Friday, September 13, 2013

INIT: INnovate with IT (Journal article): Five Information Technology Innovation Platforms


You can access this article free from Cutter www.cutter.com/offers/yeshasivan.html

During the last year I have been looking more deeply into the relations between Information Technology and the Innovation/venture scene. (for more about my research on Venture see http://www.collerinstituteofventure.org/.)

I'm thankful for the opportunity given to me by Cutter to outline some of the initial ideas: here's the abstract:
In this article, Yesha Sivan considers IT as the driver of innovation. He examines five kinds of innovation platforms:
  1. process innovation platforms, 
  2. generative innovation platforms, 
  3. ready-made innovation platforms, 
  4. technological innovation platforms, and 
  5. "build-your-own" innovation platforms.  
Sivan argues that in enabling, supporting, and building these innovation platforms, IT plays a crucial role in innovation. Find out how IT leaders can and should transform themselves into leaders of innovation!
 Thanks for reading. If you have more ideas re this. Please comment. Thanks.

Friday, August 30, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: JVWR ICIS2013 Workshop "Via the Looking Glass" Milan, Italy, Sunday 15-Dec-2013

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SAVE THE DATE: Milan, Italy; 15 Dec. 2013 13:00-18:00 (Location: Bocconi University, TBD)
JVWR ICIS2013 Event
Via the Looking Glass: Milan, Italy. Sunday 15-Dec-2013.
Time: 13:00-18:00
Location: Bocconi University, TBD

VIA THE LOOKING GLASS:
Live Demo of Google Glass, Oculus Rift & Reflection on 3D3C Worlds

Agenda:13:00-14:00 Gathering + Lunch
   Getting to know each other.

14:00-14:30 Intro to Google Glass + Demo + Q&A
     David Zakariaie, Google Glass Explorer. LA, CA; USA
14:30-15:00 Intro to Oculus Rift + Demo + Q&A
     Yesha Sivan, Tel Aviv; Israel

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-16:30 Invited talks --  TBD
    based on CfP: 3D3C Virtual Worlds - Topical Lantern Review

16:30-17:00 Lightning Talks
     Quick papers and budding research
 
17:00-17:30 Editors’ perspective: Advancing Research - Springer / JVWR
    David Gefen (Moderator), Yesha Sivan (JVWR, Managing Editor), Christian Rauscher (Springer, Editor, Business/Economics)


Abstracts:

Intro to Google Glass + Demo + Q&A
David Zakariaie, Google Glass Explorer. LA, CA; USA

In this presentation David who is one of the explorers in the Google Glass Explorer program will give us an overview of the Glass itself and its ecosystem:

•    Components of Glass
•    GDK (Glass Development Kit) and Mirror Api’s
•    Special Considerations (Privacy, Battery Life, Radiation)
•    Core Capabilities
•    Sample Application


Intro to Oculus Rift + Demo + Q&A
Yesha Sivan, www.dryesha.com


•    Components of Rift
•    SDK (Development Kit)
•    Special Considerations (TBD)
•    Core Capabilities
•    Sample Applications

Invited sessions

Based on JVWR issue CfP: 3D3C Virtual Worlds - Topical Lantern Review Review
•   TBD
•   TBD
•   TBD



Lightning talks

•   TBD
•   TBD
•   TBD

If you wish to present a poster and a short lightning talk about your work. The purpose of the lightning talk is to get to know each other, and give light to budding research.

Dates for Second Round:
15-Sep-2013: Poster & Lightning talk submission.
23-Sep-2013: Decision to submitter.
Send proposals to tzafnat.shpak AT jvwresearch.org

EdAdvancing Research - Springer / JVWR
David Gefen, MIS Prof. at Drexel Uni., Moderator with Yesha Sivan, JVWR Managing Editor, and Christian Rauscher, Editor, Business, Operations Research & Information Systems
Springer, Germany

