OpenGardens network logo

Here is the logo for the OpenGardens network

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China bans Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission

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Sometimes, I like to stretch the vision of OpenGardens beyond the telecoms scenario .. – especially when I see news like China bans Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry .. But it’s true ..

50 most influential Indian Americans: Great to see Om Malik on this list – sad to see Padmasree Warrior not on this list ..

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Great to see Om Malik on this list of 50 most influential Indian Americans but sad to see that PADMASREE WARRIOR is not on this list.

I think Padmasree Warrior has a lot of impact – especially as a role model for women and girls in technology.

I have personally recommended her as a model to emulate to some of my women friends .. and I think there are very few women(of any nationality – Indian/American or otherwise) – as a role model to aspire to as Padmasree ..

So, I think that’s one name which should have been there on this list!

CTO job requirement ..

A startup I know is looking for this role

Please no agencies!

Please contact me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com

I dont know any more about this than whats here

This revolutionary Start-up Company in the mobile space with funds and a number of major contracts is looking for a ‘founder’ CTO. We’re looking for someone with extreme ambition and entrepreneurial type attitude to join the firm and team as CTO and lead the technical build through to delivery. You will be credited as a fellow founder and will be offered a significant equity stake in the business as well as a very good salary. You will join a very experienced and welcoming management team who want to create a long term nucleus of people for the company who can really drive it forward and successfully deliver mobile advertising solutions internationally.

We are looking for the ‘genius’ of the class who a burning desire to succeed and a great attitude is a must. You must also be able to demonstrate your programmer/development capabilities and be able to lead a team with two assistant developers working with you.

You will work on integrating 3rd party web content into databases and develop related web sites/mobile websites, front-ends and backends.

The key responsibilities include:

• Write specification, undertake build and lead team to final development within specified time period

• Design search algorithms and correctly categorize content to display on web and mobile

• Design dynamic content management and advertising placement platform

• Implement tools for analyzing user behaviour and feedback

• Import XML-based 3rd party content

• Build web and mobile internet sites to display content

• Prototype portals and prepare for customer tests

• Write integration scripts to interface with databases

The position requires excellent knowledge of HTML/xHTML content generation, common scripting languages (esp. PHP, AJAX and [Unobtrusive] JavaScript), XML, video streaming, techniques for data mining/categorization & databases and ideally Java, Linux administration, script programming (e.g. Perl and VB), programming in C and VB.

You will also need excellent graphics design skills. Areas of interests include: Web 2.0 tools and systems, creative graphics design, HTTP and TCP/IP, web server (Apache), databases (MySQL / Oracle), data mining and data organization.

Requirements:

Strong background/personality and above all else a burning desire to succeed and great attitude. Must have university degree and/or significant experience with large real-life Internet services. Prior experience in launching and designing commercial web properties would be hugely beneficial. Proactive and highly motivated. Ability to meet tight deadlines.

Competencies:

Demonstrated ability to build new Internet services and advertising platforms and integrate 3rd party content into live Internet sites, Internet site design, mobile web site setup, proficient with common tools for Internet content, testing of web sites. Strong appreciation of consumer needs and business opportunities required.

Also excellent design skills are a must. E.g. have designed some commercial web and/or mobile sites before.

Technologies:

- Must: Required skills to develop web portals for PC and mobile browsing using different web development technologies and tools. HTML, Java script, PHP, Ajax

- Must: Required skills to develop web statistics and reports (information stored in DB) using suitable web technologies and/or reporting tools

- Nice to have: Apache and/or Jboss management and development skills

- Nice to have: Python, Java and C++ coding skills

The project will be undertaken in London or very close to London. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to step outside the box and work towards a greater goal. The firm is well placed to operate at the highest level and can demonstrate serious calibre in the mobile space. As part of the management team you will also be expected to contribute to the strategy and overall direction of the firm and show a deep understanding of mobile. An understanding of or background in mobile advertising would be ideal but not essential.

Invitation to join the OpenGardens network – more ..

Hello all ..

I have been pleasantly surprised as to how well this has been received.

Please keep your emails coming if you are interested in being a part of the OpenGardens network.

I hope to launch this around Sep 10 – because I am speaking at a number of conferences after

that and we would get good exposure

There were some requests for clarification .. and so here is the announcement in a bit more detail

The OpenGardens network is the evolution of the OpenGardens blog. The OpenGardens blog is already well known – with a Google page rank of 6/10 and an Alexa rating of

around 100,000

The problem we are trying to address is: How to get maximum exposure for great bloggers – this is especially so when blogs may not be frequently updated all the time.

