A Video Introduction to Web3.0 (The Semantic Web?)

Today I found a very interesting video discussing the term of the Semantic Web, not only in a technical way. Have a look at the following video:

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What do you think? Do you think the Semantic Web is going to happen as many people think?

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[video] – How fast is Google Chrome?

These days Google has released a video demonstrating the speed of their new beta Google Chrome browser. The video is made up in a very creative way. I am impressed how Google always finds really interesting ways to promote their products. Specially this one is of really interest:

For everybody who is interested in the making of this video will like the following one too:

(via ReadWriteWeb and Mashable)

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Google Grippe-Trends jetzt auch für Österreich verfügbar

Google Grippe-Trends Österreich

Google Grippe-Trends (Google Flu Trends) ist nun auch in Österreich verfügbar. Auf der extra dafür eingerichteten Website kann man den derzeitigen Verlauf der Grippewelle in Österreich, sowie in viele anderen Staaten verfolgen.

Google bietet auch die Möglichkeit, die zugrunde liegenden Daten für eigene Zwecke herunterzuladen. Für jeden, der sich dafür interessiert, wie das Prinzip dahinter genau funktioniert verweise ich hier auf einen Artikel von Google (Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data), der in der Zeitschrift “Nature” veröffentlicht wurde. Der Artikel steht auch als PDF Dokument zur Verfügung. Weitere Informationen zu diesem Thema können auch direkt bei Google bezogen werden.

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Google Wave API combined with the Wookie engine and integrated in a Moodle platform

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Everybody who is interesteded in Widget Mash-ups for Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) should take a look at this article posted on Scott Wilson’s Workblog. He demonstrates a very nice usage of the Google Wave API in combination with the Wookie engine integrated into a Moodle platform. Here is a part of his blogpost:

I’ve created a Moodle course that uses some widgets, all of which make use of the Wave Gadget API. Some of these are Google examples (converted to W3C format) and some are ones we’ve created.

To take a look, you need to head over to our Moodle sandbox and register yourself a profile (you’ll need to confirm your email address to activate the login). After that, go and enrol yourself on this course.

Feel free to play Sudoku, mess with the poetry magnets, use the chat, and vote in the polls. All these tools are Widgets, written entirely in regular HTML and JavaScript, and don’t use any PHP or any part of the Moodle platform they appear in other than using the context it supplies (the course ID in this case) and participant information (display name and avatar image); this means they can be embedded into any platform. Wave – the actual conversation engine – is the obvious one, but I think it makes sense to put live-updating collaborative applications into many different kinds of contexts – social networks, VLEs, blogs – anything with users and contexts.

In addition to the W3C Widgets API and Google Wave Gadgets API, the Wookie engine that renders the widgets also provides a moderator API, enabling admins to lock and unlock widgets. (However, test accounts are in the “student” role and so won’t see these controls)

The most interesting aspect of this demonstration is the combination of the Google Wave Gadget API with Moodle and the Wookie engine. The Wookie engine implements and even extends the W3C Widget Specification. Also the fact that all the Widgets are written entirely in regular HTML and JavaScript in order to be decoupled from the underlying Widget container (in this case Moodle) is an advantageous feature of this demonstration.

Google Wave combined with the Wookie engine implementing the W3C Widget API and integrated in a Moodle platform results in an interesting standardized Widget Mash-up system for learning environments.

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Google Wave – Google’s next killer application?

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Google’s newest prodcut which was announced at the Google I/O this week is called Google Wave. They build an incredible tool for collaborative work and integrated services like email, instant messenging, collaborative editing, an incredible spell checker which checks the context of words in order to correct spelling. Other really greate features are gadgets like:

  • linky: adds links automatically while you type
  • searchy: lets you search the internet through the application and integrate the searched contend into a wave
  • buggy: through buggy you are able to interact with bug tracking software and easily administer bugs

This are just some kind of great tools available in Google Wave. Please check out the keynote on the Google I/O. It is a long video but it is really worth watching!

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[video] – Google Latitude

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Google released a new service called Google Latitude. This service enables you to see the location of your friends, collegues, etc. Here is a nice video explaining how Google Latitute workes:

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Google’s SEO Starter Guide – How to improve your website

Google's SEO Starter Guide: How to improve your website.

Webmasters often ask us at conferences or in the Webmaster Help Group, “What are some simple ways that I can improve my website’s performance in Google?” There are lots of possible answers to this question, and a wealth of search engine optimization information on the web, so much that it can be intimidating for newer webmasters or those unfamiliar with the topic. We thought it’d be useful to create a compact guide that lists some best practices that teams within Google and external webmasters alike can follow that could improve their sites’ crawlability and indexing.

What he and his group did was to create a compact guide called the “Google SEO Starter Guide“. There are lot’s of DOs and DON’Ts published. Every blogger and every website owner should have a look on this paper.

We felt that these areas (like improving title and description meta tags, URL structure, site navigation, content creation, anchor text, and more) would apply to webmasters of all experience levels and sites of all sizes and types.

TheNextWeb is supprised about Google’s step:

In a slightly surprising move, Google has launched via its webmaster central blog a best practice guide for search engine optimization.  Why surprising you may ask? Well, Google is notorious for being pretty quiet on this front leaving it to SEO’s, designers, and developers to figure out what works best.

Netzlogbuch states out that the start guide copes basic things that nearly everybody already knows. Well for sure it is helpful for many people out there.

Google-Tochter YouTube testet digitale Videoerkennung

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Das von Google übernommene Web2.0 Unterenehmen YouTube testet digitale Videoerkennung. Ziel ist es für jedes Video einen quasi Fingerabdruck zu erstellen um somit eindeutig identifizierbar zu sein. Den Originalartikel gibt es hier!
Einen anderen interessanten Artikel dazu gibt es auf der Website www.digitalnext.de.

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