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SPAWS: Impact

The SPAWS project – or rather, the funded part – is coming to an end so its time to wrap up the project details. In terms of impact, what have we achieved? 1. We answered the question we set: “is … Continue reading

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Unhosted – building web apps without servers

For some reason I never came across this before, but it seems there is something of a movement (complete with manifesto) promoting client-side-only web apps. According to the Unhosted site: By “unhosted web apps” we mean browser-based apps with no server-side backend. Unlike … Continue reading

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SPAWS: Lessons Learned So Far

The funded part of SPAWS is coming to a close, so its time for me to write about some of the things I’ve learned so far from working on this project. Is the LearningRegistry Node infrastructure suitable for sharing paradata … Continue reading

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Wookie adds support for signed widgets – thanks to Google Summer of Code

This year for the first time we had a Google Summer of Code project in Apache Wookie – Pushpalanka Jayawardhana took on the challenge of implementing the W3C XML Digital Signatures for Widgets specification, which describes how to sign and verify … Continue reading

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SPAWS: Its all started coming together…

Another progress update on my mini project, which is about sharing paradata (user comments, stats etc) from web app stores using a distributed network store (for more info, check out this post). One of my big worries when I started … Continue reading

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Rave, OpenSocial, and Edukapp in Utrecht

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Apache Rave Hackleton at SURFNet in Utrecht. This was also an opportunity to talk about the latest developments in OpenSocial, and also about open web app stores and Edukapp. As part of … Continue reading

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SPAWS meets Edukapp

After a bit of a delay (the JLERN server was having some issues) I’ve finally been able to include my user-generated info sharing library SPAWS in the white-label web app store  project Edukapp. As a first stage, each user-submitted review published … Continue reading

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SPAWS Use Case: “Paradata for Widgets should be shared across Widget Stores”

JISC asked for use cases before funding the recent round of rapid innovation projects – here’s the one I created for “Sharing Paradata Across Widget Stores”: Context and Rationale: A Widget Store is a site that allows users to search … Continue reading

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Delivering web to mobile

Last week I gave a quick overview of the new TechWatch report from the JISC Observatory entitled Delivering Web to Mobile for a JISC webinar. As described in the introduction: This report is intended to help staff of UK education institutions, involved in … Continue reading

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SPAWS: Paradata recipes, identifiers, and starting integration

We just had our first advisory group meeting for SPAWS with Fridolin (OU), Sten (KUL) and Daniel (IMC) which has left us with plenty of things to think about. Models for Paradata We had a look at the paradata models … Continue reading

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