Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Dog Negrita

"Me and my dog" is the title of this foto. It was taken by a very special friend from South Africa. I did this drawing in 2004, when Negrita, my dog, was still alive. That time I fortunately did not know that she would die a few months later. When sorting out the material for various lectures on "Intercultural Studies" I conducted, I came across the Four-Eye-Model by Martin Zurmühle. Consider the four levels of communication as far as fotography and fotos are concerned, when "communicating" with the foto "Me and my dog".

So what do you perceive on the levels of the "Model Eye","Narrative Eye", "Emotional Eye", "Ego-Eye"?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Back on Stage

It has been a couple of years...but I am back now.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The World's First Map of Science

This "Map of Science" created by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists illustrates the online behavior of scientists accessing different scientific journals, publications. It's a high resolution graphic depiction of the virtual trails scientists leave behind when retrieving information from online services.

Johan Bollen who led the research argues as follows:
"This research will be a crucial component of future efforts to study and predict scientific, as well novel methods to determine the true impact of articels and journals."

More information in PloS ONE

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Step by Step

Visiting Commoncraft's Blog I came across this photo and I really like it a lot.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Twitter's Popularity Soars

Twitter growth surges 131% in March and is quickly revolutionizing mass communication.What are the reasons for such rapidly growing popularity among its users? Andrew McAfee discussed this phenomenon in one of his classes and they concluded on a combination of the following attributes:
  • Concise
  • Hyperlinked
  • Persistant
  • Searchable
  • Asynchronous
  • Assymetric
  • Largely public, but with a private option
  • Categorizable
  • Open
  • Universal
  • Monolithic
Finally they were trying to understand the meaning of the combination of attributes listed above. One of his students argued as follows: "Twitter's not a substitute for anything we used to do. It's a combination about 17 things we used to do." So what are the most innovative attributes and characters about Tweet and Twitter? Is it an innovative and appropriate tool for usage in science?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Project Management

Tomorrow I will give a seminar on project management at Danube University Krems.
Adapt yourselves to the changes of transformation and simplify your projects and read and follow the instructions of the ePMbook.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


The production and usage of Wiki Websites is quite easy. Attention please, this post is still under construction. More information will follow soon.
In the meantime the following video, a commoncraft product, describes how it works.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


How could I not like this ;-)

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Twitter provides a service for friends, family and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of FAQs to one simple question: What are you doing?

The following video, a commoncraft product, describes how it works.

View Twitter Blog for more information.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Third Culture

Kevin Kelly describes the Internet as a copy machine.
At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it. In order to send a message from one corner of the internet to another, the protocols of communication demand that the whole message be copied along the way several times. IT companies make a lot of money selling equipment that facilitates this ceaseless copying. Every bit of data ever produced on any computer is copied somewhere. The digital economy is thus run on a river of copies. Unlike the mass-produced reproductions of the machine age, these copies are not just cheap, they are free.

So is there anything left that cannot be copied and maybe is better than free?

According to Kelly there exist eight categories of "intangible value", "eight things that are better than free", eight uncopyable values. Kelly calls these qualities generatives that add value to free copies, and "therefore are something that can be sold".

Eight generatives better than free

  1. Immediacy

  2. Personalization

  3. Interpretation

  4. Authenticity

  5. Accessibility

  6. Embodiment

  7. Patronage

  8. Findability

More ...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ranking and Mapping Scientific Knowledge

The Eigenfactor site is a good source for ranking and mapping science journals. It ranks journals as much as Google ranks websites. It is completely free and completely searchable.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

People of Earth....

Through the Internet people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed.

The Cluetrain Manifesto and its 95 theses on powerful global market conversations by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searl and David Weinberger.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Project Management

Tomorrow I will give a seminar on project management at Danube University Krems.

Adapt yourselves to the changes of transformation and simplify your projects!

Read and follow the instructions of the ePMbook.

Friday, January 04, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

Read about the most life-enhancing New Year's Resolutions.
What have you changed your mind about? Why?

View the edge annual question - 2008.

Saturday, December 29, 2007


Have you ever wondered about relaxing in Web2.0? Yes?
Well, just go to the relaxing area (text in German) in Web2.0.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Science Blogs

Will you remember 2007 as the year Open Access Publishing arrived?

Explore the top science stories of the past year in Science Blogs.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Digital Footprints

Internet users are becoming more aware of their digital footprints states a new study by Pew Internet & American Life Project . But most of them are not concerned about the amount of personal data available online.

And of course this raises questions such as: how much of personal data should be available online? Do we need total individual transparency for digitally managing our indentities? Which measures can be taken to avoid open access to our personal data?

More information (in German) at

Friday, December 07, 2007

Critical study on Google

Hermann Maurer carried out a study (PDF, 1.33 GB) on dangers and opportunities posed by large search engines, particularly Google. There is more (in German) at

I'm very happy ... well, I have to say proud for succeding to get an interview with Hermann Maurer for my PhD thesis (dissertation).

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The rise of the implicit

Listen to the Defrag talk on the implicit by David Weinberger. He is the author of various "fantastic and outstanding" books focusing on the way the Internet is changing knowledge acquisition, communication, human relations and society.