Archive for March, 2009

A Managed project

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

basecamp_teamworkpmIn order to keep track of my upcoming project, my master thesis, and to get all involved parties up to date, I thought about a collaboration platform. During my diploma thesis I had to work with offices in Germany, New York and Florida which worked fine despite the distance. One success factor was a web application called Basecamp . Since I made good experience with basecamp I decided to use it in order to keep track of milestones, to-dos and manage contact details of involved people. There is even a collaborative writeboard inside allowing you to write a text together with a bunch of people, able to compare versions and keeping track of the changes.
I know there are different or similar solutions like Teamwork which offer the same functionality and even some file space for free, but when I noticed, the account was already set up. But for the next project I will check it out.

What are you working with? Any other good experiences or hints?

Social networks @ CeBIT

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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After a walk through several halls, I spotted some more interessting stands offering quite innovative services in the field of social networking and eLearning.

Blogtronix
Social online networks are not just a personal fun pages any more but very interesting for enterprises to use internally to improve collaboration within the enterprise or externally to cooperate with customers and suppliers. Blogtronix, a company located in Bulgaria, Canada and USA, offers social online networks especially tailored to enterprise needs.

Kontextwork
André Ulrich and his company kontextwork offers Wikis, adapted to special needs of enterprises. Needs like online social networks, knowledge management, news, blogging and project-based collaboration can be served with wikis. Applicated Wikis are based on OpenSource projects and can be developed further to any kind of

Commetrix
Commetrix is a project of the Technical University of Berlin. It provides various ways to visualize social networks with a lot of input. Email traffic or online social networks can be analyzed and displayed. The results of the analysis can be tweaked and shaped in different ways like narrow it down by keyword. Taken its almost real-time character it is really useful for monitoring or getting snapshots of any kind of network.

VennMaker
A different approach of capture information about social networks is VennMaker. It doesn’t automatically import data from networks but offers the possibility of enter information manually as you talk to an individual. It focuses the subjective character of information provided by persons. Social networks can be drawn and exported in an easy way.

social virtPresenter
social virtPresenter developed by the University of Osnabrueck is an Facebook application that offers a lot of funktions for eLearning for the existing online social network. Videos of lectures can be watched online together with friends. Questions can be asked, according to specific points in the video. The watch behaviour is recorded and is visualized in the form of how often was a particular point watched.

eLearning @ CeBIT

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

After a good start, featuring a presentation of Prof. Dr. Udo Bleimann live on stage, talking about the Atlantis University Project, I took a brief look across projects about eLearning.

Komuniki
I had a very nice chat with a feller from Komuniki at our Stand. Komuniki is a young vibrant company based in Cyprus and Germany. They created a eLearning comunity featuring intercultural communication and collaboration. Attend an online class learning also about your virtual neighbor from India, China or wherever in the world.

CampusContent
Prof. Dr.-ing Krämer from Fern-Universität Hagen is creating a repository for eLearning media content called CampusContent. Why produce every little bit of media content yourself when there is already a bunch of content available. The repository will feature crontribution of new content and copy or reference things. It will also feature a licencing model in order to protect content from ilegal copying.

LiveSocial
Kalmann Graffi a PhD candidate from TU Darmstadt is currently developing LiveSocial, a social network offering features similar to StudiVZ but with a peer-to-peer network model.

Liquiverse
A company not directly involved in eLearning but still worth mentioning is an Liquiverse, founded by of a very innovative friend of mine. With Liquifile and Liquibase, Carsten Waldeck, is storming the field of browsing in a innovative manor. Even the official CeBIT website is featuring his liquid browsing to find exhibitors.

Atlantis @ CeBIT

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Schwarzenegger and MerkelOn March 2nd, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Angela Merkel will open the CeBIT fair in Hannover Germany and our eLearning project “Atlantis University Portal” will be present. Together with the Technical Transfer Network of the State Hessen, we will present our eLearning project. We will be located in the Hall 9 where eGovernment will be the main topic. Come and visit us at Hall 9 Stand C22.