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A 2005 presentation on the shift from discrete sites to the flow, aggregation and composition of utterances. It was difficult to see then that these flows would 5 years later mostly be happening ...

A 2005 presentation on the shift from discrete sites to the flow, aggregation and composition of utterances. It was difficult to see then that these flows would 5 years later mostly be happening within a few huge, winner-takes-all social websites.

Contains capsule presentation of an embryonic Underskog with attending social graphs which may be interesting to some.

The presentation was given in a seminar held by a research group at the University of Oslo. http://underskog.no/kalender/135_even-westvang-from-sites-to-flows-designing-for-the-poro/forestilling/2599

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    • From Sites to Flows: Designing for the Porous Web Even Westvang Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5
    • Outline • An Example • A Tentative Vocabulary • Enabling Technologies • Underskog (a work in progress)
    • First an example
    • Say I have a website www.site.com
    • Say I have a website and I turn it into a weblog . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • Say I have a website and I turn it into a weblog and I decide to let Blogger host it for me . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • Say I have a website and I turn it into a weblog and I decide to let Blogger host it for me and Blogger offers me commenting . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • Say I have a website and I turn it into a weblog and I decide to let Blogger host it for me and Blogger offers me commenting and trackback . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • Say I have a website and I turn it into a weblog and I decide to let Blogger host it for me and Blogger offers me commenting and trackback and a feed . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • Say I have a website and I turn it into a weblog and I decide to let Blogger host it for me and Blogger offers me commenting and a feed and trackback posting every day, I start writing in Ecto . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • and I turn it into a weblog and I decide to let Blogger host it for me and Blogger offers me commenting and and a feed and trackback posting every day, I start writing in Ecto my digital snaps are on ickr, but also on my site . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • and I decide to let Blogger host it for me and Blogger offers me commenting and and a feed and trackback posting every day, I start writing in Ecto my digital snaps are on Flickr, but also on my site Flickr offers feeds of many aspects of their site . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • and Blogger offers me commenting and and a feed and trackback posting every day, I start writing in Ecto my digital snaps are on Flickr, but also on my site Flickr offers feeds of many aspects of their site I combine it with that from my site with Feedburner . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com
    • posting every day, I start writing in Ecto my digital snaps are on Flickr, but also on my site Flickr offers feeds of many aspects of their site I combine it with that from my site with Feedburner and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. www.site.com uploadr
    • my digital snaps are on Flickr, but also on my site Flickr offers feeds of many aspects of their site I combine it with that from my site with Feedburner and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. up www.site.com lo ad r ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • Flickr offers feeds of many aspects of their site I combine it with that from my site with Feedburner and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone the resulting feed may be viewed in a newsreader . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. reader up www.site.com lo ad r ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • I combine it with that from my site with Feedburner and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone the resulting feed may be viewed in a newsreader or on Bloglines re . monday: went to the shop to get dog food a de in attempt to ingratiate r myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. up www.site.com lo ad r Bl og neli s ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone the resulting RSS feed may be viewed in a newsreader or on Bloglines and oh, I’ve started using del.icio.us re . monday: went to the shop to get dog food a de in attempt to ingratiate r myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. up www.site.com lo ad r Bl og neli s ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone the resulting RSS feed may be viewed in a newsreader or on Bloglines and oh, I’ve started using del.icio.us Perhaps a question: re . monday: went to the shop to get dog food a de in attempt to ingratiate r myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. up www.site.com lo ad r Bl og lin s e ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone the resulting RSS feed may be viewed in a newsreader or on Bloglines and oh, I’ve started using del.icio.us Perhaps a question: do I still have a website re . monday: went to the shop to get dog food a de in attempt to ingratiate r myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. up www.site.com lo ad r Bl og lin s e ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone the resulting RSS feed may be viewed