September 15, 2006

Teaching Next Gen Web Apps in Portugal

SHiFT - Social and Human Ideas For Technology

On 27 September (as they write it on the continent) I'll be teaching an all-day workshop on Designing the Next Generation of Web Applications at the Shift conference, in Lisbon, Portugal. We've posted a detailed outline of what will be covered.

The main conference (28-29 September) is looking to be quite a good event. I'm most keen on appreciating the European perspective, something I sorely lack.

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September 14, 2006

Business = Technology?

I subscribe to an daily email from the New York Times on their top news items from certain categories, including Business and Technology. Here is the section of those two categories from today's email:


Everyday, there's seems to be least one story that overlaps the two sections, and many days, two stories. I find it weird that NYT's coverage of business is so constrained that technology is so dominant. Or is this just the reality of American business?

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September 12, 2006

IDEA: Discounted Registration Ends September 15, 2006

Up to Friday, September 15, you can register for the IDEA Conference for the discounted rates.

To tantalize you, we've just posted the National Park Service's planned presentation on the conference blog. With tasty morsels such as:

The Challenges for Media Professionals

» NPS Innovations in Park Media— Harpers Ferry Center
The Center was established in 1970 to bring media specialists together in one place to share talents and resources. What have we learned from this experiment?

» Centralization (HFC, regions) vs. local control (parks)
In the mid-1990s the NPS shifted power from central offices to parks, making it more challenging to effect develop and enforce national standards in media. Who should set the media standards?

» Government model vs. business model
NPS media professionals are asked to work more like contractors in the private sector, but remain under the constraints of a bureaucracy. How can media planners, designers, and producers thrive in this sometimes contradictory environment?

» Insular model vs. partnership model
NPS sites have always been islands of government real estate within a secure boundary. Now we are more and more dependent on partners and volunteers to greet visitors and develop media. Are park rangers and NPS designers on the way out?

» Information (facts) vs. interpretation (minds & hearts)
Facts have lost favor in the NPS, with more energy going toward relevance and making emotional connections. What is the proper balance between information and inspiration?

» The virtual vs. the real
There have been reports that visitation to parks is declining, perhaps because many people, especially the young, are preoccupied with computers and digital media. Should the NPS be offering lots more digital and virtual experiences, or should we be focusing on providing opportunities to see and appreciate the real things that make up our natural and historical heritage?

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