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  • Before we talk about mashups, lets talk about data visualization and why we do it.\n
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  • Judging Criteria\nWe’ll weigh each category as equally as possible, depending on the focus of your mashup. Exceptions will be made if any one category is incredibly well executed, or just impresses the hell out of us.\nUniqueness\nHow many times has this been done, if any? Understandably it can be hard to come up with something truly unique on the web today, but this is the MashupAwards after all. Take for example, LastTube, a video enhanced Last.fm experience.\nCreativity\nTaking a normally mundane source of data or API and thinking up a way to make it interesting isn’t easy to do. This is where creativity comes in. Something can be unique, but totally boring. Try to avoid that. Unique is good, interesting and unique is better. Push your mashups far as you can.\nUtility\nIs someone glad you took the time? If you can simplify a complex process, you’re headed down the right path. There are plenty of data sources out there and just as many APIs for programming. Combine them into something cool and useful. It won’t be overlooked, we promise.\nContent\nThe key to a judge’s heart. Great content is a must to be considered for a MashupAward, especially since a mashup really is just a combination of one or more data (content) sources.\nUser Experience\nIs your mashup intuitive? Perfect. Combining multiple data sources of into one mashup can make for a confusing user experience. Think about how your users will interact with your mashup and don’t assume anything.\n\n
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  • The Edge - Datahack Workshop

    1. 1. “HACK & MASH” BASIC DATA- HACK WORKSHOP Presented by Dave Wallace at The Edge Sunday May 15, 2011
    2. 2. DATA VISUALISATION
    3. 3. • The human brain is better at recognising visual patterns
    4. 4. WHAT IS A MASHUP?• mashups combine data and/or functionality from two or more sources to create a new service
    5. 5. GOOGLE MAPSCombines satellite imagery, road maps, traffic data, photos, webcams, business directory etc. etc.
    6. 6. WE FEEL FINEHarvests expressions of human feeling from weblogs combined with demographic and weather data and displays them in a variety of interactive interfaces
    7. 7. GIRL TALK VISUALISATIONVisualisation of a music mashup by the DJ “Girl Talk”
    8. 8. TANGIBLE MASHUPSMashing up physical and virtual interfaces.
    9. 9. WHAT MAKES A GOOD MASHUP?• mashupawards.com uses the following judging criteria: • Uniqueness • Creativity • Utility • Content • User Experience
    10. 10. SOME MORE MASHUP INSPIRATION• http://mashupawards.com/winners/• http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/06/50-great-examples-of-data- visualization/• http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/• http://flowingdata.com/• http://www.programmableweb.com/mashups• http://www.ted.com/talks/david_mccandless_the_beauty_of_data_visualization.html• http://www.gapminder.org/
    11. 11. FINDING DATA SOURCES• website RSS feeds - content feeds from blogs and news sites • e.g. http://www.news.com.au/rss• web APIs - programming interfaces for exposing content and functionality of web applications for third-party use• spreadsheets • Australian Bureau of Statistics • Gap Minder - United Nations Data • http://data.gov.au/data/
    12. 12. TOOLS FOR BUILDING MASHUPS• Yahoo Pipes• Google Fusion Tables• IBM Mashup Center• Wave Maker
    13. 13. YAHOO PIPESVisual tool for combining and modifying multiple data sources
    14. 14. GUIDES TO USING YAHOO PIPES• http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/docs• http://video.yahoo.com/watch/5260536/13878389• http://www.squidoo.com/yahoo-pipes-guide• http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/netsys/article.php/3659226• http://www.mrspeaker.net/2007/02/10/yahoo-pipes/• http://pipes.yahoo.com
    15. 15. ON TO THE WORKSHOP! • Data: http://data.gov.au/dataset/digitised-maps/ • Backend: Yahoo Pipes • Frontend: HTML, CSS and Javascript
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