Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
MapQuest is one of the four leading map publishers on the Web. As part of its market research, the company conducted a customer survey on the Geo community with the aim of finding out what users truly want, as opposed to what they get. James Greiner, the company's Vice President and General Manager, summarizes the results of his survey into five simple principles whose usefulness cannot be exaggerated.
Lucas Gonze founded the playlist-sharing site webjay.org, and currently leads the development of the Yahoo! Media Player. He's also an amateur guitarist who records and performs 19th-century parlour music. In this wide-ranging conversation on Interviews with Innovators with Jon Udell, Gonze reflects on the ways we discover, share, and experience music in the digital age.
Phil, Ben, and Scott discuss recent technology conferences. Phil talks about his visit to China for WWW2008, while Scott reports on the recent Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. The group also has time to review other topics, including Wii remote programming using Java, using a cellphone to control realtime, multiplayer games, as well as Scott's video blog on QIK.
Many of the current attributes of Web 2.0 were first exposed in work done on Wall Street. Bill Janeway and Peter Blook, two Wall Street veterans, discuss some of the changes that have taken place over the last three decades in the investment banking and trading industries, like the shift from sales to use of proprietary information, the reduction of latency, and collaboration of ideas. The ideas in this discussion should give insight to anyone looking to the future of Web 2.0.
Janis Dickinson directs the citizen science program at Cornell's Laboratory of Ornithology. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators with Jon Udell she discusses the lab's various projects. One of them, eBird, is an online system that gathers bird observations from recreational and professional birdwatchers the world. Their efforts are helping scientists answer questions about the diversity and abundance of birds.
Tim O'Reilly is known and respected in the technology community as a successful prognosticator of future trends. In 2004 he began referring to a variety of converging Internet trends as Web 2.0. While the phrase quickly became a lightening rod for attention and criticism, many believe that it accurately reflects a new wave of Internet innovation. In this presentation from the 2007 O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, O'Reilly turns his attention to how Web 2.0 trends are creating new challenges for the publishing industry.
Raymond Yee is a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Information and the author of "Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services." On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks Yee about teaching students how to work with existing data sources, and on ways to expand the supply of available sources.
Deepak Singh is one of a new breed of life scientists who are bringing Web 2.0 methods to the practice of science. He co-founded BioScreencast.com, a site where scientists share screencasts that illustrate how they use bioinformatics software tools.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Journalist Wagner Au, who embedded himself in the virtual 3D online world, Second Life, and talks about its incredible growth.
Developers are increasingly using Amazon, not only as a source of technical books, but also as a web services platform to build robust and scalable infrastructure. Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels, reveals how to make the most of the popular S3 service and uncovers some of the features underpinning the new EC2 (Elastic Computing Cloud) service. As a bonus for Conversations Network listeners, there's even a cameo appearance from our own Doug Kaye, who explains how Gigavox Media is exploiting the web services functionality Vogel describes.