Mathew Lowry

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An organisation which cannot remember cannot learn; an organisation which cannot learn cannot improve. Sometime during the EuropCom conference, I found myself listening to someone explaining how the Commission is reorganising the EUROPA site along thematic lines. “But the thematic portal architecture was adopted in 2001,” I said. He hadn’t heard – he’d only been… » read more

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QMS Audit today

Yep, the auditor is in to check whether we still deserve our ISO certification. Although the worry lines on our quality manager’s face are deepening, don’t put fingertip to keyboard and comment us your sympathy – our Quality Management System rocks, and we’re actually enjoying ourselves. Bullsh*t, I can hear you say. QMSs are a… » read more

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I’ve finally gotten around to updating my avatars here and there to show my support to Benoit Poelevoorde’s call earlier this year to stop shaving. Why? And why won’t it help solve Belgium’s political crisis? And what’s this got to do with Europe? I don’t tend to write much about Belgian affairs (Hell, I don’t… » read more

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Dear Proximus

Thank you, dear Proximus, for prompting me to re-suscitate my blog. I thought it was dead. You have brought it back to life. How? Because You Suck That’s right, dear Proximus, you suck. Your customer service (sic) is so poor you have filled me with enough irritation on this sunny afternoon to motivate me to… » read more

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How do you sort through the firehose of information coming at you every day? Soon after starting this blog I posted about the toolset I was using to manage information, figuring that if enough eurobloggers used the same tools we could easily coordinate our efforts and help each other out. Typically, everyone uses a different… » read more

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Every now and then I see a neat new ways for displaying complex information simply and my inner child comes out. It really delights me that there are software and design geniuses out there, working together to provide visualisation tools for mere plebs like me to use. If I ever get the time. So, following… » read more

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Visualising complexity

I started out as a science journalist before moving to Europe, so I’ve always loved explaining complex things. Unfortunately, although I love words, they’re often not enough – nothing beats an infographic, or better a narrated animation, to really get complex things across. Unfortunately, I’m a rubbish artist, so until recently all I could do… » read more

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