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technological innovation in a world of web apis

http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/conferences/cetis-2008/http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/conferences/cetis-2008/

Technological Innovation in a World of Web APIs

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Brian Kelly

UKOLN

University of Bath

Bath, UK

B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk

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about the facilitators
About The Facilitators

Introduction

  • Brian Kelly:
    • UK Web Focus: a national advisory post
    • Long-standing Web evangelist (since Jan 1993)
    • Based at UKOLN, University of Bath, with remit to advise HE/FE and cultural heritage sectors
    • Interests include Web 2.0, standards, accessibility and deployment strategies
  • Marieke Guy:
    • Research officer at UKOLN
    • Recently working on JISC PoWR (Preservation of Web Resource)
    • Currently involved in JISC report on “What Makes a Good API?”
about this session
About This Session

Introduction

  • Title:
    • Technological Innovation in a World of Web APIs
  • Structure:
    • An ‘unconference’
  • Approach:
    • Some planned sessions; but scope for flexibility
    • Emphasis on your contributions
  • Aims:
    • Explore implications of a development environment based on Web APIs
    • Discuss opportunities and challenges
    • Seek to identify best practices and recommendations
about you 1
About You (1)

Introduction

  • How many of you are:
    • Software developers
      • Develop APIs for use by others
      • Exploit APIs ‘in the cloud’
    • JISC employees
    • Work for a JISC Service
    • Work on a JISC-funded project
    • E-learning technologist
    • Manager / policy maker
    • Learner
    • User
    • Other
  • NOTE: You may have multiple roles!
about you 2
About You (2)

Introduction

  • In small groups state:
    • Your name and institution
    • What you do
    • What you feel you can contribute to the session
    • What you hope to gain from this session
questions
Questions
  • Any questions or comments?
what are we talking about

What Are We Talking About?

Definitions

  • We need to define what we are talking about, in order to avoid misunderstandings:
    • Web API: Wikipedia
    • Cloud computing: Wikipedia
    • Software as a Service (SaaS): Wikipedia
    • Platform as a Service (PaaS): Wikipedia
    • Data as a Service (DaaS): Data Management
    • Data Cloud: Semantic Web blog, Paul Miller
  • Suggestions for definitions invited

OTOH it may be better to avoid a rigourous definition and leave society to arrive at an understanding of the term (cf ‘Web 2.0’)

what s happening today
What’s Happening Today?

Examples

  • Examples of use of Web APIs invited
what is it of interest
What Is It Of Interest?
  • Why:
    • Is this session so popular?
    • Why are ‘Web APIs’ so exciting?

Why The Interest?

what next
What Next?

What Next?

  • Thoughts for later:
    • Web APIs are of interest?
    • We’ve seen examples of their use
  • But:
    • What are the barriers?
    • What are the best practices?
    • How should we be exploiting Web APIs, the cloud, … in our institutions?
    • What should JISC be doing?
questions1
Questions
  • Any questions or comments?