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Dan Power

Greetings to all of my friends who work in the area of computerized decision support. This blog is a way for me to share stories from my encounters related to decision support, to comment on industry events, and to comment on other blogger's comments, especially those of my friends on the Business Intelligence Network. I'll try to state my opinions clearly and provide an old professor's perspective on how computers and information technology are changing the world. Decision making has always been my focus, and it will be in this blog as well. Your comments, feedback and questions are welcomed.

About the author >

Daniel J. "Dan" Power is a Professor of Information Systems and Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa and the editor of DSSResources.com, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized systems that support decision making; the editor of PlanningSkills.com; and the editor of DSS News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Dr. Power's research interests include the design and development of decision support systems and how these systems impact individual and organizational decision behavior.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Dan's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

As part of my Iowa Metaverse project (IowaMetaverse.com), I created a Ning. Ning is a Web 2.0 tool for creating "your own social network for anything". Supposedly Ning was a made-up word that does mean "peace" in Mandarin Chinese. Some of the Web 2.0 crowd talk about "ning ing" too.

The website was very easy to set up using the templates and so far it is free and advertising supported. So I had no costs to set up the network other than my time. The URL is IowaMetaverse.ning.com . The Iowametaverse ning includes photos, discussion board, hopefully videos, mashups ...

If you are an Iowan, a friend of an Iowan or former Iowan and are in Second Life or want to be, join my Ning. It is open for viewing.

Will the Ning (http://www.ning.com/)help in making decisions and building the Second Life Iowa community? I think so. More later as the experiment continues.

I will be traveling to Paris and Toulouse starting Saturday, June 28. My plan is a quick stop in Paris to see Tour Eiffel then fly to Toulouse to attend the IFIP working group 8.3 decision support systems conference. Check www.irit.fr/CDM08. I should be back in Cedar Falls by July 7, 2008.

Posted June 24, 2008 10:33 AM
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