On the subject of APIs…

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.

Looking for input on Monday’s technology immersion class

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.

New Tech Assignment Pages

To all,

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

The Internet Wish List + an Article

http://theinternetwishlist.com/

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!

Shedding Some Light on the Cloud

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.

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