David Gefen (gefend@drexel.edu) is a Professor of MIS at Drexel University, Philadelphia USA, where he teaches IS Outsourcing, Strategic Management of Information Systems, Database Analysis and Design, VB.NETprogramming, SAS and data-mining, and research methodologies. David has authored some of the most cited papers in MIS about trust and about gender in the context of IS adoption, outsourcing, and online markets. He received his Ph.D. in CIS from Georgia State University and a M.Sc. in MIS from Tel-Aviv University. Before becoming an academic David was a chief programmer and systems analyst, and then senior manager of a large logistics information system.  His research findings have been published in some of the leading journals, including MISQ, ISR, IEEE TEM, JMIS, Omega, and JAIS. David is an author of a textbook on Advanced VB.NET Programming Web and Desktop Applications in ADO.NET and ASP.NETin 2004 and a book on the Art of IS Outsourcing in 2011. David is currently a senior editor in MISQ, the leading academic journal in the Management Information Systems discipline, as was previously a senior editor with JMIS andDATABASE.


Looking forward to hearing from you,

Thankfully,

Yesha Sivan
Managing Editor, The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Professor at the Management Information System Program, Tel Aviv Academic College
Founder, 
Metaverse-Labs Ltd.

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

JVWR ICIS2013 Workshop in Milan, Italy, 15 Dec. 2013 1st Call




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SAVE THE DATE: Milan, Italy, 15 Dec. 2013
& 1st Call

JVWR ICIS2013 Workshop

Via the Looking Glass:
Live Demo of Google Glass & Oculus Rift, and Reflection on 3D3C Worlds


Part 1: Demos

30 Min Intro to Google Glass
David Zakariaie, Google Glass Explorer. LA, CA USA


In this presentation David who is one of the explorers in the Google Glass Explorer program will give us an overview of the Glass itself and its ecosystem:

•    Components of Glass
•    GDK (Glass Development Kit) and Mirror Api’s
•    Special Considerations (Privacy, Battery Life, Radiation)
•    Core Capabilities
•    Sample Applications

30 Min. Intro to Oculus Rift
Yesha Sivan, www.dryesha.com

•    Components of Rift
•    SDK (Development Kit)
•    Special Considerations (TBD)
•    Core Capabilities
•    Sample Applications

Part 2: Academic Seminar

Invited sessions, based on JVWR issue
CfP: 3D3C Virtual Worlds - Topical Lantern Review

Call for posters and 5-min Lightning talks
If you wish to present a poster and/or a short 5-min Lightning talk about your work, let us know. The purpose of the Lightning talk is to get to know each other, and give light to budding research.
Qualified proposals will also be invited to submit to 3D3C Book published by Springer

Dates for First Round:
15-Aug-2013: Poster & Lightning talk submission.
23-Aug-2013: Decision to submitter.

Send proposals to
 tzafnat.shpak@jvwresearch.org


More Information:
  • We welcome you to join our Facebook page 'theJVWR'
  • Follow us @theJVWR on Twitter
  • Subscribe to our mailing list (on the top left of JVWR homepage at http://jvwresearch.org/). No spam guaranteed (max. one email per week.) Note: Subscribing to our mailing list is different from being a JVWR user. To become a JVWR user (editor, author, reviewer) please see REGISTER on the right-hand menu of the homepage.
Looking forward to seeing you in Milan,

Thankfully,
Yesha Sivan
Managing Editor, The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Professor at the Management Information System Program, Tel Aviv Academic College
Founder, Metaverse-Labs Ltd.
JVWR Milan workshop ICIS 2013 life demo


© 2013 Journal of Virtual Worlds Research All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I have the oculus rift.

More later. Works out of the box: (see http://www.oculusvr.com/)

still learning...
- works much like vuzix from 3 years ago (http://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_wrap_1200vr.html)
- bigger screens give you fuller sense of immersion (resolution not as good as Glass)
- sensor very good.
- sound + video gives u a good feel.
- I loaded just one demo..
- Wire is annoying.
- Work OK with glasses.
- Ability to switch lens (a,b,c) sizes
lots to learn...



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Call for Volunteers = Free Tickets >> Milan INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Dec 15-18 2013

I'm on the board of this conference -- and you may get to visit it free ... if you care to volunteer.
Ohh... and you can come also to our Virtual Worlds event on Sun.