in a newsreader or on Bloglines and oh, I’ve started using del.icio.us Perhaps a question: do I still have a website, or do I maintain a series of ows re . monday: went to the shop to get dog food a de in attempt to ingratiate r myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. up www.site.com lo ad r Bl og lin s e ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • and I use Uploader to get images to Flickr but sometimes also my phone the resulting RSS feed may be viewed in a newsreader or on Bloglines and oh, I’ve started using del.icio.us Perhaps a question: do I still have a website, or do I maintain a series of ows, in an ecology of services? re . monday: went to the shop to get dog food a de in attempt to ingratiate r myself with land lady. . saturday: skype ecto sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. up www.site.com lo ad r Bl og lin s e ca one ph (m m ) ail
    • A Tentative Vocabulary
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • Lent from pragmatics (Austin, Searle) • “An utterance is a complete unit of speech in spoken language.” • Adapted for this context • A distribution system centric definition: • ‘Utterance’ denotes the atomic unit of expression (image, music, text) which may move through one level of a distribution chain
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • The value of an utterance depends on context • What if one may multiply the contexts an utterance appears in? • Infrastructures for media diffusion • Example: where an editor may syndicate and aggregate from sources
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • News agencies and the telegraph • Led to local press taking market shares from big city papers • Multiplication of contexts led to the robust language of news (Fang 97, p.82) • Nothing new in the why, but rather the how and the who
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • Additionally: what if utterances may be managed machinically... • so that they may appear where relevant (to discourse)
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • An utterance may have metadata (location, time, author, ...) • A much talked about strategy for finding sets of relevance (or at least similarities) is tagging • Others: bayesian filtering, collaborative filtering, ontologies and controlled vocabularies (Dewey)
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • Montage: spatial and temporal • Proximity eases cognition along axes of relevance in different contexts
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • The central point: flow enables expression through multiplication of utterances... • like a smart megaphone with relevance criteria
    • An Utterance in Contexts with Relevance and Proximity • These developments are happening within personal media • At times enabled by CC-licensing • Little friction: only users wishing be heard, not trying to protect their rights or make money out of their weblog posts
    • Enabling Technologies
    • Technologies of Flow • A set of standards • Built on other standards (HTTP / XML) • Fixed by darwinian processes & negotiation • Small pieces... loosely joined • An ongoing process
    • Starting point: personal publishing • Personal publishing software • Hosted (Blogger - Livejournal) • On your own server (Movabletype, ...) • Weblogging as genre dependent on publishing technologies (updating) • Only a few technology providers needed agree (they didn’t though)
    • Speci c Standards • Trackback • RDF Site Summaries (RSS) • Web Services / APIs (over XML-RPC, SOAP, REST)
    • . monday: went to the shop to get dog food Trackback in attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. • Attempts discourse across weblogs / offers bidirectional linking • Commenting by proxy • Example: Mena Trott’s introducing pricing structures to Movabletype • Two contexts – joined
    • . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in RDF Site Summaries (RSS) attempt to ingratiate myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. • Or Really Simple Syndication • A means of knowing that a resource has been updated • Or simply obtaining a list to other resources • Enables syndication and aggregation (in other RSS feeds or on web sites)
    • RSS • Yes, it may just be a way of reading the morning paper... • and yes it is just a list of links with descriptions and pithy metadata • (while keeping in mind: HTML is only a document format)
    • RSS Enables • News readers (which do not only read news) • Confluence of information sources on web sites (Blogger + Delicious + Flickr + ... ) • Podcasting (RSS Enclosures) • Broadcatching (silly term – RSS Enclosures + BitTorrent)
    • . monday: went to the shop to get dog food in attempt to ingratiate Web Services myself with land lady. . saturday: skype sessions fewer and fewer as XMAS approaches. • Simple ways of asking a service questions about its content • Moves structured data from one context to another • Examples: Flickr API, Google maps, Yahoo (flickr, delicious, search, sematic networks)
    • Underskog Social Calendaring for Oslo
    • Underskog • Social calendaring • find out what is happening as a function of what your friends are up to • maintains a global calendar of events everyone is interested in • Collaborative weblog • for richer disclosure & common scope
    • Design • Uses a relatively recent set of design idioms for web applications • Explicitly Social • Collaborative • Dense • Situated (at least half the work is social - ref. upcoming.org) • Porous • Firefly, Six degrees, Flickr, Livejournal, Orkut, Myspace, ...
