Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Pachube is an on-line database service provider that allows developers to connect sensor data to the Web and to build their own applications on it. Its creator, Usman Haque, discusses it, reviewing what Pachube is, how it can be used, and examples of its value as a way to manage data. He argues that services like Pachube can take advantage of open data to discover and share information.
The Know Your Meme team gives this fast-tempo and seamless presentation of Know Your Meme as an important node of internet culture and folklore. Comparing themselves to American musicologist and folklorist John Lomax, they delineate the issues of internet meme-recording: even where you might think there's too much information, you still don't have any guarantee that it will be there forever.
How can cloud email and calendaring not only save $5 million but improve communication between staff? The City of Los Angeles CTO, Randi Levin, has embraced the next generation of IT services simultaneously cutting costs and enabling staff to access emails and calendars via web, mobile and desktop. Joined by Dave Girouard, President of Google Enterprise, Levin and Girouard answer questions posed by Tim O'Reilly about the unique challenges and opportunities of using 'the cloud' in government organisations.
Dr. Moira Gunn talks with WCG CTO and Media Officer, Bob Pearson, about how buying online has changed from E-Commerce to Pre-Commerce.
With memories of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami fresh in our minds, we hear Lisa Katayama deftly present her prediction that the 2011 earthquake will trigger a wave of innovation and reinvention. Katayama explores how the island of Japan and concerned people around the world used the Internet to cope and communicate in the aftermath. Pointing to signs of reinvention that are already noticeable, Lisa proudly declares Japan's willpower to overcome this crisis.
At Edmonds, the car-shopping site, "ads are our bread and butter," says Ismail Elshareef, Director of Front-end Engineering. But they needed more speed. Elshareef set a goal to have load events firing in 1.5 seconds, while maintaining the same number of ad impressions and ad events on the page. The Edmonds team worked through multiple solutions for minimizing the load latency of ads, and optimized an ad loader they plan to share as open source.
Dr. Moira Gunn dives into the world of Google, learning how it is changing the world around us from the pages of In the Plex: How Google Thinks, works and Shapes Our Lives, from Wired Senior Writer, Stephen Levy.
Dave Fetterman calls it a "match made in absolute heaven." The best social content is in the mobile world where things are actually happening. Social networks and mobile media are not just for users anymore, but are becoming channels for developers as well. Hear what is enabling this perfect storm of "mobile content" that is driving the way people interact with the web and each other.
After the earthquake in Haiti, a community of crisis mappers immediately began crowdsourcing open street maps in a way that has changed disaster response forever. Using an open source stack and simple collaboration tools to annotate image sets, usable maps were quickly put in the hands of rescue workers, allowing an unprecedented rapid response that saved lives. Many lessons, technical and operational, are shared on how to build and sustain momentum for rapid, meaningful data sharing that can dramatically impact relief efforts.
Are you experiencing slow load times on ad-supported pages? The optimization of display ad content is pretty well worked out, so frustrating delays are more likely to be the result of numerous HTTP requests related to two things: the complicated real-time ad-serving market and the tracking attached to ads in a market where advertisers are anxious to know ad effectiveness. But if viewers give up on waiting, that's all moot. Tony Ralph of Yahoo Ad Operations analyzes ads, identifies points of delay, and suggests standards.