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~~~ Ramana Rao's INFORMATION FLOW ~~~ Issue 2.12 ~~~ Dec 2003 ~~

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~~~ IN THIS ISSUE ~~~ December 2003 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

* Introduction
* New Articles
* 21 Books
* 49 Classics Wrapped

~~~ Introduction ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

No doubt, some of you noticed the missing November 2.11 issue.  I
wrote it on 11/30 as I flew from Oakland to New York La Guardia.
My new laptop with its 9-cell battery lasted the entire flight.
Then I had another hour as I waited for a shuttle to Stamford.
But tired and dissatisfied with what I had, I decided not to bore
you with it.  The material will be worth sending eventually, but
not yet. (This probably kills my chances as a journalist or a VP
of Engineering.)

In 2004, I'm going to go ad hoc, meaning I'm going to try to get
at least 10 issues out next year, roughly a month apart with some
slips and drops.  2004 is going to be busy, lot's going on for
Inxight and me personally, so I need the flexibility.

I wish all of you the best for 2004.  It's been great interacting
with and meeting many of you this past year.  And I look forward
to more in the new year.  Send me email, come visit me in San
Francisco, or Inxight in Silicon Valley, or invite me
over. Prost. Salut.  Kippis. Kong Chien. Chinchin. Kia ora.
Cumpai.  Konbe.  Serefe.  Fi sahitak. Skaal. Le'chaim. Oogy wawa.
Selemat. Cheers.

~~~ New Articles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The last two months have seen plenty of work on two papers.  One
paper, based on last year's draft, Rich Interaction with Content,
has been published in the IEEE peer-reviewed magazine IT
Professional.  The other article, based on October's Information
Flow, will be included in a forthcoming book on KM practices.

~> From Unstructured Data to Actionable Content
   IEEE IT Professional, Nov/Dec 2003

~> Leveraging Content in Enterprise Knowledge Processes to be
   published in Knowledge Scaffolding: How Practitioners Use
   Knowledge Management Tools, Edited by Madanmohan
   Rao. Butterworth-Heienemann, 2004

Recently, digging around in my electronic archives, I discovered
a paper I wrote in 1995 on Information Visualization.  I drafted
this paper with Scientific American in mind, but a European
company with similar French and Spanish magazines happen to
invite me to submit such an article.  Ironically, publishing it
in French and Spanish derailed its submission to Scientific
American, so it's never been "published" in English until now.

~> Information Visualization and the Next Generation Workspace

~~~ 21 Books ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2003 has been a year that I read, reread, preread, part-read, or
browsed quite a few books.  21 books seem particularly
significant to Information Flow activities including the
Classics, the Diagrams, and various Talks.  I could say more
about these, but now that's for 2004, but for now let me offer
them as good reads.

~~~ History

~> Technomanifestos: Visions from the Information
   Revolutionaries, Adam Brate, 2001

~> The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That
   Made Computing Personal, M. Mitchell Waldrop, 2002

~> Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding
   Technology, Howard Rheingold, 1986, 2000

~~~ Values 

~> The Human Use of Human Beings, Norbert Wiener, 1954, 1986

~> Living With the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for
   Human Mastery, Eds. Alan Lightman, Daniel R. Sarewitz,
   Christina Desser, 2003

~> The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose
   Between Privacy and Freedom?, David Brin, 1999

~~~ Philosophy, Criticism, Thought

~> Passion of the Western Mind, Richard Tarnas, 1993

~> The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is
   Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness, Virginia
   Postrel, 2003 

~> Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web,
   David Weinberger, 2002

~> Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution,
   Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins, 2000

~~~ Social Context, Innovation, Decision-Making

~> The Social Life of Information, John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid,

~> Cultivating Communities of Practice, Etienne Wenger, Richard
   McDermott, William M. Snyder, 2002

~> Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions, Gary Klein, 1999

~> Open Innovation, Henry William Chesbrough, 2003

~> Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital
   Age,  David M. Levy, 2001

~~~ Classics

~> Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly
   Csikszentmihalyi, 1991

~> The Sciences of the Artificial - 3rd Edition, Herbert Simon,
   1969, 1981, 1996

~> The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering,
   Anniversary Edition, Frederick Brooks, 1975, 1995 

~~~ Fun

~> The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker, 2000

~> Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson, 1992

~> E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation, David
   Bodanis, 2001  

~~~ 49 Classics Wrapped ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wrapped, but not buried.  Below is the last installment of
Information Flow Classics nominees via newsletter.  Future
activity now moves to the website, where I'll maintain the
ongoing list.  Call me a lazy evaluator or a late binder, but I
still am not finalizing any into the 49 Classics list.
Nevertheless, I think all of these papers are worth reading or at
least browsing to get a feel for the sweep of ideas related to
Information Flow.

~> The Computer for the 21st Century, Mark Weiser, Scientific
   American, 1991

~> Organizational Learning and Communities-of-Practice: Toward a
   Unified View of Working, Learning, and Innovation, John Seeley
   Brown and Paul Duguid, Organization Science, 1991

~> A Brief History of Human Computer Interaction Technology, Brad
   Myers, ACM Interactions, March 1998,

~> Indexing by Latent Semantic Analysis, Scott Deerwester etal,
   JASIS, 1990

~> Using collaborative filtering to weave an information
   tapestry, David Goldberg etal, CACM, 1992

~> Diversity in the Use of Electronic Mail: A Preliminary
   Inquiry, Wendy Mackay, ACM TOIS, 1987 

~> Intelligent Information Sharing Systems, Thomas Malone etal,
   CACM, 1987 
~> Semistructured messages are surprisingly useful for
   computer-supported coordination, Thomas Malone etal, 
   ACM TOIS, 1987

~> Cyc: A MidTerm Report, R.V. Guha and Douglas Lenat, AI
   Magazine, 1990

~> gIBIS: A hypertext tool for exploratory policy discussion,
   Jeff Conklin and  Michael Begeman, ACM TOIS, 1988 

~> Design Knowledge and Design Rationale: A Framework for
   Representation, Capture, and Use, Daniel Russell and Thomas
   Gruber, 1991 

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