Planet Webmaker: weekly update for April 17, 2012
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“Augmenting Amazonia:” sneak peek at Mark Boas’ new interactive video experiment
This sneak peek interactive video demo uses Mozilla Popcorn to pull interactive notes and context into a beautiful upcoming documentary about the Amazon. It allows viewers to interact with the video and go deeper into the content in whole new ways, including automatically tweet out specific points on the time code for specific moments you want to share.
We have an opportunity to create unique mechanisms that allow deeper interaction, while at the same time sharing a similar experience. —Mark Boas, Knight-Mozilla News Fellow
One neat trick: the pop-up boxes and links that appear alongside the video are stored directly in a simple Google doc, which makes writing, editing and updating them dead easy.
The project uses Popcorn.js and the new IE8 shim + jPlayer. It will eventually be embedded in the Al Jazeera English web site, but can also be popped out and added to tablet, mobile device or your TV / home-screen. Mark says this is all a primer for a larger project: a new web app to view Al Jazeera English documentaries.
- Check out the latest work-in-progress demo version of “Amazonia”
- Watch Mark present it in the Mozilla Webmaker call
- Code will be posted to OpenNews Git Hub soon. Libraries used include jQuery, jPlayer, grab.js, Popcorn.js, Tabletop.js and add2home.js.
- In the mean time, get in touch with Mark to get involved.
- Apply to become a 2012-2013 Knight Mozilla News Fellow
What’s the metric that matters most for the Mozilla Webmaker project?
In a nutshell: contribution. How should the Mozilla Webmaker project track and measure success? What are the key metrics? Mark Surman and Ryan Merkley prepared this presentation for Mozilla’s Board of Directors last week. The major message: contribution — in-depth participation from people helping to build a generation of webmakers alongside us — will be the major metric for success.
- Mozilla Webmakers Metrics: slide presentation (PDF)
- Watch and listen to Ryan’s presentationfrom the last Mozilla Webmaker call (You Tube)
The new Mozilla Webmaker web site: projects, tools and events for webmakers
Projects | Tools | Events. The upcoming Mozilla Webmaker web site will focus on these three core areas: projects, tools and events for webmakers.
What do we mean by “projects?” We mean recipe cards, how to’s and starter projects for making something amazing. From making your own pop-up video in about five minutes, to designing digital learning badges for NASA, to hacking the future of news documentaries with ninjas like Mark Boas, to tweaking your Tumblr template — while learning a bit of HTML and CSS in the process.
Bite-sized starter projects vs. programs. Individual Mozilla Webmaker programs and standalone web sites will continue to be accessible through a single click from a front-page carousel. But the emphasis of the new projects section will be pulling bite-sized opportunities to make, build or contribute something from across these various silos. Like “MakeProjects.com” for webmakers.
We’d been struggling around what to call the “projects” section. Recipes? Activities? Missions? Learning challenges? Tutorials? How Tos? But when you look at what other sites call this stuff — whether Popular Mechanics or Make Magazine or Little Bits — they all use the same simple telegraphic word: “projects.”
- Check out the presentation slides (PDF)
- Listen to audio of Matt’s presentation (You Tube audio only)
- Designer Chris Appleton’s design assets
Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Hackathon in Buenos Aires
Hacking on Mozilla Collusion at the Wall Street Journal Transparency Weekend
Is your smart phone leaking? That’s the question this new “MobileScope” mobile app helps you answer, which won WSJ’s Transparency Weekend “Ready for Primetime” award. There was also lots of exciting new developments on the Mozilla Collusion front — we’ll get a more detailed report back from Gunner in Tuesday’s call.
- Coders Gather for the Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend
- Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend: Day 2
- Wall Street Journal Data Transparency Weekend: Day 3
Next week: make and build with us
- Join the Mozilla Web Maker Community Call. Open to all. Make, learn, share.
- Tuesdays 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm GMT
- Call-in details and agenda: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Webmakers/Community_Calls