Tag Archives: web 2.0

Google's Project Glass

I gave a talk a month ago on what trends were going to shape organizational applications over the next five years, and a couple of those design forces were the increasing ubiquity of mobile compute endpoints and augmented reality/interaction with your environment. Google has just released some information, pics and video on [Project Glass](https://plus.google.com/u/0/111626127367496192147/posts) that indicate that they have been working on something big that fits into that space for awhile. Continue reading Google's Project Glass

Udacity continues Massive online course

I wrote [earlier](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/03/08/interview-with-center-for-21st-century-universities/) about Norvig and Thrun’s experiement with massive online courses and how it would impact on the university model this century. I am now following another link in the experiment, [Udacity](http://www.udacity.com/). Continue reading Udacity continues Massive online course

Tablet ownership amongst students growing rapidly

I have been predicting the increase of tablet computing in the general endpoint ecology for some time, and others have been there with me. Just last year there was a [study](http://bit.ly/mhKtaN) which showed that students were ready to go to tablets to read, and there is the general drive to get [ebooks](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/21/new-entrant-in-the-etextbook-market-amazon/) onto campuses. Now Pearson has released a survey of student ownership of tablets that needs to be factored into where the endpoints are going to shift over the next couple of years, in what I predict will be an accelerating fashion. Continue reading Tablet ownership amongst students growing rapidly

ID provisioning with clouds

The architectural ideal is to have a single source of authority for identity and AuthN/Z claims, hopefully based on something nice and open like LDAP. Then we began to see lots of federated identity solutions entering with SAML type federations. This, and SaaS solutions in the cloud take us back to the days of multiple identity silos maintaining duplicate (at least partially) records of identity. SaaS providers even see this identity that they maintain as a business asset with which they can create stickiness with their platforms. Questions arise in terms of comparisons of internal provisioning with cloud use models, typical workflows and functions required for cloud provisioning, synch of id profiles and attrs, and what motivates SaaS providers in terms of identity stores. Continue reading ID provisioning with clouds

OpenData for UK Government pushing Semantic Web development for government transparency

[The UK Government recently committed to more open data](http://consulting.talis.com/2011/07/uk-government-commits-to-more-open-data/) when David Cameron announced the broadening of the publicly available government data with the publishing of key data on the National Health Service, schools, criminal courts and transport. This is a huge boon to anyone wanting to build intelligent apps that are data driven to allow for intelligent analysis of government actions and programmes. Continue reading OpenData for UK Government pushing Semantic Web development for government transparency

RDFa in TinyMCE for semantic web content markup

[TinyMCE](http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/) is a nice, ajax compatible, platform independent web based Javascript HTML WYSIWYG editor control released as Open Source under LGPL by Moxiecode. TinyMCE has the ability to convert HTML TEXTAREA fields or other HTML elements to editor instances. TinyMCE is very easy to integrate into other Content Management Systems. [RDFaCE](http://aksw.org/Projects/RDFaCE) is an online RDFa content editor based on TinyMCE. It supports different views for semantic content authoring and uses existing semantic Web APIs to facilitate annotating and editing of RDFa contents. The RDFaCE system architecture consists of three layers: Rich Text Editor, RDFaCE plugin and External Services layer. Continue reading RDFa in TinyMCE for semantic web content markup

Google Labs shutdown – was it a data-driven decision?

Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and a co-creator of the amazing innovation culture at Google, continues to [sharpen] the company’s focus by now [shutting down Google Labs](http://searchengineland.com/google-labs-to-be-closed-86575) as seen in this announcement of [more wood behind fewer arrows](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/more-wood-behind-fewer-arrows.html). This is all being done to prioritize Google’s product efforts. But what does it say about the data-driven culture of companies like Google and Amazon, and what does it say about Google’s long term innovation culture. Continue reading Google Labs shutdown – was it a data-driven decision?