Posts Tagged 'standards'

rich media and the standards wars

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Has anyone noticed this section of our course guide?

Sound and video for the web: Issues re video and sound delivery on the web. Overview of compression and techniques for archived media, podcasts and real time streaming.

Of all the course notes, that’s the one that I think has dated most since it was written. So, let’s take a quick dive into why that is, and what it might mean.

Let’s start with the most basic requirement of browser-based media. Can anyone think of a  “Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking an external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document”?

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Mashups, and the web of data

an image from Kirsty Boyles excellent girltron project

an image from Kirsty Boyle's excellent girltron project

What on earth is a mashup? I don’t mean mashup in the media-sampling sense of DJ Earworm or Soda Jerk, but rather in the Web sense:
a mashup is a combination of two separate data sources available on the web, into some service or data set. Like the sampling sort of mashup, web mashups tend to be particularly valuable if their are surprising or subversive – but just plain useful is also good. Continue reading ‘Mashups, and the web of data’

A short prehistory of everything


The diagram above is the first map of the internet. Through three universities/research centres in California to a fourth in Utah. It was scrawled in 1969. The social nature of the network (initially thought of as a way to distribute computational jobs remotely) became evident with the unexpected popularity of email. The first test message was sent in 1971 and by 1973 email made up the majority of network traffic. Continue reading ‘A short prehistory of everything’