OpenTech, ULU, London

Today I’m at OpenTech at ULU, these are my rough notes, apologies for mishtakes – will edit later!

The first set of presentations I saw was from a panel beginning with Jeremy Ruston – creator of tiddlywiki, ‘a reusable non linear personal web notebook’. He told us that tiddlywiki started it’s life as an experiment in UXD and that it has the semantics of a word document with the usability of a web application. The format of tiddlywiki is malleable and simple – for example to create a to-do list is very easy and he showed us via slide how you can tag your tasks by priority. One of the pluses of tiddlywiki is that it can run without a server, so you can keep it as a local file and use it for example for conference notes where there’s no wifi.

Jeremy also showed us ripplerap , which is a free note sharing tool which is useful for conferences, making and sharing agendas, etc.

Next on the stage was Micheal Jennings – presenting Android open source mobile project

After some problems with his laptop/projector connection which he could of done with someone jumping onstage to help him out, he gave us an update on Android. It’s a mobile phone operating system based on Linux. It’s built by Google & the Open Handset Alliance and of course is open source. He told us that Android is: modern, has gps, compass, an accelerometer is easy to write apps for and cheap to produce. It will run multiple process and task switching, and an open architechture.

I heard that presently a huge chunk of phone cost is the operating system, but Android will be free and it uses the Java programming language framework on a Linux kernel.

There is also an Android developer challenge! They are gving away 10 million dollars in funding for developers to write cool stuff, presently there’s about 2000 developers across the world making stuff. Developers can keep their code and do what they want with it.

Tom Morris followed, but luckily didn’t suffer the same laptop problems. He told us about the Linked Data WC3 project to implement the semantic web.

This follows on from Tim Berners Lee’s work on the semantic web.
Tom mentioned something that sounded like dpedia(?) anyway it’s an unofficial scrapped version of the wikpedia API – I’ve failed so far to find it, so I presume I’ve got my spelling or my ears are wrong 😉

Anyway, later Tom showed as a rather interesting slide of a ‘linked data treasure map’ – which is growing every month.

Linked Data Tresure Map

Some stuff for me to look up:
* sparkl

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