What is the self-perception of ICT competences among freshmen and is there a change in this self-perception 6 months after entering the university?
How often and for what purpose do freshmen use a computer and is there a change in the frequency of the use of the computer?
What factors might influence this attitude, behaviour, and possible change?
Es wurde eine Studie mit 714 “freshmen” einer großen Universität durchgeführt um die Antworten auf diese Fragen zu finden. So wird gezeigt, dass der Computer ein persönliches Lernwerkzeug für Studierende wird und Studierende konnten einerseits nach 6 Monaten ein höheres Wissen im Umgang mit dem Computer aufweisen, womit auch die Internetkompetenz geschult wurde.
Kevin Weil, Analytics Lead at Twitter recently gave a presentation on Twitter’s use of Cassandra, Pig and HBase. Specially interesting is how Twitter uses Hadoop and Pig in their data analysis process.
This time I discovered a great application developed by Microsoft Live Labs called Pivot. Pivot enables users to discover huge information spaces by different visual filtering options. You are able to look at hundred thousands of information space entities such as pictures, … and filter these in different ways (zoom in/out, create links between different information items, …). The following video describes Pivot in more detail:
For the fasted nine users I will share my installation code:
Installation Code: B6B0 E779 CA5B BBD3
Have fun with Pivot and let me know if you like it or what you think of it in the comments below.
At this years International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH2009) a touchable holography was presented by the University of Tokio. It is a kind of holography that you are able to feel and interact with. Great development that you can see in the following video:
The first page of the presented scientific paper called “Touchable Holography” can be downloaded here.
Internet of Services makes live of young parents easier
Once a baby is born the organization marathon is just starting for it’s parents: register the birth, register with the health insurance, apply for parents allowances and arrange a lot of other appointments. SAP Research is developing an internet platform aimed at helping youg parents. Automated Services will connect authorities and service providers with each other by the internet. This saves time and lakework in the future.
I have found an interesting video through the SAP Website covering the “Internet of Services issue”. Check out an watch it here: