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Most of the findings in this entry are from personal reflection from my experience with the above community source projects, talking with colleagues involved in a variety of open source projects, and blogs and writing from across the web.

Delightful software in community&Open source software

When I first heard my fellow Sakai board member, CIO Brad Wheeler from Indiana University, refer to “user delight” as a strategic goal, I was slightly uncomfortable. The term “usability” is so much more utilitarian and sets a nice solid, non-evocative baseline. Don’t get me wrong, I want the BEST user experience possible, but “delight?” So I ask you, why not “user delight?” In fact, shouldn’t usable software simply be the bottom line? If we are going to be in the software development business, shouldn’t we be aiming to, at the very least, satisfy, and even better, create an experience that is welcomed — even sought after! Wouldn’t that be success?! In fact, when I step beyond my prudishness and my fear of failure, I do agree with Brad. Community and open source communities, where higher ed IT shops are striving to create superior software “by academia and for academia” are ideally positioned (at least theoretically) to achieve user delight. However, in order to do this we need to carefully examine the skills and resources and sometimes-unusual alliances that may be required to be successful in achieving this goal.

To begin, let’s be clear, poor usability in software applications is not relegated solely to the domain of open source. Many a commercial product has been slotted for demise – often prior to launch — because of poor usability. Indeed, as evidenced in many a UI listserv, UI design faces challenges in communicating its value across the spectrum of workplaces (spend a day or so on the IXDA list to observe this). Clearly usability problems are not the sole reason for what is reportedly an over 70% failure rate of software projects. But I would hazard to guess that if you are willing to broadly define usability as “a useful and satisfied user experience (UX),” and not just solely issues related to interface design, that a large portion of these failures are likely to indeed be tracked back to usability. While many of the symptoms experienced by commercial and open source development teams are similar, I expect that the solutions applied will often, and necessarily, be different in order to accommodate the cultural and organizational differences between the environments, as reflected in Eric S. Raymond’s “ The Cathedral and the Bazaar .”

I have attempted to outline some of the challenges to the development of a delightful user experience in OSS and Community Source products from the perspective of those projects coming out of higher education for higher education. Many of these issues are interlacing and multi-layered and I don’t expect to create an all encompassing list, but to at least capture a general survey of some of the salient points.

Distributed development teams — the good, the bad, and the inevitable

One of the huge benefits of developing open source products is that development can happen anywhere — and hopefully it does! In order to enable these distributed development teams to deliver in a timely manner, it is often necessary to create frameworks that allow the creation an implementation of loosely coupled tools. From many perspectives, this is a good thing to do: organizationally it allows open source teams to work efficiently (eliminate the coordination costs), and architecturally it provides much greater flexibility.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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