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<li><a href="#bio">About Ryan Freitas</a></li>
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<li><a href="#slides">Presentation slides</a></li>
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Presentations about data

Podcasts, slides, videos and more

The bit between data and you — video presentation from Matthew Sheret

So, how can we play with data to offer genuinely new perspectives on the things we’re doing? And what stories are emerging as we do that?

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

See the slides and hear the podcast »

Christopher Giffard — HTML5 Video, Captioning, and Timed Metadata

Photo of Christopher GiffardThe key focuses of this session will be accessibility, searchable media, and enriching existing multimedia experiences with timed data, all with a liberal application of flashy eye-​​candy. And of course we’re using the freshly minted Timed Text Track specification, soon appearing in a browser near you!

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Peter Mika — Making the Web searchable

Photo of Peter MikaIn this presentation, we overview the basic set of technologies that can be used to annotate web pages so that they can be processed by data-​​aware search engines.

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Adam Bell & David Peterson — Bringing History Alive: Telling stories with Linked Data and open source tools

Photo of Adam BellPhoto of David PetersonDuring this session we will demonstrate some early prototypes and experiments, key uses of Linked Data, practical publishing tools and discuss how this work is unfolding inside one of Australia’s major collecting institutions.

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Andrew Fisher — How the web is going physical

Photo of Andrew FisherWhen it comes to the “Internet of Things”, web designers and developers are uniquely placed to create, connect and produce innovative new ways for these devices to be used.

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Brian Suda — Visualising Data

Photo of Brian SudaIn this presentation, I’ll walk you through a quick overview of some basic chart and graph design, then look at how easy it is to write some quick scripts in your favourite language to produce beautiful graphics. SVG is an under-​​​​rated technology, but it can be created programmatically and quickly to visualise data.

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Aaron Parecki — Geolocation

Photo of Aaron PareckiWhile location-​​based mobile apps are becoming increasingly popular, they are still relatively new. Special considerations need to be made for battery life and handling large data sets of geolocated data. The good news is there are many services and technologies you can use to assist you in building mobile location-​​based apps.

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Closing keynote: Hilary Mason — Machine Learning for Web Data

Hilary Mason PortraitMany of us create and work with data that lives on the web. This kind of data has similar characteristics that makes it possible to learn successful techniques and avoid ‘reinventing the wheel’ for analysis.

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Ryan Freitas — Balancing data-​​driven & “genius” design

Ryan Freitas PortraitWhat is the appropriate role of quantitative and quantitative data when designing for interaction? What are the most effective ways to gather and interpret data that effectively improves the quality of the consumer experience?

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Gordon Grace — More than raw: government data online

Gordon Grace PortraitLearn about the path to the first release of data​.gov​.au; a draft roadmap to future releases; the barriers to linked data and open public sector information (PSI); and the real-​​​​world questions this technology aims to solve.

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Paul Hagon — Enriching large data sets

Paul Hagon PortraitLibraries contain masses of beautifully structured data collected over many years. But these records may have their flaws and might now want to be used in ways, such as location based services, that weren’t imagined 30 years ago. How can we use existing API’s and web services to enrich this data to enable it to be used in a variety of ways. This data also needs to be exposed for others to use and build upon. With the recent release of the Government response to the Web 2.0 taskforce, how can institutions comply with these recommendations by providing their data in usable forms for the public. What’s involved in building an API into our resources and how can our data be given more meaning through semantic linkages like RDFa?

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Knud Möller — RDFa everywhere

Knud Möller PortraitIn this talk, an overview will be given of the RDFa technology in general, followed by an outline of its latest developments, such as the RDFa API and the definition of RDFa Core.

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Luke Stevens — Data driven design

Luke Stevens PortraitFar from being the enemy, data can be a designer’s best friend. So much so that it just might be the backbone of the next evolution of web design. Data doesn’t mean less creativity and experimentation, it means more. We’ve learned how to design sites that look good, and we know how to mark up our pages with web standards. Now it’s time to figure out what performs best.

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Fergus Pitt & David Peterson — The mashed up playlist

Fergus Pitt PortraitDavid Peterson PortraitThe ABC launched three new socially networked digital radio websites: ABC Dig Music, ABC Jazz and ABC Country in July 2009. They are the first of several ABC projects involving content aggregation. As well as having slick, highly usable designs the music platform integrates with various sources including MusicBrainz, YouTube, Last​.fm and Wikipedia. This aggregation functionality graphically illustrates the possibilities of Semantic Web technology for an editorial organisation such as the ABC.

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Renato Iannella — Opening up social networks

Renato Iannella PortraitSocial Networks have been a world-​​wide phenomenon and their proliferation poses a pressing interoperability and usability challenge to both web users and service providers. Web users have different social networks accounts and utilise them in different ways depending on the context. For example, more friendly chat on FaceBook, more professional on LinkedIn, and a bit daring interaction on Hi5. Maintaining these multiple online profiles is cumbersome and time consuming and locks in the web user to a service provider. Also, sharing information and user-​​generated content is particularly challenging due to the obscure nature of privacy and rights management on social networks and the lack of awareness and transparency of such policies.

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