Home of The Tiny Guide to Dashboard Concept

November 20th, 2008 Benjamin Horst

For the past few weeks I’ve been developing an idea to extend 3.0’s Welcome Screen into a more complete Dashboard concept. The idea sprung from Google Chrome‘s new tab screen, Spicebird‘s Home screen, and the social software ideas being developed as KDE’s Open Collaboration Services.

Yesterday I uploaded (well, Alexandro did it for me) a mockup to the OOo Wiki in order to share my Dashboard concept for further discussion. I have some plans to improve the current mockup, and will attach an ODG to the page to make it easier for others to illustrate ideas to build on top of what I have started.

If you’re interested, please check out the page and provide some feedback.

I think this Dashboard idea fits well with our plans to make OpenOffice feel more modern, configurable, and social, so let’s see what the community can do with this!

Open Source Social Networking: The Open Mesh

November 18th, 2008 Benjamin Horst

With Appleseed, Elgg, Mugshot, BuddyPress and others, I’m seeing a lot of development activity around open source social networking.

Following this back to Appleseed, the very first attempt at an open source social networking platform that I personally discovered, brought me to a post on Marc’s Voice blog titled “How to Build the Open Mesh.”

A broad treatise on the subject and a strategic map, the linked post is actually a table of contents to ten detailed chapters on the topic:

“I have created a series of blog posts which attempts to map out many of the issues, constructs, technologies and standards required to build out the open mesh.

“Each post has a chart showing how the particular area I’m focusing on – looks vis a vis one’s ID and profile record. Then I started to imagine what these charts would look like – overlaid on top of each other.

“Each one of the posts maps out who the major players are, who are the dudes and dudesses down in the trenches doing the work and how do I see all these areas meshing together.

“So here is the Table of Content on the series. Please send me any input, feedback, corrections, additional names and players and lets all build the open mesh – together.”

When people talk about “Web3.0,” I imagine this is what they mean. Not just the read/write web, not just a giant semantic database like the Semantic Web, but rather the combination of both those things with a layer of personal human data and relationship graphs. It’s huge, fascinating, and will keep us busy for the next decade or more.