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DiSo Dashboard Outline

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Here's some ideas I've been formulating - for years

Here's some ideas I've been formulating - for years

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  • 1. Outline format for DiSO Dashboards A format to tie the distributed web together
  • 2. Current focus of DiSO
    • Find agreement on Activity stream feed formats
    • Verbs and Objects
    • Atom media extensions
    • Most major platforms lining up
  • 3. Feeds in a distributed world
    • Activity stream reflects what a user or group is doing, with a unique item for each update
    • Output from a wide range of sources
    • User subscribes to these feeds – and aggregates them in a ‘dashboard’ or some other form of aggregator or lifestream mngr
    • These aggregators can be social networks or blogging platforms
  • 4. Dashboards can be a common notion that can connect users together
    • All users will have some sort of Dashboard or centralized place for “all their stuff”
    • Dashboards can be:
      • a start page (iGoogle, NetVibes, MyYahoo)
      • a social network (Facebook, MySpace)
      • a blog (Wordpress, TypePad)
      • a meta-aggregator (FriendFeed)
      • or practically anything else
  • 5. Dashboards can represent….
    • An Individual
    • A Group
    • An Enterprise
    • An NGO or other kind of org or even a government agency
    • But it’s clearly a node in the user’s distributed web
    • Which can be used as a mechanism for collecting and sharing in the distributed web
  • 6. By connecting Dashboards together
    • We can have a metaphor to connect any kind of app and/or web service to any kind of community and/or end-user
    • Each Dashboard would have an outline which could act as a data pivot point for connecting distributed systems together
  • 7. Each Dashboard’s outline
    • Would represent the Dashboard’s info:
      • User’s state and presence
      • Profile data and social info
      • Content and media
      • Feeds and access privileges
      • Modules and Configuration settings
    • Could be ‘discovered’
    • And would help facilitate:
      • Dataportability
      • Interoperability
      • Shared Social Graphs
      • Distributed friending and messaging
      • Aggregated Groups and Communities
      • Other kinds of distributed ‘goodness’
  • 8. Outline format – the beginning
    • Type of Dashboard
    • Feeds Subscriptions
    • Access privileges to those Feeds
      • who gets ‘access to what’ in the feeds
      • the Dashboard’s access privs would regulate access to data objects, people, web pages or practically anything else – controlled by the user
      • sort of like Facebook Connect for us all
  • 9. Outline format – and an ID Hub
    • JanRain is offering something, which we (BBM) started building with PeopleAggregator
    • A collection of ID technologies called an ID Hub
    • ID Hubs would support both open and proprietary ID systems – and connect them together
  • 10. ID Hubs are important
    • They support the Open Stack and help bring user centric IDs to all
    • But they also recognize the market leaders and are pragmatic for today’s installed base
  • 11. So every Dashboard will store a user’s ID Hub
    • ID Hubs should be a part of the Dashboard’s outline
    • Each ID system would be kept
    • track of
    • And an aggregated social graph
    • would be developed
  • 12. And every Dashboard should also help facilitate distributed Friending
    • Distributed Friending will store each person’s set of Friends on their own ‘dashboard’
    • Sort of like Google Friend Connect – only WE get a copy of our own social graph, not Google
  • 13. 4 different buttons, same technology
    • Distributed Friending can facilitate different kinds of social relationships, at the same time
  • 14. Outline format – and Social info
    • A full range of Social info would
    • be stored in the Dashboard’s Outline
    • In addition to distributed friending
    • What Groups or Networks they’re
    • a member of
    • What their Favs are
    • What their Bookmarks are
    • All sorts of info about the user and other people
  • 15. Outline format – and Content
    • All of the User’s Content would be
    • represented in their Dashboard’s
    • Outline
    • All kinds of text posts, notes, Twits
    • and Messages
    • Comments
    • Reviews and Events
    • Testimonials and Shoutouts
    • Connected to the Dashboard’s Access controls
  • 16. Outline format – and Media
    • And all sorts of media, both
    • payloads and pointers
    • With collections of media item
    • - as well
      • Playlists of Video and Audio
      • Albums and Galleries of Images
    • Connected to the Dashboard’s
    • Access controls
  • 17. Outline format – Modules & Widgets
    • The Dashboard’s Outline would also
    • represent what modules, widgets
    • and code were present
    • What Flash and Ajax/Javascript
    • Widgets are included
    • What platform specific ‘Gadgets’
    • What OpenSocial Apps and
    • Facebook apps
    • What code segments, Java apps,
    • ActiveX controls
  • 18. Outline format – UI Elements
    • And what UI Elements were
    • ‘ surfaced’ to the users
    • All of the Elements which make
    • up the Dashboard’s UI
  • 19. Outline format – Dashboard Configuration
    • And finally what:
      • Those UI settings are
      • Which web services and
      • APIs are supported
      • What Templates are being
      • utilized
      • What meta-data – about
      • the entire Dashboard
      • What Devices are supported
      • Geo information
      • Directories of everything;
      • where everything is
  • 20. All in one Outline
    • By combining all of this distributed data – in one outline, a wide range of inter-connectivity can be facilitated – with one format
    • The outline serves as an aggregation of standard info – accessible the same way across a wide range of dashboards
    • Not necessarily a file or page tags (maybe both)
    • Can/should be OPML and XOXO compatible too!
    • And created/edited in a new kind of tool
  • 21. DiSO Dashboard