Presentation: "OpenSocial, a Standard for the Social Web"

Time: Monday 10:30 - 11:20

Location: Musikhuset Nr. 222


OpenSocial is a standard for the social web managed by the OpenSocial foundation. Introduced by 18 social sites in november 2007, after 8 months OpenSocial is available to 275 million users, 2000 applications have been developed and 10 million users are using them daily.

The session will start with a status of OpenSocial after a year: the ecosystem that formed around the API: social sites, developers, advertisers, tool vendors, IT consulting firms, enterprise software vendors.

For developers of social application, the OpenSocial API JavaScript and REST APIs will be described, with demos of how to build a social application using each API.

For developers of social sites, or sites that want to become OpenSocial containers, the OpenSocial reference implementation is developed as an open source project, Apache Shindig, with a Java and PHP flavors. The stated goal of Shindig is to enable a social site developer to implement OpenSocial support on her site in 2 weeks. The Shindig Java architecture will be explained, followed by a demo of how to connect Shindig to a MySql backend.

Various related projects will also be demoed:

- Friend Connect, a Google offering enabling web sites to add social capabilities with a few lines of javascript.

- Socialsite, a Sun open source project based on Shindig, enabling web sites to become social sites with their own community, using gadgets to provide a user interface to manage the network.

- OpenSocket, a hosted service that allows OpenSocial applications to be deployed on Facebook.

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Patrick Chanezon, Google, Inc

 Patrick  Chanezon

Patrick Chanezon is API Evangelist at Google since 2005. These days his main interests are the OpenSocial API and social software, Google APIs, REST and Ajax, Ruby, Javascript, Java, PHP, and Python.

Previously he has been working on portals, blogs and syndication feeds at Sun Microsystems, AOL and Netscape. He's the co-founder of the ROME - Atom and RSS utilities in java open source project and the OSSGTP (Open Source Get Together Paris) group.

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Patrick is french, so he takes long vacations in the summer and likes to drink red wine with baguette and stinky cheese while wearing a beret. Apart from programming and reading books his main interest in life is spending time with his wife and 3 kids.