Segunda-feira, 19 de Outubro de 2009
State of the Art - Part I

In every research, a comprehensive analyse of the state of the art is of the utmost importance. If we neglect this important milestone, there is a chance we might end up inventing the wheel.


In my dissertation I have identified three areas of expertise, which, in my opinion, should be included in the state of the art analyses:


Social Media, which social media functionalities are available in social network applications and, if possible, which are most commonly used?


Mashups, which of those social network applications are using APIs from other web services? With which technology were they developed? What information do they retrieve from those web services? What information is provided for other applications?


Streaming technology, what technology is being used for live and on demand video/audio streaming?


I already have some previous knowledge on streaming technology from Urock’s state of the art, therefore I will only need to refresh that information. For this reason, I have decided to conduct a thorough research on Social Media and Mashups.


First I need to identify the applications that will be included in this study and create a registration table that will help me to systematize the gathered data.


I have come across a resource that might be very useful for everyone who is conducting this kind of research, “The Conversation Prism”.

 

The Conversation Prism

 

The Conversation Prism, presented by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas


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The Conversation Prism is a living social media map presented by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas. It is a visual representation of social media, grouping similar applications according to their type of use and content. This resource will allow me to compare social media applications with different targets and look for common social functionalities.


Conversation Prism 2.0 is the latest version and features the contribution of many users that, over the past year, have tagged the first version of the map published on Flickr with suggestions of new applications that should be added to the list.


What better way to start a social media research than using a comprehensive list developed in collaboration by an active online community?




1 comentário:
De Pedro Almeida a 26 de Outubro de 2009 às 18:21
Good aproach João.

About the areas to study they all seem to me important. But there's a risk of ending up exploring to many things. Social Media is a very wide area as Mash-ups are.
So my advice is to have an outlook at these areas but then to explore more indepth analysis of applications and examples from these areas related with the focus of the research - promotion of a musical content powered by social media and mashups.


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