. Hope!

One voice of dissent enabled another to be heard. Is that all it takes on our teams, in our society to make a difference? One voice to say “That’s wrong”? I believe so."

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:02:55 +0000

A month is fifteen weekends

Eric Ries – A month is fifteen weekends:

"Think about that for a second. If only they had one more day. Think how valuable a single day is, when  used to its maximum potential. And now think how casually we throw a day of work away, when it’s just one tiny part of a huge batch, as in a monthly release cycle."

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 21:51:16 +0000

The DAM Metadata Disconnect

Margie Friant – The DAM Metadata Disconnect:

"Nothing beats a professional indexing team for improving accuracy and adding value to machine-generated metadata. For accuracy of retrieval, there is no replacement for a well-tailored controlled vocabulary used in combination with a well-designed indexing policy. This is one of the many places where information professionals excel.

[…] The best DAM vendors know that their tool is just part of the solution for asset management and a great team of people needs to set guidelines, determine field requirements and design searchability together."

(Via Digital Asset Management News.)

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 11:03:50 +0000

Make your search engine seem psychic

Miles Kehoe – Make your search engine seem psychic:

"Autonomy, Exalead, Microsoft, Lucene, and even the Google Search Appliance, can all be improved with some custom code after the user query but before the results show up. Did the user type what looks like a name? Check the employee directory and suggest a phone number or an email address. Is the query a product name? Suggest the product page. You can make your search psychic."

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 19:55:18 +0000