Web components used in the ClinGen app

A few years back I watched Joe Gregorio’s 2015 OSCON talk and was deeply impressed by the core message: “Stop using JS frameworks, start writing reusable, orthogonally-composable units of HTML+CSS+JS.” Earlier this year I asked Joe to reflect on what he’s since learned about applying the newish suite of web standards known collectively as web … Continue reading Web components used in the ClinGen app

How Thali could make the Smallest Federated Wiki even smaller

Thanks to my friend Mike Caulfield, an educational technologist who’s been digging into Ward Cunningham’s Smallest Federated Wiki, I’ve now got a much clearer idea of how SFW and Thali could play together and why they should. Mike’s recent series on SFW is the best review and analysis of Ward’s newest creation that I’ve seen: … Continue reading How Thali could make the Smallest Federated Wiki even smaller

Flash Fill: Text wrangling for non-programmers

As Elm City hubs grow, with respect to both raw numbers of events and numbers of categories, unfiltered lists of categories become unwieldy. So I’m noodling on ways to focus initially on a filtered list of “important” categories. The scare quotes indicate that I’m not yet sure how to empower curators to say what’s important. … Continue reading Flash Fill: Text wrangling for non-programmers

Using sparkcasts to enhance step-by-step instructions

A non-profit organization chartered to promote arts and culture within its community will be curating a new elmcity hub. The curator plans to invite dozens of member organizations to contribute to the hub — that is, to manage their public schedules using calendar applications, and to convey the URLs of their calendar feeds to the … Continue reading Using sparkcasts to enhance step-by-step instructions

Talking with Sal Khan about YouTube tutoring as guerilla public service

My guest for this week’s Innovators show is Sal Khan. He’s the creator of http://khanacademy.org, a catalog of more than 1000 YouTube video lessons in math, physics, biology, chemistry, and economics. All of these videos are made by Sal himself, in an engagingly personal style, using simple screencasting tools. When I first got interested in … Continue reading Talking with Sal Khan about YouTube tutoring as guerilla public service

Freebase Gridworks: A power tool for data scrubbers

I’ve had many conversations with Stefano Mazzocchi and David Huynh [1, 2, 3] about the data magic they performed at MIT’s Project Simile and now perform at Metaweb. If you’re somebody who values clean data and has wrestled with the dirty stuff, these screencasts about a forthcoming product called Freebase Gridworks will make you weep … Continue reading Freebase Gridworks: A power tool for data scrubbers

Talking with Herbert Van de Sompel about a web that remembers

The endnotes for the book I’m now reading are a mixture of conventional citations and URLs. The former, expressed as publisher, book or journal title, author, date, and page number, seem not nearly so useful as the latter. Would you rather visit the library or click a link? But nowadays cited URLs also come with … Continue reading Talking with Herbert Van de Sompel about a web that remembers

Talking with Peter O’Toole about gathering clinical data and sharing medical knowledge

My guest for this week’s Innovators show is Peter O’Toole from mTuitive, a company whose authoring toolkit for clinical data collection I featured in a 2006 screencast. mTuitive is working at the intersection of a number of disciplines that all need to come together to deliver cheaper and better health care. First, usability. Designing clinical … Continue reading Talking with Peter O’Toole about gathering clinical data and sharing medical knowledge

Magic glasses and magic projectors: Private versus public augmentation of experience

At its core, your browser is powered by an engine called the Document Object Model, hereafter DOM. You can think of the DOM as an outline, and the browser as an outline processor that shows and hides things, displays things in different ways, and even adds, removes, or rearranges things. Nowadays what you see, when … Continue reading Magic glasses and magic projectors: Private versus public augmentation of experience

A conversation with Phil Windley about contextualized browsing

This week’s Innovators show has the lowdown on Phil Windley‘s new company, Kynetx. The first application of the Kynetx technology is Azigo’s RemindMe service. It alters search-results pages to highlight cases where the user has — but would likely have forgotten about — a discount-qualifying membership. There are a number of moving parts in this … Continue reading A conversation with Phil Windley about contextualized browsing

Tracks4Africa: Mapping and annotating Africa’s remote eco-destinations

Back in 2005 I made a screencast that showed how the convergence of GPS and online mapping enables us to collectively annotate the planet. The Tracks4Africa folks have been doing that since 2000. On this week’s Innovators show, Johann Groenewald explains how some GPS enthusiasts who are passionate about exploring, documenting, and preserving Africa’s rural … Continue reading Tracks4Africa: Mapping and annotating Africa’s remote eco-destinations

A conversation with @psnh about the ice storm, social media, and customer service

On this week’s ITConversations show I asked Martin Murray, who is chief spokesperson for Public Service of New Hampshire — and @psnh on Twitter — to tell the story behind this atypical pattern of Twitter followers: The quantum jump occurs on December 13, and corresponds to the epic ice storm on December 11/12. The storm … Continue reading A conversation with @psnh about the ice storm, social media, and customer service

Motivating people to write the semantic web: A conversation with David Huynh about Parallax

On this week’s Innovators show I got together with David Huynh, whose work with MIT’s Project SIMILE wowed me last year. David recently joined Metaweb. His first project there, Parallax, creates a new way to browse Freebase, the structured wiki that also wowed me earlier last year. What struck me about SIMILE and Freebase was … Continue reading Motivating people to write the semantic web: A conversation with David Huynh about Parallax