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Tufts University Named Best Open-source School in America, Tools for Innovation

Tufts University Named Best Open-source School in America, Tools for Innovation | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

In May 15, 2014, researchers backed by Spanish software download site Portal Programas published a report naming Tufts University the number one open-source university in the United States. 

Tufts received an overall score of 100, followed by Utah State (93.01) and the University of Notre Dame (57.10).  Two other Massachusetts universities scored in the top 15:  University of Massachusetts Boston (4th) and MIT (14th), ranking Massachusetts only behind Utah in states where colleges and universities actively participate in open source projects and the operational use of open-source software.

 

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I'm a fan of Tufts open source tool VUE, a powerful tool for organizing, creating, linking, and curating. It's a great tools to help innovation.  A sample tool I created from VUE is here, a retreat planning flowchart, which was used in a faculty retreat to explain the retreat planning process.  ~  D

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Curation Strategy at IBM: Collaboration, Empowered Intranet Communication [Video]

Curation Strategy at IBM: Collaboration, Empowered Intranet Communication [Video] | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

It's been said that IBM's geniuses collective will challenge Apple's 1 genius model.


This post features an interview with IBM's VP for digital strategy & devel. highlighting their change/leading trend practice on internal curation.

 

I'm sharing Robin Good's ScoopIt  (curation commentator, blogger) geared for trend spotters, intranet managers and content strategists.

 

Mark Ragan interviews Ben Edwards, Vice-President for Digital Strategy and Development at IBM on  the changing landscape for corporate intranets.

 

What caught my attention:

 

- Effective internal collaboration within the company can bring to the development of new commercial products and services.

 

- Institutional and internally-produced professional content is declining and it is giving way to lots of new employee-generated content. 

 

- The company must be outward looking and play a role in suggesting what employee must be attention to.

 

- Curation is an effective approach to manage and extract greater value from such growing amount of content.

- Curation is about providing a trusted source that can  pick, select, suggest and "frame" what needs to be attention to. What is of value. 

 

- Curation is about being a subject matter expert on a specific "vertical" area of interest - and this is something a company may want to look into both for "external" and "internal" communications

 

- Companies like IBM are now enabling the "experts" within the company to communicate more and better. 

 

- The trend is toward cultivating more internal collaboration, and to enable our people to be great communicators who can create extra value out there

 

Insightful. 8/10

 

See the 9 min video interview here: http://www.hrcommunication.com/Main/Articles/7388.aspx 


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Universities should be innovative, academic says

Universities should be innovative, academic says | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
‘Meeting the needs of society is crucial'...

"Universities have to work and stitch around the community's needs. Otherwise we will continue to be seen as ivory towers."

Research incubators
Universities also have to move from the realm of research to commercial business opportunities, said Gabriel, and this means taking ideas beyond the laboratory.

Ways to do this include technology transfer offices and seeking funding to build research incubators but these activities need to have the end user in mind.

Gabriel said Abu Dhabi and the UAE, which has seen new institutions and companies established, are in a position to do things and think about who benefits from teaching and research.

According to Gabriel, universities can achieve economic success by having:

* Specialisation and differentiation — recognising true institutional excellence
Focused graduate programme expansions that feed into priority areas

* New approach to faculty contract length and compensation to attract and retain top-notch researchers and scientists

* Incorporate intellectual property approaches that maximise economic benefit and encourage entrepreneurs.
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Cohabitation, academics & industry: Midwestern colleges launch Innovation campuses, public-private collaboration

Cohabitation, academics & industry: Midwestern colleges launch Innovation campuses, public-private collaboration | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"'Innovation campuses' are springing up everywhere" especially in the Midwest.

 

...the intentional cohabitation of academics and industry is key to all of them, something university leaders say made the ambitious and expensive projects palatable to legislators and voters even as the economy and higher ed appropriations shrunk.

 

Here's sampling of what is under contruction, via Inside Higher Ed:

 

...many [are] in the Midwest and almost all involving fancy new buildings and partnerships between public colleges and private corporations.

 

Public research universities have long had ties to state industries, and technology transfer is widespread in higher education.


The new innovation campuses include:


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Innovation Creation Geniuses, Be More Like IBM & Less Like Apple? | Seek Omega

Innovation Creation Geniuses, Be More Like IBM & Less Like Apple?  | Seek Omega | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Today’s Big Blue is the antithesis of Big Brother. It’s ‘Big Open’.  That’s why IBM — not Apple — represents the future workplace.


IBM:  Now a transparent, nimble, collaborative organization known more for listening and engaging customers than for dictating to them. While ironically, some say Apple now resembles Big Brother given their propensity for tight controls.


While Apple has been wildly successful, Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky describes as Apple’s genius led, culture of fear.


For the genius is always, as Benjamin Disraeli and later Peter Drucker predicted, succeeded by a “lieutenant of Marines” who understands the business but nothing else. So the company is only left with an innovation vacuum.


In IBM’s social business culture, the genius lies in the 400,000 employees who are free to create circumstances that enable their associates to build on each other’s ideas, fostering innovation through co-creation with its employees, suppliers, partners and customers.


Remove one genius, and there are thousands more in the network to fill the vacuum.


Deb: This is compelling. Do you agree? Meanwhile, how about those Steve Jobs dolls (Apple approved)?

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