Author: Anna Duncan

Being part of it – education at the fringes

Posted on July 23, 2004 in Knowledge

Now I really wonder if this is innoavtion. Just writing a book yields a Doctorate. Last time we talked about purchasing credits via conference attendance. This time it’s gettin’ more innovative. I wonder how an academically written book is produced by someone who has no formal education. Saying this I claim that at least 50% of a disseration are about complying to the rules. How do you do that if you don’t know them? This not about the quality of someones writings it’s about being part of a community.

Thus it seems interesting to earn the reward of community participation (the degree) without being actually part of it. Especially if the topic is about a sharing economy.

I, however, congratulate both the institution and Joi Ito for being innovative.

Back to school
I just received word that I have been admitted into the International Business Strategy Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. I was talking to them last year about possibly applying, since the Ministry of Education recently changed the rules so people could apply for a doctorate program without a masters degree. Unfortunately, I don’t even have an undergraduate degree so it was tough nuggies for me. They changed the rules this year and let me apply again and I got in. I guess this makes me the least educated student to ever be admitted. hmm…

Anyway, the real reason I’m doing this isn’t the degree, although that’s nice. It’s a very cool program where I will be able to use the resources of the university including research and the professors. My only deliverable is a book on the sharing economy. I don’t have to take any classes and the topic really fits right in with Creative Commons, blogging and everything else I’m doing. I’m a big fan of many of the professors at the school and I am really psyched to be able to exploit them officially now. 😉

Here is a PDF of my research topic description.

Comment – TrackBack [Joi Ito’s Web]

Echo

Posted on July 12, 2003 in Echo Radio

Major fun: Radio gets some kind of Echo support. [Scripting News]

Radio gets some kind of Echo support. Only a true geek would appreciate the drama of Radio supporting the new Echo format, I won’t even try to explain. There are a few of these feeds around the blogosphere. Some blogging vendors, notably Blogger, are going to syndicate their users’ content with this format, even though RSS would probably be a more conservative choice.

Since Radio has such an easy method to add support for new XML-based formats, I decided to try it out. The result is a hack, just a first step, not the result of careful spec-reading (I don’t think there is a spec yet). I just did this for bragging rights to say Radio is the first aggregator to read this format, and then Fredrik Lundh wrote to say he did it first. Arrrgh.

Anyway, without further ado, for the most adventurous users only, here’s the new Radio aggregator format driver for Echo format.

How to

1. Download the format driver, bring the Radio app to the front, and open the file using the Open command in the File menu. Click on OK to all confirmation dialogs.

2. Subscribe to Simon’s Echo feed by clicking on this link.

3. Visit the News page, and hopefully you’ll see all of Simon’s recent posts.

4. When Simon updates next time you should see some more of his stuff. In other words, it works just as if it were RSS.

5. It may work with other Echo feeds, but the format appears to still be in flux, so no guarantees. Not sure how or when driver bugs will be fixed or new features added.

Pointers

Scripting News archive page of development process.

Screen shot showing my aggregator with Simon’s feed displayed.

Feedback for designers

“feed” is not a very unique name, and if another format were to come along with the same top level element we would not be able to write a format driver for it. Our architecture keys off the top-level element. I suggest changing the top-level element to indicate the format, and also add a version number so that aggregators can have an idea of what spec the content provider is using. I imagine Radio is not the only aggregator that would like to key off the name of the top-level element.

By Dave Winer.