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Oxford England

  • The End of the Road
    These photos are separated from my Travels album because Oxford is something of a second home. I still manage to visit it several times a year. So the pathway between Manotick and Oxford is well trodden and I can likely do it with my eyes closed - and probably have on more than one occasion.

Royal Roads University

  • Hatley Castle
    This series of photographs was taken over the last few years. I have stayed at the campus of Royal Roads on several occasions and I have been repeatedly impressed by the grounds. They are in many ways a little-known treasure.


  • Kafka Statue
    Here is a selection of pictures I have taken during my travels over the last few years. I am very obviously an amateur photographer and it is not uncommon for me to forget my camera altogether when packing. What the pictures do not convey is the fact that in these travels I have met, and gotten to know, a great many interesting people.

Manotick Ontario

  • Springtime in Manotick
    Manotick Ontario Canada is the part of Ottawa that I call home. Much of Manotick stands on an island in the Rideau River. Interestingly, the Rideau Canal, which runs through and around the river, was recently designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. So this means that the view from my backyard is in some way on a similar par with the Egyptian Pyramids - although the thought strikes me as ridiculous.
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March 27, 2010


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Curious Ellie

Nice slide presentation.

I particularly liked the case study on slide 23. Slides 3, 4 and 5 were overwhelmingly complex, but that may have been your intention. Slides 25 and 27-31 were excellent, got to the heart of the matter, highlighted why we all must strive to keep "intelligent content" from becoming an oxymoron. I despair of that sometimes... can appear to be one of Amazon's "statistically improbable" word combinations!

Joe Gollner

Hi Ellie

Thanks for your contributions. Yes, you have spotted my strategy with the industry charts encountered on slides 3,4 and 5. They are indeed intended to spark a mild headache. And the merits that shine through the case study on slide 23 are very real - with much of the credit going back to the customer, who has consistently impressed me with their practical, unflinching, and effective approach to exploring and deploying technology. They exhibited unusual strength in this area over 10 years ago when I first started dealing with them (actually it is now over 12 years ago!) and they continue to impress me. This is fortunate because their approach and my specific philosphy go well together. We may in fact have a case of "co-evolution" here.

I will confess that I am heart-broken that you explicitly excluded my slide 26 from your register of "excellent slides". I am of course still gratful for the props on the others (25, 27-31). Naturally, the graphical elements on slide 26 took an inordinate amount of time to construct and the mutated Data-Information-Knowledge pyramid ties back to a rather long-running series of pieces. Not surprisingly, slide 26 relies more heavily than the others on some of the referenced blog posts (under see also).

But I will recover from this heartbreak and in fact one of my upcoming posts - one that is still brewing - will revisit the much maligned, and oft debated (even recently), Data-Information-Knowledge (DIK) pyramid. (It is usually referred to as the DIKW pyramid, with a mystical "wisdom" placed at the pinnacle as a form of "cherry on top". I never take the step of introducing "wisdom" into the discussion, declaring instead that if I ever come across an example of "wisdom" in the ebb and flow of daily events - and by this I mean current events - I will admit it back into the conversation but until then....)

I would be interested in your thoughts on some of the referenced posts - and whether they, as a group, start to draw a definitional line around what we can truly call "intelligent content".

Curious Ellie

I confess to being a bit overambitious. After creating my first Ellie blog on Wordpress, I realized my mistake at not beginning with Google-linked Blogger for novices. That inspired inception of Ellie's Annex blog. And then while wandering around LinkedIn stat analytic groups, I stumbled upon your blog, and hyper-extended myself in Curious Ellie's blog on Typepad. Then I forgot my login for Curious Ellie at Typepad, and the McAfee-for-WinXP nightmare eclipsed any hope of finding my browsing history.

Finally, I found my way back! And was very pleased to read your response. I will give it the thought that it deserves, and thank you for giving me an entirely new set of things to ponder.

Yes, the DIKW pyramid, iconagraphy of the even more-maligned Freemasons, the $1 bill, New World Order... I will have a look around your blog again and see if you've revisited DIKW in the interim since 4/11/2010.

I'll leave you with a morsel in return. Are you familiar with the Social Collider, possible "intelligent content" tool extrordinaire? It is an oddity, and have no fear, I'm not part the VC pool funding it. However, your DIKW and sage words about wisdom made me think of the almost mystically evocative words on Social Collider's intro page, about finding the Zeitgeist.

I'll enclose a link to my modest blog entry, regarding the Social Collider one year later. Please feel free to stop by and look around!
a.k.a Ellie Asks Why?

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