Sunday Links

Sunday links:

  • Google News Timeline [Link]
  • Edgar Allan Poe and the Economy of Horror [Link]
  • MIT Media Studies Podcast: X-Men World Building [Link]
  • Why Tech Support Sucks [Link]

SharePoint Charting made (too) easy

EndUserSharePoint.com has a lightweight and easy charting implementation for SharePoint. It has only one fault: it transfers data to a Google API before rendering the graph. Couple this with the wide-ranging – and often justified – information security paranoia within corporations and you’re opening a whole new can of worms. But, I have to admit, it is a really cool idea and I think that many SharePoint users stuck without Exel Services or behind restricted installations are grinding their teeth now.

Intranet Case Studies

Just stumbled upon this handy list of Intranet Case Studies which sports quite a few big names. Although some are too vague in their presentation to really get an understanding of the described Intranet, there is still a lot of useful information, not to mention inspiration, that can be found there.

SharePoint List Migration

Ever wondered how to move your lists or libraries across various SharePoint sites or installations? Well, I often have, and therefore found this compilation of SharePoint List Migration Approaches very helpful. Although, I might add, none of these approaches should be undertaken by an inexperienced user.

Bitrix, Wikis, and Quality Management

Links for today:

  • Products to watch: Bitrix Intranet Portal [Link]
  • A comparison of five free wiki systems (German) [Link]
  • Using a Wiki to implement Quality Management [Link, via]

A Quality Metric for Enterprise 2.0?

Again, I have to come back to what I have written about the ROI of Enterprise 2.0 applications. Here and here I phrased an idea of using sociological tool sets to grasp the outcomes and possible benefits of using blogs, wikis, social software, and other so-called Web 2.0 apps in organizations. Granted, the main organizational form in Germany is very rigid and hierarchical, and might pose quite an obstacle to overcome in this regard, so I really dig this outline of a quality metric for Enterprise 2.0 that was posted on the blog of Ethan Yarbrough. It’s more a rough sketch and by no means a detailed strategy yet, but it neatly incorporates a mix of quantitative and qualitative measures, which can yield, as I have said before, reliable and valid results.

JG Ballard summarized

Yesterday I posted a link related to the death of JG Ballard. I think this Guardian article sums up why Ballard was more than a mere science fiction writer, and it elegantly condenses my fascination with Ballard in a sole paragraph:

The young science fiction author „wasn’t interested in the far future, spaceships and all that“, he explained; rather he was interested in „the evolving world, the world of hidden persuaders, of the communications landscape developing, of mass tourism, of the vast conformist suburbs dominated by television – that was a form of science fiction, and it was already here“.

Sunday Links

Links for Sunday:

  • Nothing is created out of thin air: The Story of Stuff [Link]
  • JG Ballard died recently, Ballardian has a write-up with several links [Link]
  • A nsfw and tasteless song about internet commenters [Link]

Things to try: Tracks

Normally I’m not the guy that uses a task management scheme (which, I have the feeling, sometimes only exist to fill its creator’s pockets) or similar procedures. A good old Excel sheet, or nowadays a task-centric web app, always provided all the task management I needed. Despite all that i have to admit that Tracks (local installer here) looks quite promising. Especially for freelancers, where the line between private and professional tasks is often a blurry one.

Enterprise Information Systems and Definitions

Some terms are too often used with only a rough and blurry definition of what they might contain and in which context they can be applied. I am as guilty of this as is every information worker. So, to make sense of terms like Knowledge Management, Internal Communications and eCollaboration, they have to be defined first. Regarding Information Architecture and User Experience, this article tries to incorporate these topics in a unifying concept. It is thoughtful, written with insight, and only the first in an upcoming series, so you are hereby ordered to read it – not only because it accomplishes the feat of simultaneously coining and explaining a new term along the way: the Enterprise-Wide Information System.