Fairteilen - Fair Trade Guerilla Marketing Operation Started
Friday July 28th 2006, 9:03h
Filed under: Development Cooperation

Today we published a press release of the StopArmut 2015 campaign for the new fair trade promotion activity called “Fairteilen”. It starts with a contest finding the most creative slogans for fair trade demand cards like “Ich bin fairliebt!”. Have a try and win a CHF 200 check for shopping at Coop or a nice fair trade hammock from claro fair trade!

Make love, not unfair trade ;)



Research on Product Strategies like Nokia 770
Thursday July 27th 2006, 18:26h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, Linux, Research

Congratulating Sebastian to his new Nokia 770, I had the idea to start investigating the product strategy of Nokia concerning this model. By using Debian Linux on this first Nokia mobile device without telephone functionalty, they applied an innovative model of corporate community building for its release. Among the actions is an intense free revealing of knowledge resources, a hot topic in today’s research on emerging innovation models. Also the director of the program, Ari Jaaksi is talking already with academy.



Data Crunching at ETHZ
Wednesday July 19th 2006, 12:00h
Filed under: ETH Zürich

On my way to learn how to crunch data empirically, I encountered the great number of very interesting statistical lectures at ETHZ Seminar for Statistics. Especially “Angewandte statistische Regression” and “Angewandte Multivariate Statistik” seems interesting for my level of statistical experience, so I check out now if the lectures are repeated in the following terms. The nice thing is that almost all scripts, the lecture’s exercises and even their solutions are available online, so if I weren’t too lazy self-study would suffice ;) And even for those who don’t want to attend anymore lectures but seek answers for a specific problem, there is a solution: the Statistical Consulting service at ETHZ:

The Statistical Consulting service is open for all members of ETH, including students, and partly also to other persons. Please contact beratung@stat.math.ethz.ch Tel. 044 632 2223. Students and researchers can get advice for analyzing scientific data, often for a thesis. We highly recommend to contact the consulting service when planning a project, not only towards the end of analyzing the resulting data!



Bibliography Reference Management with JabRef
Wednesday July 12th 2006, 13:50h
Filed under: ETH Zürich

One of the central tasks of PhD students is to manage literature; on the one hand for their own thesis, on the other hand for their prof’s publications. So here’s how I managed the technical part of this duty during the last 6 months at ETHZ:

  • I use JabRef, a great platform-independent open source software for bibliography reference management.
  • For anybody who is interested in similar areas of research, that’s my 164-publications-repository of papers about organization science, knowledge management, innovation management, open source software etc. (PDF only available on request)
  • JabRef has a lot of great features, one of them being a very format-open application with various import and export functions, saving the reference list database in the BibTeX format.
  • JabRef lets you also categorize your papers in multiple groups (see screenshot below), add the abstract to each reference and link the papers to their corresponding PDFs if locally available.
  • In the customized field workingstatusmatthias I write down why I referenced the paper and if I’ve already studied it (unfortunately most of the papers still lack this latter property ;)
  • To get an ordered and correctly formatted list of 130 references for a publication of my prof I searched for the bibliographic data, added the references to a specific group, copied them into a new JabRef database (idea by Christian Beermann) and exported them as a formatted RTF file.
  • Since the journal’s format guidelines are clearly defined I needed to create a customized export filter. Here it is, the almost correct JabRef RTF layout for references in Organization Science!
  • The only thing I couldn’t archieve yet is the particular author format Org Science requires: e.g. von Krogh, G., I. Nonaka, M. Aben, which is basically an abbreviated list of authors, beginning with the last name of the first author and adding the remaing ones in the firstname lastname-order. So it’s necessary to program this specific author formatter class in Java, add it to the source code/jar file and implement it in the Orc Science layout files. Anyone who has done this is warmly welcome to report it here ;)

Screenshot of my JabRef collection of publications

Update 2007-06-12: This week I had to export about 70 references according to MIS Quarterly literature format so I wrote a simple RTF JabRef exporter for MISQ.



Doctoral Students Team Completed!
Tuesday July 11th 2006, 14:16h
Filed under: ETH Zürich

This week, Zeynep Erden joined our doctoral students team at ETH Zürich - warmly welcome!

Peter, Zeynep and me



DJ Georg
Friday July 07th 2006, 14:26h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, Private

This Wednesday, Peter Jäger and I went to St. Gallen in the elephant club to listen our profs D.J. session at the HSG semester end party. Was a funny night……. ;)

DJ Georg

Georg, me and Peter



Review Third StopArmut Meeting in Bern
Wednesday July 05th 2006, 9:23h
Filed under: Development Cooperation

Our small group of volunteer activists for the campaign StopArmut 2015 met again on June 20, 2006 in Bern, amongst others preparing for the Fairteilen contest. Here is the review of the meeting (in German).



Ubuntu in Bern
Tuesday July 04th 2006, 23:21h
Filed under: Ubuntu

Mathias Born writes in the Berner Zeitung about his experiences with Ubuntu.



Special Issue of Management Science on Open Source
Monday July 03rd 2006, 13:08h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, Research

Today I received the notice of Georg von Krogh the special issue of Management Science about open source is now publicly available. It includes the following list of 11 highly interesting research papers about open source software and community research:

  • “The Promise of Research on Open Source Software”
    by Georg von Krogh and Eric von Hippel
  • “Understanding the Motivations, Participation, and Performance of Open Source Software Developers: A Longitudinal Study of the Apache Projects”
    by Jeffrey A. Roberts, Il-Horn Hann and Sandra A. Slaughter
  • “Motivation, Governance, and the Viability of Hybrid Forms in Open Source Software Development”
    by Sonali K. Shah
  • “Exploring the Structure of Complex Software Designs: An Empirical Study of Open Source and Proprietary Code”
    by Alan MacCormack, John Rusnak and Carliss Y. Baldwin
  • “Strategic Interaction and Knowledge Sharing in the KDE Developer Mailing List”
    by George Kuk
  • “Location, Location, Location: How Network Embeddedness Affects Project Success in Open Source Systems”
    by Rajdeep Grewal, Gary L. Lilien and Girish Mallapragada
  • “Two-Sided Competition of Proprietary vs. Open Source Technology Platforms and the Implications for the Software Industry”
    by Nicholas Economides and Evangelos Katsamakas
  • “Dynamic Mixed Duopoly: A Model Motivated by Linux vs. Windows”
    by Ramon Casadesus-Masanell and Pankaj Ghemawat
  • “Entry Strategies Under Competing Standards: Hybrid Business Models in the Open Source Software Industry”
    by Andrea Bonaccorsi, Silvia Giannangeli and Cristina Rossi
  • “Open Source Software User Communities: A Study of Participation in Linux User Groups”
    by Richard P. Bagozzi and Utpal M. Dholakia
  • “The Architecture of Participation: Does Code Architecture Mitigate Free Riding in the Open Source Development Model?”
    by Carliss Y. Baldwin and Kim B. Clark

Update: Also ETH life reports about the Special Issue on open source software.



Research about Digital Divide
Sunday July 02nd 2006, 19:48h
Filed under: Development Cooperation, ETH Zürich, Research

Today I answered an email of Jamil Khatib on the F/OSS Discussion mailing list on opensource.mit.edu giving links to the various sources of research about the Digital Divide and explaining, why I didn’t decide to write my doctoral thesis about open source and development cooperation.