A lightweight semantic interoperability framework for countries and large organizations (and small ones)

This post is a summary of some ideas for a lightweight semantic interoperability framework It is mainly a composition of existing open standards to form a framework for organisations to be able to ensure that semantic and technical descriptions stay connected over time. The idea is to provide a framework that allows for an increasing semantic interoperability emerging over time without having a large centralized organisation defining vocabularies. Main points:...

December 15, 2010 · Peter Krantz

Making FuzzyFinder work in MacVim 7.3

I have seen many posts that are having trouble getting FuzzyFinder to work in MacVim. In certain configurations you will see multiple errors “E806: using Float as a String”. This is because some locales make MacVim treat floating point numbers differently. Here is how I did to make it work on my system (OS X 10.6.4 and MacVim 7.3). As an added bonus we will map it to the Apple-T key and default it to subdirectory search....

September 28, 2010 · Peter Krantz

A short summary of Codemocracy 2010

On september 4-5 we had our first open data hack day here in Sweden called Codemocracy. The event was a success (thank you Martin Svalin!) with close to 50 participants hacking away at various data sets. I did an intro on the state of open data but tried to keep it short so that everyone could start coding as soon as possible. On Sunday there were 12 teams presenting their apps....

September 12, 2010 · Peter Krantz

Beta testing the UR TWEETS SUCK Tee

My son has the dubious pleasure of being the primary beta tester of T-shirt messages. This time it is the first draft of the model that will be called “Twat”. Turned out pretty OK… Also see the Ballmer Tee.

August 26, 2010 · Peter Krantz

Implement open data for EU institutions

Jonathan Gray of the Open Knowledge Foundation participated in a conference of the Communia project, a European thematic network on the digital public domain. In a great post about the meeting at the OKFN blog, he recommends two improvements to the current PSI work; 1: Broaden the scope of the PSI Directive to include publicly funded cultural heritage organisations and 2: Broaden the evidence base for opening up PSI. A third recommendation An important value of public sector information is the increased transparency in government decision making....

July 12, 2010 · Peter Krantz

Politiska partier på Twitter 2010 – ett analysunderlag

Hur använder politiska partier Twitter som kommunikationskanal? Är de där för syns skull, finns det riktiga människor bakom kontot och deltar de i dialog? Genom att hämta data från Twitters API (ett slags gränssnitt för datorer där man kan läsa ner den öppet synliga information som finns på Twitter) kan man sammanställa information på ett sätt som förhoppningsvis gör att det blir lättare att resonera kring frågorna ovan. Partierna som ingår i underlaget är Centerpartiet, Feministerna, Folkpartiet, Kristdemokraterna, Miljöpartiet, Moderaterna, Piratpartiet, Socialdemokraterna, Sverigedemokraterna och Vänsterpartiet....

May 11, 2010 · Peter Krantz

Social Media in the Swedish Public Sector

Andrew Krzmarzick, Govloop community manager, asked me which swedish government agencies are using social media to communicate with citizens. The twitter message space is too short for an answer so here is a more thorough reply. I will specifically look at Twitter which seems to be gaining popularity in the swedish public sector. Use of social media tools in the public sector is in its infancy in Sweden. In a study conducted by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in 2009 (PDF) , around 12% of agencies reported that they were using social media channels in their communication....

April 8, 2010 · Peter Krantz

Joining the Swedish eGovernment Delegation

A while ago I was offered a position with the Swedish eGovernment Delegation. I will be working with IT standardisation issues and the next revision of guidelines for public websites.

November 21, 2009 · Peter Krantz

Dear DHL (and all other logistics companies)

Dear DHL (and other logistics companies because you tend to behave exactly the same). How is it that you are able to move my package from the UK to Sweden fast as hell but spend several days trying to move it from your terminal to my home address in the same city? Visa DHL delivery på en större karta Like most people living in Stockholm (and other cities I guess) I live in an apartment building to which you have no access....

October 28, 2009 · Peter Krantz

The case for uninterrupted work

Ho do you manage your interruptions? The myth of multitasking: … [a] research study, funded by Hewlett-Packard and conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, that found, “Workers distracted by e-mail and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers.” Stanford study: Cognitive control in media multitaskers: Results showed that heavy media multitaskers are more susceptible to interference from irrelevant environmental stimuli and from irrelevant representations in memory....

October 11, 2009 · Peter Krantz