3 encontro nacional de weblogs

3º Encontro Nacional e 1º Encontro Luso-Galaico sobre Weblogs
Nos próximos dias 13 e 14 de Outubro, 6.ª feira e sábado, respectivamente, vai realizar-se no Porto, no Antigo Auditório da Reitoria da Universidade do Porto, na Rua D. Manuel II, o 3º Encontro Nacional e 1º Encontro Luso-Galaico sobre Weblogs.

Em princípio lá estarei, sobretudo para poder ver as intervenções do José Luís Orihuela, de quem tenho óptimas referências, sobretudo depois da sessão de encerramento do 2.º encontro de weblogs que se realizou na Covilhã em 2005, do Enrique Dans e outras que me despertam alguma curiosidade como por exemplo a da Catarina Rodrigues sobre “Blogues regionais como espaços de cidadania e participação”. Paralelamente vou tentar também assistir ao workshop do José Luís Orihuela denominado “Introducción a la Web 2.0”, o que, infelizmente, me fará perder a apresentação da Mónica André e Margarida Cardoso intitulada “Blog SWOT organizacional”.

Mas no fundo, o importante é que serão 2 dias, nos quais os weblogs serão claramente o assunto da maioria das conversas, e esse é o motivo principal para não se perder este evento.

BloggerView #9: Jose Luis Orihuela

Nothing better to start the week than a bloggerview. This week bloggerview is with Jose Luis Orihuela author of the blog eCuaderno.com and of the book “La revolucion de los blogs” (La Esfera de los Libros, Madrid, 2006). Jose Luis Orihuela, PhD is professor at the School of Public Communication, University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and is also a Jury Member of the Best of the Blogs Deutsche Welle International Awards. Last but not least, he is one of the speakers of the “3º Encontro Nacional e 1º Encontro Luso-Galaicos sobre Weblogs”, where he will speak about “Porque é que os weblogs (não) vão acabar em 2006?” and will give a workshop called “Workshop 1: Introducción a la Web 2.0”. Enjoy his anwers.

1.When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Jose Luis Orihuela (JLO): I started my blog eCuaderno on August 8, 2002. The 3 reason why I remain blogging after this years are: to share content and research in a easy and fast way, to have a test bed to prove and understand the new developments of the net, and as an educational tool for teaching. Blogging, after all, becomes part of your life and it is also an incredible way to meet very interesting people.

2.Why did you choose to give your name to the blog’s name?
JLO: eCuaderno stands for an electronic notebook, a sort of a virtual online Moleskine to take and share notes of my virtual and real life.

3.Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
JLO: Blogging is for me a way to be in touch with colleagues, former and actual students and family. My blog is both, a learning and a teaching tool. An online board to post useful tips, news and resources. My blog is an extension of my voice and memory.

4.In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
JLO: Blogs are NOW a very important marketing and communication tool for companies and institutions, and a widely used tool for education and research.

5.What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
JLO: Eve when it is possible that new concepts or tools come to replace the media and the practices of blogging as we know them today, what will pervive is the strong trend of communications technologies giving voice to ordinary people all over the world bypassing the editorial controls of mainstream media.

6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
JLO: I have 524 feeds on my Bloglines, the feed reader I like the most.

7. What do you think about RSS? What role do you think RSS can play in future, for instance in the relation between government and citizens?
JLO: RSS is a poor name for a strong content distribution technology that modifies the relations between content producers and content consumers, giving consumers the power to decide what and when to access the information they want (text, audio or video), and giving also the producers to power to reuse material in many diferent ways. RSS y also an incredible tool for information tracking (brands, names, key words, URLs, serach results, etc.).

8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
JLO: Multimedia (convergence with TV), Multiplatform (convergence with portable devices) and Multicultural (convergence of the Planet) are the outstanding notes of the Web by now.

9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
JLO: Almost every day I use: Gmail, Bloglines, Flickr, Technorati, Google Blog Search, Yahoo! Messenger and Mail.

10. What do you think are the big differences between the Spanish and the Portuguese blogospheres?
JLO: I think that both are very similar: an extraordinary amount of talent all over the place, but looking all the time outdoors to find it.

Atribution: Jose Luis Orihuela, PhD is professor at the School of Public Communication, University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain), author of the blog eCuaderno.com and of the book “La revolucion de los blogs” (La Esfera de los Libros, Madrid, 2006). Jury Member of the Best of the Blogs Deutsche Welle International Awards.

SHiFT ended

SHiFT has ended. Despite the small technical problems that happened, and the hard work to put SHiFT running, it was 2 amazing days. I only have the opportunity to see a few presentations, but as far as I know, by the reactions, we had a very good lot of speakers, with very rich presentations. From the presentations that I saw, I really liked the presentations from Laurent, Stowe Boyd, Lilia Efimova, and the final (excellent) presentation of David Galipeau, and the demos of Goplan and weSpendMoney. Unfortunelly I couldn’t saw others presentations, as I wish like the ones from Thomas, Suw, Euan or Peter Merholz. But it’s not a problem, we have all the presentations on video, I just have to get some time free to see all the videos from the conference.

SHiFT gathering
Photo author: kev/null

Away from the conference, it was really nice to meet some really interesting people, at the dinners and at the close-up party, like Fred Oliveira, Peter Merholz, Lilia Efimova, Stowe Boyd, Euan Semple, Luke W, Martin Roell, Jean Francois and Suw Charman and so many others. At some time it was very good to see Laurent (from LIFT) again. He gave me some really good tips, about presenting the speakers, one of my biggest concerns regarding SHiFT days.

