Report from VW-LEM

March 16th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

I am finally finding time to document some of the thoughts that I had in the context of the VW-LEM. I used the occasion of a panel discussion to bring these up at the conference, and I thought it might be worth capturing that moment here as well.

More virtual worlds events

February 28th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

I have had more meetings in the real world on the subject of virtual worlds in the last few weeks than in the last year! Well, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but there have been several. I mentioned the talk at SF MOMA the presentation at San Jose State School of Library and Information Science and the arts and humanities conference.  Earlier this week Dave Kamalsky and I shared some time on the agenda of the  Virtual-Worlds Consortium for Innovation and Learning workshop at SRI International.  And tonight I am doing a virtual world demo for a business class at UC Berkeley.  Unfortunately this last event is on my plate because Jean Paul Jacob is in the hospital and will not be able to make it in person.  It will be nice to visit Berkeley again, where I lived for a year as a child in a house on Hopkins Street, within earshot of Memorial Stadium.  It continues to astonish me how the social network of the virtual world is connecting me and reconnecting me to so many people and places in the real world!


February 28th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

Is it possible

to recognize a blessing


but appreciated

with gratitude


If so

that’s how I feel

about a lot of things

these days.

Virtual worlds for arts and humanities research

February 20th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

I invested this past weekend in an interesting workshop sponsored by the Federation of American Scientists and the Mellon Foundation, and hosted at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. This was an event that lived up to its billing as a gathering of leading scholars and technologists exploring the use of virtual worlds technologies for research in the humanities. As the first of three such events, this was a great success in terms of stimulating good questions and dialog. From my point of view, the issues raised here transcend the humanities, but the focus on humanities puts an interesting perspective on the subject.

Presentation at SLIS

February 16th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

Earlier I mentioned that I was going to give a presentation on my experiences in, and thoughts about, doing serious work in virtual words to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.  This turned out to be a very entertaining experience, at least for me.  A surprising number of people came in person, to hear a colloquium that is really designed for distance presentation.  I always wish I had more time, because there is just so much going on in virtual worlds, and it would be even more fun to demo sights and sites.

Virtual worlds conference on libraries, etc.

February 10th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

It is not quite too late to submit a proposal for a demo or presentation, and it is most definitely not too late to sign up for participation in this conference.  This is just one of the many “spare time” activities that I have enjoyed as a result of participating in virtual worlds.  I have become good friends with people in the Alliance Library System, who have the rich environment of Info Island and surrounding Second Life territory.  This has  put me back in touch with my library roots, and fun things are happening. like presenting at my alma mater, SJSU.

Wladawsky-berger on living businesses

February 4th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

I will be coming back again and again to the theme of the architecture of businesses as living human social systems.  As one anecdotal point that business executives (even very technically minded business executives) actually think that way, I want to capture this post from Irving Wladawsky-Berger’s blog.  Not all blog posts deserve to be ephemeral, and maybe some good cross linking will make sure they don’t get lost!

Systems: an ontological viewpoint

February 2nd, 2008 by dougmcdavid

Before getting back to the more detailed subjects that I mentioned in this post on a business architecture viewpoint, I thought I should say a few words about the concept of a system.  This is fundamental, not only to my thinking about business, to my thinking about everything.  What I am doing here is making a statement about my personal ontology — the way that I view the world.

A reasonable working definition of system is “a set of interacting or interdependent entities, real or abstract, forming an integrated whole.”  This is very broad, and I intend to use it in the broadest possible sense.  From this perspective anything we can call out for consideration can be considered a system.

Virtual world art at SF MOMA

January 31st, 2008 by dougmcdavid

Earlier this week I had an amazing opportunity to help bridge two important locations in the world of art. Now, this is an area where I have absolutely zero credentials to be participating, and yet, somehow, it seemed to work. It worked in particular thanks to three virtual world arts celebrities who graciously agreed to help out

Missing the BAWG of TOG

January 28th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

Interesting week this week.  The Open Group is holding a quarterly meeting in San Francisco — as local to me as it will ever be.  But I’m consciously NOT representing IBM in the meetings of the Business Architecture Working Group (BAWG).  This is part of my resolution to stop maintaining any illusion that my views on the subject of business architecture represent IBM, or vice versa.  IBM has embraced business architecture fairly substantially lately, but not in a way that I can recognize as my understanding of the architecture of businesses or other enterprises.  I hope to stay in touch with the BAWG.  There are some very good thinkers there, and people I count as friends.  This is a strangely painful and liberating moment all at the same time.

A viewpoint on business architecture

January 20th, 2008 by dougmcdavid

We are hearing more and more about the concept of business architecture these days, as a specialized professional area of expertise. What follows is a personal viewpoint, developed over a number of years of study and experience. 

In the context of growing interest, it is fair to ask, “What is the specialization that is represented by business architecture?”  In answer to that question, I like to turn the phrase around and ask, “What do we mean by the architecture of a business?”

A time for fresh starts

July 9th, 2007 by Doug McDavid

This weekend signaled a season of changes in my life.  My younger daughter turned 21 (after a long daily countdown!), and we marked that event by a wonderful dinner for a few family and friends at the restaurant where she works.  Amanda has been very grown up for quite a long time, so this was the legal system and formalities catching up with her maturity.  But this also represents the first time in 38 years that I have not had a daughter who is not an adult.

Welcome to dougmcdavid.com

July 3rd, 2007 by dougmcdavid

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