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Archive for April, 2004

Cost of ignorance

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The high cost of not finding information by Susan Feldman of International Data Corporation (IDC)

Knowledge workers spend from 15% to 35% of their time searching for information.

s are successful in finding what they seek 50% of the time or less, according to both Web search engines and our own surveys. An IDC study in 2001 (”Quantifying Enterprise Search,” IDC, May 2002) found that only 21% of respondents said they found the information they needed 85% to100% of the time.

40% of corporate users reported that they can not find the information they need to do their jobs on their intranets.

Thanks elearningpost

Related post : Dave Pollard’s estimation on the cost of not knowing

Written by anol

April 2nd, 2004 at 11:27 am

Posted in Big Picture

Lights! Camera! Action!

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Make your own film

Chef Boyardee uses Macromedia Flash to deliver an interactive video editor that enables users to edit their own version of the “Rolling Can” commercial that is currently airing on television.

Also check out FlashCan animator

Written by anol

April 2nd, 2004 at 11:24 am

Posted in Rich Media Design


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A Flash & Coldfusion combo tool for visualizing what’s getting press around the world.

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap’s objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.

Thanks : Peter Merholz

Written by anol

April 1st, 2004 at 11:18 am

Posted in Wanton Posts

Connecting Learning Objects with RSS, Trackback and Weblogs

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A breeze presentation on connecting LO with RSS, trackback and blogs by Alan Levine, D’Arcy Norman and Brian Lamb.

A good articulation in storytelling format, explanation on how RSS can help with the discovery of useful objects from a content repository and contexualization by blogs.

We have collection of objects
We have RSS to help in discovery
We have weblogs for writing contexts
What is missing?
Intuitive authoring tools to transfer Los from collections to instructional environments(and that could ping back their new usage.

Another problem could be solved by pinging back – the lifecycle management of content in the repositories.
Thanks: Anu and Mark T

Written by anol

April 1st, 2004 at 11:16 am

Jakob Nielsen, some ugly issues and some “usable” discussion

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Commentary on Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox
From Mindful Learner
I think the whole thing’s a damn shame. When I first got into usability, I saw Jakob as a good guy fighting for a better world for all. It took me some time to see he was in fact just another self-serving guru for hire. Guess you can’t blame a guy for trying to milk the last few dollars out of his past glories….doesn’t mean you have to like him though.

From Jay Cross
Give a kid a hammer, and every problem looks like a nail. Give Jakob Nielsen a chance to improve workflow, and it looks like a usability issue.
Best part is the “breadcrumb” at the top of Jay’s blogpost and the comment at the end – “No graphics were used in the creation of this page. Usability only goes so far. Someone might still be jacking in with a 300 baud modem.”

From Design by Fire
An open letter to Jakob Nielsen (with 50+ comments)
Redesign with your own two hands. Do the work yourself. Make it readable. Make it pleasing to the eye. Fill it with content that inspires people to do better in their own work. Take the time to employ some basic typography principles. I’ll even let you borrow my copy of Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. Create a pleasing color palette. Create some simple, yet elegant informational graphics. Go take a few photos.

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April 1st, 2004 at 11:16 am

Posted in Information Design