ASIST K-Blog Panel

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Yahoo! News - Blog-Tracking May Gain Ground Among U.S. Intelligence Officials

by Doug Tsuruoka, 4/27/04, pointed out by Rochelle on "some analysts say U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials might be starting to track blogs for important bits of information. This interest is a sign of how far Web media such as blogs have come in reshaping the data-collection habits of intelligence professionals and others, even with the knowledge that the accuracy of what's reported in some blogs is questionable. News and intelligence is about listening with a critical ear, and blogs are just another conversation to listen to and evaluate. They also are closer to (some situations) and may serve as early alerts," said Jock Gill, a former adviser on Internet media to President Clinton (news - web sites), in a later phone interview, after he spoke on the panel." How reliable and authoritative they are is not necessarily the point. Spreading disinformation through them is a good point, though. Note: also avail through Lexis-Nexis.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Shirky: Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality

Shirky: Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality

Blogs included in Wash Post Opinion Section

Pointed out by Peter Levine
As Levine mentions, there is no use of the term blog, although the web site mentioned is clearly one (hosted by blogger).

Corporate Blogs for Policies and Procedures

This is about a hospital's trial of MT on their intranet. They're using it as a content management system with lots of categories, abstracts, and links to the full documents. It may be less expensive, but is it as good as commercially available, scalable CMS? How is the search working for them? Legal issues?

The ‘Perfect’ Corporate Weblogging ‘Elevator Pitch’ Competition

Pointed out by Michael Angeles. This was a contest for advertising pitches for company weblogs. I think they are food for thought for this idea. The winning entry from Lee LeFever:
First, think about the value of the Wall Street Journal to business leaders. The value it provides is context — the Journal allows readers to see themselves in the context of the financial world each day, which enables more informed decision making.

With this in mind, think about your company as a microcosm of the financial world. Can your employees see themselves in the context of the whole company? Would more informed decisions be made if employees and leaders had access to internal news sources?

Weblogs serve this need. By making internal websites simple to update, weblogs allow individuals and teams to maintain online journals that chronicle projects inside the company. These professional journals make it easy to produce and access internal news, providing context to the company — context that can profoundly affect decision making. In this way, weblogs allow employees and leaders to make more informed decisions through increasing their awareness of internal news and events.
#2 Randal Moss
#3 (tied) Michael Angeles and Jack Vinson