Introduction to ICIS
Milan INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 2013
DECEMBER 15 - 18, 2013 - UNIVERSITÀ BOCCONI, MILAN - ITALY

ICIS is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), which has over 4,000 members representing universities in over 95 countries worldwide. It is the most prestigious gathering of academics and practitioners in the IS discipline, and provides a forum for networking and sharing of latest ideas and highest caliber scientific work among the IS professions. Each year, over 1,000 IS academics professionals from around the world participate in the conference program, which includes about 60 sessions and 180 presentations, in addition to keynotes, CIO panels, and research panels.
In 2013 ICIS will be hosted in Bocconi University, Milan.


Call for Volunteers
Traditionally, the organization of ICIS conferences has always been supported by highly motivated and skilled volunteers. The idea behind having volunteers is to support the growth of junior people involved or interested in IS topics by giving them the opportunity to attend the conference in exchange of a small effort. 


Benefits of being volunteers at ICIS
Enriching your CV
ICIS is the most prestigious international conference on Information Systems. Having such an experience in your CV is pure value added.

Being exposed to state-of-the-art scientific and practitioner knowledge
ICIS gathers the top academics and practitioners of the sector from around the world. This is an invaluable opportunity to learn from the most skilled people in the IS field.

Networking
ICIS does not only represent an event to deliver knowledge and experiences but it is also social event. Being involved as volunteers allows you to develop relationships with the most notable IS experts.


Schedule and effort required and
ICIS Conference will be held from December 15th to December 18th however other ancillary meetings will be held starting from December 14th. Volunteers are not asked to be on duty all the days.
Volunteers are asked a minimum of 15 hours of service in order to receive a complimentary conference registration. 
A complimentary conference registration admits to all conference events.
In particular:
  • paper sessions
  • keynote session
  • meals
  • social events. 

Volunteers  Job Description
Volunteers may be involved in different activities. Following some examples of the possible main tasks.

Registration 
Job Description: Assist conference attendees with registering procedures. Distribute name badges and any other materials.
Volunteers must be proficient in English, friendly and hospitable.

Greeters and Directional
Job Description: Greeters have the office of answering attendees questions and helping them to navigate through the various areas of the Bocconi University.
Volunteers must be proficient in English, have a good sense of direction, outgoing, knowledgeable of Milan downtown area and willing to understand the layout of the meeting spaces. 

Paper Session Monitors
Job Description:  check-in presenters, make sure all needs are taken care of and perform session head counts.  Monitors will remain in or directly outside the rooms at all times.
Volunteers must be proficient in English, outgoing, not afraid to ask for help

Poster Session
Job Description: provide assistance, where needed, to the poster presenters. 
Volunteers must be proficient in English, outgoing, not afraid to ask for help


Selection Process
Volunteers will be selected based on their CV, motivation and availability.
If you are interested please, fill the form available in the Volunteers section of the ICIS websitehttp://icis2013.aisnet.org/.

Please, remember to:
  • upload your CV
  • explain the reason why you would like to become a volunteer
  • mention your availability constraints, if any (remember that the main conference will be held from December 15th to December 18th but on December 14th there will be other important meetings).

For any question you can contact the Volunteers Coordinator:
Prof. Marco Sampietro

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

18..20-Jun-2013: Facing Tomorow Peres Conference in Israel


I partake in many events. This  Facing Tomorrow Peres Conference in Israel is the most valuable in terms of diversity of ideas and caliber of people. The focus of this conference (now in its fifth year) is the Human Factor. Indeed a good focus. I have made amazing connections with top level innovators from all over the worlds. This is a merge of the global and the Israeli.

Get all the details here.


I will end with a quote by Peres:
“My experience has taught me that people tend to underestimate the tremendous ability within them, and yet mankind has the power to make a difference to ensure the betterment of our collective tomorrow. The test of leaders lies in understanding this truth. Their role is to set the goals and pave the routes to free the power and wisdom within all of us. Leaders should govern less and serve more.”
 Shimon Peres

Monday, May 20, 2013

29-May-2013: My Talk at Lingnan HK University: 3D3C Augmented Reality: A New Place for Innovation.

