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What is opensocial

Eric Meeks (UCSF)Leslie Yuan (UCSF)OpenSocial Gadget Update from UCSF June 17, 2011 – Harvard Profiles User Group Meeting

What is opensocial
What is OpenSocial?

  • OpenSocial is a set of common application programming interfaces (APIs) for web-based social network applications, developed by Google along with MySpace and a number of other social networks.

Ucsf goals
UCSF Goals

  • Extend UCSF Profiles, building new features without touching core Profiles code

  • Create an OpenSocial standards-based library of shareable gadgets

  • Foster a community across institutions for building and sharing knowledge and gadgets

  • Harness existing communities and gadgets

Where are we today
Where are we today?

Make Profiles an OpenSocial Container

Build a library of useful gadgets

  • Faculty Mentoring

  • Document Sharing via

  • Live hyperlinks within a profile

  • Profile List Tool

  • Google full text search of profiles

  • Working on more gadgets (activity streams and more… )

What is opensocial

Quick Demo(see Slideshare gadget, search for investigator Ida SimFor Mentoring gadget, search for investigator Jeanette Brown

Technical notes
Technical Notes

First requirement: extend the Profiles to be an OpenSocial enabled platform

  • Apache Shindig + the Profiles API

    Then develop gadgets – which are:

  • Lightweight & easily developed

  • Usually under 500 lines of code

  • E.g., Mentor Gadget Source Code = XML, HTML & JavaScript

Where to now an open community for application sharing
Where to now? An Open Community for Application Sharing









Application Library


  • The Profiles Team

  • The Shindig Team

  • Andy Smith (IBM), Mark Weitzel (IBM) and the OpenSocial Foundation