Online communication tools and Academia

Now that Jon Udell has moved to Microsoft, it appears that he is in a good position to arbitrate on behalf of ordinary computer users to the geek community. His weekly (or so) podcasts are one of the few places where you can hear the difficulties or potential difficulties of the majority being articulated and sounded out.

A recent podcast available on IT Conversations, was with Geoffrey Bilder of Crossref. Though the discussion was written up in the shownotes as focusing on the importance of link permanence and citation – all very noble things – it was actually much more interesting than those shownotes suggested.

In particular, “what’s new and cool” not fitting in with a sometimes traditional academic community is a reality check for any technology businesss building and designing online communication tools.


To blog or not to blog? Will we have the time? Will people find it interesting? Will we get tired of it?

We have been writing over at The Health Tech Blog for nearly two years at this stage. Output has been slow but steady – with moderate reader numbers (100+ subscribers).

Because it is such a narrow niche, it does not often prove to be a suitable vehicle for issues and topics that we could talk about. That’s why we’re going to do more of that here.

The current view is that we will discuss software technologies, trends and developments that be used by ordinary businesses and organisations, and not necessarily just by techie early adopters who “get it”.

So, on that note – Welcome!