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re.vu [re.vu] is the newest contender in the race towards 'instant' infographics of your professional resume. Similar to visualize.me, re.vu connects to your LinkedIn profile to automatically retrieve the necessary data which then turns up as infographic imagery on a beautiful webpage with a dedicated URL.
Next to choosing a visual theme, adding a downloadable hard-copy version, and fine-tuning and illustrating the pulled LinkedIn data, re.vu seems to offer quite some more features than visualize.me. For instance, re.vu allows people to add several layers of alternative information to further spice up the online resume in a remarkably easy way.
Additional infographic features include 'vital stats' (numerical facts that appear as cool-looking badges), 'job duties' (% of responsibilities that appear as donut pie charts), 'interests over time' (appearing as smooth, overlapping timelines) and 'percentages' (dotted graph), next to several more. Other add-on features include a dashboard revealing the web analytics of the infographic page, such as the number of visits and downloads of your resume, as well as a QR tag creation tool that points to the URL and can be added to business cards and the like.
In the future, re.vu plans to introduce premium accounts, which should deliver value-added services such as personal branding and promotion missions. Even more, the infographic resume is considered only "as a starting point", and other avenues are planned.
So the obvious question is: which one is better, from an aesthetic versus readability perspective? (you could, for instance, compare the two renditions of my own LinkedIn profile: re.vu and visualize.me version, as test case)
In a guest post for the Online Journalism Blog, Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti explains how participants at an open data event helped crack open data on German aid spending. This post was originally published in German at Hyperland.
How does the foreign aid of Germany support other countries? The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) releases no details, although about 6 billion euros is made available for aid every year. Now the Open Knowledge Foundation in Germany has broken down the data ? with the unintended help of the OECD.
Until now it was a mystery to the German public which countries benefit, and to what extent, from their government?s spending on foreign aid: the BMZ publishes only a list of the countries that receive aid (PDF). It was also not known which particular sectors in these countries were being supported.
For the political scientist Christian Kreutz, member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, the BMZ database for development aid was just disappointing:
?The relevant information is scattered, little data is available in open formats and a breakdown of financial data such as project expenses is not yet published.?
In the course of the Open Aid Data Conference in Berlin, participants decided to tackle the situation. They noted that there has long been a public database at international level which explains the expenditures at a larger scale: the BMZ regularly reports its data as part of ?Official Development Assistance? (ODA) to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, better known as the OECD.
Now the data is also available on the website Aid Data.
For two days Christian Kreutz wrangled with the data sets, then he presented his first results on a new open-data map. More than half the ODA payments come from the BMZ, the rest come from other ministries. Kreutz concludes: ?Hardly any country receives nothing.?
Interestingly, not only classic developing countries are supported. The lion?s share goes to BRIC countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China which have profited from high economic growth for years.
Russia received around 12 billion euros in the years 1995 to 2009, China and India around 6 and 4 billion euros respectively.
Current sites of conflict receive quite a lot of money: Iraq received 7 billion euros, with the majority coming from debt cancellation. A similar situation is found in Nigeria and Cameroon.
In comparison Afghanistan and Pakistan receive only about 1.2 billion euros.
Even authoritarian regimes benefit from German development aid: Syria received around 1 billion euros. A large proportion of the money is spent on debt relief as well as water and education projects.
Interestingly, however, some European states received more money: Poland got 2.8 billion, mainly going into the education sector.
EU aspirants Serbia and Turkey received 2 billion euros each.
Payment information was also combined with data from the Economist on democratic development. Here a kind of rule of thumb can be recognised: countries which are less democratic are encouraged.
Egypt, for example, not only received support for water projects and its textile industry, but also for its border police ? by an unspecified federal ministry.
The new aid data map does not break down numbers by donors yet. But it could do so, as the detailed OECD data supports it.
Christian Kreutz has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the BMZ to get further data. But the ministry is already showing signs of movement: a spokesperson said that project funding data will be published soon on the ministry?s website.
The interesting question is how open and accessible the BMZ data will be. Recipients of ODA funds can not be inferred directly from the OECD database. Open data activists hope that the BMZ will not hide the data behind a restrictive search interface to prevent further analysis, à la Farmsubsidy.
La revista literaria colombiana El malpensante nos ofrece estos divertidos consejos, útiles para todo aquel que deba sentarse a escribir y quiera evitar algunos de los errores más típicos.
