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Internal Business Blogs resources

4 maggio 2005

The project roadmap detailed by Martin Roell in his paperConstantin sent me a few selected Internal Business Blogs resources to aid with my project.

Even though they are all quite dated, they are very interesting given the scarcity of literature on what is going on behind the corporate firewalls. If you are interested in Corporate Blogging they may be worth a look.

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Reality Hattrick

4 maggio 2005

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Altro che Hattrick o Cervia, quelli di WFC fanno sul serio: iscritti al torneo di seconda divisione del campionato regional di Caen in Francia, scelgono la formazione in base ai voti ed alle preferenze dei tifosi collegati via Web. Se vi interessa saperne di più visitate il sito di Web Football Club, o andate a leggervi l’articolo dell’International Herald Tribune sulla squadra francese, da cui apprendiamo che dopo due promozioni consecutive, quest’anno è in lizza per la terza nonostante una recente sconfitta per 4-0. Per gli appassionati francofoni, esistono anche alcuni blog dedicati alla squadra: Chesterbzh, Donquijote64, Zen, Gentyben, Magiciendoze. Notizia vista su Forthcoming.

Sparklines, grafici in miniatura

3 maggio 2005

Se non avete mai sentito parlare di Sparklines non buttatevi giù, visto che sono state ideate solo l’anno scorso da Edward Tufte, docente di statistica, grafica e economia politica alla Yale University, noto per le ricerche nel campo della visualizzazione dei dati (e per le critiche all’abuso di PowerPoint).

Le Sparklines (una traduzione approssimativa potrebbe essere linee scintilla) sono grafici in miniatura, che grazie all’altezza paragonabile a un carattere possono essere integrate in un testo senza interrompere il flusso del discorso, offrendo una rappresentazione immediata di una o più serie numeriche. Ad esempio questa è una Sparkline che rappresenta gli accessi giornalieri dell’articolo più popolare sul mio blog inglese.

Se vi interessa approfondire, andate a leggervi il capitolo dedicato alle Sparklines del prossimo libro di Tufte, poi magari fate qualche prova utilizzando BumpSpark (per Ruby), Sparkline (per PHP), Sparkplot (per Python, utilizzata per il grafico qui sopra), o plot_sparkline (sempre in Python).

Blogging hits the Italian media

2 maggio 2005

It may be the first time an Italian blog makes the headlines in national news. Gianluca Neri, the host of the popular group blog Macchianera, has published today the full “declassified” text of the US report on Calipari’s death in Baghdad. Gianluca has been the first to notice that the Acrobat file of the report distributed to the press was not encrypted, and had basic editing operations still enabled. Copying the text and pasting it a new file allowed him to restore the full text, circumventing the black mask applied to classified parts. The news is making the rounds of all national newspapers and TV stations. A commented timeline of the events (in italian) on Webgol. Bravo Gianluca.

Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

2 maggio 2005

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I am still working on the Corporate Blogging brief I have to present to the head of our organizational unit. I had a look at a few resources mentioned on Constantin‘s extensive NewPRWiki, but the vast majority of them deal with external corporate blogs, which we are not yet ready to tackle. The most relevant resource I could find is the audio from Euan Semple‘s presentation at LesBlogs, and it’s a bit ironic that I had to listen to it at home even though I was there, and had Euan seated on my right at the speakers’ dinner. Guess I was too busy meeting people and worrying about my panel to be really interested in Euan’s experience, since I only asked him a question about corporate politics in their blogs which he did not like too much and to which he gave me a half-answer.

Unfortunately I do not think we can follow the same bottom-up approach that has worked for the BBC, as we are a larger, more hyerarchical, less creative, and much much more conservative institution. People here tend to stick to an established routine and to use well known tools and practices, even outside the office when surfing the web at home (if they do it at all). So to be of any interest and attract a sufficient number of users, our internal blogs must either offer a valuable service, or serve as a direct communication channel with the upper management so that people will use it as yet another tool in their corporate politics arsenal.

It may be ugly, but I do not see other ways of introducing blogging here. If I can get the top management to adopt internal group blogs (what Fredrik Wackå calls Knowledge Blogs) as a way of efficiently communicating with their units, and people to read and comment on those blogs so as not to miss an opportunity to show off in front of their bosses and to have they voice heard, I’m pretty sure we will later be able to adopt other forms of internal blogs like “project blogs”. And maybe start using news readers, and aggregating on the blogs data coming from various enterprise repositories.

Am I totally off the mark? Is there anything I’m missing?