O’Reilly Media, one of the most successful tech publishers of the last twenty years, announced a new API and API contest today. Contests and hackathons are a pretty popular way these days to get people using your API. Anyways, they also published a piece called “3 ways APIs can benefit publishers” which should, in turn, better understand the opportunities.
Selcen asked me to come in and lead a conversation this coming Monday, the 21st. I’d love your input on what you’d like me to prepare. To help with this process, I’ve created a Google Doc anyone can edit. Please add questions you’d like answered or topics you’d like addressed under the “Questions or topics to be covered” subhead. Also, feel free to hit me with any questions in the comments of this post. Thanks in advance.
Please feel free to access for reminder on things we have discussed. Also feel free to embellish and add new words as you see fit!
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I added a page for the Prelim Tech Plan and the Tech Observation. You can access it by navigating to the Tech Immersion category on your menu bar. They are both under Assignments.
Please post your responses to your blog and add the assigned TAG to the post.
Additionally, we are going to be having a data vis lunch at the end of this month. Rebecca Shapely from Google Fusion will be stopping by to help us with the data we have put together. Continue reading
Happy Weekend Everyone,
Tomorrow we will be heading off to Pivotal Labs in Union Square for the wonderful Google Fusion talk with Hacks/Hackers. The talk will be hosted by developer relations engineer Kathryn Hurley from the Bay Area. I am very excited to see what they have in store for us.
Below are a couple of old but fun data visualization related presentations from Ted Talk
Hans Rosling (the entertaining Swede in the second video) created Gapminder to animate his data ever so effectively. The software behind Gapminder; Trendalizer, was acquired by Google and is currently only used by Google Labs.
This looks like it could be a great asset for keeping an eye on what the world wants from the web. It may also help you understand who to focus on as far as your business market is concerned.
I don’t think enough people know about it yet though. Maybe we can contribute by spreading the word?
It doesn’t really have any “how to wish” instructions, but it looks like you just tweet them to @theiwl
additionally, in the spirit of our guest this Monday (Mike Haney) who will be discussing the topic of interactive publishing (for mobile devices — on which we will be going into further detail toward the end of the term) check out this article from Forbes Mag. It presents a series of principles and thought processes in regards to publishing articles in a web-based or digital format.
Their argument is essentially that the digital medium is indeed a different medium and should be treated as such when delivering content–something we all know in theory but tend to not see in practice.
See you all on Monday!
Just a reiteration of last weeks assignment: Continue reading
We seem to be hearing a lot about the cloud lately. And it seems to take on two forms: One that speaks to consumers as a magical service that frees them from the confines of an office (omitting any explanation on how it works or why it should be trusted) and one that speaks to server administrators and technicians in a language that most of us can’t understand (with little explanation on how it applies to consumers).
Here is a cheat sheet and some videos on the cloud that take into account both ends of the spectrum and attempt to simplify the concepts around it.
As promised, I have compiled a brief overview of WordPress basics we went over in class. Also included is a .pdf on plug ins and a few choice plug-ins that I think are highly useful. Continue reading