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The Mysterious Eva

Just when I thought there were no good transliteration puzzles left, a Japanese site leads me to EVA, aka the European Voynich Alphabet, developed to decipher the Voynich manuscript. I’m voting for it being someone’s personal invented language (possibly several languages), but I’d be really really interested in playing with the full text if it ever gets released online.  I just hope it doesn’t upset too many Welsh librarians.

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What CrisisCommons learnt from RHOK1.0

Last weekend (4th-5th June 2010) was the second Random Hacks of Kindness, aka RHOK1.0. RHOKs are hackathons designed to rapid-prototype software that can be used to manage information before, during and after crises like the Haiti earthquake. RHOK was one of the entities born out of the first CrisisCommons camp (other entites included CrisisCamps and the Aid Information Challenges), and because of this and its closeness to the CrisisCamp aims, CrisisCommons has always kept strong ties with the RHOKs. Lesson 1: Ask for help if you need it.  Crisiscommons realised last month that RHOK organisation was in trouble: we helped where we could, and the RHOK organisers were gracious enough to accept that help. We couldn’t save RHOK1.0 London (two weeks to go and no announcements, no organisation and most crucially no venue arranged in a town that’s getting harder and harder to find BarCamp venues in) but we did manage to…