Robert, you are the originator of the concept of a Smart Nation, with your article in 1996 published in the Government Information Quarterly, entitled “Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information.” Quebec is a nation, recognized by Canada, with a distinct culture, a distinct geography, and perhaps a distinct future.
Advance Order (15 Jan 15): Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response
This book shows us once again why Patrick Meier is a thought leader in leveraging emerging technologies for social impact. His book captures the enormous possibilities and avoidable pitfalls of big data, social media and artificial intelligence in crisis contexts. Digital humanitarians can be powerful agents for social change but ground-truthing what we see and hear digitally is more important than ever.
—Aleem Walji, Chief Innovation Advisor, Leadership, Learning, and Innovation, World Bank Group
Phi Beta Iota: The book title and description from the publisher are misleading. This is not a book about Big Data. It is a book about distributed human networks using open source information technologies to achieve situational awareness with a speed and precision that the entire US secret intelligence community (which costs $100 billion a year) cannot match.
The Collin method enables people to excellarate (capabilities and knowledge) in very short time (months). Recently we succeeded in cooperating with several universities (Delft, Utrecht, Brussel). Firts project is about the potential of Collin itself. Since a month we are involved in an project called ‘rethinking systems engineering’ by INCOSE (international organisation of systems engineers). They asked us to bring in our method as a model for rethinking and boost SE with humans/subject as part of better engineering. Our holistic view is translated in the model that occurs to the ‘tower of life’. We call it Collin Universal Cooperation model. It contains all functions of reflection and creation we found, plus the relations between them (vertical and horizontal and crossing). The betaversion of this model to support complex work and engineering innovations of any kind will be ready early 2015.