Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions
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Explores writing, applications of thought and theory, solutions, engineering, design, DIY, Interesting approaches to problems, examples of interdisciplinary explorations and solutions.
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Metadata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Metadata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The term metadata refers to " data about data". The term is ambiguous, as it is used for two fundamentally different concepts ( types). Structural metadata is about the design and specification of data structures and is more properly called "data about the containers of data"; descriptive metadata, on the other hand, is about individual instances of application data, the data content.

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The exploration of metadata is valuable. People need to become aware of how metadata impacts our access, understanding, and use of data, to begin with. It will probably impact fields in the computer sciences in addition to data visualization, interdisciplinary studies, and other fields. 

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How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets a week. Surgeon Marty Makary on five simple ways the health-care system can be made safer.
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Accountability through transparency. This quote is powerful: "Transparency can also help to restore the public's trust. Many Americans feel that medicine has become an increasingly secretive, even arrogant, industry. With more transparency—and the accountability that it brings—we can address the cost crisis, deliver safer care and improve how we are seen by the communities we serve." The cases presented in the article says a lot about doctors and other medical professionals. There are implications that extend beyond the medical professions and into other knowledge work fields. 

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Five Ways to Change Someone Else's Mind

Five Ways to Change Someone Else's Mind | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
There are times when you want other people to act or think a certain way - namely, the way you think and act. There's an art to persuasion that begins with a few simple rules. The first comes from
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I often make this mistake and this exerpt, describing this kind of mistake, is powerful: "Make the other person feel right. Don't make them feel wrong. This point might win the prize for what gets ignored most often. Anytime you bully somebody, lord it over them, use your position of authority, or act superior, you are making that person feel wrong. We all feel wrong when we are judged against. We feel right when we are accepted, understood, appreciated, and approved of. (I've met at least one hugely successful executive who built his entire career on making other people feel that they were the most important person in the room.) If you make someone else feel accepted, you have established a genuine bond, at which point they will lower their defenses. If you push someone away instead by making them feel wrong, their defenses will turn twice as strong."


We like to say that there is no place in society for persuasion, but we believe in persuasion. I believe there are times that persuasion is appopriate, justified, or necessary. However, there are those that support the idea that the most effective learning is from the information-seeking dialogue where authority, coercion, manipulation are not employed, and information is shared openly and transparently. 

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