The Next Web Many parts, loosely joined.

Timothy M. Kunau, MS
MinneWebCon ‘08 April 14, 2008

O’Reilly ETech 2008

O’Reilly GSP 2008

The Next Web 2008


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Making things talk

•Arduino •Dash •OpenSpime •tweet

Blog entry during a recent conference:
Today, I built a device from an Arduino micro-controller, resistors, wire, LEDs, and pressure sensors. Wrote and downloaded a program into the micro-controller. Ran the program which connected to a server over the Internet so I could play a collaborative game of ‘pong’ with my butt. It was technical, social, and graphic. It was a good day.


So, if your world could talk, what would it say?

•Your dog? •Your cat? •Your car? •Your house?
“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”
Cartoon by Peter Steiner. The New Yorker, July 5, 1993 issue (Vol.69 (LXIX) no. 20) page 61

Open Source Hardware

I see no social imperative for free hardware designs like the imperative for free software. Freedom to copy software is an important right because it is easy now--any computer user can do it. Freedom to copy hardware is not as important, because copying hardware is hard to do.
On "Free Hardware" By Richard Stallman - Linux Today, 1999

• Making Things Talk Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects • By Tom Igoe • September 2007 • Pages: 428 • ISBN: 0-596-51051-9

Location Awareness
• Where am I? • GPS cars • GPS phones • GPS watches • Where are you? • My children? • My spouse? • My boss?

Yahoo: Fire Eagle
Fire Eagle is the secure and stylish way to share your location with sites and services online while giving you unprecedented control over your data and privacy. Still in beta, always in beta? Privacy issues may prevent early adoption. Other services are appearing.

Other services are appearing

Place Matters
•A topology of weak and strong ties between communities. •Social encounters between physical and digital spaces. •Physical and digital worlds shape each other. •Lurking is an important skill.

The thin straw and the postage stamp
• On-line and Off-line • GoogleApps • Adobe AIR • Plasma TVs and AppleTV • Phones and not phones • Tap is the new click. (Zach Johnson, Semantic and Accessible HTML) • Small screens will be the norm.

MegaPhone, the game.

Web native Vis

• Paperback: 382 pages • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc. (January 11, 2008) • Language: English • ISBN-10: 0596514557 • Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.9 inches • Weight: 1.6 pounds • Average Review: 3.5/5

•Pixels are your friends. •Start by showing everything. •Filter with selective blurring and/or highlighting. •Use direct manipulation and put sliders on it. •Make everything a URL. This is an automatic API. •Bespoke vis.

The Cloud
• Storage Consolidation • Amazon S3: Simple Storage Service • Werner Vogels, CTO

Identity Consolidation
• OpenID:

Semantic Web: universal way to represent all kinds of information, placed anywhere on the net
Jack Person

Who knows biology?

Cell Biology Topic

Protein Synthesis Article

Subscribes to

Friend of Bookmarked Read Jill Person Read Fan of Reads Fan of Lost TV Show Depiction of Sue Person RSS Feed

Sister of

Computer Security Blog

Depiction of

123.JPG Photo

Author of

Dave Person Member of

W3C Standards: RDF, OWL, SPARQL

Two principle opportunities on the web:
•distribution: data is created and controlled by autonomous individuals all over the world. •connections are complicated and messy: large collections of data, many numbers of data types and formats; few of which talk to each other.

Mere access to information is insufficient.

•We need new tools to explore and combine data in meaningful ways. •The Semantic Web presents data in a machinereadable format so computers can aggregate data and make inferences about relationships between certain types of data. •Moving from Data to Story.


•Give everything a URL •Give everything an API •Use your API •Pipes and Mash-ups will rule.

Why you should care.
• Distribution: data will continue to be created and controlled by autonomous individuals all over the world. • People are social animals. • Social connections are hard and messy: integration isn’t always possible. We must find new and clever ways to re-combine existing distributed resources.

• The key problems are social. • Technology is easy by comparison.

The old way creates a tree. The new rakes leaves together. -- David Weinberger


Thank You.

Timothy M. Kunau, MS
MinneWebCon ‘08 April 14, 2008