NewsPebbles helps everyone stay on top of the news. The main idea behind NewsPebbles is simple – we think people have valuable information about what’s happening around them. NewsPebbles collects that valuable local news from all over the world. Everybody has a mobile phone, so as soon as anything interesting happens, anywhere, it possible for that news to be shared. We want to make that happen. By crowdsourcing news collection, we want to help spread the news from everyone to everyone else. - Dave Witzel
Stevey's Google Platforms Rant -
That one last thing that Google doesn't do well is Platforms. We don't understand platforms. We don't "get" platforms. Some of you do, but you are the minority. This has become painfully clear to me over the past six years. I was kind of hoping that competitive pressure from Microsoft and Amazon and more recently Facebook would make us wake up collectively and start doing universal services. Not in some sort of ad-hoc, half-assed way, but in more or less the same way Amazon did it: all at once, for real, no cheating, and treating it as our top priority from now on. - Dave Witzel
PLOS ONE: Accuracy and Completeness of Drug Information in Wikipedia: A Comparison with Standard Textbooks of Pharmacology -
Both Wikipedia and textbooks samples had comparable, low readability. Our study suggests that Wikipedia is an accurate and comprehensive source of drug-related information for undergraduate medical education. - Dave Witzel
How Diversity Makes Us Smarter - Scientific American -
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working - Dave Witzel
House of Representatives - House Control bet | US Politics odds | -
betting market - Dave Witzel
To Get More Out of Science, Show the Rejected Research - -
research conducted using federal funds is driven — and distorted — by the academic publishing model. The intense competition for space in top journals creates strong pressures for novel, statistically significant effects. As a result, studies that do not turn out as planned or find no evidence of effects claimed in previous research often go unpublished, even though their findings can be important and informative. - Dave Witzel
Health Information Technology: A Few Years Of Magical Thinking? -
the highest value for the lowest cost in system design comes not just from co-evolving technology and policy, but from making each half do what it is best at.15 For example, questions of trust are properly policy questions; technology generally cannot tell a hospital administrator whether he trusts an organization that wants the hospital’s data. On the other hand, questions of verification—“Does this request actually come from an organization we have decided to trust?”—are technological. - Dave Witzel
The State of Network Evaluation – A Guide -
In response to increasing interest from grantmakers, network builders, and evaluators, Network Impact partnered with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI) to develop a “state of the field” framing paper about network evaluation and an accompanying network evaluation casebook, as well as an interactive convening for funders to discuss practical questions about designing and funding network assessments. - Dave Witzel
About - Graph Commons -
Graph Commons is a collaborative 'network mapping' platform and a knowledge base of relationships. You can map relationships and unfold the mystery about the issues that impact you and your community. Graph Commons members have been using the platform for investigative journalism, data research, civic activism, strategizing, organizational analysis, curating content and what not. We believe you will find a unique way to use Graph Commons in your own connected world. - Dave Witzel
Making Open edX a Thriving Open Source Project (Stanford Report) - Google Docs -
The Open edX project is very young -- less than a year old at the time of this writing. No longer just the software behind the website, it now enables MOOC-scale courses for a range of schools and companies. Organizations and individuals have begun making improvements and sharing their work, most notably Stanford, Google, and MIT. But open-source adoption is at risk of faltering. Open edX should open up its governance, make technical changes, and improve community management to expand beyond early-adopters. If done right, Open edX could become the Wordpress of the MOOC space: dominant, ubiquitous, and the de-facto choice for putting your course online. - Dave Witzel
About Us: Democracy Fund -
The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the public and able to meet the greatest challenges facing our nation. - Dave Witzel
Mapping Internet Governance -
Already a pressing global issue, internet governance debates are taking place across a range of different fora often referred to as an ecosystem. With the revelations of mass government surveillance, the frequency, intensity, and stakes of internet governance debates have heightened in the last year and this trend promises to continue. At the core of such debates is the future of fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression, privacy, access to knowledge, and access to affordable internet, but also how to decision-making process can become more open, transparent, participatory, accountable, and democratic. - Dave Witzel
Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks - CityLab -
Cities are obviously more than just the sum of their physical assets — roads and bridges, offices, factories, shopping centers, and homes — working more like living organisms than jumbles of concrete. Their inner workings even transcend their ability to cluster and concentrate people and economic activity. As sociologist Zachary Neal of Michigan State University argues in his new book, The Connected City, cities are made up of human social networks. - Dave Witzel
Tips for building an open source community around your product | -
Taking the path of open source, and choosing your desired license, should be treated with the right respect and commitment. And as you open your codebase, the next most important item on the checklist is building a strong community of contributors and folks who care about the project. Remember this: your project community is only as strong as the contributing developers who help test, build, and maintain the platform. They promote, support, and push the limits of the platform. When building your contributor community for your open source product, there are a few things you should consider. - Dave Witzel
About the Center - Higher Ambition -
The Center for Higher Ambition Leadership is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and supporting a growing global community of leaders who have higher ambitions for themselves and their institutions. Higher-ambition leaders are driven by a sense of purpose that goes beyond achieving financial success. They aspire to build organizations that succeed in the marketplace by earning the respect, trust, and, commitment of their people, customers, communities, and investors. - Dave Witzel
