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Avatar of Olga skp posted April 09 2012
on Olga skp

CIRCA goes to Appsterdam: Project brief

The Creative Industries Research Center Amsterdam (CIRCA) is a program initiatived by the department of Humanities of the UvA and is coordinated by Prof. J. Simons and Dr. S. Olma. CIRCA aims to empower practice based research in the creative industries by embedding researchers in a variety of projects.

Within the context of the CIRCA program, I am collaborating with Appsterdam and AIM for creating a data visualization app about the App Making Ecosystem.

The project's working title is "Visualizing open innovation practices in the App Industry" and the main goal is to collect hard data about the App Industry in Amsterdam and visualize this data in order to answer some core questions: who are the App Makers, their working conditions (indie, companies, startups), what kind of Apps are being produced, platforms they prefer, communities in which they belong, professional networks, how many App Makers are coming from abroad, hot spots, events and so on. 

In doing so, the project aims to contribute in the open innovation dialogue and help identify how open innovation environments can kick off innovation processes. The research aim is not confined to a statistical survey of the app market and software products but also wishes to identify innovation environments and study models for applying open innovation premises.

There are two main phases to the project: modeling, indexing and collecting data and the data-visualization in the form of an interactive App.

I am now looking for people who are willing to share some knowledge and experience in the do's and don'ts of these type of projects. Someone to bounce ideas of and to brainstorm with every now and then. 

We also want to start collecting the existing data, i.e.: members of the Appsterdam website, followers of the Appsterdam twitter account and members of the Appsterdam meetup page, Linkedin profile. Shortly after this first data collection, we plan to enrich our data set with a custom made survey, by expanding to other organizations and communities, by using data provided by AIM and data about the App Market. 

In phase 2 of the project (September) we will be setting up a team to create the application. 

We are looking for creative input:

If you are interested in data visualization projects and the process of turning data into meaning to raise awareness inspires you, i would love to have a coffee with you.

If you are a developer with past experience in data viz projects i would like to know what you think of the project and wether we could collaborate.

If you find the project interesting but you do not want to get personally involved please pass this information on to people that may be interested or introduce me to dataviz developers that would like to give their input to the 1st phase of the project. 


posted March 13 2012
on Robert Atkins

Taking off

I did something exciting today. I bought a one-way ticket from Singapore to Amsterdam, taking off at five minutes to midnight on April 25th.*

After more than two years at Tullett Prebon and a month shy of two years in Singapore it’s time to move on. As I explained at work, it’s nothing to do with the job. Though there have been some stressful times, with my colleagues I’ve produced a successful product which is, even better, a foundation for many more successful products. But moreover I think I’ve helped build a great culture in the organisation which I’m truly sad to leave. Personally it’s also boosted my professional confidence and, as with any project, it’s immensely satisfying to see it out there in the wide world being used by real customers.

As anyone who’s following me on twitter would know, aside from work living in Singapore is more of a mixed bag. I’ll write more on that in a little while.

The plan from this point is pretty nebulous. I’m going to base myself in Amsterdam for the European summer, read a lot, go to some music festivals, travel around some other places, meet up with friends and generally decompress. I also plan to learn some stuff and meet some people and hence there’s a deliberate reason I picked Amsterdam which probably isn’t the one you’re thinking of: Appsterdam. We’ll see how that goes. If you’ve got any great app ideas, you can buy me a beer and tell me about them. If you’ve got capital, I’ll buy you a beer and you can listen to mine ;-).

After that, I will probably swing by the west coast of the States around August/September (and you know what that means!), then back to Australia for a visit before deciding where I base myself next, probably one out of Europe, San Francisco or Sydney depending on where opportunities lie.

But that’s as much detail as I have right now. If anybody knows of any events, conferences, festivals, regional burns or anything interesting going on just about anywhere in Europe this year, “please do”, as they say here, drop me a line.

* Even better, I got it on frequent flier points and it cost me less than $250 cash. Winning!

posted February 02 2012
on Dom Sagolla

International Genius Grant

I’ve been selected to receive the first International Genius travel grant from the City of Amsterdam and the Appsterdam Foundation

In recognition of your steller career and continued contributions to the advancement
of technology.

I’m deeply humbled by this opportunity, and I plan to seek the utmost potential and set a pattern for other interesting people to follow.

The Netherlands was recently named the Most Active Country on Twitter. This is a timely confirmation of something I’ve been saying for years: the Dutch lead by example.

I want to meet with as many creative people in Amsterdam as possible during my stay. So, hit me up on Facebook and and Twitter.

From February 24th until March 2nd, Holland I am yours.