Trends: Kids Tend to Read Digital More

From Report: Kids Tend to Read Digital More Than Print By

A recent report by the National Literacy Trust in the United Kingdom surveyed 35,000 kids, whose ages ranged from 8-16. It stated that 39% of children and young people read on electronic

devices every day, whereas only 28% read printed materials

daily. The number of children reading ebooks has doubled in the last two years from 6% to 12%.

If this trend continues, imagine the impact on:

  • Design of Books
  • Material for books
  • Delivery options from owning to loaning
  • Interaction design with books not just by readers (see what Kindoma is doing)
  • Book distribution
  • Libraries (virtual libraries, personal libraries)

India’s IT and ITeS Services

From India Budget Services Sector:

India’s IT and ITeS services with exponential growth are a unique export-led success story which has put India on the global map. While India has achieved a brand identity in this sector, other developing countries are trying to emulate India’s
example. Besides its impact on growth (both direct and indirect), it is also a provider of skilled employment both in India and abroad, generating direct employment for nearly 2.8 million persons and indirect employment of around 8.9 million in 2011-
12. The IT-ITeS industry has four major subcomponents: IT services, business process outsourcing (BPO), engineering services and R&D, and software products.

The IT and ITeS sector has started facing competition from any developing countries. While the EU has the highest share in computer and information services exports, followed by India and the USA, many new competitors like China, Israel and the Philippines have emerged in recent years. Between 2005 and 2011, the annual average growth of computer services was
69 per cent in the Philippines, 28 per cent in Sri Lanka, 59 per cent in Ukraine, 27 per cent in the Russian Federation, 37 per
cent in Argentina and 35 per cent in Costa Rica. Even if in some cases the export values are relatively low, the average annual
growth of computer services in these economies is well above the average of the top exporters.

Internet of Things – Hydra Project

Internet of Things (IOT) is one of the emerging technology trends. Some indications of useful applications of IOT are given by the Hydra project team.

With Hydra, all manner of devices such as electricity meters, TV sets, refrigerators, stereos as well as heating and lighting systems, can be networked without having to know what goes on inside them.Existing devices can be adapted to work with Hydra. “We are delivering a device  development kit where you could integrate the middleware into the devices,” Eisenhauer says, “but you can make use of it with existing devices and Hydra-enable them as long as they have a certain computing power.”

Another major application is expected to be in healthcare, especially the monitoring of patients in their own homes. The partners have set up a demo using networked sensors measuring body weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen saturation. A muscle sensor gives warning of an epileptic fit.

“So we have different kinds of technologies – ZigBee, Bluetooth and others – all covered by our network manager within Hydra,” says Eisenhauer. “And then just to show that we can also use off-the-shelf devices we have used a Wii balance board as a weight scale and have connected it to our Playstation 3.”

This article describes many areas including Agriculture which can benefit from this initiative. Hydra opens up several possibilities, especially for innovative social applications, a ripe area for student projects. You can get more information on such exciting projects from ICT Results.

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A Couple of Twitter Trends

It is interesting to watch Twitter take off.  Over the past few months, I have seen increasing adoption of Twitter.  Here are a couple of trends worth mentioning.

eZines on Twitter

I think this is a great idea. I follow several ezines (the latest being IDG Connect). I found some of them through Twitter Search and others through links in their email alerts. Here are some advantages:

  • You learn about new articles and webcasts as soon as they are ready (right now many ezines still do a batch mode bursts of Tweets but hopefully that will change).
  • There is finer granulartiy of information. Since each article link is a separate Tweet, you can individually reply to or Retweet, announcing it to your own group of followers.
  • You can also selectively bookmark (favorite) individual articles
  • If you are interested enough in that area, you can even start a group or a Friend Feed room

Even though I used to receive the same information in an email form, when it comes as several Tweets, I am able to do more with it with more convenience.

