Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators

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In this conversation with Make Magazine's founder Dale Dougherty, host Jon Udell asks why our tradition of Yankee ingenuity went off the rails, how the social movement sparked by Make (and celebrated at Maker Faires) puts it back on track, and whether a next generation of mechanical and electronic hackers will wind up scratching more itches than just their own.

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Gilad Lotan is a world citizen who contributes to Global Voices Online and explores means to visualize the ebb and flow of conversations and memes online. In this conversation with host Jon Udell he explains why and how he surveys the Hebrew blogosphere for readers of English, and discusses his …
Linda Stone coined the phrase "continuous partial attention" and has long been concerned about the psychological effects of computers and networked information systems. Now she's exploring the physiological effects too. In this conversation with Jon Udell, she explains what "email apnea" is, and discusses why and how we should learn …
Herbert Van de Sompel is a digital librarian who wonders why the web has no memory, and wants to do something about that. In this conversation he tells host Jon Udell about the Memento project, a proposed protocol that browsers can use to scroll through historical versions of web resources.
PowerPivot, a new add-in for Excel, can absorb and analyze vast quantities of data. And it can ingest that data from sources that support that Atom-based OData protocol. John Hancock, who led the charge to add support for data feeds to PowerPivot, tells host Jon Udell how it works, why …
In this episode Scott Rosenberg discusses two of his books. Say Everything (2009) is a history of blogging, and Dreaming in Code (2006) is an inside account of the Chandler project. He also talks about his latest project, MediaBugs, a Knight Foundation-funded effort to crowd-source the correction of errors in …
Networks of people, information, things, and energy are coming together in ways that redefine the practice of architecture. Duncan Wilson, an engineer with the global consulting firm Arup, joins host Jon Udell to discuss a variety of projects that illustrate the new synthesis.
Flat World Knowledge is pioneering a new way to create and distribute textbooks. The model combines open licensing, online access, and print-on- demand. In this week's episode, host Jon Udell discusses the model with co- founder Eric Frank and CTO Jon Williams.
Sal Khan's response to the crisis in education is Khanacademy.org, a site that lists a vast and growing collection of his YouTube video lessons in math, physics, chemistry, biology, and economics. In this conversation he discusses his teaching philosophy and methods with host Jon Udell, and explains why he abandoned …
This year marks the 50th anniversary of PLATO, the pioneering educational courseware system that was also, for certain lucky individuals at certain universities, a preview of an online culture -- one that many others would not encounter for decades to come. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, PLATO historian …
For many years, Greg Wilson has taught a course called Software Carpentry: to scientists, to university students, and to working programmers. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, he discusses the digital and mental tools in the software carpenter's kit, and he reflects on how the course might be taught …
Doug Day is the author of an open source library for reading and writing iCalendar files. He has also created an online validator for the venerable -- but still underutilized -- calendar format. In this conversation, Doug Day and host Jon Udell discuss why and how the validator can help …
Howard Eglowstein, a principal engineer with Climate Energy, LLC -- and former BYTE colleague of host Jon Udell -- has always worked at the intersection of hardware and software hacking. In this conversation he discusses freewatt, a micro-CHP (combined heat and power) system. He also reflects on the eclipse and …
Randy Julian founded Indigo BioSystems in order to bring a modern style of information management -- flexible schemas, linked data -- to the business of drug discovery. In this conversation he explains to host Jon Udell that it's not enough to represent experimental data in standard ways. We also need …
In this conversation with Martin Hepp, host Jon Udell explores GoodRelations, the e-commerce ontology that was also discussed in an earlier interview with Kingsley Idehen. When annotated using GoodRelations, pages describing products and services can be found and compared far more effectively than is possible on today's web.
Gavin Bell's new book, Building Social Web Applications, synthesizes a wealth of practical knowledge gleaned from his own long career as a web developer and from interviews with fellow practitioners. In this conversation he reviews the key principles and patterns that define what we today call the social web but …
Clipperz is an online password manager that knows nothing about you or your data, and transmits no secrets over the wire. How? In this conversation with host Jon Udell, Clipperz co-founder Marco Barulli explains that recent improvements in JavaScript engines have enabled a new generation of zero- knowledge web applications.
How can you solicit honest feedback from friends and business associates? Rypple co-founder Daniel Debow says that his company's new service is the answer. It's quick, it's easy, and it's anonymous. It's true that online anonymity can often lead to trouble online. But Daniel Debow tells host Jon Udell that …
If you're a writer, a musician, or an artist, you can use Creative Commons licenses to share your digital works. But how can scientists license their work for sharing? In this conversation, Victoria Stodden -- a fellow with Science Commons -- explains to host Jon Udell why scientific output is …
Much of the web's implicit connectedness is never made explicit because we refer to the same things in many different ways. In this conversation, Metaweb's Stefano Mazzocchi explains to host Jon Udell how Freebase reconciles web namespaces to expose useful connections.