Archive for March, 2007

Bienvenue au Web schématique

Posted on March 20, 2007. Filed under: Francais |

A découvrir, le site collaboratif de Michel Cartier

Un regard très intéressant sur l'évolution des technologies de l'information dans la triple dimension sociétale, économique et technologique . Michel Cartier est l'un des premiers experts à citer l'arrivée du web schématique comme une tendance émergente et caractéristique du web 2.0.


Fervant praticien de la schématographie, son site est truffé d'illustrations. Il faut néanmoins cliquer sur des liens contextuels pour y accéder  ou dans la navigation verticale droite sur le titre de rubrique : Recherche schématique.

En ne donnant souvent à voir ses schémas qu'au deuxième niveau de navigation, Michel Cartier privilégie de fait le langage verbal pour exprimer ses propos. L'internaute accède aux concepts tout d'abord par la lecture du texte. Il complète sa compréhension par la vision des schémas.

Au niveau de la structuration de son site, Michel Cartier devrait essayer de faire l'exercice inverse. C'est à dire privilégier le langage visuel, plus synthétique, plus parlant et d'y associer le texte sous forme de mots clefs ou de  légendes explicatives 

Osons carrément le web schématique !!!

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Information visualization : how Google’s “public approach” to software innovations is enabling totally new uses

Posted on March 17, 2007. Filed under: BI, English |

Remember KeyHole and how Google transformed it in Google Earth ? And Sketchup that it also acquired and released it for free for people to make 3D objects to be plugged into Google Earth or simply as standalone objects ? Their latest disruptive move (see the article by Paidcontent) is named Trendalyzer from the non-profit GapMinder. This is a powerful tool for easy creating and rendering of animated graphics, the kind to reconcile a student with statistics and to allow even the most stubborn manager to see the evidence in a trend drawn from thousands of numbers and tables. The tool is available there :

An example of GapMinder's analysis 

Trendalyzer was shown by Hans Rosling, a Swedish teacher at the TED 2006 conference : I can not urge your more to have a look at the video, it is brilliant !!! I wish I had a teacher like him … with such tools we will probably get more students that go for scientific education 😉 Not speaking about BI (Business Intelligence) softwares for corporations … As he said : his goal is to liberate all the data from the publicly funded databases and make it searchable to then display it … guess what : his dream will probably come true rather sooner 😉 If Google goes the same way than with Google Book, negociating deals library after library, content owner after content owner, it may soon be possible to access in a nice and powerful way data about just anything (if there is enough potential for monetizing this content through advertising or else …). Just think about the possibilities of analysis, of better decision making, of better understanding … Just link this with approaches like Pipes from Yahoo! and you will get very powerful mashups from innovative minds all around the world… Once again the power of visual information …


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Predictive Markets : when collective intelligence beats the bets

Posted on March 14, 2007. Filed under: English |

The subject of this post has very little to do with knowledge design except that it is also a new and more effective way to access knowledge. I am a big fan of The Wisdom of Crowds, the best seller from James Surowiecki, and the science of predictive or prediction markets (see Robin Hanson of George Mason University or Eric Zitzewitz of Stanford University), based on F.A. Hayek's market's theories. We do research at faberNovel on this topic, especially on particular uses of such tools to assess potential of innovations (ideas or projects) or in the more ongoing forecasting tasks that all companies do (especially in yield or revenue management)

This recent TechCrunch post (definitely a good source for info 😉 gives us some info to support the demonstration of effectiveness of such tools, but also gives us another business model : individuals collectively create some value that can be monetized by other individuals (C2C) or by companies (C2B). It is interesting to note how those C2+ business models become more and more numerous as well as powerful, showing once more how the consumer is taking power !!


This is great stuff and I will probably tell more soon, with an information visualization angle. For more info you can start on this excellent article from Harvard Business Review or this one from Business Week or the minutes of a recent ConFab meeting at Yahoo! on this subject.

 ADDITION : I recently stumbled upon this graphic animation made using data from a German soccer prediction market which was listed in the nominees of the NetSci07 competition for network dynamics visualization … how one side-subject loops back to the main one 😉

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