I discovered ideacious while researching dining room tables. It?s a fascinating concept: ideacious brings together two complementary crowds: buyers and creators. As a buyer you can shop like you would at any other store, or you can buy products before they?re made. When you do that you not only do your part to bring awesome products into being, you could also make some coin along the way. Buyers can shop for two types of products: products that are available now and products in preorder. And with the preorders is where it gets exciting: These are products waiting for enough buyers to produce their first manufacturing run. By preordering a product ? that is, putting your money down on an item before it has begun production ? you are bringing it closer to being made.
www.ieadcious.com, support creators
It?s all too easy to post embarrassing content on Facebook, but photos involving nudity are another matter thanks to the site?s strict rules governing that area. That?s where the Obscura app for iPhone comes in, giving users a way to tweak their photos accordingly so that they can still be shared via social media.
Created by Belgian ad agency Famous Interactive for lingerie brand La fille d?O, Obscura is a free app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that allows users to tweak their photos, ?hide sensitive data or just add some suggestion and turn any innocent photo into something funny,? in the company?s own words. Users begin by taking a photo with their iPhone or selecting one from their photo library and then choosing a visual filter to ?censor? it. Options include black rectangles, stars and mosaic patterns that can be strategically placed to cover up revealing areas or disguise someone?s identity. Once the photo has been made suitable for all to see, it can then be shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr.
The world may be becoming increasingly spicy due to what our sister site calls the maturialism trend, and this app allows La fille d?O to make the most of that while still playing by the rules of social networking. Other entrepreneurs and marketeers: if you can think of similar hurdles getting in the way of your social media campaigns, you may just have stumbled upon your next innovation?
Spotted by: Bjorn Verbrugghe
Dual SIM phones have been on the market for the past decade and have become increasingly popular in India. Now, Indian mobile manufacturer Micromax have recently released a new model with three-way axis motion sensors ? called the X395 Convertible ? which allows users to switch network simply by shaking the phone.
Micromax is one of India?s fastest growing mobile brands. The X395 Convertible comes with a dual SIM, MP3 player and a preloaded Opera Mini web browser. The three-way axis motion sensor will detect any shake or twist performed on the handset, enabling the user to change their SIM card, skip music tracks, or turn the phone on to silent during an in-coming call, with a small movement. The phone also features a video recorder, a 2.4 inch screen, supports GPRS, WAP, MMS and Bluetooth, and has 3 interchangeable back panels in black, red and yellow. Handsets start from INR 2,050.
As phones increasingly offer more and more functionality, it is often the case that many users find navigating the phones? menus a more confusing and frustrating process. Micromax seem to have found a simple solution.
Spotted by: Manoj Nahar
Regular Springwise readers may have noticed the numerous citizen-journalism platforms that we?ve featured recently, allowing the public to direct reporters to the action, leave comments and add detail and imagery to stories. Now, inviting the public to interact with the actual publication of the paper, the Winnipeg Free Press in Canada, has opened a café in the city centre where three of their employees work permanently, giving the public direct dialogue with newspaper staff.
The Winnipeg Free Press has a circulation of approximately 116,000 from Monday to Friday, and is the first newspaper in Canada to open a news café. The café ? fully decked with Winnipeg Free Press branding ? serves up a menu of locally-sourced, organic dishes to office workers, while also functioning as the workspace of the newspaper?s multi-media team. Open daily, it also hosts special events organized by the newspaper, such as book readings, music gigs, and earlier this month it streamed the live results of the Manitoba election, followed by a Q&A session with café guests and audience members. The café gives the public open access to journalists and editors, and reporter Lindsey Wiebe says ?it?s about turning the organization outwards?. Members of staff are also encouraged to have meetings there. Hoping to attract a larger, younger audience, the paper claims to have seen increased social media presence as well as more visitors to the café, which suggests that giving a face to the newspaper has succeeded in boosting community engagement.
It seems accessibility and transparency is the order of the day, and just last month we saw the Seattle Police Department open their virtual doors to the public, tweeting emergency calls as they were received. This is a trend sure to touch newspapers and other institutions worldwide, don?t get left behind!
Spotted by: Murtaza Patel
La sentencia llegó, quién sabe por qué medio, a alguien de la Agencia Efe, que la leyó en diagonal y emitió uno de los cables más falsos de los últimos tiempos: "El juez Del Olmo considera que llamar ?zorra? a la esposa no es un insulto? se extendió como la pólvora, apoyándose en la gran cantidad de gente que solo lee los titulares (en el mejor de los casos), pero los extiende como si fueran información de primera mano. Pues bien, leamos la frase original que motivó la sentencia:...
etiquetas: opinión, medios, periodismo, juez del olmo, justicia, polémica, zorra
In a world where nano-porous materials in our clothes can make deodorant unnecessary, it may seem almost old-fashioned to continue to apply perfume to our skin. That?s certainly the view of the team behind Swallowable Parfum, an innovation that allows users to swallow a capsule to produce a fragrance that emanates from within.