Date: 29 May 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 14:00-15:30
Venue: SEK 210 2/F Simon & Eleanor Kwok Bldg.
Langauge: English

I have the great pleasure to give this review talk at Lingnan University.
About Lingnan from Wikipedia:
Lingnan University (of HK, China) is one of the eight government-funded universities in Hong Kong, which represents its status as one of the top eight colleges of higher education in the region. Its main campus is located in suburban Tuen Mun, close to the West Rail Station Siu Hong.
The Lingnan University administration believes that it provides students with a quality education distinguished by the best liberal arts tradition from both East and West. It attempts to adopt a whole-person approach to education which enables its students to think, judge, care and, ultimately, act responsibly in the changing circumstances of Hong Kong, the region and the world.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Protect Yourself:The One Action U MUST do: 2-step verification in ALL major tools: Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Apple ID.

Adding 2-step verification to gmail is EASY

Israel is now being "attacked" (more liked being annoyed). One of the core challenges is stealing user passwords.(and yes, it can cause lots of demange -- if you are in the US see http://www.privatewifi.com/someone-stole-my-identity-now-what/).

People ask me a lot what to do. There is lots of advice out there... but people are often busy.
So I want you to do ONE THING (if you are like many people using gmail).

Please, plz, PLEASE -- use 2-step verification. I have been using it for 12 months and it is simple.
Adds just a bit of hassle, but works -- it will cut your cummuliative lots by 95% if your password is stolen.

It is basically easy -- but you do need to read and understand it (understand what to do when you do not have a phone).

Here's a short video about it:

And, while you are at it. Do it also for facebook and your other tools:


* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150172618258920 (works very well).
* Apple ID: https://appleid.apple.com (cant say if it is easy, I just added it).

* Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/help/363/en (did it, easy).
* Google: http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=180744 (a MUST)
* Microsoft: partially implemented -- I never use it. Google it -- or shall i say Bing it.

Even more info: see http://www.howtogeek.com/130844/secure-yourself-by-using-two-step-verification-on-these-16-web-services/


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book I Read: Race Against the Machine << the Impact of Information Systems on Jobs



This book is about jobs (lack of) and information technology (more and more of it) the main claim is strong and one that should be read by every student as they plan their future. The second part (about the potential) cover in short (too short) the potential. Lots of links to prime sources (which I like much).

Personally, I think we should plan for zero growth economy. Together with the nature of Digital products -- the books of economy needs to be re-written.

Written by two MIT/Harvard guys Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfeem it sums up the impact of technology (especially of IT) on jobs.

Erik Brynjolfsson is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, Chairman of the Sloan Management Review, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-author of Wired for Innovation: How IT Is Reshaping the Economy. He graduated from Harvard University and MIT.
Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist and associate director at the MIT Center for Digital Business at the Sloan School of Management. He is the author of Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges. He graduated from MIT and Harvard University.

A perfect read for 3 hrs if you have time in your kindle. :-)


Saturday, March 23, 2013

CfP: 3D3C Virtual Worlds -- Topical Lantern Review -- JVWR Special Issue and Workshop


 
 
 
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CfP: 3D3C Virtual Worlds -- Topical Lantern Review -- JVWR Special Issue and Workshop in Milan, Italy December 15, 2013

Editors

Yesha Y. Sivan, Metaverse-Labs and The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo School of Management and Economics, Israel.
Maged N. Kamel Boulos, University of Plymouth’s Health Informatics, Devon, UK.
David Gefen, Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Abhishek Kathuria, Hong Kong University’s School of Business, Hong Kong, China.

* Lantern - see at the end of this call why we chose this image.

Note: First Deadline May 19, 2013 -- Authors submit a proposed 2-page extended abstract or initial papers (see full deadlines schedule below.)

Motivation and Scope

The first thematic issue of our 7th year (next year) will focus on a literature review of 3D3C worlds according to specific topics. The issue will connect with our JVWR workshop in Milan, Italy, on December, 15 (as part of AIS ICIS 2013). (The issue will also be a base for a proposed book, where we will expand on this theme.)

For this issue, “topical review” means a review of corpus of knowledge on one aspect of virtual worlds. It can be a classic literature review, a more formal statistical meta-analysis or other forms suggested by authors.