The benefits to contributors are: More exposure for your blog and ideas. There is no

cost and no advertising on your blog. The only requirement is: you must be insightful within the topic areas below. The frequency of blogs does not matter. We have interest from people who work for companies and run a private blog(typically a blog which may be insightful – but infrequent) – and that’s very welcome

The basic idea is to do a concept similar to techmeme i.e. a human edited (i.e. initially me!) set of

blogs in specific themes. These blogs will be sourced from a set of

contributors . The OpenGardens network blog will not contain the whole post – but a summary linking back to your site

Each OpenGardens network blog will also have an FAQ i.e. a non chronological summary of the ideas presented in an FAQ format (which will be also link back to your blog)

So,

a) Evolving from the OpenGardens blog, the OpenGardens network would have a set of blogs – each covering a theme

b) We would have set of preferred contributors (blogs). Please email me if you think you are a good contributor for this

c) Articles from these (and other recommended blogs) would feature on the OpenGardens network blogs

d) They would be linked back to the source thus providing coverage

e) Each OpenGardens network blog would have an accompanying FAQ (although maybe

not at the outset). It benefits people who are not regular bloggers because their ideas are linked to the FAQ besides being in the blog itself.

f) I expect to launch in mid Sep since I am speaking at four major conferences from that time and it will get good coverage

g) The network will be ad sponsored – with ads on my blogs only (not the contributor’s blogs)

h) We will start with: Web 2.0, Mobile Web 2.0, Social networking, User generated content and Enterprise web 2.0 purely because I know these areas on my own – at least enough to edit

There will be a logo/image to go on your blog. Other than that, nothing else. It should get you good traffic both on the OpenGardens network itself and also the FAQ.

i) I believe it will work great for corporate bloggers as well

If you think you are a good contributor for this, please email me on ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com

Kind rgds

Ajit

Digital Korea: In Amazon’s best selling hot releases list ..

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We recently launched a book about Korea(Digital Korea) written by Tomi Ahonen and Jim O Reilly. This book has been getting a lot of coverage in Korea where Tomi and Jim spoke at Imobicon 2007

The book now appears on Amazon’s best selling hot releases list .. which is a great achievement by any standards.! Well done to Tomi and Jim!

You can see more about the book and buy it HERE

A synopsis is as below

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Overview

Tomi Ahonen’s latest book, Digital Korea, which he co-authored with Jim O’Reilly is now available to pre order.

Tomi’s much-awaited next book is a study of the most advanced country for digital convergence, South Korea. Working with Jim O’Reilly who is the European technology specialist and envoy for the Korean Government, Tomi’s fifth book sounds almost like science fiction but discusses the solid reality of life in South Korea today.

The book discusses a country where every household internet connection has already been upgraded to broadband; where 100 mbit/s speeds are already sold and gigabit speeds already coming; where every phone sold is a cameraphone; where three out of every four mobile subscriptions is a 3G connection; where cars and PCs and mobile phones now ship with in-built digital TVs; where 42% of the population maintain a blogsite and four out of ten have created an avatar of themselves; where over half of the population pay with cellphones and 25% of the total South Korean population have participated inside a multiplayer online game, in fact inside the same multiplayer online game.

The stories from South Korea are each more amazing than the last. 50,000 citizen journalists write the national Ohmy News newspaper. While Second Life fascinates western media for its 2 million users, South Korean Cyworld has 20 million users. While we tend to view the 8 million active users of the World of Warcraft as a milestone in massively multiplayer online games, South Korean Lineage already has 14 million active gamers.

Digitsl Korea

A Common Architecture & Framework For SOA and Network Convergence

By Tomi Ahonen & Jim O’Reilly

And perhaps most telling of all – the South Korean government is convinced every Korean home will have a household robot within ten years. Household robots? Not just cleaning our homes and providing security, but reading bedtime stories to our kids and helping them with their homework too. Tomi’s book includes chapters on all these issues and more with the state-of-the-art latest products and services described in detail.

This most ambitious survey of the current state of digital convergence,ubiquitous computing and the information society that is South Korea, is a masterpiece by Tomi and Jim. They call the book simply Digital Korea, but its subtitle is long as the stories in the book are so wide-reaching: Convergences of broadband internet, 3G cellphones, multiplayer gaming, digital TV, virtual reality, electronic cash, telematics, robotics, e-government and the intelligent home.

