In my last post I wrote about how the book digitizing effort is trying to monetize underutilized books online.
For anyone contemplating exposing data or capabilities via APIs to create new revenue streams, there are some important implementation lessons that can be learned.
In Norway’s Bookshelf project, their free online books can only be read online and only in Norway, and cannot be downloaded or printed out. Similarly, with APIs you need to have a way to control who can access your data and from where. API...
Book digitizing made the news last week, as Google announced a deal to digitize up to a million books from Italian libraries. Despite some author and publisher resistance, similar efforts are proceeding in Europe, including Norway’s Bookshelf project and Europeana.
What is the motivation for digitizing vast libraries of books?
Yngve Slettholm of Kopinor summarizes it well, “The vast majority of books are out of print and can be considered commercially dead.” “This creates an extra source of revenue for older books.”
Ross Turk shot a great video panel at SXSW on trends in developer and API adoption. Sam Ramji and Greg Brail from Sonoa, Laura Merling from Alacatel-Lucent, and Martin Tanlow from 3scale talk about what they're seeing in world of APIs, from the latest mobile and social apps to Alcatel-Lucent's Open API strategy for developers building on service provider networks.
Joe Weinman recently wrote that any business-focused CIO must first ask: Why do cloud from a business perspective?
Joe makes the great point that technology will only be important if the business value is clear and compelling. CIO's have a small number of projects that they can really focus on in any given year, and major initiatives must have a compelling rationale or won't get supported by senior leadership.
What could be more compelling to senior leadership than finding new revenue streams?
While senior IT leaders may still be concerned...
TechCrunch recently posted on a Juniper report on “Mobile Location Based Services" This report taps on the potential for this new wave of powerful apps – like letting your phone geotag the video you just took and posting it to Facebook with a Google Maps link; one-button dial to a nearby restaurant discovered through your social network; or dynamically billing for high-value media content via the operator.
Companies like Google, Foursquare, and Nokia are mentioned as on the forefront of many of these services.
But don't forget the Telcos - they have rich location based services with network...
Great article by Jonathon Feldman in Information Week recently with some steps for CIOs to take before getting into cloud computing. One is to insist on SLAs from cloud providers, especially considering the natural tension from the provider's perspective between high-availability and low-cost operations.
Absolutely agree. But to build on this - remember that scene from Seinfeld where Jerry is at the car rental counter - "Anybody can *take* a reservation, the important part is to *hold* the reservation."
Often, cloud and API providers will agree to SLAs, but have limited means to...
My favorite Superbowl ad was for Vizio HDTV - it was great to see about a dozen leading Web APIs showcased right up there with Beyonce.
Yesterday Michael Zimablist posted on the New York Times Bits blog about how the NYT’s content must now support a growing range of devices like the Vizio, from web-connected printers to mobile apps to the new iPad.
And the Wall Street Journal's Martin Peers asks if the iPad’s e-book store is the new model for the television industry, citing how Netflix is streaming to over...