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Adding my site to the Fediverse

Thanks to the renewed interest in actual social media, rather than an algorithm-driven advertisement space, I find myself having interesting online conversations again. I really wanted to use my own website and domain for further engagement. But… experience with earlier attempts at federating networks made me cautious. Setting up and maintaining my own Jabber/XMPP and […]

Discussing “wicked problems” online, in 2021

Nearly 20 years ago, Aldo de Moor and I presented our Social Context Model (supporting online collaboration processes for wicked problems in society) at the “Sustainability in the Information Society” symposium [1]. The symposium organisers did an environmental impact assessment, showing that basically 86% of CO2 emissions came from participants flying in and out. Back […]

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FOSDEM 2021

Like many years before, I will attend FOSDEM, the biggest open source convention in the neighbourhood: up to around 8000 attendees at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a good reason to take the train down south for a weekend. Obviously, this year it will be (more than ever before) an online event. So from the comfort […]

XML, the hidden technology behind IATI and a lot more

Last week I attended the XML Prague conference: 3 days of workshops and presentations about XML technology and tools that are widely used, but mostly invisible. XML is everywhere: your Word and Excel files contain XML to capture your words and figures. Banks exchange information using XML messages. Electronic invoicing is based on XML. Statistical […]

The new IATI Validator is open for public testing

Het bericht The new IATI Validator is open for public testing verscheen eerst op Data4Development.

Webmaster spam

It’s heart-warming to get emails from people who read one of my blog posts of over a decade ago, and took the effort to write to me that their product is missing, or that they have a nice post about something too. Could you mention it in your article as an extra and fresh resource? […]

The state of open data in the development sector

For completeness, I copied my post from the Data4Development site: The State of Open Data (Davies et al., 2019) is an extensive report about “all things open data”. Chapter 5 deals with open data for development assistance and humanitarian action, and highlights the crucial chicken-and-egg problem we see as well: Lack of investment in data […]

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