Category Archives: Web 2.0

Stuart Ridgway

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Big Data and Big Backsides

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

Quoted with permission are my favorite parts of this May/June 2013 article by Kenneth Neil Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger in Foreign Affairs magazine.

Big Data continues to give us more and more opportunities to link trends to correlations.  We may not know why a trend is occurring, but we can often anticipate how an event might unfold by correlating it to other, predictive events.  Other times we just learn by putting sensors beneath someone’s butt.

The possession of knowledge, which once meant an understanding of the past, is coming to mean an ability to predict the future… Continue reading

What Does “Google Public Alerts” Teach Us?

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

“Google Public Alerts” and Its Features Out of the Box

I originally posted this article on AWAREForum.org on February 29, 2012.

You may recall that on January 25, 2012, the Google Crisis Response (GCR) team at Google.org launched the Google Public Alerts (GPA) platform.  GPA aggregates weather, public safety, and earthquake alerts from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the US Geological Survey (USGS) and displays the alerts on Google Maps Figure 1. Continue reading

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Social Media in the Government – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

This article is Part 2 of the Social Media in the Government series. This is a reprint of an article I published May 18, 2010. Social Media has a evolved a little bit since then so don’t be surprised if some of the material is a little out of date. 😉

~ Collaborative Tools ~

Wikis

Wikis are online encyclopedias that enable the easy creation, editing, and linking of web pages. Typically, wikis are created to enable multiple contributors to capture knowledge and share information about a specific subject. That knowledge is then searchable from the wiki’s search engine using a web browser. The most famous wiki is Wikipedia but wikis do not have to be public and can be confined to a select group if required. Continue reading

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Social Media in the Government – Part 1

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

This is a reprint of an article I published May 18, 2010. Social Media has a evolved a little bit since then so don’t be surprised if some of the material is a little out of date. 😉

Social media means different things to different people. A common thread running through many definitions of social media is “a blending of technology and socializing for the co-creation of value.” Social Media usually implies Internet interaction that enables a dialog among multiple contributors that fosters an atmosphere of collaboration. As a result, social media-based websites comprise an abundance of user generated content (UGC). This has its pros and cons as described below.

People around the world are becoming more accustomed to participating in social media spaces. It follows that they bring that expectation to government websites. A such, there has been continuing pressure on government agencies to further leverage social media tools. Continue reading

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Web Squared Summit 2009 – Part 4

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

This article is Part 4 in a series of four articles about the Web 2.0 Summit 2009.  Make sure you read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 first.

Super-Cool Stuff

I’ve saved the best for last!  A conference is only as bold as its most cutting edge presentations.  There are two that made me say, “that’s cool,” to Sonny.  There are two more that made me say, “now that’s really cool!”  You decide which is which…

Cynthia Warner, President of Sapphire Energy, gave a presentation on converting algae into crude oil.  Really.  Green crude is not an ethanol or any other crop- or sugar-based biofuel.  Nor does it have a direct impact on food prices, the destruction of cropland, fresh water reservoirs and the rainforest.  It’s a completely renewable, carbon-neutral product produced directly from CO2 and sunlight, efficiently generating a new kind of crude oil from one of the world’s oldest, most adaptable plants. Continue reading

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Web Squared Summit 2009 – Part 3

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

This article is Part 3 in a series of four articles about the Web 2.0 Summit 2009.  Make sure you read Part 1 and Part 2 first.

Reality Check

Let’s go round the horn and take a look at some of the trends happening out there.  Did you know that there really is money to be made on virtual goods?   Mark Pincus, Founder of Zynga describes how users of his Facebook games pay for the virtual thing they need.  Need more seeds for your FarmVille farm?   There’s a checkout stand for that.   Need more poker chips?  There’s a pit boss…

Thought SecondLife had died?  Not so fast. There’s a burgeoning community that thrives on trading virtual goods. Does your avatar need a new outfit? There are designers who will sew you a new e-dress. Want to hear some new music? Musicians abound with concerts, mp3s and all kinds of swag for sale. It may look like the transactions are virtual, but real cash does change hands. Continue reading

Web Squared Summit 2009 – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

Greetings.  This article is Part 2 in a series of four articles about the Web 2.0 Summit 2009.  Make sure you read Part 1 first.

Right Now

Is it any surprise with instant access to bits of information around the globe that we want more and more of the same?  I have many of the iPhone apps that I need to get what I want when I want it.  But, that implies I know what I’m going to want the next time I turn on my phone.  What if I want something new and I want it fresh and relevant?  That’s where crowdsourced search comes in.

One of my favorite presentations was from Mark Drummond, CEO of  Wowd.  Wowd lets you discover what’s popular on the Internet right now.  In the old days (last week) search results that depended on linking were similar to fossil records of the web:  there were no references for measuring how relevant a link was.  Now, freshness can be measured by how many times a page is actually visited.  As users discover which ones meet their needs and which ones don’t, a page’s rank changes.  As a result, your Wowd search results provide you with links to pages that are relevant now. Continue reading

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Web Squared Summit 2009 – Part 1

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

In mid-October, 2009, Sonny Bhatia and I traveled to San Francisco to attend the Web 2.0 Summit 2009 aka Web Squared.  As I review my notes I’m reminded that the caliber of speakers was remarkably high:  it was a Who’s Who of presidents and CEO’s from the Web 2.0 World.  They covered a wide range of topics which I have organized into four main groups:  mobile, right now, reality check, and super-cool stuff.

This article will give you a good idea of what the big players, and some small players, are doing in the Web 2.0 space.  I’ve included links to webcasts from the summit.  You may also be interested in the Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On white paper authored by our hosts, Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle.  It examines more of the amazing possibilities yet to be manifested from Web 2.0. Continue reading

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