PIPaL: JISC BCE at Loughborough

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Interesting uses for existing data #1

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Adventures in Web 2.0…

Wordle word cloud map of journals that Loughborough academics publish in

Wordle word cloud map of journals that Loughborough academics publish in

This is the result of running two 5 line Perl scripts against our corporate publications database – snarfing out all publications in something with ‘Journal’ in the title and then massaging a little.  Wordle (see http://wordle.net/) make the cloud map using the frequency data for the journals published in.  More publications in journal X == Bigger font for it in the word cloud.  If you want to use Wordle in a similar way, note that you need to change all space characters ” ” to tildes “~”.

Guess what discipline is really big at Loughborough 😉  Some of the other headliners were equally obvious, but the next level down starts to get quite interesting.  In terms of PIPaL, the question is whether we could do something similar using what knowledge we are able to glean of people’s external partner relationships – picture company names in the cloud rather than journal names.  Next step academics’ home pages, methinks.

Written by Martin Hamilton

July 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm

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Google Search Appliance unboxing

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As part of our project we will be doing some data mining using the Google Search Appliance to see how this can assist organizations in discovering relationships that have been recorded electronically.  The GSA can index access controlled resources including databases, file shares and other services you care to write a OneBox interface to, and has the smarts to work out who has permission to see what.  More info on this here…

http://code.google.com/apis/searchappliance/documentation/60/oneboxguide.html

The GSA has been unboxed, racked up, and given a minimal config – but we have some more work to do to figure out things like which authentication mechanism to use, and also (ironically) to ensure that we don’t reveal to the world those indexed resources that would not normally be viewable outside of our IP range.

Written by Martin Hamilton

July 23, 2009 at 7:32 pm

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Butler Group report on ERP and CRM

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Just reading hard copy of this excellent report from the Butler Group, “Evolving Enterprise Applications”:

http://www.butlergroup.com/research/reportHomepages/EEA2009.asp

Makes for a nice companion piece to the JISC project, in terms of what we can realistically achieve by going down the CRM route, and throws up some interesting questions in relation to whether you can do CRM (or PRM!) without BPM.  That’s enough acronyms for one evening…

Written by Martin Hamilton

July 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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PIPaL – is go!

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This is the blog of the JISC funded project at Loughborough University looking into Customer / Partner Relationship Management.  We will be working with a number of key groups around the institution and writing up a case study, due around Easter 2010.  This work is part of a larger programme of Business and Community Engagement projects, of which more at http://jisc.cetis.ac.uk/domain/relationship-management

Written by Martin Hamilton

July 22, 2009 at 8:11 pm

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