Which David Ing is this?

If you're trying to navigate your way through my web sites, you'll see that I maintain a number of web personas. This web site is pretty well the only one where I'm really an individual. As a result, it's flow may be less formal, and may meander a bit more than the others. On my community web sites, I confer with my co-authors. On this one ... I just do it!

In traditional characters, my name is 吳禮維 . In simplified characters, that's 吴 礼维 . In pinyin, it's wú lǐ wéi. In Unicode, that would be U+5434 U+79AE U+7EF4 . Chinese names have meaning, sometimes rooted in poetry that a native-speaking scholar could interpret. The surname 吳 is the 10th most popular Chinese surname, and could be translated as "great" 2500 years ago. The given names 禮維 translate as "gift; propriety; rite", and "to preserve; to maintain; to hold together; dimension". Putting all of those meanings together is difficult.

Here's a map of the web sites accessible on the menu bar.


Some people call their online activities lifestreams, which aren't quite as extensive as the lifestream idea espoused by David Gelernter, and might be more properly called activity streams. I prefer to call my activities on the Internet "webstreams". These are aggregations of my activities found across multiple web domains.

While most people use Twitter as a communication channel, I use it as a messaging platform, so that my blogging and microblogging show up as a webstream. I do occassionally send public messages on Twitter to individuals (rather than sending e-mails), but generally prefer to blog (even short messages).
An open source, federated social network on Mastodon. In 2017, I first tried mastodon.cloud/@daviding, eventually finding the lack of focus producing a lot of noise relative to my interests. In 2018, I moved to scholar.social/@daviding , and discovered the perils of a single moderator emphasizing political correctness. The move a few months later to the Qoto (Question Others to Teach Ourselves) community has revealed multiple moderators with an interest in being helpful.
Diaspora (daviding@diasp.org)
An open source, federated social network that I joined in 2011. This platform doesn't seem to be catching on.
Google+ profile
Prior to 2018, when I read interesting articles, I posted them onto Google+, and that content gets syndicated to other web places (e.g. Facebook). This service is being deprecated in 2019 by Google, so we'll see what happens to the history.


Photography has been a longtime hobby for me, so capturing images doesn't seem so much like work.

Distractions, reflections
This is my personal weblog, which has evolved into a photoblog. The label of distractions, says that I should probably be doing something else productive, rather than writing in a blog for leisure. The label of reflections, says that I'm looking in retrospect, which also means that I'm not especially concerned about time lags to publication. On this blog, is an irregular trail of places I've been, and people I've seen. I try to leave the names a bit ambiguous, but if you've met me in person, you may have heard me mention some of these people.
Moments | daviding.tumblr.com
Friends seem to enjoy more frequent short updates rather than infrequent massive trip descriptions (of which I have many). Moments is a mobile-friendly way to repost images from my Piwigo photostream into the blogging format that can get picked up by Twitter. The Creative-Commons-licensed Flickr photostream of photos uploaded prior to November 2018 may or may not persist.
This is another channel for the Moments photostream that mobile device users seem to prefer.
From my private archive of snapshots, I've figured out ways to make a subset optimized for viewing over the Internet as webphotos, as downsampled images and in slideshows. This is updated irregularly, in batches, as it takes time to relabel all of the images to make them easy to find at a later date.

Blogs (weblogs / diaries / journals)

My thoughts are posted on the Internet, when they come up. I try not to write anything I might regret later.

