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Google Wave: Ripple or Tsunami for Research

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A talk given at the Edinburgh University IT Futures meeting in late 2009. The talk discusses the potential of and issues with Google Wave as a tool for research.

A talk given at the Edinburgh University IT Futures meeting in late 2009. The talk discusses the potential of and issues with Google Wave as a tool for research.

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  • 1. Google Wave Ripple or Tsunami? http://ww.flickr.com/photos/quaelin/3574598412 CC-BY-NC-SA
  • 2. http://ww.flickr.com/photos/quaelin/3574598412 CC-BY-NC-SA
  • 3. http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/28/google-wave-drips-with-ambition-can-it-fulfill-googles-grand-web-vision/
  • 4. http://gigaom.com/2009/05/28/google-climbs-to-new-heights-of-arrogance-with-wave/ http://scobleizer.com/2009/10/01/google-wave-crashes-on-beach-of-overhype/
  • 5. http://easiertounderstandthanwave.com/
  • 6. http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2009/08/gartner-hype-cycle-version-20.html
  • 7. Searches for “google wave”
  • 8. Big invite rollout “Public” preview Google IO launch
  • 9. What is Wave?
  • 10. Automation Native to and connection the web Real time communication
  • 11. Gadgets Automation Native to and connection the web R ob ots Real time communication
  • 12. Gadgets Automation Native to and connection the web R ob ots Real time communication rat ion C oll abo
  • 13. Demo
  • 14. Is it useful for research?
  • 15. What are our needs?
  • 16. Formal communication... http://flickr.com/photos/nicmcphee/2756494307/
  • 17. Dead. Broken. Disconnected.
  • 18. The web...
  • 19. The web... ...scales
  • 20. Average Capacity of Human Researcher 5.00 3.75 2.50 1.25 0 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
  • 21. Our record is not wired up http://www.flickr.com/photos/tessawatson/427108549
  • 22. Why not? http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattymatt/3017263513
  • 23. Researchers are busy here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/3654538029
  • 24. ...and not interested in this
  • 25. Capture first... http://www.flickr.com/photos/furtwangl/3851841424
  • 26. Dionaea muscipula Musca domestica chomped on ...then add structure
  • 27. Tools for capturing... http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandawan/3950755957
  • 28. Tools to connect objects up
  • 29. Demo
  • 30. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24801682@N08/4117012787
  • 31. The potential
  • 32. Natural user interaction Easy user interaction with web services and databases Per user, per experiment, per group storage of information
  • 33. Problems...
  • 34. The client. User understanding.
  • 35. Conclusions?
  • 36. Watch... http://www.flickr.com/photos/66164549@N00/1517171173 CC-BY-SA
  • 37. ...don’t (necessarily) jump... http://www.flickr.com/photos/divemasterking2000/3827673841
  • 38. ...unless you like this kind of thing http://www.flickr.com/photos/nov03/4087845032
  • 39. ...in which case have some fun!
  • 40. Gadgets Automation Native to and connection the web R ob ots Real time communication rat ion C oll abo
  • 41. Cameron.Neylon@stfc.ac.uk http://blog.openwetware.org/scienceintheopen http://slideshare.net/cameronneylon Twitter: @cameronneylon Friendfeed: cameronneylon Wave: cameronneylon@googlewave.com Thanks to: Sciencetwists, Friendfeeders, and the wider online community for ideas, criticism, and conversations. Deepak Singh, Larry Lessig, Andy Powell, and John Wilbanks for presentation inspiration. Flickr (and in particular @andypowe11) for images

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