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Friday, August 05, 2011

Culturomics: Measuring culture through books - Famous People...

Michel J.B. et al., Science 331, 176 (2011) -- source and information courtesy: The Fountain Magazine

On average, people became famous and lost their fame two times faster than in the nineteenth century, and the authors claim that the trend for becoming famous and losing fame will be even faster in the future, at which time “everyone will be famous for 7.5 minutes” on average."

On the same shelf:
  • Hand, Eric. Culturomics: Word play.
    The article features the work of Erez Lieberman-Aiden in the area of digital humanities. It mentions the n-grams viewer, a software ...
  • SCHWARTZ, TIM. Culturomics: Periodicals Gauge Culture's Pulse.
    A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books," ...
  • MORSE-GAGNE, ELISE E. Culturomics: Statistical Traps Muddy the Data.
    A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books," ...
  • Anonymous. Science and Technology: Reading by numbers; Culturomics
    For centuries, researchers interested in tracking cultural and linguistic trends were resigned to the laborious process of perusing ...
  • BOHANNON, JOHN. Google Books, Wikipedia, and the Future of Culturomics.
    The article discusses research reported elsewhere in the issue by mathematicians Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden on ...
  • Anonymous. Word pushers
  • Sunday, March 20, 2011

    The Leader's Guide to Storytelling, by Stephen Denning - A new edition

    The Leader's Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership), by Stephen Denning,
    Jossey-Bass; Rev Upd edition (2011), ISBN: 0470548673; 368 pages;

    About the book:
    How leaders can use the right story at the right time to inspire change and action

    This revised and updated edition of the best-selling book A Leader's Guide to Storytelling shows how storytelling is one of the few ways to handle the most important and difficult challenges of leadership: sparking action, getting people to work together, and leading people into the future. Using myriad illustrative examples and filled with how-to techniques, this book clearly explains how you can learn to tell the right story at the right time.

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Websites

    by Ammneh Azeim @ nForm User Experience

    Recently I read Stephen R. Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective people”. As I read his book, it occurred to me that a lot of these habits can be applied to website management using the user experience efforts and practices. These habits seem like common sense, but a lot of common sense is not a common practice. Sometimes we have to say the actions out loud to make them become part of our practice.
    • Habit # 1: Be proactive: Covey talks about this habit in the following words: “Your life doesn't just ‘happen’. Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. The choices, after all, are yours.
    • Habit # 2: Begin with end in mind: As Covey says, habit two is based on imagination — the ability to envision what you cannot see with your eyes at the outset. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice.
    • Habit # 3: Put first things, first: In user-experience projects, prioritization activities are very important. Priorities are established based on the users’ needs.
    • Habit # 4: Think win-win: Think Win-Win isn't about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.
    • Habit # 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood: So seriously, do I need to say anything here? It’s one of the basic underlying techniques in the user- experience field. We use this technique liberally during our user research, and design phases. It’s a very important habit in the UX field.
    • Habit # 6: Synergize: Covey explains this habit this way: “Synergy means ‘two heads are better than one.’ Synergizing is the habit of creative co-operation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems.”
    • Habit # 7: Sharpen the saw: The last but not the least habit Covey recommends for highly effective people is to sharpen the saw, by taking time off from the daily routine, learning something new, taking a break and coming back more effective.
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  • The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Websites @ Sitecore