The ephemerality of digital experience

In b flat is a site I've returned to several times in the few weeks since I discovered it. Which is something I recently realised is pretty unusual. I almost never revisit digital content. I consume it and move on. Off to the next thing, perhaps pausing briefly to add it to Delicious, or more likely these days Tweet about it. And so it goes on. An endless round of ephemeral experience. I may greatly enjoy something, but I almost never return to repeat the experience. Of course there are communities, social networks, etc, that I return to again and again, but that's different, I go there ...

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Data visualization and open government: from theory to practice

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM6XIICm_qo In this TED talk from earlier this year, Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the world wide web, outlines what he calls the 'next web', i.e. a web underpinned by structured machine-readable data, e.g. XML, JSON, CSV, with hackable, consistent URLs and well-described relationships. That's all a bit of mouthful, but what it means in essence is that the next big phase of web development will be about making data available to machines, whereas the first phase of the Internet development was more about making documents accessible to humans. This has of co...

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