Created by Amsterdam-based artist Lucy McRae along with synthetic biologist Sheref Mansy, Swallowable Parfum is essentially a capsule containing synthetic fragrant lipid molecules that mimic the structure of the fat molecules naturally found in the body. When those lipids get metabolized by the body?s enzymes, fragrant molecules are released and excreted through the skin?s surface through perspiration. The skin, then, serves as an atomizer for the tiny droplets of fragrance that are left behind, and the strength of the resulting scent is determined by the individual?s acclimatization to temperature, stress, exercise or sexual arousal. The video below explains the premise in visual detail:
McRae and Mansy are currently still in the research phase of the creation of Swallowable Parfum, which they announced in August. Perfume houses and fashion brands around the globe: one to get involved in early?
Spotted by: Bjorn Verbrugghe
Regular readers of Springwise may remember Skoog ? the musical instrument designed specifically for children with special needs which we featured late last year. Now, hoping to help others with developmental disorders, Auti is a new toy designed by Helen Andreae for children with autism.
Andreae developed Auti as part an assignment for her Industrial Design degree at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Drawing on observations of a close friend?s autistic child, she noted how autistic children often found it hard to play with others due to a lack of control over their voice and body. This frequently scared other children away when they were trying to make friends. In an effort to improve interactions, she collaborated with child specialists to develop Auti, an interactive toy which helps teach autistic children positive play behaviors. The toy contains programmable sensors that can detect touch and sound, shutting down in response to negative behavior such as screaming and hitting, but responding positively to gentler behavior such as stroking and soft speaking. Auti is animal-like in appearance and action, designed to appeal to children with varying degrees of autism and to stimulate their imagination. Currently still a prototype, Auti is suitable for children aged six months and above, and Andreae claims she would like to broaden its functions for a range of teaching applications before considering producing Auti commercially. The video below explains Auti in more detail:
According to Altogether Autism, for every 10,000 children in New Zealand, 38.9 have a form of autism. Could this be a worthwhile product to invest in?
Spotted by: Gabriel Vanduinen
Tras dos días sin noticias oficiales, RIM por fin ha decidido explicar de forma muy difuminada el problema que ha mantenido en vilo a muchos de sus usuarios durante dos días.
Como ya comentamos cuando te explicamos cómo funcionan los sistemas de RIM, Blackberry no es simplemente un teléfono sino que el verdadero potencial de su plataforma es en realidad el servicio asociado que proporciona RIM por medio de sus propios servidores, controlando en todo momento el tráfico y añadiendo entre otros seguridad en las comunicaciones, aspecto muy apreciado por las empresas, el núcleo vital de clientes de la compañía.
Esta forma de funcionamiento significa que el todo el tráfico (correo, navegación, mensajes instantáneos, convocatorias de reunión?) de todos los terminales BlackBerry pasa por uno de esos servidores centrales situados en Canadá, Estados Unidos y Gran Bretaña.
Según ha explicado RIM, cuando el servidor principal falló, el core switch ? un switch que colocado en el nucleo de una estructura de red, solo se encarga de la conmutacion de paquetes a maxima velocidad ? no desvió el trabajo de gestión al servidor de respaldo que debe actuar en estos casos y los teléfonos Blackberry se quedaron sin comunicación al exterior más allá de la que le daban las operadoras directamente sin pasar por RIM. De ahí que las propias operadoras se hayan apresurado a desviar las iras de sus clientes hacia los canadienses.
Ese fallo se produjo el primer día, pero una vez solventado, la cantidad de gestiones y datos que se acumulaban en los servidores de RIM provocó que la red Blackberry se cayera de nuevo al no poder soportar tal cantidad de información al mismo tiempo e incluso que se extendiera más allá del territorio EMEA afectado el primer día.
Esta vez, el sistema personalizado de RIM que tan bien ha posicionado a la compañía principalmente entre las empresas, se puso en contra de RIM frente al funcionamiento menos centralizado de sus rivales, encabezados por Android e iOS. Sin explicaciones detalladas de la compañía, cuesta analizar si el problema ha sido una mala casualidad o un descuido de RIM en cuanto a escalabilidad de su servicio en una época en que Internet y el tráfico de datos en nuestros smartphones es brutal.