Thursday, September 30, 2010

Movies are in 3-D, why not our Data?

On September 29 Julia Grace gave a talk entitled "Movies are in 3-D, why not our Data? - Taking Web 2.0 into the 3-D World"

Here is some more information:

Movies, televisions, video games: flat is out and 3-D is in. We often talk about how Web 2.0 impacts different industries (such as healthcare, journalism or government); now it's time to turn the tables and ask: how is the 3-D movement changing Web 2.0? How can we visualize and interact with our data in three dimensions? From social networking sites to tweeting buses and trains: why it's important that geotagged information generated in our 3-D world be shown in 3-D

You can find the charts for the talk here. You can find out more about Web 2.0 at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 event in NY where Julia also presented.

The attendees were varied (students, IBMers - and there were representatives from a hospital and a bank). The discussion was animated, e.g., whether a sphere is the most appropriate surface to display data, whether other surfaces are possible, applying HD TV ideas on a spherical or other kinds of surfaces. (I dreamt of cerulean spheres last night)

You can contact Julia on twitter


There was an example of an IBM Think sign in the room.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

NYU Open Source Club Visit

The NYU Open Source Club visited IBM 11 Madison. Andy Smith of IBM talked about Apache Shindig and OpenSocial - and how to start contributing:

- Contributing Code Examples:

Here are some links related to some earlier work we did on OpenSocial:

- Build a pureXML and JSON application, Part 1: Store and query JSON with DB2 pureXMLAdopt a simple JSON-to-XML mapping

- Build a pureXML and JSON application, Part 2: Create Universal Services for pureXML that expose JSON Configure, deploy, and test JSON Universal Services on a JSONx store

- Build a pureXML and JSON application, Part 3: Create OpenSocial gadgets for pureXML Define, deploy, and test OpenSocial gadgets to interact with JSON Universal Services

Here are some links for finding internships at IBM:
* Jobs at IBM (you can search by country)
* Extreme Blue at IBM

One of the visiting students had already had a 6 month internship at IBM in Beijing working on the systems for the Olympics. He said that the offices in IBM 11 Madison looked like IBM in Beijing.

We also discussed the database classes at NYU and ate Liquorice Allsorts. One of the students ate Bertie Bassett