Twitter Packs

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed one of my friends Tweet about Semantic Web Pack.  Since it is one my areas of interest I followed the link to see what it was. To my pleasant surprise I found these:

  • A Twitter pack is a collection of individuals/bots,  Tweeting about a certain topic. It is like a BOF (bird of feathers) group that I normally participate in conferences.
  • This was in fact a pbwiki application where you can simply follow all the people in a pack (or selectively follow a few)
  • There were several useful and interesting packs

It gave me one click access to my special interest group. Even though I could have done the same (with some difficulty) using Twitter Search, this was so much easier.

Trending Topics

One of the easy ways of following hot news is to subscribe to bots that track  Trends.  It is  a nice way to follow conversations and growing interest in certain topics on Twitter. Two trending bots I follow are Trending and Real Time Trends.

LinkLog: Technology Trends

From TopicMinder alerts: Tech Trends

  1. Relational Modeling? Not as we know it! This topic deserves a post of its own. I have been reading up a bunch of stuff on flexible database design, using semantic technologies to ease schema evolution and a bunch of other interesting ideas.
  2. 1CThe distributed social web 1D
  3. Semantic Microblogging
  4. A lightweight ontology for annotating offerings on the Web
  5. A Scalable, Transactional Data Store for Web 2.0 Services
  6. Speaking the Language of the Brain (Video – Building a scientific base for the human mind)

Trends: Aggregating Search Data to Predict Trends

This blew me away. I have used Google trends once in a while. But Google Flu Trends describes a really innovative application of search data and trends to predict the spreading of Flu in USA. Watch the animation as well.


Each week, millions of users around the world search for online health information. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season, more allergy-related searches during allergy season, and more sunburn-related searches during the summer. You can explore all of these phenomena using Google Trends. But can search query trends provide an accurate, reliable model of real-world phenomena?

We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for “flu” is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries from each state and region are added together. We compared our query counts with data from a surveillance system managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discovered that some search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in various regions of the United States.

If you can do this with search data from one search engine, imagine what you can do with actions that follow search (even though most of that may not be available to Google and other search engines). What if all the searches and clicks are anonymized into statistical data and consolidated into one global (open) linked data?

  1. Percolation of News? (tracking news items search and clicks on news articles)
  2. Spread of product/service awareness? (searches following advertisements in different medias)
  3. Trends in economic activity from distributed data instead of just looking at the major market indicators?

I would certainly love to know when the economic activity is stabilizing or up trending so that I can get some leading indicators.

It is interesting to note that this analysis is from Does that mean other non-profits can get access to this data?

Technology Trends

I gave a talk on Technology Trends and Gleaning Opportunities at TiE Chennai today. It was gratifying to hang out with the participants and swap stories. I just uploaded a copy of the presentation (in PDF format). Here is the link –  technology-trends-jun2008

I also uploaded a copy on slide-share. Here is the link to the presentation.

I would love to hear from you. I am going to keep updating this presentation and incorporate suggestions. I am also planning to spend some time expand my list as well as tools for tracking trends.

Technology Trends – A List

Here is a small sample of trends in software.  This is work in progress. I will keep updating it frequently. Instead of waiting till I have my full list, I thought I may just publish this crude list and get some feed back. Some trends are current (like Web 2.0) some of them are future (Semantic Web). Over the next few weeks, I will revisit and keep adding to the list. If you think some thing should be included here, please add your comment. If you have a blog or discussion on trends, you can add that link too. Some of these trends are great blog topics too.

Each trend is an opportunity (or several opportunities). These trends create new jobs, transform existing jobs and the way we live.