Electric car groups eye collaboration over charging technology - -
Three of the world’s biggest electric-car makers are interested in collaborating on charging technology, following Tesla Motors’ decision to offer its patents to rivals in an attempt to promote the low-emission vehicles. Nissan and BMW, two of Tesla’s main competitors, are keen on talks with the US carmaker to co-operate on charging networks, sources at the three companies told the Financial Times. - Dave Witzel
All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors -
Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day. We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform. - Dave Witzel
Want To 'Scale' Social Impact? Then Give Away Your Trade Secrets - Forbes -
Dr. Sanjeev Arora is the founder and director of Project ECHO, an initiative to revolutionize community health care using video conferencing technology. At the core of ECHO’s approach is a set of practices and tools that enables networks of physicians and specialists to deliver care to the most remote and impoverished rural communities across the United States, and to monitor the outcomes of their treatment. Sanjeev’s business model might make an MBA student cringe: he gives away his intellectual property so that as many can copy him as possible. And he does so because Project ECHO is committed to elevating the social mission above organizational sustainability – or as Sanjeev refers to them, mission 1 and mission 2. Mission 2 always comes second. - Dave Witzel
Tesla, BMW And Nissan Are In Talks To Collaborate On Electric Car Charging Standards -
Electric cars make up a sliver of the total auto market, and automakers are wondering if standardizing the way the vehicles are charged might help them all boost sales. A week after Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk announced his company would make its electric-vehicle patents public in an attempt to promote the technology that lowers carbon emissions, top electric carmakers are reportedly coming together to figure out how to standardize electric car technology. - Dave Witzel
Why does big business want to save the world? | Lucy Seigle | Comment is free | The Observer -
By the end of play on Friday, the consumer goods behemoths had committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 through the reform of supply chains, phasing out hydro fluorocarbons from refrigeration by 2015, ending junk food ads aimed at under-12s by 2018 and called for a binding global climate deal ahead of international talks next year. - Dave Witzel
Open Platforms Fuel Startup Ecosystems | TechCrunch -
Companies face an inherent tension between being open or proprietary, but we’ve seen, again and again, that open systems can act as catalysts for entirely new businesses built on top of a popular platform. Earlier this month, we encountered examples of each approach, as Tesla Motors opened up its patents and Netflix decided to shut down, or at least severely limit access to its API. (To be fair though, Netflix makes a lot of valuable contributions to open source). Companies have their reasons for isolating or opening, but when you open a platform, innovation tends to happen. - Dave Witzel
NIH announces novel venture with drug companies to fight major diseases - The Washington Post -
The National Institutes of Health is undertaking an ambitious collaboration with private industry in an attempt to speed up the search for treatments for some of the world’s most devastating diseases — Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The pilot projects announced Tuesday will involve the sharing of not only scientists but also of data, blood samples and tissue specimens among 10 rival companies, the federal government and several nonprofit groups and research foundations. - Dave Witzel
Michalski Shuttleworth Application - YouTube -
jerry michalski's application to shuttleworth foundation for the open global brain - Dave Witzel
GitHub forks and pulls: I do give a damn 'bout my reputation » GoDaddy Blog -
Why is acceptance of a pull request a high form of praise? It indicates that your code is believed to be sound. It says that your contribution solves a problem, and it means the original maintainer of the project thinks highly enough of your contribution to integrate your changes back into the main branch of the project. In other words, acceptance of a pull request is a nod of approval from the project’s maintainer, who feels your code will benefit the community. With GitHub, your work is measurable and viewable by the crowd — and contributes directly to your online reputation as a Web pro. - Dave Witzel
World's top electric car makers 'talk collaboration' -
Electric car-makers Nissan and BMW are keen to collaborate with rival Tesla after the US company agreed to share its patents with competitors, the Financial Times reported on Monday. - Dave Witzel
Despite green pledge, Wilmar partner continues to destroy forest for palm oil -
Analyzing satellite data, Greenomics found that both PT Sawindo Cemerlang and PT Sawit Tiara Nusa are clearing forests in Pohuwato Regency, located in Gorontalo, North Sulawesi. Independent data from Global Forest Watch confirms recent changes in forest cover in the area. - Dave Witzel
On To State for GM Boys & Girls Soccer -
When Should Donors Mitigate Private-Sector Risk? | Center For Global Development -
These arguments are all set out in a bit more detail in a note I am writing in response to an informal request from one of the organisations which is thinking about this. The note will also explain why aid agencies might tend to make the wrong choice. Here is the current draft - it is a Google doc, but I don't think you need a Google login to access it. I'm working on this now (which is why I want feedback) - Dave Witzel
Who's Afraid of Peer Review? -
I know because I wrote the paper. Ocorrafoo Cobange does not exist, nor does the Wassee Institute of Medicine. Over the past 10 months, I have submitted 304 versions of the wonder drug paper to open-access journals. More than half of the journals accepted the paper, failing to notice its fatal flaws. Beyond that headline result, the data from this sting operation reveal the contours of an emerging Wild West in academic publishing. - Dave Witzel
NCDD Community News » Collective Impact: A Game Changing Model for the Social Sector -
I recently asked NCDD supporting member Marty Jacobs to write a primer for the NCDD blog on “collective impact.” This strategy for large-scale collaborative change has been gaining momentum among funders and nonprofit thought leaders, and we wanted to make sure NCDD members are aware of the concept. - Dave Witzel
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