Harvard’s IT Academy is live!


IT Academy logoKudos to the IT Academy team (and all the supporting CIOs 🙂 ) for a successful launch of Harvard’s IT Academy.

From the about page:

In order to stay competitive and retain our valued employees, the IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team. The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills.


edX – It’s here and now


Finally, edX was announced today (see http://www.edxonline.org/). I had the opportunity to be part of the activities leading up to this announcement. It is an amazingly exciting project. More to come…

First day at iLaw 2011


My head hurts and it is sooo good. Most fantastic class/event I have had the opportunity to attend/take part in, in a long time. Some great people in the room: Zittrain, Lessig, Benkler, Palfrey, Nesson, Bradner, Fisher, etc.

Some highlights from #iLaw2011:
John Palfrey – @zittrain sums @berkmancenter books: “Muggles become Magicians: forging systems that distribute power rather than focus it” #ilaw2011

John Palfrey – Benkler at #ilaw2011: on why scruffy can beat neat, even for voice networks; also, the value of trying and failing cheaply and fast

The Harvard Law LIL LibraryCloud


Ok, I think it is now safe to talk about the Harvard Law Library Innovation Lab (LIL) LibraryCloud! The LibraryCloud is an Internet open service (via a web API) to access library data. The backend is a mix of relational data store and Solr instances. It currently contains bibliographic information and de-identified aggregated circulation information. The goal is to both make the information available as an open service and to encourage people to build applications on top of it. Beyond making the basic data available, the LibraryCloud is also looking to make connections in the data visible (we call them “neighborhoods”). For example, all of the books written by an author is a neighborhood, but so are all the books in a subject area and so are the books within a certain “distance” of a call number.

You can see a more detailed explanation of the LibraryCloud here

Hypercard for the iPhone, please…


Ok, so I installed the iPhone SDK last week to poke around and see how big a challenge it is to build an iPhone App.  Not surprisingly, it is not (challenging that is); which is great.  Given the popularity of the device one would expect millions upon millions of these things to be built in the next couple of years. Continue reading