I love Wordles (for a free online generator see http://www.wordle.net/). Sometimes a word-cloud can say a lot about the content. For example, below you see a wordle for all Lotusphere (errh, Connect, errrh ConnectED) session abstracts combined from 2000 up to 2014:
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Below you will find wordles for each year from 2000 to 2014. Fun to see how company name changes, and how the focus slighty changes from year to year. The wordles has been created by extracting the abstracts from all the session-databases I have archived, using the cool tool named Wordaizer.
Before diving into the wordles themselves, I thank Ben Langhinrichs from Genii Software which assembled all the abstracts into an easy-to-use Notes database for over a decade! You might even get the old session databases from the links I provide at the end of the article.
I also thank Mat Newman and more, which has taken over the last two years and created the session databases for 2013 and 2014.
Why are the session databases important?
For some reason IBM has created their own Session Preview Tool, which allows you to find sessions and their abstracts. Right now it looks like this:
I find the interface above un-intuitive and hard to use. Yes, you can get a list, but I can’t tweak it the way I want! Perhaps I am just too old…
I have allways liked the Notes-version much better – you know what you get when you have it in a Notes database!!
Long live Notes!
Click Read more below to see the wordles year by year!