Thanks for everyone that was present at SHiFT, specially the speakers and thanks all the sponsors and their precious contribution without the one, SHiFT couldn’t be possible.

On the next weeks, we expect to have all the presentations and all the videos available online.

Finally and like we wrote on the conference wiki, “SHiFT has ended, but the conversation will continue, join us the discussion at shift@lists.shift.pt and send us in your suggestion on what you’ve liked and disliked about the conference thru suggestion@shift.pt”.

Next: LIFT – 8 & 9 February 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland.

BloggerView #8: Beverly Trayner

This week bloggerview is with Beverly Trayner, the author of “Phronesis – Towards a practical wisdom” (available at http://phronesis.typepad.com/), previously, until the beginning of this month, the author of “Em duas línguas” (available at http://btrayner.blogspot.com/), and one of the speakers at SHiFT06 where she will speak about “Designing for Learning: Communities of practice and Web2.0 technologies”. Enjoy her answers.

1.When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Beverly Trayner (BT): Well, it’s an interesting question because I when I first created blogs, they were just tools to suit my communication needs. I didn’t have a notion of what they were for. In January 2003, I created a blog because it was an easy way to make a web page and I wanted a page with links to communities of practice (http://communitiesofpractice.blogspot.com/)

Then in February 2004 when I was designing a course module with a friend in Tomar, we thought we would use a blog as a way of talking to each other and keeping a record of what we said. We thought it would be interesting for course participants to see some of the process that went into designing a module. It was a great idea, but we didn’t do much of it (http://topicoption.blogspot.com/).

(doesn’t blogspot look so dated?)

I also used it as a way of communicating with my daughter. We talked to each other via a blog, which has left a memory of our conversations. I love that blog. And whenever I had a project, like writing a paper with someone, I kept a blog as a diary so that I would have a record of the process. I have eighteen blogs on my blogger dashboard!

Only in August 2004 did I start “proper” blogging (http://btrayner.blogspot.com/2004/08/getting-started.html) with Em duas línguas (http://btrayner.blogspot.com). More recently I changed blog home to Phronesis (http://phronesis.typepad.com).

2.Why did you choose to give your name to the blog’s name?
BT: I gave the name of “Em duas línguas”, not because it was to be written in two languages, but because it was part of trying to express myself as someone who had an identity in two languages.

Phronesis, my new blog, means “practical wisdom”. Aristotle distinguished between two types of intellectual virtues: sophia and phronesis. Sophia – or wisdom – is the ability to think about the nature of the world; we use it to discover why the world is as it is and to come up with universal truths. Phronesis is thinking about how and why we should act in order to change things, and especially to change our lives for the better. It’s also the ability to reflect on how we achieve that. Phronesis is very much the kind of wisdom that I identify with and aspire to, which is why I chose the name.

3.Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
BT: Well my goal is to help develop my phronesis!

4.In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
BT: That seems like such a big question that I don’t know how to answer it. Among many other things it depends on the objective(s) of the company or school. I think as people catch onto the idea of communities, then blogging becomes a way of stimulating and capturing some of the wisdom of communities.

5.What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
BT: I think we will see a big development in the idea of blogging communities. And we’ll see a further development of systems for mapping out and aggregating the social interactions of people in blogging communities and networks.

6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
BT: Since I had a big clear out a couple of weeks ago I’ve now reduced my feeds to 500!! I use NetNewsWire. It’s so neat and easy to use, that’s why. The only thing I don’t like about it is that I can’t have a changing blogroll, like I could with bloglines. Or maybe I just haven’t worked out how to do it.

7. What do you think about RSS? What role do you think RSS can play in future, for instance in the relation between government and citizens?
BT: I think RSS feeds are amazing! Like magic. It’s just such a great way of bringing things together. We live in such dispersed times that anything that helps bring things together has to be good. When groups can harness information and social processes – like you can with RSS feeds – then that has to be a good thing.

8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
BT: I think that systems made for multi-channelling, like Swarm-it for example (http://home.swarmteams.com/) are the most important thing happening. Multi-Channelling and the integration of mobile phone and the web is where I think we’ll be going. Also, anything that helps in the process of multilingual communication. Machine translation is still rather primitive, but systems increasingly have the option for different language interfaces, multilingual tagging systems etc. I think that’s very important.

9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
BT: Well, as soon as I hear of something new I sign up for it and try it out. But the ones that have become an integrated part of my repertoire are Del.icio.us and Flickr. They bring me so much joy!

10. What are your expectations for “SHiFT – Social and Human Ideas For Technology”, next September, 28,29?
BT: My expectations are that I will meet and talk to some interesting people. I’m also keen to see who else in Portugal is working on Social and Human ideas For Technology. Such a lot of hard work and love has gone into the organizing of this conference that I expect it will be a great event for the people who attend.

Microsoft Zune

Microsoft Zune

Meus senhores e minhas senhoras apresento-vos o Microsoft Zune (alegadamente produzido pela Toshiba). Para mais informações aconselho a leitura do Press Release em http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/sep06/09-14ZuneUnveilingPR.mspx, ou sugiro que consultem o CrunchGear, em http://crunchgear.com/2006/09/14/zune-is-coming/ ou o engadget em http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/14/microsoft-launches-the-zune/. Para os mais curiosos também existem mais fotografias do Zune, na página da Microsoft em http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/zune/default.mspx.

Parece uma alternativa a considerar, sobretudo pelo tamanho do ecrãn e algumas funcionalidades interessantes, no entanto eu mantenho-me fiel ao iPod.