NASA’s ten field Centers (well, nine and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, technically a Federally Funded Research and Development Center) do the “heavy lifting” of NASA’s missions. Each Center has a portfolio of skills, capabilities and missions entrusted to their care. Each Center also has its own “flavor”, focusing on those things it does best. (Actually, this is as much culture as it is flavor). I was curious to see how strongly each Center’s “branding” might show up in our “official” tweets.
Following up on my earlier discussion of semantic searching and scholarly research, I’ve done a little more digging on recent work done in this area, emphasizing the visualization problem, which should really be added as another “major advance” needed to operationalize semantic searching. Read more
Executive summary: The tools and tricks of scientific collaboration are still pretty old school. With the ivory tower not being a major profit center, how can innovations in the private sector (which far outstrip academia’s capabilities) be brought over to accelerate scientific research and discovery? (Caveat: I have no answers, just a problem statement!) Read more
So, the release of the “new new” Facebook, arguably another step down from the “old new” Facebook, makes it painfully obvious that these good folks just don’t have the User Interface gene, and maybe never will. My Facebook page is increasingly looking like the drawer in the kitchen in which random tools, bits of fluff, balls of wax and spare tacks end up, and that’s not a Good Thing. Facebook needs to bite the bullet and leave the UI up to the innovators and professionals. Read more