• WebMedia 2008 Keynote

    Published: Tuesday, 04 November 2008

    Dr. Simon Harper recently gave the opening keynote at WebMedia 2008 in Vila Velha Brazil.The keynote, titled 'NeoVictorian Computing, with a Twist', perhaps should have been titled 'NeoVictorian Enterprise Computing'.

    Dr. Simon Harper recently gave the opening keynote at WebMedia 2008 in Vila Velha Brazil. The keynote, titled 'NeoVictorian Computing, with a Twist', perhaps should have been titled 'NeoVictorian Enterprise Computing'. It focused on the lessons learnt in the lab with regard to constraint and constrained environments and operating modality, generalising our work on accessibility into the main-stream. We build some principles that should be followed, see how these are applied in Neo-Victorian Computing, and suggest a model comprising both for use in the enterprise. You can get the slides at: http://www.simonharper.info/publications/Harper2008kl-slides.pdf and the accompanying paper at: http://www.simonharper.info/publications/Harper2008kl.pdf

    There was quite a lot of feedback on the day, and also a number of interesting follow up discussions at the conference dinner and by email awaiting my return to the UK. The WebMedia event is the fourteenth of the series, and continues the sequence of symposiums realized under this name since 2003. This event aims at providing a single, high-profile, nationally renowned forum for the theory and practice of multimedia, hypermedia and the Web. One other conference co-located with WebMedia was LA-WEB, the Latin American Web Conference, which was also quite interesting.

    The full bibtex is:
    @inproceedings{Harper2008kl,
    Abstract = {Experience in World Wide Web (Web) accessibility has taught us: to think about small bespoke solutions; to tailor interaction and requirements to the user and job at hand; to value high data interoperability; to realise that large enterprise systems, become unmanageable and unable to change at the speed required by both users and technology; and finally, to value heterogeneity. Indeed, with the advent of Workflows, Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs), Representational state transfer (RESTful) services, and Cloud Computing we can also see these viewpoints becoming more common in mainstream thought. Here, we use Bernstein's concept of `NeoVictorian Computing' as a counterfoil to Andriole's new viewpoint of 21st century software development. We extrapolate from the Web development model into corporate and enterprise systems and propose an architecture of client based heterogeneous applications each tailored to a specific user, and their job, with highly interoperable data, controlled by workflows that are transferred with the data itself. We discount the new client--computing fad, as this really means centrally controlled, sometimes unavailable, old style enterprise systems. We suggest that by moving toward user centred agile systems we follow the conceptual, if not the technological, underpinnings of the Web. In this case we realise that Web developers are in a privileged position to shape and push forward this new kind of software architecture and the `craft' based approaches which will drive it.},
    Address = {{New York, USA}},
    Author = {Simon Harper},
    Booktitle = {{WebMedia 2008 | Proceedings of the 14th Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the Web}},
    Date-Added = {2008-11-04 10:51:38 +0000},
    Date-Modified = {2008-11-04 11:03:14 +0000},
    Editor = {Jos{'e} Gon{c c}alves Pereira Filho and et al},
    Keywords = {Neovictorian Computing, Enterprise Computing, Constraint, Accessibility, Human Factors, World Wide Web},
    Local-Url = {http://www.simonharper.info/publications/Harper2008kl-slides.pdf},
    Month = {November},
    Number = {1},
    Organization = {Brazilian Computer Society (SBC)},
    Pages = {1--3},
    Publisher = {ACM},
    Title = {NeoVictorian Computing, with a Twist (Opening Keynote)},
    Url = {http://www.simonharper.info/publications/Harper2008kl.pdf},
    Volume = {1},
    Year = {2008}}

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