I don’t know what it says about the English-speaking world (OK, in this case probably the United States) that its Wikipedia contributors disagree more about professional wrestlers than nearly any other topic, but it can’t be good. It’s one of numerous interesting, if not always surprising, findings from a group of international researchers who determined the most-controversial Wikipedia articles across 10 different languages. (Hat tip to the MIT Technology Review’s Physics arXiv Blog; Wired Science’s Social Dimension blog also covered an earlier draft of this research in May.)
The researchers, who come from Oxford, Rutgers and two Hungarian institutions, identified the articles by creating a formula based upon the number of mutual reversions each article receives (essentially when Editor X reverts Editor Y’s edit back to the original form, and then Editor Y returns the favor). Here are the top 10 controversial articles in each language they analyzed: English…
From time to time I give talks, often to government folks or folks that do business with government, about open source licenses and building communities across industry boundaries. A number of years ago NASA blazed new trails for the US federal government when they submitted their custom open source license and was successful in having it added to the list of OSI approved licenses, were it remains today.
Over the last several years NASA has asked for advice about its license, which many in the industry and community have suggested limits participation outside of government in a long and valuable list of projects. In 2011 and 2012 NASA was encouraged, cajoled, nudged and knocked over the head with power point slides suggesting they would be much better off landing on widely accepted license.
Because it comes up often, and I keep loosing track of the best details, I’m parking a…
Sensors that monitor wellness are cropping up in bracelets, phones, socks and even inside the human body. But startup OMsignal noticed they were missing from one particularly ubiquitous possession: the shirt. Later this year, they’ll launch a compression shirt capable of reading a person’s heart rate, breathing levels and movement.
The shirt meant to be worn under everyday clothes or on its own at the gym. The data it collects is sent to a a computer or smartphone app where the user can view instant and long-term exertion, stress and even mood. The app can share data with loved ones, including sending an alert when it detects high stress or a potentially dangerous situation.
The company’s major breakthrough was figuring out how to weave the sensors into the shirt during the manufacturing process. They are placed just below the chest to best collect heart and breathing data. Redmond, Wash…
Andrei Pop isn’t your casual Quantified Selfer. He doesn’t only use gadgets like Fitbits (see disclosure) and Nike Fuelbands (s NKE) to track his daily steps and calories burned, he’s actually pulled apart devices to reconstruct his own sensors and runs custom analyses using Google Docs.
Just like early computer enthusiasts compared notes with kindred souls at Homebrew Computer Club meetings, Pop said he regularly shares his results with other data geeks at local Quantified Self meetups. The insights he’s gleaned are fairly modest: he switched from coffee to tea after realizing how profoundly caffeine affected him, and cut his sleep back to 6.5 hours from 8 hours after realizing that’s the optimal amount he needs. But his hobby has shown him the powerful way that feedback loops can change behavior. Now, with his startup Human API, he wants to help developers create more of those feedback loops around…
Every day, you blog, you create, and you make things with your WordPress.com site. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the code that runs WordPress.com gets updated dozens of times a day, as we deploy improvements. While you can’t see the vast majority of those changes, there is one improvement we can’t wait for you to see: a brand-new, redesigned WordPress.com dashboard featuring better contrast and the lovely Open Sans typeface.
Back in April, I shared our goals for the WordPress.com dashboard redesign:
- It should have a simple, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.
- It should use webfonts for modern, legible typography that’s consistent in every browser.
- It should have a responsive design that’s tailored to desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.
- It should do all this while retaining the familiar, user-tested dashboard interface that millions of users already understand.
We’ve redrawn all the icons, opened…