Available now, also as eBook.
Add comment August 22nd, 2012
Available now, also as eBook.
Add comment August 22nd, 2012
The Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development has just published a study on “increasing private funding for “R&D” (the study actually is in German, it is available from http://www.rat-fte.at/tl_files/uploads/Studien/Publiktionen/2012_Strategien%20zur%20Erhoehung%20der%20privaten%20Forschung.pdf). The study has been done by Hannes Leo.
During the last decade, Austria’s RTI (Research, Technology and Innovation) System developed further: some say that Austria closed the gap between being an “innovation follower” and the group of “innovation leaders” (IMHO we have not quite closed that gap but still, the direction is right and the dynamics were good!).
Much of that development was due to public funding – what is being analysed in the study is the current state of private funding in Austria (and Europe) and how private funding could be increased.
In the study, Hannes Leo starts by analysing the situation of private funding (“sponsoring” one might even say) in general. It is shown that the landscape in Europe is not as elaborated as in the US; and even within Europe there are tremendous differences. From that perspective, Leo argues for an enormous potential in Austria: there are private foundations but there is (yet) no philanthropical culture as in Germany or Switzerland: for instance, private and non-private foundations donate in Austria 4 EUR per inhabitant (and year): in CH the corresponding value is EUR 109; and in DE EUR 183(!). And therefore, if that gap was closed in would be of great benefit mostly to basic research – which anyway is a sector that has somehow been neglected and only recently gets more attention.
So, in conclusion, what do we need to increase philanthropical funding in Austria? According to Hannes Leo, we need
Overall, an interesting study well worth reading!
Add comment August 5th, 2012
|… presented at the World Wide Web conference, Lyon: Her speech “What does it mean to be open online?” is available at http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/12/275&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en
A “parol” for openness! Enabling new business models, easier access, etc. She argues that creators need to have ways to profit from their work but that there is more than one way of doing it. She also argues that openness and safety and privacy need to go together. And that transparency is key to success.
IMHO there are already many systems/concepts/etc. that indicate that “openness” is there and will stay. Open source, for instance. But also Open Streetmap, Linked Open Data, Open Innovation, open access, open science, … The question is whether these are always transparent, safe and privacy aware.
Add comment April 22nd, 2012
… nice article forwarded via LinkedIn. See http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2012/01/02/the-seven-habits-of-spectacularly-unsuccessful-executives/.
IMHO the difficulty with all of these it that to some degree we want CEOs to have these habits. The tricky thing is to have sufficient but not to much of these properties. The question is how to measure …
Add comment January 6th, 2012
By the end of October 2011, the earth’s population was estimated to reach 7 Billion people. There were some amazing data and figures communicated with this – artificial – border that had been passed:
And I came across two pretty nice live counters/tools:
One is a live counter available at http://www.umrechnung.org/weltbevoelkerung-aktuelle-momentane/weltbevoelkerungs-zaehler.htm:
The other one is breathingearth.net:
and a truly impressive animation!
Add comment November 2nd, 2011
|Karl Rehrl and myself have edited an issue in HMD – Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik on Geoweb.
So what is this issue about? Increasingly, we are using the Web to answer questions about the “where”: where is the nearest pub? And what’s the shortest path to it? What activities can I do at my holiday location? These and many other location-based issues are addressed by state-of-the-art Web applications. And this special issue of HMD tells you how to engineer Geoweb applications.
Add comment January 31st, 2011
The 2nd edition of Oldenbourg’s has been published (it is German only).
Good overview, very much from an information systems’ perspective (and not so much from a computer science point of view. Anyway, well done …
Add comment February 23rd, 2009
I believe that the following three main points argue for a quality management system:
On the negative side there is – obviously – some overhead in necessary documentation and also, you may loose some degrees of freedom/individuality.
3 comments December 2nd, 2008
Beginning with sunset (16:39) and lasting until midnight, the researchers’ night 2008 took place, also at Salzburg Research. All over Austria some 240.000 people participated (Der Standard, Salzburger Nachrichten, Landeskorrespondenz).
At Salzburg Research we had an immense amount of people coming to see some applications of our research work (tagIT – a Geo-tagging application; tourguide – a project about pedestrian navigation; a traffic control centre; and finally, a project showing the use of sensors using SunSPOTs). The response was truly positive!
Most amazing to me was that even at 11:30pm we had people coming and wanting to see our demos. We do not expect such a huge interest (overall there were some 300+ unique visitors).
Pictures are available here:
2 comments November 9th, 2008
… a new Series by ORF Ö1 Radio from Monday to Thursday about living in a digital world. Very practical discussion, e.g. about storing/backing up your data (photos from the last holidays), about security, eSport, social networking, etc. …
Available as PodCast on http://oe1.orf.at/podcast/ – highly recommended. I am looking forward to podcasts on navigating, finding the closest (and cleanest) loo (e.g. www.mizpee.eu), rules for filtering e-mails (and how to practically deal with huge amounts of information in general), being locked in in your e-car, …
Add comment September 2nd, 2008