Κομιουνιτι μπιλντιγκ

Εστησα εναν Πλανητη, για τα μπλογκς των μεταπτυχιακων και των καθηγητων της σχολης μου, ονοματι Planet DCS@UofT. Η θεματολογια ειναι κατα βαση επιστημονικη/ερευνητικη (αλλα οχι μονο), και μαλιστα αυτη τη στιγμη η πλειοψηφια των μπλογκς ειναι απο το δικο μας το Software Engineering Group, αλλα ελπιζω αυτο να αλλαξει στο μελλον και να γινει αντιπροσωπευτικοτερο του Ντιπαρτμεντ συνολικα.

Δεν εχω υποψη μου καποιον παρομοιο αγκρεγκειτορ απο αλλα πανεπιστημια Καναδεζικα, Αμερικανικα, Ευρωπαικα ή Ελληνικα (οχι οτι εχω ψαξει, αλλα λεμε), αλλα παντως νομιζω οτι εχει πολυ νοημα, τοσο στο εσωτερικο του Ντιπαρτμεντ οσο και γενικοτερα στην επιστημονικη μας κοινοτητα. Περισσοτερα στα παρακατω. Βαριεμαι να με μεταφρασω οποτε με αντιγραφω αυτουσιο, απο το αλλο μου το μπλογκ, το …επαγγελματικο😀 Ισως μερικους να ενδιαφερει και το τεχνικο σκελος της ιστοριας.

During yesterday’s meeting for Greg Wilson’s CSC2125S course (”the consulting course”), the issue was raised of students using social media (blogs, twitter etc) to communicate their projects, research and academic life in general. As Carolyn put it:

Today’s lecture in Greg’s consulting course involved a couple visitors talking about working in start-ups. They were shocked, shocked, that we didn’t all have active blogs.

They were right to be shocked. Academia is the “business” of ideas, and ideas are things that are socially constructed and propagated. That is why there is all the fuss about conferences, journals etc. Yes, admittedly,  our trade has been somewhat corrupted by elevating the act of publishing to a goal in itself, but in its conception, publishing is essentially an act of communication, of building and sustaining a community of peers. Ideas are born in a community. If I were to describe the process in a single word, I’d just say “pollination”.

In this Age of Information Revolution, weblogs and tumblogs and microblogs and whatnot are the means to go beyond traditional modes and in a sense it is professionally “criminal” to forgo this opportunity. That’s why I understand the shock of our guest speakers. However, when taken individually, blogs are not a community. What is needed is a common space, an “agora” for the flow of ideas to manifest itself. Hopefully, the building of the agora can amplify the flow of ideas, increase the “rate of pollination” and consolidate the community. The opening of a common social space also gives an audience to those that would otherwise go unnoticed and, for newcomers (like me), the agora is always a helpful place to try to understand and become integrated  with the rest of the community.

Wow, that’s a load of fat rhetoric up there.

Well, OK, I got a bit carried away. Anyway, the whole point is  to announce that I just set up an aggregator for blogs by DCS grads and faculty.

Here it is.

More technical information to come soon.

(In the photo by caribb(CC) the fusion of the ancient Roman forum with the modern Greek Monastiraki)

Επομενη κινηση, να αρχισω να τους κατεβαζω ενωτικα πλαισια καταληψης ΕΑΑΚ-ΑΡΕΝ-Αγ.Κινησεις.

Κομιουνιτι μπιλντιγκ

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