Many-eys and games people play
Here are some notes I took during Irene Greif's Lotusphere talk. I haven't been to one of these, although I have wanted to, in the past. After talking about how we use IBM Research in our products, i.e. in Notes 8 features, I felt I had to go. That, and it was happening right next door to where we finished our repeat of the Designing Lotus Notes talk.
I wouldn't say these are well-formed yet, but wanted to get the info out there...
I'm sitting in the talk given by Irene Greif giving an overview of what's going on in IBM Research. Matt Mckeon is doing a demo of a new site called Many Eyes, which takes data visualization to a whole new level. It allows users to take a data set (say, U.S. Budget data, in his example), create a visualization of it, then publish it for comments and socialization. Anyone can upload data to the site and share it. Other users can comment on the data, blog-style, or use your visualization for a start to their own explorations. It's very cool and available now at Many Eyes. I love this stuff.
Another visualization of data that Irene showed was the Baby Name Visualizer, which provides a history of the popularity of baby names.
Irene is asking whether games can be fit for business? The baby name data and Many Eyes have elicited game-like behavior with serious data. She is talking about why people participate in digital communities - for biz value - to get some job done, buy/sell goods. and the social value - i.e. social function, it's fun, compelling experience, stickiness thru goal-based structure of games, and a sense of belonging to a community.
Irene is making several connections to World of Warcraft, which is making John Head, sitting in front of me, nod his head in approval. (He is feeling very validated right about now!) For example, send a team into a game, like WoW to accomplish a goal, which will strengthen the team. While the game may not be fit for business, the result is - increased communication and bonding amongst the team members, for instance.
All in all a great session - now, I must visit the Innovation Lab before Thurs!
Swan Hotel Ballroom 6