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Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 3

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.
You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

This is Part Three of Three in a series that identifies opportunities for improving the experience of working with open data.  In Part One we established that there are at least two primary opportunities. Part Two covers the first one: opportunities for improving the UX when working with API documentation.  In this article we look at the second opportunity:  improve the UX around the APIs themselves. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Bad UX Kill Your Open Data – Part 2

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television.

You can see my presentation on this topic at the UXDC 2015 conference.

This is Part Two in a series that identifies opportunities for improving the experience when working with open data. In Part One we established that there are at least two primary opportunities. In this article we look at the first: improve the UX around documentation for APIs.  I am building an app called Kittinder! An App for Setting Up Play Dates for Your Cat and want to show you where the UX for open data documentation needs help. Continue reading

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You’re Sitting on a Gold Mine – Part 1

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

Yes, you really are. As a business owner, you rely on the information your company produces and manages to make ongoing decisions for the company. That information, in the form of raw data, is even more precious than you may think. Data is more than just an asset for decision-making – it comprises the raw ingredients that can make your company soar.

Mound of GoldConsider your perspective as a customer: you spend your hard earned dollars on a product or service that your favorite business provides and you keep spending your money there. Why? Because they have figured out how to provide that product or service in a frictionless way. And they do that by using every facet of their company’s data.

You can too. Continue reading

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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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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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