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Conceptual Model Qonnect Activities

June 22nd, 2014 by Martin No Comments

In this post, I’m briefly discussing the conceptual model of our current project from an activity theoretical perspective. Our project is called qonnect and is a mobile CRM platform, tailored for SMEs. Its core functionality is the communication between provider (SME) and enduser (customer). Both, provider and enduser have timelines which contain entries that are messages from the respective counterpart. Provider write information into the timeline of the enduser and enduser write feedback into the timeline of the provider (see overview below).


In qonnect, a provider executes one…

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Activity Language Syntax and Indirect Objects

June 8th, 2014 by Martin No Comments

. One of the reasons why indirect objects pose a problem is that they require a preposition, like to, on, of or with. For example, when asking the individual Peter to send a document to IKANGAI the preposition is “to”:

@peter send.document https://www.ikangai.com/document to @IKANGAI

Another fictitious example is asking Peter to calculate the average execution time of a service:

@peter calculate.average executionTime of https://www.ikangai.com/service

Prepositions generally complicate parsing a bit, because there are simply several prepositions to…

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Activity Theory and Mobile Processes

June 4th, 2014 by Martin No Comments

After a while of back and forth finding a theory that fits to my ongoing work on mobile processes that operate on ego networks of individuals, I’m finally settling for Activity theory. Activity theory has it’s roots in the works of Vygotsky and Leontiev. It has been rediscovered in the context of HCI and been used as framework for studying HCI related issues. The core of framework itself (Activity theory is actually no theory in the scientific sense) is quite simple: an activity is a hierarchal structured entity with a motive that drives the activity. It consists…

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Activity Timeline

June 1st, 2014 by Martin No Comments

In my ongoing work that revolves around processes that operate on ego networks of individuals, I’ve devised a simple syntax that I originally called Tweetflows. Tweetflows have a simple syntax, which matches a simple “Actor/Subject-Verb-Object-Resource” command syntax:

actor/subject | verb | object | resource

ikangai didPost.blogEntry https://www.ikangai.com/blog

However, as things are typically never that simple, I’ve discussed the extension of the basic syntax to include indirect objects:

actor/subject | verb | object | resource | indirect object

ikangai send.Email https://www.ikangai.com/maildata paolo

Indirect objects are useful when an action is directed at somebody/something or an action requires an additional artifact to be performed:


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Qonnect Development Visualization

May 31st, 2014 by Martin No Comments

Our development team was quite busy in the last weeks. We are actively developing for 100 days now (104 days, to be exact) and we have already made some impressive progress. Our team has built prototypes of the platform, consisting of two iOS Apps and the backend with the several Webservices and a database for persisting the data. We are quite positiv that we can continue with our development speed and that we will deliver the first version of the Qonnect platform in autumn.
In the meantime we will update qLauncher (a long overdue update) and you have…

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Privacy, Achilles and the Tortoise

April 7th, 2014 by Martin No Comments

A recent wired article discusses privacy from an interesting angle. Basically, as the author argues, our digital (surveillance ?) tools give us more privacy: after all, these tools do not know what is happening in-between those instances when we use them. For example, if we post a picture on Facebook, time passes between this and the next instant when we post another picture or Tweet. Now, if we want to know what is happening between those moments, we need to add another observation, just to make sure. By following this line of thought, we reach a…

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