Application Development AJAXRich Internet Applications – Microsoft’s Silverlight, Adobe Flex, Open LazloWeb Frameworks – Ruby On Rails, Django

Scripting Languages – Python, Ruby

Parallel Programming – Haskell, Erlang

Database XML databases and XML support in relational databasesNew query languages – SPARQL

New query interfaces to languages – LINQ

Open Data  – Freebase, DbPedia

Streaming Databases, Continuous Query Languages

Web Data Stores – Amazon’s SimpleDB, S3

Information Distribution Podcasting, Screencasting, VideoCasting, Blogs, Wikis, Micro-blogging, Portals, Feed Readers
Information Mining Text AnalyticsA wiki for text analytics
Software Agents
Information Sharing and Collaboration Knowledge ManagementWikis and Portals, Social Bookmarks, Video Conferencing
Information Visualization A Periodic Table Of Visualization Methods
Interaction AIML – Alicebot and othersTouch/Multi-touch/Surface  – iPhone, Microsoft Surface
Laptops for Learning Triggered by the visionary OLPC effort, this is a broad movement that may spark several new trends in cheaper, better laptops and several innovative interfaces for interaction.This leads to a broader trend on mlearning – mobile learning. Learning content on cell phones.
Mashups An easy way to combine services in hours, days, weeks triggered by Web ServicesWatch for  Enterprise Mashups, Mashup Tools, Languages for Mashups
Mobile and Wireless Open Mobile Platforms – ex: AndroidLocation based mobile servicesWiMax, 3G
Mutli-core Intel is promising a 32 core chip by 2010. What do we do with all that power. Where are the programmers and programming tools for leveraging this trend? How can we use a multi-core chip in every device from a PDA to a computer?Parallel Programming – Techniques, Tools, Research, Initiatives
Services Software as a ServicePublishing as a ServiceMentoring as a Service – MentornetKnowledge Sharing Services – Wikipedia, Wikibooks, LibriVox, WikiHow
Services Infrastructure On Demand Computing, Elastic Computing, Cloud Computing  – Amazons ECS, Google’s AppEngine
Search Collaborative Search – Like Wikia
Contextual Search – Yahoo’s Y!Q and Eurekster Swicki Powerset
Semantic Web Semantic Wikis – A wiki on steroids
Linked Data – FreeBase, Twine, DbPedia
Social Applications Is Social networking site a service or infrastructure? Should it be a layer on the web?Social Networks – Facebook.Others to watch OpenSocial, Ning, LinkedIn,Social Networks in the Enterprise,FriendConnect, OpenData, Data Portability, OpenId
Web Services and SOA Web Services are the new breed of application components. Popularized by Amazon, web services are growing at a rapid pace. You can get a list of publicly available services at Programmable Web


Top 10 Disruptive IT Trends – CIO Insight


WebTrends Map 2008 – A clickable Map

MarkMail – a tool for parsing mailing lists and providing trend information

LinkLog: Cool Mashups

It took a while for me to get back to my Google reader. I was going through the list of mashups from Programmable Web  and here is what I found.

Complete Schools

Education reference site based on US Department of Education data embedded with Yahoo Answers to deliver relevant questions and answers about colleges and universities in the United States.

The really cool thing  about this mashup is that I discovered a bunch of other “Answers” applications, notably one for Facebook.


Aggregates search trends from Google Trends and Yahoo Buzz. A complete list of the trends is supplemented by Google Search Results, Blog Search Results, News Results, Image Results, Book Results, Yahoo Search Results, and MSN Live Search Results.

Mashup of LinkedIn Questions and Answers 

This is a RSS feed that contains mashup of Linkedin Questions RSS feed and Linkedin Answers published on the Linkedin website.

Search Exploder

This uses two Yahoo pipes chained together. The first searches a default list of RSS feeds for terms you provide. The results are processed and an extra link is added that calls a pipe to run a Yahoo Search to give more details about the article topic.

It is a cool Yahoo pipes app.  There is a great idea in it somewhere. I can imagine some interesting possibilities with some recursion thrown in.


A mashup of tags with a Yahoo Pipe containing aggregated results from Blogger, Technorati Google Blog Search and several others. Click on a tag to see what people in the blogosphere are saying about that topic today

Does sound delicious (no pun intended). One of the coolest mashups I have seen in a while. I just wish it had a language filter so that I can see just English language blogs.