New job, new planets, blog moved.

June 1, 2006 on 9:48 pm | In wikicompany, rijksmuseum, library2.0 |

I’m truly excited to start working for the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands soon.

I will have the opportunity to work with some of the most beautiful art collections in the world. My role will be to help manage the existing catalog system and provide ideas and software to improve the new catalog system.

It will be both an honour and a challenge to help improve the access to the huge Dutch art legacy of the “Gouden Eeuw” and also from earlier and later periods. This crossroad of great art and cutting edge information technology is such an interesting combination. May we live in interesting times.

Besides my work on improving Wikicompany, I’ll also start to write about my ideas and actions on Library2.0 concepts. Not all of that will be immediately relevant to my work, eg. text-to-speech, and content-based image retrieval, but it will help to think outside of the box when designing information systems.

To help myself and others to keep up with all the ideas floating around about web information systems, I’ve expanded the planetarium with some more domain specific news streams:

  • Free Software
  • Semantic Web (todo)
  • Library2.0
  • Art Museum

Important: The wikicompany blog is now hosted onsite. New RSS feed link here.
I would have preferred to use Mediawiki syntax as the blog interface, but currently MW blogging isn’t quite ready for that. However blogging using MW isn’t that far away I suspect. Brion is working on something.


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  1. Congratulations with your new job, Jama. It was a pleasure seeing someone so enthusiastic about a project ;-) I look forward working with you.

    Comment by Saskia — June 5, 2006 #

  2. Just want to wish you good luck with the job, and i’ll keep an eye on the Rijksmuseum library website to see which new innovations you are going to implement.

    By the way: I see you got some nice extensions on Wikicompany, like the tagcloud, are they yours and if so do you mind making them available to the MediaWiki community?

    Comment by Gerard — June 5, 2006 #

  3. Thanks.

    Wrt to the wikicompany extensions, I’m not sure what to do. I’ve had several requests from people for the extensions.

    Wikicompany is also a company itself, its not a non-profit organization with some kind of external funding. I’ve always been clear about that. Giving things away for free works up to a certain point. If the Wikicompany project is to continue, it needs income to keep things running well and to create the time for me to make further improvements and keep ahead of the competition. Advertisement income is currently not enough to fund the continued development.

    The amount of user contributions compared to the amount of readers on Wikicompany is also somewhat dissapointing (but that goes for most public Wiki sites, besides Wikipedia and Co and Wikitravel), so I’m hoping the automated profile creation system will help with getting more good content.

    If you can see a way which would benefit the Wikicompany project while also giving away the extensions sourcecode, I’d like to hear it. Perhaps Fontys is interested in funding some extension work?

    Comment by jpoulsen — June 5, 2006 #

  4. Right now our wiki functions just fine, but i’ll keep your suggestion in mind.

    Comment by Gerard — June 7, 2006 #

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