    • Development • Simen Skogsrud & Even Westvang (Bengler) feat. Alexander Staubo • Interdisciplinary team • No specification (contrast w/ Sone2) • Stories and to-do lists • 1 month (300hrs) part-time effort from first planning meeting to release
    • Personal media in collective contexts • Service must be valuable for the individual • Collect utterances on shared artifacts • Design for disclosure • Remember the lesson of Six-Degrees: reflecting a personal network is fun for 2 days, but not sufficiently valuable (oh, fright)
    • • 643 comments • 5000 private messages • 219 events • 720 recommendation or attendances
    • Underskog is a Gift • No plan to monetize • We want it ourselves and think it may make Oslo better for our friends, their friends and their friends and their friends (everyone)
    • Underskog is Research • Explicitly an effort to learn to design social software (reverse engineering of observations + domain specific solves) • Almost impossible to find data on usage : build something to see how it is used
    • 2 2 2 domstol_no 2 2 2kongehuset_no 5 akademika_no 2 2 135 secretariat_efta_int 16 europaportalen_no lnu_no 21 2 4 2 samediggi_no 2 3 onen_no 5 2 2 2 2 4 23 2 4 norge_no 2 2 3 2 150 stortinget_no 2 senterpartiet_no 87 2 4 gronnstat_no 2 2 7 2 4 175 7 2 2 2 2 3 4 2 2 2 3 5 m_com 8 6 2 5 3 5 19 2 2 4 2 2 2 4 2 5 2 2 2 3 5 2 14 26 13 2 nrk_no 3 3 3 11 europakom 4 3 2 3 5 dep_no 3 38 5 4 2 sv_uio_no 47 2 7 4 2 bifinans_dep_no 91 33 4 40 2 nb_no statsbudsjettet_dep_no 81 2 4 16 54 2 49 frp_no 25 odin_dep_no 125 12 8 3 lovdata_no 2 2 2 8 7 2 7 7 16 52 8 11 3 adobe_com 180 13 47 5 30 adobe_no 2 2 27 6 26 2 2 2 3 3 2 6 statsbudsjett_dep_no 179 10 2 6 173 49 3 2 18 3 sft_no oed_no 7 2 5 3 18
    • 01.12.05
    • 14.12.05
    • 14.12.05 no founders
    • The Porous Underskog
    • The Leaky Forest • RSS • iCal - events > calendars (example) • My events on my web page • Flickr integration • Parasitic relationship across tag spaces
    • RSS • Updates • Tags have RSS feeds • A user (Jørgen) has requested: I need a RSS feed of objects I have contributed to which have updated
    • My events on my web page • Can we use Underskog for our calendaring? • Yes, you can, but not without participating and inviting your friends and telling everyone what you are doing
    • iCal • Calendaring feeds for you or your circle
    • iCal • Calendaring feeds for you or your circle
    • Underskog Needs Images • For coverage of past events • And to lend a general feeling of placeness
    • Integrating Flickr and Underskog • Flickr has an API and tags • Underskog has tags • First thought explicit namespace joining: underskog.no as tag • Then: how about just Oslo + (whatever) • Rights management: Creative Commons + click wrap
    • Flickr + Underskog • Allows us to offers thousands of contextually relevant images • Encourages our users to use Flickr • While giving our users the possibility of having these images used in other contexts (43places.com)
    • Plans... • Two-way SMS alerts and status notification (swipe message rating of concerts in progress through RFIDs in toilets) • Location based through IP or positioning • Finding ways of getting Underskog into other contexts like the physical & public (PDF, newspaper, the video billboard outside Oslo S)
    • Designing for the Porous Web • What contexts may each utterance be valuable in? • How may utterances be allowed to flow? • How may meta-data allow this to happen automatically? • What is the role of vernacular development literacies in this picture?