Category: mashups


Google Releases API for Cool Visualization of Data Mashups from Many Sources.

This is extremely cool and it reminds me of stuff mentioned on Star Trek. The ability to manage datasets that are huge and apply them to easy to read graphs is a huge boon for research and understanding. Enabling researchers access to tools like this make their lives easier because they dont have to have computer science degrees to make use of data from censuses or anything else, they simply plug in the spreadsheet of the relevant data and viola they have usable data.

The most radical shift to media in recent years is that we now have a central real-time hub that serves to enhance every other content platform on the web. Sure, we could always use RSS for blogs, and sign up to follow a person’s activity on a video or photo sharing site, but used correctly, Twitternow provides a one-stop, real-time service for all of a person’s content. It allows us something that in the past only huge corporations could have: our own broadcasting network. If you’re on Twitter, and to a certain extent Facebook, you are in the broadcasting business.

via How Twitter is Changing the Face of Media.

The Dark Side of Planet Earth on Vimeo on Vimeo

via The Dark Side of Planet Earth on Vimeo.

I just thought this was a cool mashup example. It goes back to that old Pink Floyd sync coincidence ala Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon, which works perfectly BTW if you start the album at the MGM second lion roar.  Anyway it makes perfect sense that developers should find ways to allow creatives to use their tools and sites to make new things. We all gain from sharing ideas and tools whether technologically, socially, or mentally. Mashups can gather so much power together in a single tool that can help us see data in a whole new way that has the possibility to create whole new technologies, philosophies, social movements, even efficient government. Currently we are seeing a movement of mashups that utilize government data for use by companies and individuals for research or better allocation of funds in a way that is revolutionary in how we use data to alter our living spaces or social fabric.