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This We Know: Explore U.S. Government Data About Your Community

Thelong-term vision for ThisWeKnow is to model the entire data.gov catalog and make it available to the public using Semantic Web standards as a large-scale online database. ThisWeKnow will provide citizens with a single destination where they can search and browse all the information the government collects. It will also provide other application developers with a powerful standards-based API for accessing the data.

Tue, 04/05/2010 - 08:23


Horizontal Attention Leans Left (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

People spent more than twice as much time looking at the left side of the page as they do the right:

* Left half of screen: 69% of viewing time
* Right half of screen: 30% of viewing time

The remaining 1% of viewing time was spent to the right of the initially-visible 1,024 pixels. Such information is visible only after horizontal scrolling, and the minute amount of attention it attracts confirms the guideline to avoid horizontal scrolling.

Wed, 07/04/2010 - 08:47


Study: Ages of social network users | Royal Pingdom

How old is the average Twitter or Facebook user? What about all the other social network sites, like MySpace, LinkedIn, and so on? How is age distributed across the millions and millions of social network users out there?

To find out, we pulled together age statistics for 19 different social network sites, and crunched the numbers.

Thu, 18/03/2010 - 15:28


BBC - BBC Internet Blog: A new global visual language for the BBC's ...

The BBC website began its official life back in December 1997 with this very simple design. It was a basic offering with two sections to the site. Over time it has grown to encompass a great deal more. However due to the organic way in which the website evolved and the old structure of the business, with dozens of small design teams working independently of each other, the site had a fairly schizophrenic nature once you delved into its depths.

Fri, 19/02/2010 - 12:35


Morgan Stanley sees bright future for mobile Web, credits Apple for ...

A recent report released by Morgan Stanley goes into great detail about the state of the Mobile Internet.

In short the mobile Internet is the future, and the authors see it surpassing the PC as the main way of accessing online information within five years.

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 15:30


Seb Schmoller - independent online learning and e-learning consultancy

Seb is a long-term colleague and friend of Futurate. We've worked with him on various projects including the development of two British Standards for eLearning (BS8788 and BS8419), a major eLearning project for learndirect (10 years ago!) and a web software development project for the Trades Union Congress.

Fri, 11/12/2009 - 12:15