Mathew Lowry

After months plagued by unresponsive servers (and their administrators) and crashing hard drives, results from the first tests of applying the ConTEXT semantic engine to the BloggingPortal reboot are in, just in time for EuropCom 2014 this Wednesday. Ron Patz (@ronpatz) will present our findings – and the reboot project in general – at a… » read more

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On October 15th Anthony Zacharzewski (@anthonyzach) of the Democratic Society and I will facilitate an EuropCom 2014 WorldCafé session on improving citizens participation in EU affairs. This post is my personal Call for Ideas – if you have good or bad examples, ideas of what works and what doesn’t, I want to hear them. [Update:… » read more

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If you care about EU democracy you need to care about European media, particularly as the upcoming US media invasion gets underway. They’ll be pushing on an open door when they get to Brussels. Anyone interested in the Internet and/or media and/or democracy should have followed the development of media business models since at least… » read more

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the past couple of years have seen a lot of innovation in online content strategy, coupled with growing disenchantment with “Big Internet”. These trends triggered my return to blogging, so I thought I’d start with an overview. The Rise of Longform Across the pond, the past few years… » read more

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#B2B4ME: Back to Blogging

B2B once meant ‘Business to Business’. After the first online bubble popped, it became ‘Back to Banking’ (alongside its close cousin ‘Back to Consulting’), as legions beat a retreat to the safety of corporate life. And now, perhaps, it means Back to Blogging, and apparently not just for me. After experimenting blogging on Google+ and/or… » read more

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Since trying and half-rejecting Google+ and Tumblr, I’ve been accepted as a LinkedIn blogger. At least I never bothered with Facebook. [6/6/14: Updated re: LinkedIn stats, below] [30/6/2014: LinkedIn just lost my most recent draft. Abandoning ship – see LinkedIn: Amateurish tools for professional blogging] Last summer I rethought my online presence, trying and discarding… » read more

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Over 70% of EU voters did not vote for the EU. Where now? Update, 7/9/14: via Chris Whitehouse – apparently the figures are slightly worse – “the updated numbers, published on the Parliament website, show that turnout across the EU struggled to reach 42.54% in 2014, well below the 43.1% initially announced” There will no… » read more

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Recent conversations on how Apache Stanbol, an EC research project, could both support the BloggingPortal reboot and use it to expand its language coverage led me to conTEXT, which “… allows to semantically analyze text corpora (such as blogs, RSS/Atom feeds, Facebook, G+, Twitter or SlideWiki.org decks) and provides novel ways for browsing and visualizing… » read more

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Well, plus ca change – absolutely none of the things some BloggingPortal editors said we’d do after our meeting in January have been done, apart from our own posts and what Stefan did, which is ironic given that he told us he had no time to do anything. But maybe there wasn’t much point: we… » read more

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