Aug 23, 2006

extending information spaces

Today my information space took me to Umea, Sweden, where Lilia was making a presentation on her research (weblogs at Microsoft). Following short message (GoogleTalk), into her digital space for more details (weblog), and to the presentation venue: HumLab.

There i had a link for the video stream, and a contact for Skype. Guess because i'm inside my organizational firewall i could not use the streaming video so i went for the skype contact and met Stephanie that guided me during the rest of the connection. Although i had Lilia's slides (she «left them» at her blog) one get's the feeling of being blind (i.e. not knowing when to change to another slide, when she is prssing a link that takes the audience to another space).

More then the presentation by itself, today i made some more progress on my own work, because of this experience. Wanting very much to establish connections due to topic research, makes one go around try all the possible ways of «being there». Having people anticipating the interest of others, helps create «around ways» for enlarging attendees presence and engagement (even farway ones).

Studying information spaces requires an holistic view of:
  • individuals (their motivations, their skills, their networks, their interests... their own information spaces)
  • infrastructures (acess, barriers... infrastructures that support information spaces)
  • organization (culture, norms and rules «to get work done»... provided organizational information spaces)
So much more that i have to work out... just because i was here and went there. Yes! Research is fun :-)

1 comment:

  1. It was great meeting you in our space too. Being able to skype with you has given us some valuable feedback on how to make the next skype experience better!

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