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Four short links: 29 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 29, 2011

Billion Prices Project -- rather than wait for official inflation figures, the BPP from MIT scans online retailer prices from around the planet. (via The Economist) Readings in Education -- Dan Meyer has linked to some of the best papers he's been reading at grad school. If you have opinions about education, or are thinking of doing something to...

Crabgrass: free software collaboration for distributed groups

Crabgrass: free software collaboration for distributed groups
By Andy Oram
March 6, 2009

I've been waiting for Crabgrass for years. I want to set up tasks and keep track of what my mates are doing without struggling with Gantt charts and all those tools for MBAs; looking at the grid of lines on a spreadsheet makes me think of jail. Crabgrass offers all the elements of social networking that are actually useful.

Design patterns for public activism

Design patterns for public activism
By Andy Oram
December 30, 2008

Programmers know the impact that design patterns have had on designing and coding. Could patterns have just as strong an impact on people taking action in their communities? That's the thrust of the patterns published at the Public Sphere Project. The most fleshed-out patters are now published in the book Liberating Voices! A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution by the initiator of the project, Douglas Schuler.


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