Safecast

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An excellent NHK documentary describing the Safecast project in which a volunteer community developed radiation sensors that could be used to quickly monitor the spread of radioactivity following the Fukushima Daichi accident. The film also describes…

Premier Foods “pay-to-stay” policy

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Laura Kuenssberg report on BBC Newsnight 5/12/2014 on Premier Foods asking suppliers for payments to stay as listed vendors. In retailing there is an argument for payments to be listed as a supplier because of shared…

Open Data Infrastructures

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The wide publication of information as open data allows innovators to build new applications using this data to provide novel services or carry out groundbreaking analysis. Around the World governments and private sector bodies are increasingly…

MAKLab, Glasgow

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By providing access to manufacturing equipment fab-labs enable small-scale designers and makers access to equipment to develop their ideas, rather than go down the more expensive and time-consuming route of contracting specialist firms to produce the…

Dark Patterns: Designing Website Interfaces to Sucker Punters

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This is an excellent twenty minute video of a slide presentation by Harry Brignull, one of the curators of the Dark Patterns website. Dark Patterns are defined on the site as: “User Interfaces that are designed…

Social Media Research: When Epistemic Cultures Collide

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On June 17th the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) published a paper, Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks, describing a large-scale experiment on Facebook carried out in 2012. The first…

“Lululemon: A Sheer Debacle in Risk Management” by Larcker, Larcker and Tayan

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Larcker, Larcker and Tayan of Stanford University have published an engaging short-case of operational failure escalating into a strategic debacle: Lululemon: A Sheer Debacle in Risk Management. Lullulemon Athletica were aware of the operational risk faced…

Mundane Innovation: from stringers to block pallets

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Below is a link to a 17 minute podcast from NPR Planet money on the CHEP blue pallets. The podcast describes how CHEP developed a more expensive but easier-to-use pallet, and then developed an alternative business…

Ken Benoit: Massive non-expert coding of political texts

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The stand-out presentation at last month’s Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas at the University of Edinburgh was by Professor Ken Benoit of LSE. Professor Benoit describes how crowdsourcing is an effective and efficient alternative to employing…

#FLInnovation: Futurelearn

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The six-week Loughborough University MOOC on Innovation and Enterprise ended this week. The final session addressed developing a business plan and helpfully provided learners with an introduction to the key issues in business plan development. However,…