Reading list for February 2015

  • As outlined in this post, according to Gartner the days of centralised processing of data are counted. With the advent of IoT it will no longer be economically interesting, nor doable, to transfer all the data coming from sensors in one place. Alternative data processing models have to be designed to fit the deluge of data. This is also already the case for those deprived of access to centralised processing capabilities, even with smaller amounts of data. They need something else and that something else solving their knowledge sharing issues could as well become a solution for harnessing the IoT later on 🙂 (with thanks to Martin for the link)
  • Zara has published a set of training resources on the web site of the Open Development toolkit. The topics covered range from basic introduction about what is aid data, to the IATI and data visualisation. A lot of good things to keep as reference and re-use for teaching! In this blog post she also commented over the road to building this Open Development toolkit. Some of the lessons learnt: using open development related tools is harder than finding them, cultural shift in big and bureaucratic organisations is a slow and challenging process, often people prefer building their own tool rather than re-using other’s, instead of coming to users asking for their needs it is best to come with a solution related to one of their existing product and start from there.
  • One Education is advertising for an “XO infinity” and started giving interviews about it. It seems to be a modular evolution of the XO from OLPC allowing for plug and play parts just like this is now proposed for smart phones. As OLPC is shutting down the XO there is a clear need, and opportunity for a new laptop/tablet. It will be very interesting how these plans about the XO infinity will evolve over time.
  • In an interesting blog post about the BananaPi, Laura Hosman speaks about the plans for a “Solar Powered Digital Library all-in-one Kit” and the need for “cultivating Internet-ready skills before the Internet arrives”. This is made possible through a donation program from LeMaker who is giving away these small computers for projects.
  • Coming back from the Slush conference, Linda Raftree wrote a blog post highlightin that in a development project “Tech is the easy part”. The challenging part of the project is not the software, nor the hardware but the “peopleware”. As she puts it “spending enough time with end-users and trying to see the world through their eyes as much as possible is crucial” as unindented things can happen at the crossing between software, hardware and end users.
  • Finally, I can recommend everyone to have a look at this trip report from the event on responsible data for humanitarian response 😉

I am a researcher mainly interested in : architectures for publishing, consuming and preserving Linked Open Data in low-resource contexts; complex systems; education; data visualisation; video games

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