[Marketing] [Grassroots-l] Information flow problem
fgrose at gmail.com
Thu May 14 09:01:00 EDT 2009
According to http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs#Principles,
participants and contributors will.
One problem might be where best to document. The pending reports should help
us sort out that issue.
=== Principles === In order for Sugar to be successful, it needs the
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On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 6:12 AM, Bastien <bastienguerry at googlemail.com>wrote:
> Sounds interesting.
> It's a useful first step. IMHO the second step is to attribute clear
> responsabilities to real human beings: who does what when it comes to
> sending/receiving information.
> I helped with maintaining the OLPC News page on the wiki for a while.
> It was not clear who was in charge of this; now that I declined doing
> it, it is still not clear who have to do it.
> Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> writes:
> > Information flow is a critical problem for any organization. Some
> > researchers even point out that an organization is shaped by how
> > information flows within and outside of it. Free flow of information
> > builds networks. Restricted flow of information builds hierarchies. In
> > the OLPC context, information flow happens over several channels:
> > mailing lists, IRC, Talk pages, Wiki pages, phone calls, RT,
> > face-to-face, and IM (did I miss anything?). We all have preferences
> > for channels and applications. One can largely divide the channels
> > into synchronous (IM, Phone, etc) and asynchronous (e-mail, wiki) and
> > the applications that support these channels. We also tend to have
> > preferences for applications: wiki, forum, mailing list, IRC etc.
> > Then, there's the element of public vs private conversations. As a
> > researcher in Information Systems, I find these problems very
> > interesting.
> > Two problems arise:
> > 1) too many channels (example: if I wasn't on the phone conference,
> > I'll miss out the details via IRC) lead to lack of critical mass and
> > fragmentation
> > 2) The application (wiki or IRC or mailing list) is a hammer and every
> > problem looks like a nail that it can fix. "Throw it on the wiki" is a
> > source of a lot of misery!
> > Then there is the element of fashionable social networking (flickr,
> > twitter, tumblr, etc)...as if e-mail, IM, IRC, and chatter at cafes
> > aren't social networking! That topic is for another day :-) My
> > approach is that we figure out the problem first, and then find a tool
> > to fix it. Activity centric as opposed to application centric. Sound
> > familiar?
> > So, this semester, I worked with five of my graduate students who
> > undertook a Information Systems Analysis and Design project to analyze
> > the OLPC information flow problem and come up with some design
> > concepts. All the students were new to the problem. This was useful
> > because their perspective was quite new and they asked some very good
> > questions.
> > They used phone interviews, e-mails, in-person interviews, and
> > observations on the mailing lists, phone conferences, and the RT
> > system to gather data. A huge thank you to Adam Holt, Seth Woodworth,
> > SJ Klein and a bunch of other who contributed and facilitated.
> > In brief, they have pulled together the following:
> > A general problem mind map (Freemind)
> > Context map (Dia)
> > Data Flow Diagrams (Dia)
> > Entity-Relationship Diagram (Dia)
> > Prototype (Drupal)
> > Report and presentation (OpenOffice)
> > Their semester ends next week, and the report and presentation are due
> > on the 21st. However, given that SugarCamp is this weekend, we'll try
> > to post bits and pieces on the wiki in the hope that it will help with
> > some of the discussion (marketing at sugarlabs cc'd). In the spirit of
> > keeping things open and generative, we have decided to release the
> > documents, slides and diagrams under a CC license and also release
> > source files to make modifications easier. We've also stuck with FOSS
> > titles and open formats for all documents - this was a bit of a
> > struggle because some of the tools are not as mature as their
> > proprietary counterparts (Dia vs Visio) and the students were a lot
> > more familiar with the proprietary ones (Visio vs Dia).
> > There are some unfinished pieces, which will hopefully be worked on in
> > the next few months to add better definition to the overall flow of
> > information. Stay tuned to this thread for updates.
> > cheers,
> > Sameer
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