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Monthly Archives: October 2007

How we’re creating the web

The other day Don, one of the many Rushworth Community House volunteers, uploaded to the web the seventh video he’s created. Five or six of these videos have been made from photos taken years ago and were found in a box when there was a clean-up day. Until Don decided to spend time to scan these photos, they were hidden away but now everybody on the web can view a history of the early days of Rushworth Community House (visit The House Gallery Live Space or go to Video on MSN and search for rushworth to view these videos).

Another example of user-created web content. Go to Live Search Maps (maps.live.com) and search for Rushworth (remember to click the Locations tab; there’s only one Rushworth in the world so you don’t have to bother to enter AU for the country):

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The map will open to display the location of Rushworth so you know where Rushworth is – wow.

Did you notice that Explore collections link?

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Click Explore collections and see what happens…

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What Live Search Maps has done is bring up Live Maps collections it’s found on the web. These Live Maps collections have been created by ordinary users of the web and made public for sharing.

Now look at the map of Rushworth:

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So now we’ve got the locations of various services in Rushworth and any potential visitor has far more information about Rushworth than just where it’s located.

Pan this map down to Whroo and you’ll see that many of the former historic buildings owned by the early families are shown. What’s happened is that Live Maps has found Doris’ Early Families of Whroo Live Maps collection and her content has naturally enhanced a search for the map location of Whroo.

The two examples we’ve looked at above are fairly new ways for users to create content: until a few months ago there weren’t any sites for storing videos online without paying and the Live Maps team hadn’t fully developed Live Maps collections.

However over the past three or four years, the webDotWizards, webDotWizard webmasters and Rushworth Community House volunteers, for example, have had their own Live Spaces web sites where they’ve done some writing but in the main have uploaded thousands of photos to share with family and friends. All this content adds to the web but, most importantly, we’re all able to draw on the expertise of the people who’ve contributed this knowledge.

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Sites Wed 31-Oct-2007 – Internet Explorer 7 phishing success, photography, Live Calendar

Today’s links to a the usual variety of sites:

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Sites Tue 30-Oct-2007 – Live Gallery updated, Powerpoint templates, sound and music, icon design

Today’s (shortish) list of links to sites that you may find interesting:

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Sites Mon 29-Oct-2007 – Live Search, Maths homework, XBox 360, Tablet PC

Just a few sites in today’s list of links:

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Sites Sun 28-Oct-2007 – Bird day, HD DVD players, Leopard, Daylight saving, C64

Today’s links to a whole variety of sites:

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Sites Sat 27-Oct-2007 – GEO-4, Live Maps, Live Messenger, Live Spaces, SharedView, social networks

Today’s length list of links to site you might find of interest:

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Sites Fri 26-Oct-2007 – Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft Translator, Live Gallery, XBox 360, Zune

Today’s list of links to sites that webDotWiz thought had some interest:

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Sites Thu 25-Oct-2007 – California fires, A380, Facebook and Microsoft, Live Events

Today’s sites:

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Sites Wed 24-Oct-2007 – Home network, Facebook, XBox Arcade, San Diego, phishing

Today’s sites:

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Sites Tue 23-Oct-2007 – Popfly, Word 2007 hints, Live IDs

Today’s sites:

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