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August 22, 2007

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Stephen Downes

I think you're right about ambient information; this is something that has certainly informed my thinking.

But I'm not so sure the applications you highlight are so leading edge. People have been working on this sort of thing for a long time.

> PARTiCLS is a web-based RSS application that appears on your desktop as a constantly scrolling set of headlines for you to consider. It's a bit like a scrolling stock ticker.

If you want a scrolling RSS feed (or feed aggregation, as I offer) then you want to use something like Edu_RSS Ticker, which has been running on my site (and on anyone else who wanted it, eg. Albert Ip's, since 2004.
http://www.downes.ca/xml/edu_ticker_help.htm.htm
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Chris Saad

Wayne thank you for this wonderfully detailed and eloquant post about Ambient Information and filtering and your mention of Particls.

The only thing I would add is that you mention the idea of some human element in the decision making proccess to help with serendipidy.

With Particls, we can take into account popularity as a factor of Personal Relevance.

For example, while earthquakes may not be in your interest profile, a major earthquake nearby may still be Personally Relevant to you.

So we can look at human behaviour on aggregate to include it in the score.

Also as you suggest, Particls does optionally scan your browsing behaviour and add interests to your profile behind the scenes - however they are not displayed in the Word Window.

Thanks once again for a fantastic post - it was really enjoyable.

Cheers,

Chris (Particls CEO)

Wayne H Hodgins

Glad you enjoyed the post Stephen and appreciate you taking the time to comment. We have very different audiences and my point was not that RSS itself is new, but that its adoption by the masses and its broadened use is new. I do think that applications like PARTiCLS are taking this in some new directions and levels with such things as the automated detecting of some of your behaviors and the selecting of different mediums for different types of information and levels of alerts.
In any case, appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my posting. Always admire your bandwidth.

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Wayne H Hodgins

That was fast Chris! Thanks for the kind words and the additional information on Particls. Applaud your efforts to add some automation and filtering of attention metadata.
One recommendation I would have, or perhaps something I've missed, is a way for me as a Particls user to see my attention metadata. For example, being able to see what has been detected from my browsing behavior so I am aware of what is being filtered and could edit this myself if needed.
Please keep up the good work and look forward to seeing improvements and new features as you do so.

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See www.autodesk.com/waynehodgins for blogs, podcasts, slides and much, much more!

Jay Cross

Yeah! I just downloaded Particls and began to play with it. Looks to be fun and informative.

After only five minutes, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm the visionary I thought I was. These days I'm focusing more on networking, social software, and informal learning to change behavior. From Particles, I see that so is everyone else.

Great post. Thought provoking.

Wayne, is this the first time you've been out of the ADD closet?

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Jay Cross

Yeah! I just downloaded Particls and began to play with it. Looks to be fun and informative.

After only five minutes, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm the visionary I thought I was. These days I'm focusing more on networking, social software, and informal learning to change behavior. From Particles, I see that so is everyone else.

Great post. Thought provoking.

Wayne, is this the first time you've been out of the ADD closet?

jay

Wayne H Hodgins

Hi Jay! Thanks for the time and attention you gave to this post and delighted to know there was some good value for you too. Isn't it great to see things like RSS and other technologies take hold and finally get adopted and adapted into applications for "the rest of us"?!

Re my ADD affliction I've been out of the closet since before I knew there was a closet or ADD! I mention it frequently in my presentations, mostly as a warning to my poor audiences! I've not been making ADD a topic itself as much as Marcia Connor and I used to do 10-15 years ago though. Marcia of course did much more of this by directly helping out with some ADD groups on how people like us have been able to develop coping skills and in many ways turn ADD from a "bug" into a "feature". As I often warn my audiences, if you have never experienced a presentation by someone with severe ADD, you're about to. Fasten your seat belts, turbulence ahead!
I try to never make light of ADD as it is a seriously challenging affliction, but it certainly does seem that almost everyone everywhere needs and wants more and more help in coping with the exponentially increasing things vying for our attention and we certainly all have growing amounts of "attention deficit" in that there are so many facinating things in the world and so little time to pay attention to them.

My ADD is but one of the many reasons I came up with "Off Course - On Target" as an apt title here and hopefully helping me to live up to the tagline "Where unexpected paths lead to great discoveries."
Again, thanks for taking the time to read and comment Jay, here's to many more great discoveries for all of us!

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