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A manifesto for mobile IT


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A lightning talk given at the Eduserv Symposium 2010: The Mobile University by Nick Skelton of the University of Bristol.

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A manifesto for mobile IT

  1. 1. A manifesto for mobile IT Nick Skelton Eduserv Symposium 13 th May 2010 @nick_skelton Image
  2. 2. How we used to think
  3. 3. How we need to think
  4. 4. What we used to build
  5. 5. Mobile is different to desktop <ul><li>No single dominant platform </li></ul><ul><li>Touch interface not click </li></ul><ul><li>Personal, intimate technology </li></ul><ul><li>Context – time, location </li></ul><ul><li>Built-in apps preferred to third-party apps </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning of data matters </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mobile Campus Assistant
  7. 7. Building services for mobile Data exposed in open or industry standard formats web interface using standard HTML only web interface Works on PCs ...and tablets, smartboards... ...and phones, ebook readers, TVs, MP3 players...
  8. 8. Choosing the right standard Proprietary format, single supplier Free / open source, unpatented, ISO standard Patent licensed on RAND terms, available from multiple suppliers Widely used Unused Wifi PDF ActiveSync IMAP Skype Lotus Notes MP3 Ogg Vorbis RSS iCalendar SyncML TCP/IP Blackberry HTML