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Jamie Thomson

This is the blog of Jamie Thomson, a freelance data mangler in London

Calendar as a canvas for getting things done

In the same way that a map is a natural choice for displaying data with a geography element to it I’ve long opined that a calendar is a natural choice for displaying data with a time element to it, my main output on this topic is at Thinking differently about BI delivery.

With that in mind I recently watched an interesting talk by James Whittaker entitled A New Era of Computing where he opined that that the era of searching and browsing for information is dying and we are now moving into an era of doing; its an interesting talk and if you have an hour to spare it might well be worth watching, you can find a video of the talk here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/ALM-Summit/ALM-Summit-3/A-New-Era-of-Computing

James gave an example of using a calendar as a canvas for booking a holiday and it really struck a chord with me. In this hypothetical example the steps of finding an appropriate time for a holiday, clearing the decks of all other appointments, finding flights and activities….they were all done within the context of a calendar. There were no 3rd party apps involved, no web pages – the calendar was the canvas upon which all of these tasks were done. To someone like me who strongly believes that calendars are massively underutilized as a means for displaying information the notion that a calendar could also be used to get stuff done was both liberating and illuminating.

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If, like Scott Adams and I, you agree that calendars are criminally undervalued in an era of information discovery then you could do a lot worse than spend an hour watching James’ presentation. Really thought-provoking stuff.

@Jamiet

Published Thursday, April 04, 2013 2:27 PM by jamiet
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