Coevolving innovations in business organizations and information technologies
This is my professional weblog. My prior employer, IBM, was encouraging blogging as a way to build community in the larger business ecosystem. You'll find this weaving between high-level business strategy, hands-on web technologies, and some academic research.
David Ing, in brief
Distinct from long-form blogging (that can take hours), I want an outlet that may take a minute or two for a comment, that isn't restricted the 140 character limit imposed by SMS text. The messages from here can be easily syndicated to other places.
Media Download Queue -> Coevolving Innovations
If you see me walking or bicycling with an earphone in one ear, I'm almost certainly listening an prerecorded interview, lecture or saved teleconference that I've downloaded from the web. Listening to authors is a short cut to having to read more, and sometime the ideas come out more clearly. Maintaining a listening log helps me find significant influences that shape my thinking.
Coevolving Commons Digests
Notes taken in real time in conferences and meetings (after 2006)
Systemic Business Salon
The Systemic Business Community was the community web site started back in 1998, and thus certainly the oldest of the artifacts. It originated as subgroup of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, in particular the Special Integration Group on Systems Applications in Business and Industry. This was a loosely coupled group centered on the systemic approaches an essential foundations to good business. This blog has mostly been superseded by web publishing becoming easier for each of us as individuals. A static version of the 1998-2009 content has been extracted from the original dynamic web site.
Systemic Business Community Digests on Systemics, Business and Academics
Notes taken in real time in conferences and meetings (1998-2005)


I prefer not to send large files by e-mail, so many of my artifacts are on the web.

Coevolving Commons Publications
If I'm speedy, I'll have a presentation on the web before I give a talk. There are links to formally-published (journal) articles, and generally downloads of preprints if copyright becomes an issue.
Systems Thinking II course (muo-e8004) in the Master's Program on Creative Sustainability (February, 2016) at Aalto University, Finland
In collaboration with Susu Nousala, I taught the advanced required course in Systems Thinking. The students, in 8 teams, produced infographics about ideas that resonated with them.
Two Systems Thinking courses (CS0004 and CS0005) in the Master's Program on Creative Sustainability (2010-2011) at Aalto Univesity, Finland
In a collaboration with Aija Staffans and Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, I lead on content in two new courses in the Masters's program in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University (while I was 80% permanent part-time at IBM). The engagement and context are described in an article published in the ISSS Hull 2011 proceeding. The 2011-2012 sessions were delivered by Gary Metcalf, and the course through 2015 was taught by Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen. The 2011-2012 course materials remain available as open courseware (under a Creative Commons license) for interested parties.
Rendez (2006-2008) research project
In a collaboration with Minna Takala and Taina Tukiainen, I was a co-researcher in a two-year research project (September 2006 - September 2008) centered in Finland, on innovation implementation and innovation measurements. The research was associated with a master's degree program at Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia that has evolved to become the Masters's program in Industrial Management at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
Works in process
I've discovered that one good way of writing and redrafting papers it to use a wiki. In particular, I really like DokuWiki, which is designed specifically for non-fiction writing (e.g. footnotes). Parts of this web site are password-protected. (A requirement of dissertation work is a demonstration that it's truly and independent work). If you really want to see the content, just ask!
Unpublished works
There's some writing that really doesn't belong on the Systemic Business Community -- such as lectures that I did off the cuff, or homework assignments for graduate studies(!) It may be useful to someone on the Internet, however, so you're welcome to look at it.


Ing Family
As apart from my own webmastering, some of my family have content on the Internet. Since my sons have grown up, the have their own web domains. Why IngWu? "Ing" is an anglicization from my grandfather. "Ing", sometimes known as "Ng" in anglicized Cantonese, and is "Wu" in standardized Mandarin (in the Pinyin phonetic spelling). My paternal side is from the Kaiping / Hoyping area in China, and my materal side from the Taishan / Toisan / Hoisan county. In particular, the my father's village is west of Kaiping, on the river, at Lougang / Lowkong (visible in the satellite view from Google Maps), on the north side of the river. There's a variety of names of "wu" in Chinese surnames. Our character is found properly spelled on ingwu.com.
Snapshots (digital photograph archive)
I maintain the full archive of my photographs (since late 2002) on the web. The volume should make them uninteresting to anyone but the archivists. You either know the password to access them, or you don't.

People looking for professional connections can look me up on on LinkedIn. I'm easy to find on Facebook, but since my activity is the web is so open, I reserve Facebook for family, and friends as close as family.