APIs and URLs for Social TV

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APIs and URLs for Social TV

  1. 1. APIs and URLs for Social TV Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org> NoTube Project & Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam with Libby Miller, Mo McRoberts, Vicky Buser a joint W3C position paper from NoTube & Project Baird W3C Web & TV Workshop, Berlin, Feb 2011Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  2. 2. Today • From me... • 3 requirements from Linked Social TV • Via motivating scenarios & examples • Suggestions for W3C next steps • A few words from a like-minded special guest (Matt Hammond of BBC) • Coffee!Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  3. 3. (who am I?) • In W3C community since 1997 • Joined W3C team to help start Semantic Web project, RDF specs and groups • 2006/7 Libby’s ‘Widget / social’ team at Joost.com startup - TV re-built in the Web • NoTube project, also recently co-chaired W3C SocialWeb Incubator GroupWednesday, 9 February 2011
  4. 4. The 3 Requirements Achievable, inter-dependent and foundational • Let metadata flow widely - advertising content, rather than be a hidden asset • Identify and link content with useful URLs(*) • Open APIs to control TV and link devices * CRIDs are great, but people share HTTP URLs see also CRID resolver demo services.notu.beWednesday, 9 February 2011
  5. 5. Scenario-led analysis TV - not as a device, but as a part of people’s lives World Wide Web - not just a technology component but as a linked information network... ...and as something that connects billions of peopleWednesday, 9 February 2011
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  9. 9. ... and we noticed • Nobody says, “I want to see recommendations from other people who bought the same TV as me” • Nobody says, “I want to learn a new interface and controller for every device I use” • Or “I wish watching TV was more like using a computer.”Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  10. 10. Prototypes and demos From Widgets to APIs and the second screen (and third, fourth, and fifth...) (and sometimes no screens at all...)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
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  14. 14. Experiments with pairing protocolseg. QR Codes (“xmpp:bob.notube@gmail.com/tv1234”)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  15. 15. 2nd screen archive browser on a tablet computerWednesday, 9 February 2011
  16. 16. Custom 2nd screen apps (OAuth/Twitter for ‘social’)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
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  18. 18. (scope: can a table be a ‘remote control’?)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  19. 19. (scope: is a projector a ‘TV’?)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  20. 20. Observations • Second screen APIs have huge potential • Standard protocols needed (HTTP, XMPP?) • Useless without content identifiers, free-flow of metadata • “Social TV” is happening online anyway (even if people didn’t care to connect their TV’s ethernet cable)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  21. 21. Linked TV data Connecting Archive.org films via Wikipedia to IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Facebook and to other users... (24 hour collab with Kingsley Idehen)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  22. 22. We linked Archive.org video URLs to Wikipedia/DBpedia URLsWe can visualize and navigate content using info from Wikipedia.Now, whenever Wikipedia is improved, so is Archive.org. And not just the “content” but related entities...Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  23. 23. Microsoft Pivot Viewer - laptop as 2nd screen “Show films by distributor, in the 1940s”Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  24. 24. (via Pivot embedded in OpenLink’s RDF/SPARQL db)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  25. 25. Each entity of interest gets an URL, a page, some descriptive metadata... ...and more links by URLWednesday, 9 February 2011
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  28. 28. URLs + public metadata: RDFa in IMDB and RottenTomatoes HTML Aggregated by FacebookWednesday, 9 February 2011
  29. 29. Conclusions & next steps • This is not rocket science: URLs make the Web • URL links are a foundation for Social TV • Linking documents is easier than linking devices • Protocol work deserves a Working Group • Best Practices Note: collect via Interest GroupWednesday, 9 February 2011
  30. 30. And speaking of remotes... (see Matt’s slides here)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
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  32. 32. Last week’s examples • Al Jazeera’s Egyptian Twitter coverage • Linking content with URIs (these last slides not used...)Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  33. 33. Livestation streaming app embeds a Twitter clientWednesday, 9 February 2011
  34. 34. I posted a screenshot of Al Jazeera quoting someone talking about Egypt: “I’m not rich or poor, not muslim or christian, white or black, I’m neither from the north or south. I am EGYPTIAN!”Wednesday, 9 February 2011
  35. 35. ...he noticed, and was happy, and shared this back with @AJEnglishWednesday, 9 February 2011

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