Category: "Computers and Internet"

Zvents and the TeleInterActive Network

As I mentioned, Clarise and I met Allie and Ethan of Zvents, through Andrea.

We were discussing the new direction in which we are taking our service, The TeleInterActive Network. Our service is focused on small businesses, with little or no Internet presence. Maybe they paid someone a lot of money to set up a static web site, updating it is expensive, and it just sits there like a printed brochure in a potential customer's desk drawer. That potential is only realized if they stumble across the web site at just the right moment, but no one has any incentive to visit often.

An Internet presence is a powerful tool for business, only if it provides timely and interesting information to the community the business wants to serve. We help small businesses do this by consulting with them, learning their goals, and hosting open source software to meet those goals. That software may be a CMS to start - we use Mambo. As we work with our customers, we can add blogs, wikis, portals, and other tools as needed.

Andrea and Allie thought one tool that might help our customers is Zvents, and thus they dragged over Eric. After talking with them, we heartily agree. Having a zvent widget on our customer's web site, with appropriate events, can help them easily keep their site current, and providing good information for their communities.

As we bring our customers along in small steps to acclimitize them to the new Web, we'll be reporting on what works and best practices. We have a feeling that zvents will be one of those best practices.

Riya Launch Party

Clarise and I are headed off to the Riya launch party, as hosted by Munjal at Mike's house, after being invited by Tara. Ok, ok, awkward sentence but I wanted to get all the proper links in there. :>>

Congratulations to the entire Ojos crew.

I wonder if all those Google rumours will be confirmed, denied or ignored.

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Me, Myself and I(dentity)

Identity, in all its ramifications, is a huge issue for leading the TeleInterActive Lifestyle™ or any type of online presence. A good source for all such related discussions is Identity Woman. We've been a supporter of the Liberty Alliance since its inception. And there are some Web2.0 services up and coming as well. Tara Hunt explores this problem in "Me, Myself and I(dentity)". Some of the more popular Web2.0 services for online identity are cited in her post, and associated comments.

Using an email address as a unique identifier has advantages, but many drawbacks. I've gotten into the habit of making up a new email alias for every online service I join. If I start getting spam to that address, I kill the alias and quit the service. Of course, this practice also breaks the chain for any social networking between services.

Personal Certificates, as used by browsers and email clients are great - but very few people use them, and no one enjoys the hassles associated with getting them, even the free ones or the open source self-signed ones.

I personally think that the old method of allowing users to create their own username and password, with verification through sending a link to a valid email address is the best. The service can also allow management of multiple profiles for that service, be it Riya, or other, and allow an individual to grow multiple networks, each specific to the interests reflected by each profile.

Trusting a service with your email is an iffy proposition, especially when that service is all about sharing. And even if that service has the best of intentions, errors and security breaches happen. This is a problem that all Web2.0 services share now. I think, until certificates, or something similar, become easy and commonplace, using email addresses as identity metadata for sharing is the only solution. But services shouldn't expose those emails or use them for login.

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Some Futures of Metadata

"The future of metadata", according to Tara, Miss Rogue of HorsePigCow involve things like geotagging and will be driven by Life Caching. [Tara - I love reading your blog, you alwas inspire me to comment.] :p

I agree with her article, that's one reason our blogs are geotagged - though we may need to remove the BlogMap for performance reasons, the geotags will remain.

Life Caching is one reason to tag text, audio, photographic, video and all other data that you encounter, but other reasons are sharing, collaborating, retrieving and analysing.

As I recently wrote in an email stemming from another blog - comment - email interaction, metadata puts the data into context. Some things that come to mind include source(s), location, time, topics, and target audience, from both the tagging service's point of view and the users.

But there's even more to it than that. Metadata is the conversation about the data, not just the data about the data.

And the amount of data that will come from each of us being an equal participant in the web, each being simultaneously a producer as well as a consumer of, well, everything will make for a huge and wonderfully interesting opportunity for automating, categorizing and learning from that conversation about the data. Oh, and if you've been reading our posts for some time, you know that by "us" we don't just mean the humans. Think Life Caching, think production, but also think Zigbee, RFID, Smart Dust and nanites. We always consider three possible interactions in every conversation: H2H, H2M and M2M.

Yep, yep, yep... that new business plan is taking shape.

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Metadata Tagging vs Autotagging

Metadata is always a big concern to those of us in data management, whether for data warehousing, business intelligence, ETL, EAI or search. If you've been reading my posts here and at the Cynosural Blog, you know of my interest in tagging. Tagging is a great way to provide metadata for unstructured datum, be it text, graphics, photographs, videos, or audio form. In Tags onomy, Tara makes a case for autotagging.

I have listened to many people in the field claim that tagging is not categorization, and they seem to be evenly divided as to whether a tag is metadata or not. And the proposition of Rashmi Sinha in "A cognitive analysis of tagging" notwithstanding, I do believe that categorization vs. tagging simply comes back to semantics, with some wanting to claim that categorization is only done by "experts" and therefor not as meaningful, with tagging being by all the good folk and thus by the interested parties. I think that either can do either, and, as Tara states, so can machines.

We've been categorizing our information, since we started to collect it, to make it easier to retrieve and share. From the scribes who knew where to find that scroll, to the Dewey Decimal System, to "filing systems", to Folksonomies.

I think that autotagging is a great idea. Blinklist made an attempt at autotagging the bookmarks that I uploaded into their system, mostly based on keywords taken from the title of the URI bookmarked or the "folder" in which I had placed the site. Ojos will be doing this for photos.

I think it's time that we take the lessons learned from metadata management in data warehouses, intersect them with the lessons being learned in feed syndication (RSS, RDF, Atom) management through OPML, and apply them to Folsomonomy management. (Hmm, I feel a business plan coming on.) B)

Let the machines autotag, and then as in most automatic generation of code, let the humans come back and fine tune those tags and how they connect. Let's look at BlinkList and Taghop,, Ojos and Flickr, and even Amazon and eBay, and start managing all that metadata for the good of us all. I think that the strange wiki(Attractor,attractors) are going to be very interesting.

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Sensor Analytics Ecosystems for the Internet of Things (SAEIoT) brings value from emerging technologies through data management and analytics, advances in data science, as the IoT matures through the 5Cs: Connection, Communication, Contextualization, Collaboration and Cognition. The socialization of machines will allow for Privacy, Transparency, Security and Convenience to be flexibly provided with two-way accountability to build Trust among Humans and Machines.

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