The research for the book took a long time as so many different fields had to be covered. But the resulting book is now the most up-to-date view of that exact point where science fiction meets science fact. What happens when virtual reality meet the real world, with wireless reach and broadband speed? The book is packed with statistics and case studies and Tomi’s famous “Pearls”. As an interesting method, they have also often placed two rival statistics side-by-side, such as “In 2006 in USA 10% of music sales was digital” accourding to IFPI, and next to it on the opposing page “in 2006 in South Korea 57% of music sales was digital” also according to IFPI. This kind of comparisons help illustrate just how much of a lead South Korea has been able to pull.

Like Tomi’s last book with us (Communities Dominate Brands, co-authored with Alan Moore), Digital Korea is a hardcover book of 284 pages in length. It will be released shortly and be available at all major booksellers and through us. We also will sell this book in bulk orders at a discount for those who may consider it as a corporate gift for example or for in-house training.

We are now accepting pre-orders for Digital Korea

price 24.95 UKP / 39.95 Euro / 49.95 USD

ISBN 978-0-9556069-0-8

You can see more about the book and buy it HERE

Black weblog awards: Pls vote for Darla Mack in the Best Science/Technology blog

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Many of you know Darla Mack as a well known industry blogger.

I, like many others, follow her blog Days in the life of a mobile diva

Darla’s blog has been nominated for the best Black weblog awards in the science and technology sector.

Please vote for her.

Voting ends very soon .. so please do this ASAP

A couple of notes

The link to vote is blackweblogawards

(http://www.blackweblogawards.com/)

You have to click the banner image to vote. My Antivirus blocked the banner – so if you dont see the banner – check your ad blocker

Also

It makes you vote in all 30 categories – many of which I did not know (probably because I am based in England) – so you can choose them as you wish if you dont know them

(This takes hardly a minute to sort out)

Darla is in the ‘Best Science/Technology blog’ about two thirds down the page

So, do this now! and lets hope she wins

kind rgds

Ajit

An invitation to join the OpenGardens network ..

In the article: Everything you wanted to know about blogging but were afraid to ask .. – I mentioned about bloggers who blog occasionally and how difficult it would be to get coverage – considering that people would rarely subscribe to a blog which is updated infrequently

Raddedas and Dag commented about this – and in response to that – I am posting Part three(evolution of the OpenGardens network) now(before Part Two – which is about publishing)

The key issue, as both Raddedas and Dag point out is: there is value in blogs which are insightful but infrequent

The question is: how to promote them?

The answer to this question was to be a part of the evolution of the OpenGardens network

The problem we solve is: How to bring the best writing to the Web when it is not frequently posted and at the same time promote the source blogs as well.

One model which seems to work is the techmeme model . Techmeme relies on human editors. Typically, these editors are top bloggers.

While techmeme works, it still has many problems

Most of the stories covered are America based

They are biased to some themes(Google phone rumours for example)

And I find that they are still sourced from very few sources

So, what I am considering is : a human edited version of techmeme but within specific verticals/themes

So,

a) Evolving from the OpenGardens blog, the OpenGardens network would have a set of blogs – each covering a theme

b) We would have set of preferred sources(blogs)

c) Articles from these(and other recommended blogs) would feature on the OpenGardens network

d) They would be linked back to the source thus providing coverage

e) Each blog would have an accompanying FAQ (maybe not to begin with)

f) I expect to launch in mid Sep since I am speaking at four major conferences from that time and it will get good coverage

g) The network will be ad sponsored – with ads on my blogs only(not the contributor’s blogs)

h) We will start with: Web 2.0, Mobile Web 2.0, Social networking, User generated content and Enterprise web 2.0 purely because I know these three areas on my own – at least enough to edit

I seek feedback for this and please contact me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com if you want to be considered to be included as a contributor to the OpenGardens network.

You should have a relevant blog, its free, there will be a logo/image to go on your blog. Other than that, nothing else. It should get you good traffic both on the OpenGardens network itself and also the FAQ.

The OpenGardens blog is already respected and I shall be inviting many people I already know to this – so hopefully you can benefit even if your blog is not a frequent contributor

Help: State of the Mobile Web in America ..

Hello

I am speaking at the Mobile Web Americas conference(and it promises to be a great event)

Being based in London, I dont have an idea of the specific issues people in America face when they access the Mobile Web. Hence, I am trying to gather some stories/real experiences.

Would be great if you can add something.

Always happy to refer back to you in the presentation/blog etc

Thanks in advance for your help

kind rgds

Ajit

Carnival of the mobilists: at Xen Mendelsohn’s blog ..

Carnival of the mobilists No 88 is up and running on Xen’s blog. She calls my post ‘fascinating’ :) – and like all carnivals, its a great read. Dont miss it HERE