You can’t have communities without members, so on Thanksgiving I thought I would focus on how we can be more thankful for our community members every day.
One of the most common community killers is burn-out. People give, give, give, get nothing back and then they are done. One of the simplest, yet often overlooked [...]
One of the powerful things about the web is that the majority of content created is accessible via standard RSS feeds. Individual content creators don’t have to know what an RSS feed is or how to create the feed. The content platforms, like WordPress or Blogger, made the assumption that each users of the content [...]
Figuring out what I do do has consumed the last, roughly, 15-ish years of my life. In high school I took biology. I loved it. Then I spent the summer chasing salamanders, avoiding snakes and analyzing streams benthic macroinvertabrates to see how construction around the streams impacted water quality and from that knew I was definitely [...]
This month’s book review is Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. I have recommended this book to two different people in entirely different fields in the last week, so I thought it would make for a good book review.
The premise of the book is [...]
I have had a day – this is the first time I’ve encountered blog server issues. What a bummer to get to my corner of the internet this morning and realize that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do because of an error message. I emailed GoDaddy tech support and got a response several [...]
Today I am in Washington, D.C. to participate in EPA’s Apps for the Environment Forum. It culminates EPA’s Apps for the Environment contest that challenged developers to create apps that use EPA and other government agency data to advance the initiatives of EPA and inform the public. I am on a panel entitled, [...]
Why go through the hassel of sharing your data? Why call into a telecon or go to a meeting with a group of your peers working on similar topics? Why write a blog post or publish content through any other means beyond a traditional, peer-reviewed paper?
I hear these questions all the time and they [...]
Jay Bradner’s TEDxBoston talk, “Open Source Cancer Research”, gives a fascinating look at what happens if you turn the traditional process of cancer drug research and development into a community-driven approach. Bradner, dissatisfied with the traditional drug development process, went back to school to learn discovery chemistry and thought with the paradigm shift of open source, [...]
I have been a long-time Pandora user. Pandora has a team of musicians that listen to music and make connections between songs creating a music genome. I loved that I could enter a song or artist and Pandora would find other songs that were similar. Not always perfect, but an interesting way to find new music. [...]
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or RDF Site Standard. It was created for news sites that are publishing new content regularly. RSS allows content producers to publish their frequently updated content in a standardized format. Normally, RSS feeds are linked from these guys, “chicklets”:
Readers can subscribe to RSS feeds via feed readers, like [...]