Saturday, April 23, 2005

Mitch Kapor's Weblog

Kapor is at a conference on Open Source Software. His write up here is interesting.

Mitch Kapor's Weblog: "Snippets from Emerging Technologies - Tuesday A.M.

Networks of amateurs (in astronomy, publishing) are displacing the professionals -- Leabeater, quoted by Rael Dornfest

Too much important knowledge is locked up on paper where it's not searchable and hard to get to. -- Jeff Bezos, also by Rael.

Pay attention to design patterns for innovation -- Tim O'Reilly. Examples:

* Build with 'Small Pieces, Loosely Joined': (borrowing the David Weinberger book title)
* Design for participation, e.g., have users add value to your data (Amazon user book reviews)
* Make participation the default: Aggregate user data as a side effect. (Flickr's default for sharing is public)
* Data is the next 'Intel Inside': owning a unique, hard-to-replicate data source as a competitive advantage"
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