Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
As director of web publishing for Nature Publishing Group, Timo Hannay is applying web 2.0 principles to the realm of science. His projects include: Connotea, a social bookmarking service for scientists; Nature Network, a social network for scientists; and Nature Precedings, a site where researchers can share and discuss work prior to publication.
There is no such thing as a mobile Internet -- there is just the same Internet for everyone -- no matter how you access it. Nokia has worked to bring proven internet business models to the pockets of the world. Tero Ojanpera, the company's CTO, reviews how the technology is in place to increase the penetration of the internet business from the PC scale (millions) to mobile scale (billions).
Despite the hype of social interaction and community as a result of the emerging internet, otherwise known as Web 2.0, there are those who have a contrarian view of how today's internet is killing our culture. Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with author Andrew Keen, who reflects on this trend and his latest book "The Cult of the Amateur."
Collectively we hold a vast repository of knowledge about how to do all sorts of things on the web: order products, conduct searches, interact in social networks. But when we try to share that knowledge with others, our options are limited. We can write down sequences of actions, and maybe illustrate them with screenshots or even screencasts, but it would be great if we could transfer our experiential knowledge more directly. Jon Udell interviews Tessa Lau who's working with colleagues on a project that aims to make that direct transfer possible.
Although Roy Fielding's now-infamous Ph.D. thesis popularized the term REST - otherwise known as Representational State Transfer - and defined its principles, there hasn't been a practical guide to the application of those principles. A new book by Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby, "RESTful Web Services," meets that need. In this Conversation with Innovators, the authors discuss what those principles are, and how to apply then in ways that make the programmable Web better - that is, "more uniform, better structured, and using the features of HTTP to greatest advantage."
Skype has grown to be one of the most popular Internet tools, used throughout the world. Phil Wolff, editor in chief of Skype Journal, joins Phil, Scott, and Ben to discuss the current state of Skype. They talk about Skype's architecture, the demographics of the typical user, including how enterprises are using it more and more, and how China is attempting to censor Skype and Estonia recently suffered a DDoS attack and the possible source of the attack.
Although Tim Berners-Lee once famously declared that "Cool URIs don't change," factors beyond our control make it hard for most of us to avoid link rot. Jon Udell speaks with Geoffrey Bilder, who is the director of strategic initiatives for CrossRef, a company whose mission is "to be the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form." CrossRef, in other words, is in the business of combating link rot.
Imagine the power of turning locations in text documents into dots on a map. John Frank and Schuyler Erle from MetaCarta have been doing that for enterprise customers for a number of years; they're now ready to open up their georeference engine to the rest of the Internet. In this short and lively presentation from the 2006 O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, learn about the applications of georeferencing and MetaCarta's enhancement to current GIS offerings.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with technology analyst Kevin Werbach about the issues surrounding the emerging internet. They discuss the impact of media, software, telecom as well as Werbach's upcoming conference, Supernova 2007.