The Blue Oxen folks and friends are having great forward-thinking, eyes-wide-open conversations on collaboration technologies over on the yak-tools mailing list. Here are a few nuggets that I found quite interesting:
- Social network visualization from mailing list data using Java-based Apache Agora by Stefano Mazzocchi, someone I recently discovered and should be watching closely. “The basic idea is that every time you reply to somebody's message, you are creating a social relationship between you and that person.”
- Collaboratively annotating the planet with Blogosphere Headmap. Among other things, provides another way of visualizing the GeoURL dataset.
- A QuickTime Movie Tour of the BuddySpace system under development at the Open University, which aims to address the challenges of “High-impact, low-effort, large-scale group communications; Community of practice group awareness; understanding 'where people' are mentally (cognitive and affective states) as well as physically (geo-location services) given increasing mobility and multi-tasking; “.
- I think I also saw Danny Ayers chime in there with his RDF-based semantic blogging tool project.
Everyday the arena of interaction and education in online environments is populated by more and more interesting and occasionally exciting tools. I wish that i had time to play with them all.