29 days ago

What’s wrong with…?

We see patterns, create patterns, and think in patterns. Looking back at what I’ve written through the years in this blog, I see a macro pattern I can call, for the lack of a better name, the “What’s wrong with…” pattern. The object is usually some common practice or a discipline that has established certain […]

1 month, 28 days ago

Data-centric project requirements?

Several times this week, in different circumstances, I was asked a question having these three words close together. That’s not new. It happened previously. But this concentration triggered the write-up that follows. Nothing original and neither is the reason to write it: Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no […]

10 months, 21 days ago

Roaming through contexts with Roam: Organization

There are such kinds of tools which, when you interact with them, an organization emerges that modulates the interaction. That organization takes on a life of its own. The design and affordances of some tools for thought enable the emergence, persistence and adaptability of such an organization. This is the fourth out of five posts […]

1 year, 5 months ago

Linked Data uptake

Linked Data is a universal approach for naming, shaping, and giving meaning to data, using open standards. It was meant to be the second big information revolution after the world wide web. It was supposed to complement the web of documents with the web of data so that humans and machines can use the Internet […]

1 year, 7 months ago

Corona-induced Cohesion

The balance between autonomy and cohesion is one of the three balances, essential for everything living and social. It’s fascinating to watch when there is a shift both in the balance itself and in the way it is achieved. The times of Coronavirus are exceptionally rich in new ways of maintaining social cohesion. There are […]

1 year, 8 months ago

Essential Balances, Huizen, 2019

Metaphorum was established in 2003 as an NGO to develop Stafford Beer’s legacy and has organized a series of management cybernetics conferences and workshops over the years. I attended three Metaphorum conferences so far. In Hull, 2015, I shared ideas on how some of the findings of the enactive school of cognitive science can enrich […]

2 years, 2 months ago

Buckets and Balls

Linked Data is still largely unknown, or misunderstood and undervalued. Often, people find it simply too difficult. So I keep looking for new ways to make Linked Data more accessible. And with some success. In my training courses so far over 60% of the participants had no IT background. I hope even to increase this […]