Jon Udell's Interviews With Innovators
Interviews With Innovators
by Jon Udell
Jon Udell is an author, information architect, software developer, and
new media innovator. In his day job with Microsoft, and also here on
ITConversations, he explores a wide range of issues at the
intersection of technology and society. These conversations are
sometimes deeply technical, sometimes broadly social, and frequently both.
They always aim to connect the dots.
In this conversation with Make Magazine's founder Dale Dougherty, host Jon Udell asks why our tradition of Yankee ingenuity went off the rails, how the social movement sparked by Make (and celebrated at Maker Faires) puts it back on track, and whether a next generation of mechanical and electronic hackers will wind up scratching more itches than just their own.
Gilad Lotan is a world citizen who contributes to Global Voices Online and explores means to visualize the ebb and flow of conversations and memes online. In this conversation with host Jon Udell he explains why and how he surveys the Hebrew blogosphere for readers of English, and discusses his work with Microsoft FUSE Labs where he analyzes how influence moves through communication networks, specifically Twitter.
Linda Stone coined the phrase "continuous partial attention" and has long been concerned about the psychological effects of computers and networked information systems. Now she's exploring the physiological effects too. In this conversation with Jon Udell, she explains what "email apnea" is, and discusses why and how we should learn to regulate our breathing when we work online.
Herbert Van de Sompel is a digital librarian who wonders why the web has no memory, and wants to do something about that. In this conversation he tells host Jon Udell about the Memento project, a proposed protocol that browsers can use to scroll through historical versions of web resources.
PowerPivot, a new add-in for Excel, can absorb and analyze vast quantities of data. And it can ingest that data from sources that support that Atom-based OData protocol. John Hancock, who led the charge to add support for data feeds to PowerPivot, tells host Jon Udell how it works, why it supports OData, and what this will mean not only for corporate business intelligence but also for the analysis of open public data.
In this episode Scott Rosenberg discusses two of his books. Say Everything (2009) is a history of blogging, and Dreaming in Code (2006) is an inside account of the Chandler project. He also talks about his latest project, MediaBugs, a Knight Foundation-funded effort to crowd-source the correction of errors in newspapers.
Networks of people, information, things, and energy are coming together in ways that redefine the practice of architecture. Duncan Wilson, an engineer with the global consulting firm Arup, joins host Jon Udell to discuss a variety of projects that illustrate the new synthesis.
Flat World Knowledge is pioneering a new way to create and distribute textbooks. The model combines open licensing, online access, and print-on-demand. In this week's episode, host Jon Udell discusses the model with co-founder Eric Frank and CTO Jon Williams.
Sal Khan's response to the crisis in education is Khanacademy.org, a site that lists a vast and growing collection of his YouTube video lessons in math, physics, chemistry, biology, and economics. In this conversation he discusses his teaching philosophy and methods with host Jon Udell, and explains why he abandoned a career in financial services to become a new kind of teacher.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of PLATO, the pioneering educational courseware system that was also, for certain lucky individuals at certain universities, a preview of an online culture -- one that many others would not encounter for decades to come. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, PLATO historian Brian Dear recalls what it was like to experience an early distribution of a future that was, and in some ways still remains, unevenly distributed.