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Kids should learn programming!

Blogger Nico Lumma recently published a rant on Handelsblatt about Germany (and probably other countries) are wasting time by not letting children learn to program in school. There have been initiatives like http://code.org/ to promote »coding« as a basic skill of the future: … or a recent German version »Jeder kann programmieren« … And maybe […]
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Fargo: Outliner for Bloggers!

Finally! Fargo is an online tool for writing in outlines to a WordPress blog. Very good. Outlining has been underestimated as a writing tool – but there was barely any way to edit content without a desktop software – like OmniOutliner – this way. I was using Userland Software (Frontier with Manila – later Radio) […]
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I finally switched to WordPress

After a long time of consideration I turned over to WordPress for this weblog and I will not be using Tinderbox to blog here anymore. Tinderbox is a great software for thinking and writing – and I love to have a more graphical/visual note taking approach to weblogging. But it was getting too clumsy to […]
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Personas? Yes… influence group thinking!

Jason Fried from 37signals argues against the use of Personas. Personas don’t talk back. Personas can’t answer questions. Personas don’t have opinions. Personas can’t tell you when something just doesn’t feel right. This is a pretty sketchy definition of what personas are supposed to do as a tool: The foremost reason for personas is to […]
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New address for the german weblog

My German weblog [RSS-Feed] now has a new URL. I aligned its design to this English blog here. The German site is build on WordPress – this blog here is a mix of Tinderbox for editing and Zope on the server.
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Webmontag Cologne one week later!

Please spread the word: The Webmontag-Event in Cologne was pushed one week (from 2nd October to the 9th October).
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Eye-tracking websites

Jakob Nielsen in his Alertbox newsletter provides some results of a eye-tracking study.
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Getting Things Done tools

The book »Getting Things Done« by David Allen is a bestseller. It offers a strategy of how to prioritize things you have to do. It is a combination of a tracking device (like a box of notes) and a routine of how to use that device. I am running my own Tinderbox tool to keep […]
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9 out of 10 Features undiscovered in MS Office

According to this article at heise.de Microsoft learned from a study that 90% of the features users would think as being “nice to have” in a future release are already included in the current application – but just haven’t found by them yet. There couldn’t be no better proof for the fact that »functionality« is […]
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Navigation blindness

This article by Henrik Olsen suggests to design navigation systems in webistes to be much more prominent: Most web development projects put a lot of effort into the design of navigation tools. But fact is that people tend to ignore these tools. They are fixated on getting what they came for and simply click on […]
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Knowledge tools

I think it is pretty remarkable how many applications have appeared that could help people to capture creative thinking. Here is a selection (I restrict it mostly to OS X applications): Graphing Inspiration: a powerful mind mapping and concept mapping application OmniGraffle: a graphing application (similar to Visio) Novamind: a classic mind mapping application ConceptDRAW […]
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Findability.org

Peter Morville on findability.org: Ambient findability describes a world in which we can find anyone or anything from anywhere at anytime. And Al Abut posts a comment on that site: You know what would help me with the findability of your site updates? An RSS/Atom feed!
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IA Resources at University of Minnesota Duluth

Tobias Jordans found a wonderful page with articles and resources about “Information Architecture”. It lists links to overviews, tutorials, methods, other comprehensive sites and articles. [via Klickst Du hier]
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How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web

Wiliam Denton has put together a facet-map howto: “This paper will attempt to bridge the gap by giving procedures and advice on all the steps involved in making a faceted classification and putting it on the web. Web people will benefit by having a rigorous seven-step process to follow for creating faceted classifications, and librarians […]
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Personal Knowledge Mapping And The Concept Of Data Emergence

“Any Web site should become nothing more than a set of raw data feeds while knowledge workers would be provided with a personal software tool that would allow to: 1) maintain a database of personal information. 2) selectively share that data with anybody I choose. 3) autodiscover new sources of content. 4) completely control how […]
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Cognitive Psychology & IA: From Theory to Practice

Jason Withrow: »What do cognitive psychology and information architecture have in common? Actually there is a good deal of common ground between the two disciplines.«
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vocabulary, taxonomy, thesaurus, ontology, meta-model

Woody Pidcock from Boeing gives an overview: »What are the differences between a vocabulary, a taxonomy, a thesaurus, an ontology, and a meta-model? Many organizations and companies are struggling with these terms and the ideas behind them; this set of definitions will help to clarify.«
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Gallery of Data Visualization

»The best and worst of statistical graphics.«
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Scientific Visualization and Information Architecture

John P. Boyd: Lecture notes, typeset in Latex, which will be passed out in chapters. Chapters will also be available as links from this homepage to Adobe .pdf files.
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