For this issue, "3D3C Worlds" is defined as a combination of four factors:
  • 3D as in three dimensional representation of worlds as seen in Google Earth, Augmented Reality, 3D printing and the like;
  • Community as in the collection of people work, play and act together. Consider Facebook and Twitter as one example, and enhance it by the dynamics of World of Warcraft guilds;
  • Creation is the ability to create new artifacts, as seen for example in Second Life or in Open Source movement;
  • Commerce is the ability to harness these previous factors to gain monetary real value (consider Bitcoin, exchanges, etc.)
The issue will be combined of three sections: Applications, Technologies and Policies, each includes several papers:
  • Applications: Medical, Commerce, Defense etc.
  • Technologies: 3D, AR, Money, etc.
  • Policies: Standards, Privacy, Taxation, Legal, etc.
We have initial submissions in the following topics:
  • Collaboration
  • Medicine
  • Learning
  • ART
  • Taxation
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Applications
  • Defense related virtual worlds
  • Relations and Love and virtual worlds
  • Ambient Life
  • Music and virtual worlds
  • Virtual Worlds for Sales
Technologies
  • The state of GPU
  • Measuring virtual worlds
  • Sensors
  • Robotics
  • Virtual Worlds and mobile
  • Virtual worlds and the web  (HTML5)
  • 3D Printing
Policies
  • Economics and Virtual Worlds
  • Privacy
  • Avatar rights
  • Legal rights
  • Standards (open vs. close)
Submission Instructions

Interested authors should submit a two-page extended abstract by the deadline indicated below. Authors will then be invited to submit original scholarly papers of up to 7500 words including footnotes, references, and appendices. All submissions (abstracts and papers) should be made via the JVWR publishing system (see http://jvwresearch.org > About JVWR > For Authors). All submissions will be reviewed under our double open policyhttp://jvwresearch.org/index.php/2011-07-30-02-51-41/for-authors.

Accepted papers will be published in Volume 7, Number 2 (2014) of the Journal (subject to change).

Questions? email us to: info AT jvwresearch DOT org

More about JVWR

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (http://www.jvwresearch.org/) is an online, open access academic journal that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship. JVWR welcomes contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that intersect with virtual worlds research. Virtual worlds ignite a continuously evolving area of study that spans multiple disciplines. The JVWR editorial team looks forward to engaging a wide range of creative and scholarly research.

Deadlines and Timeline

March 23, 2013 - Call published
May 19, 2013 - Authors submit proposed extended abstract or initial papers
June 3, 2013 - Editors make decisions about proposals
August 4, 2013 - Authors submit full paper
September 2, 2013 - Editors return review report and initial decision
September 29, 2013 - Authors submit revised paper
November 3, 2013 - Editors return final comments and decision
December 15, 2013 - ICIS JVWR workshop (Milan, Italy)
January 12, 2014 - Authors final submit, based on comments, directly to JVWR coordinator
February 16, 2014 - Publication: Q1 2014

Connection with 2013 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013)


Authors with accepted and conditional accepted papers will be invited to the ICIS 2013 Milan workshop, where we will meet with the editors, fellow authors, and other JVWR community members.

p.s. Why Lantern?

The field of virtual worlds is vast, interconnected and expanding. In this issue, we take a review lantern and shed some light on some of the fields' sides. Clearly, we will not cover everything. We will often see shadows and not the full image. Ultimately, we hope to encourage further exploring of the field.

More Information

We are also happy to let you know of the following:
  • Our next issue Metaverse Assembled (2013),led by Leonel Morgado, UTAD - ECT, Portugal & Nelson Zagalo, University of Minho, Portugal will be published mid-April 2013.
  • The 2012 Orlando Augmented Reality workshop was interesting and successful. Summary, presentations and pictures are available on our site, special page events.
  • Check our web site's special page on events in our field for updates.
  • Review past issues on our website's specialall issues cover view page.
  • We welcome you to join our Facebook page 'theJVWR'
  • Follow us @theJVWR on Twitter
  • Subscribe to our mailing list (on the top left ofJVWR homepage at http://jvwresearch.org/).No spam guaranteed (max. one email per week.)Note: Subscribing to our mailing list is different from being a JVWR user. To become a JVWR user (editor, author, reviewer) please seeREGISTER on the right-hand menu of the homepage.
Spring is in the air with our best wishes for a Happy Easter to all.

Thankfully,
Yesha Sivan
Managing Editor, The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Professor and Head of the Management Information System Program, Tel Aviv Academic College
Founder, Metaverse-Labs Ltd.
 
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