Maybe you read in your childhood the famous French Asterix comic book series. I especially like Edifis (or as he is called in other languages Numérobis), an Egyptian architect in the “Asterix and Cleopatra” volume. He is the best architect Egypt can provide, but his buildings are really horrible. They seem to collapse every minute and obviously there is no proper basis or even a sufficient plan used during construction. Sometimes I think that many people in our industry still work like Numérobis.
Coming back from holiday season, a colleague of mine was wearing a brand new gear watch he received from Santa. I received a GPS watch from my brother who is a professor of Latin and Greek literature, and not really a fan of technology. A few days ago, on the subway in Milan, I saw the first person wearing Google Glass. They are here and closer than we think: devices and tools that create a new reality. Read further >
Through his latest post, my colleague John Barker accelerated a discussion about technology and tools like Google Glass, which could augment the professional reality of our customers in a very radical way. People following our blog will remember that quite a few articles illuminate areas beyond textual information like the usage of visualization techniques. In this post, I would like go even a step further (or two).
I love words and I love language and meaning! Since I am not a native speaker, the words above sound and “feel” very similar, although their usage is quite different.
The same goes for “legal jargon”, where I have to face the fact that what I learned during my English lessons at school and university is quite often not applicable or even misleading in a legal context.
In my last post I reflected on how the turmoil in our industry was visible or tangible at the world’s biggest event we have: Frankfurt Book Fair. Today, I will have a closer look at the opposite dimension. What the turmoil is doing to a person – in this case, to me.
Earlier this month I attended the UX Masterclass in Rome, one of the international meetings that the UX alliance periodically organize with specialists of user experience from all around the world. This was a great occasion to be updated about the current status of research and development around UX, winner methodologies, best practices and case studies. Read further >
Mobility is one major trend in the industry and also a cornerstone of our Wolters Kluwer strategy. People are using more and more tablets and smartphones, also in their daily professional routine. One recent trend in marketing is to exploit the behavior of people using more than one device at the same time (like a TV and a tablet) for addressing new sales channels, e.g. offering products on the tablet, which are complementing the format the user is currently consuming on TV. Translating this trend into our world could solve one major obstacle we currently face in product design. Read further >
Billy Joel sang this song at Shea stadium in 2008, during his millenium concert at Madison Square Garden as well as back in 1995, when I had the privilege to attend his “An evening of Questions & Answers” session in Nuremberg, Germany.
It has been one of my favorites ever since and although it is about love and life in general, I think it also reflects the professional world we live and will continue to live in. It starts with:
A bigger part of the Netherlands is located under sea level, which gives me the association of living in a submarine. But this does not imply that the Dutch are hiding from anything, quite on the contrary!
I am not really sure, if this is a correct English sentence, but abbreviations show that meaning and semantics indeed have a lot to tell us. Looking at Wikipedia, you will find that “ISWC” has four different meanings – and I am pretty sure that there are even more around the globe. One is: “International Symposium on Wearable Computers”. There are also others, which are as meaningful like: “International Speed Windsurfing Class” or “International Semantic Web Conference”; the latter I will talk about today.