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Intro. Rethinking the community calendar. Jon Udell Ann Arbor District Library Sept 26, 2012 http://elmcity.cloudapp.net. I went to this university. Where I won this award. Then I worked on this publication. Then went to this graduate school. Then I worked for this software company.

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intro
Intro

Rethinking the community calendar

Jon Udell

Ann Arbor District Library

Sept 26, 2012

http://elmcity.cloudapp.net

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Why?

Characteristics of the solution:

1. There's no central point of control

2. Everyone is responsible for their own data

3. Standards enable data contributions to form networks

so washtenaw county calendar of events
So:Washtenaw County calendar of events

https://secure.ewashtenaw.org/eventcal/ViewCalendar.do?view=month

what is icalendar and why would i care
What is iCalendar and why would I care?
  • What is iCalendar?
  • The standard Internet format for exchanging calendar information.
  • Supported by Google Calendar, Hotmail Calendar, Outlook, Apple iCal, Lotus Notes, others.
  • Why should I care?
  • When you use a iCalendar-aware program to manage your web calendar:
  • It creates HTML for people to read.
  • It also creates an iCalendar feed for automatic data exchange.
  • Unfortunately…
  • Most web calendars (including eWashtenaw’s) are only available as HTML (or even PDF). So people can view them, but computers can't automatically exchange the data.
a2cal quick stats
A2cal quick stats

Sources feeding the Ann Arbor hub

ical prodids
iCal PRODIDs

Applications that produced the feeds

bright lights aadl
Bright lights: AADL

Syndication from the Ann Arbor District Library

bright lights crazy wisdom
Bright lights: Crazy Wisdom

Syndication from CrazyWisdom

the html pdf rss fallacy
The HTML/PDF/RSS fallacy

How humans represent calendar events:

“Community Information Sharing Seminar with Jon Udell, Ann Arbor District Library, Sept. 26 at 4PM“

How computers represent calendar events:

DTSTART;TZID=EST;20120926T160000

SUMMARY:Jon Udell: Community Info Sharing

LOCATION:Ann Arbor District Library

HTML, PDF,

RSS

iCalendar

google share calendar
Google share calendar

Step 2: Make it public (once only)

capture google html and ical
Capture Google HTML and iCal

Step 3: Capture HTML for website, iCalendar URL for syndication (once only)

<iframesrc="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ajgh1q3t9plrlcoobkovsdfm88%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York" style="border: 0" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

HTML (for people)

iCalendar (for computers)

https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/ajgh1q3t9plrlcoobkovsdfm88%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

embed google html
Embed Google HTML

Step 4: Ask webmaster to embed the HTML in your site (once only)

transmit url to curator
Transmit URL to curator

Step 5: Send the iCal URL to the syndication hub (once only)

From: lucast@ewashtenaw.org 1

To: jonu@microsoft.com 2

Subject: iCal feed for Washtenaw County public meetings

Hi there,

Please syndicate our calendar at this URL:

https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/8i9vg16fbddqkct11sml54a0m0%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

1. Person responsible for the eWashtenaw public calendar

2. Person responsible for the syndication hub

google create event
Google create event

From now on, when you create an event here…

and potentially even community television network
And potentially even Community Television Network

And maybe even on community access television?

hotmail share calendar
Hotmailshare calendar

Step 2: Make it public (once only)

capture hotmail html and ical
Capture Hotmail HTML and iCal

HTML (for people)

iCalendar (for computers)

embed hotmail html
Embed Hotmail HTML

Step 4: Ask webmaster to embed the HTML in your site (once only)

transmit url to curator1
Transmit URL to curator

Step 5: Send the iCal URL to the syndication hub (once only)

From: lucast@ewashtenaw.org

To: jonu@microsoft.com

Subject: iCal feed for Washtenaw County public meetings

Hi there,

Please syndicate our calendar at this URL:

webcals://cid-dffec23daaf5ee89.calendar.live.com/calendar/eWashtenaw/calendar.ics

hotmail create event
Hotmail create event

From now on, when you create an event here…

blind pig in a2cal via upcoming
Blind Pig in a2cal via upcoming

http://elmcity.cloudapp.net/a2cal/html?view=music

The Hood Internet shows up here via Upcoming

blind pig in facebook

https://www.facebook.com/BlindPigAnnArbor/events

Blind Pig in facebook

The Blind Pig didn’t include The Hood Internet (Sep 26) in its Facebook calendar.

But it was a source for these events.

blind pig sept 30 in a2cal

Syndicating from Facebook

Blind Pig Sept 30 in a2cal

Duplication isn’t necessarily bad. When times and titles match, multiples coalesce.

Two Gallants also shows up here (at the wrong time, because somebody else entered the data into Upcoming)

Two Gallants shows up here (at the right time, because The Blind Pig entered the data into Facebook)

one click add to facebook
One-click Add To Facebook

Any syndicated event can also be added to personal calendars in the cloud (Google, Hotmail) or on the desktop (Outlook, Apple iCal)

crazy wisdom all vs music only

Organizing feeds into categories

Crazy Wisdom: all vs music only

http://elmcity.cloudapp.net/a2cal/html?view=crazywisdom

http://elmcity.cloudapp.net/a2cal/html?view=crazywisdom,music

crazy wisdom feeds and tags
Crazy Wisdom feeds and tags

Organizing feeds into categories

crazy wisdom making the music feed

Organizing feeds into categories

Crazy Wisdom: making the music feed

BEGIN:VEVENT

CATEGORIES:crazywisdom

CATEGORIES:music

DESCRIPTION: Live Music Weekends at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room \n 8:30 to 10

:30 p.m. &ndash\; No Cover Charge \n Every Friday and Saturday night C

razy Wisdom invites you to Tea and Tunes. Not a tea drinker? No problem! C

razy Wisdom offer a wide selection of coffee drinks. (while you&rsquo\;re

here\, don&rsquo\;t forget to try some of our tasty treats as well!) \n

Click here to see who is playing

DTEND;TZID=Eastern Standard Time:20120928T223000

DTSTAMP:20120924T135335

DTSTART;TZID=Eastern Standard Time:20120928T203000

LOCATION:

SEQUENCE:0

SUMMARY:Live Music in th Tea Room

UID:eab1368d-f802-45ab-b63f-842bf09fa1c6

URL:http://www.crazywisdom.net/events.html

END:VEVENT

slauson all vs music only

Organizing feeds into categories

Slauson: all vs music only

http://elmcity.cloudapp.net/a2cal/html?view=slauson

http://elmcity.cloudapp.net/a2cal/html?view=slauson,music

big picture

State Hub A: Arts and Culture

State Hub B: Tech and Business

Big picture

Ann Arbor music

Detroit music

Ann Arbor tech

Detroit tech

Ann Arbor art

Grand Rapids art

Lansing business

Ann Arbor business

Community Arts and Culture Hub

Community Tech and Business Hub

music

art

tech

business

art

environment

health

sports

music

business

tech

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For more information:

http://elmcity.cloudapp.net

jonu@microsoft.com