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The right level of detail (MediaWiki, APIs)
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A talk I gave at the first MXUG-style Girl Geek Dinner in Melbourne, 21/7/2009. This version comes with extra explanatory slides for the attendance-deprived. …

A talk I gave at the first MXUG-style Girl Geek Dinner in Melbourne, 21/7/2009. This version comes with extra explanatory slides for the attendance-deprived.

I love web apps. But they generally don't have very good tools to help their own users deal with data overload. Like filters and summaries. Luckily, we have APIs, so they're pretty easy to string together. Examples using MediaWiki.

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  • 1. the right level of detail brianna@modernthings.org
  • 2. i ♥ web apps...
  • 3. (I use a lot of wikis)
  • 4. ...but...
  • 5. they're so needy!
  • 6. some web apps help users manage data well. the good:
  • 7. the bad:
  • 8. LinkedIn groups
  • 9. (why can't I get all group news in one email?)
  • 10. the ugly:
  • 11. this was fine when I read my wikis every day, but no longer.
  • 12. I need... filters!
  • 13. and... summaries!
  • 14. what kind of problem is this?
  • 15. usability
  • 16. user communication
  • 17. marketing
  • 18. user marketing communication usability
  • 19. luckily, we can build our own solution...
  • 20. ...because we have APIs!
  • 21. an example: MediaWiki.
  • 22. api.php mediawiki.org/wiki/API
  • 23. mwclient Python library for accessing MediaWiki API
  • 24. (affordable web hosting)
  • 25. mwfeeds.modernthings.org Filter feeds for only edits that add a new H2 heading.
  • 26. So instead of THIS:
  • 27. I can just have the items that add new topics. woot!
  • 28. (Pipes could probably do it too. No API needed.)
  • 29. pipes.yahoo.com
  • 30. Summary example on one of my favourite “occasional” wikis:
  • 31. so I want something like this:
  • 32. Hi! Here's what happened in geekfeminism.wikia.com this week. * 243 edits were made in the article space. Wow! That's 34 edits every day. * 22 editors were working this week. The top 5 busiest people have been Thayvian (131 edits), Skud (75 edits), Elky (9 edits), Hypatia (3 edits) and 78.105.109.196 (3 edits). Thanks everyone! * 77 different articles were edited, including 25 completely brand new pages. Woot! Top 5 articles this week: * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/EMACS_virgins_joke * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Ubuntero_gendered_name * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Trigger_warning * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_Stallman * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_women_in_Open_Source And all the new articles: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Troll * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Concern_troll * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Stereotype_threat * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Defcon_comic_strip_incident * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Emasculation * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Dress_a_day_blog * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Concern_trolls * http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_Stallman
  • 33. 30 minutes of hacking later:
  • 34. todo: generalise, hook into email/RSS, better faster stronger
  • 35. but really... how easy is that?!
  • 36. credits ● Title – CC-BY – jared - http://www.flickr.com/photos/generated/2056145757/ ● Mouth open – CC-BY-SA – bradleygee - http://www.flickr.com/photos/icanchangethisright/3690065403/ ● The good – CC-BY – pinksherbet - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/2160471914/ ● The bad – CC-BY-SA – yogi - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yogi/65938277/ ● The ugly – CC-BY – isforinsects - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sethwoodworth/2714717353/ ● Filter – CC-BY-SA – daveyll - http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveyll/332723930/ ● Summary – CC-BY- Tom T - http://www.flickr.com/photos/scraplab/3195233814/ ● Digging – CC-BY – woodleywonderworks - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/3377221745/ ● Map mashup – CC-BY – caterina - http://www.flickr.com/photos/caterina/12204207/ ● Surprise – CC-BY-SA – bensonkua - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bensonkua/2754312951/ ● Web logos and screenshots – most are copyrighted with all rights reserved. everything else is mine & licensed CC-BY-SA!
  • 37. thanks! brianna@ modernthings.org identi.ca/pfctdayelise brianna.laugher.id.au/ blog

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