Stortingsvalget 2009 – slik dekkes valg-kvelden på nett

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Oppdatering: Du finner nå en litt strammere versjon av denne artikkelen på NRKbeta.

For webdesignere og utviklere er Stortingsvalget bestandig en spesiell kveld. Det er da de store mediehusene pleier å vise seg fra sin beste side. Forsidene er nystrigla, serverne nyboota, og man har brukt sine beste folk til å planlegge og lage nye fine tjenester for å vise info-porn (aka valgresultater som Geir Heljesen liker å kalle det) til sitt publikum. Valgkvelden er på mange måter selve ild-dåpen for en nett-redaksjon og det er bestandig spennende å se hva folk leverer.

Jeg var også spent på å se hvordan sosiale medier ble brukt rundt omkring. Var det noen som fikk til noe like stilig som det CNN leverte i forbindelse med USA-valget?

Målet mitt med kvelden var å fange så mange skjermbilder som mulig, og skrive litt om hver tjeneste, til bruk som referanse ved neste valg, og til allmenn glede for alle web- og valg-interesserte.

Bruk av sosiale medier i valgkampen

Dette var definitivt ild-dåpen til de sosiale mediene i valgsammenheng. De fleste partier hadde gode strategier på bruk av Facebook, Twitter og YouTube, men spesielt Arbeiderpartiet tok Twitter seriøst, og bortimot tvangsinnmeldte “alle” sine medlemmer. Noe som ble litt småslitsomt for alle oss Twitter-veteraner etterhvert, men som tydeligvis ga uttelling. Jens Stoltenberg skrøt av sine partifeller på valgvaken og sa at de hadde gjort en fabelaktig innsats på “gamlemåten”, dvs dele ut roser og gå dør til dør, men så sa han følgende.

“Vi vant valgkampen på nett” – Jens Stoltenberg

Og det tror jeg han har litt rett i. SV gjorde også mye riktig på nett, men de konsentrerte seg om sine egne nettsider og på bruken av Youtube, men de var bortimot usynlige på Twitter, og sendte dermed et signal om at de ikke tar velgerne sine seriøst. Jeg så heller ikke mye til de andre partiene på Twitter, kanskje med unntak av Høyre. Miljøpartiet de Grønne hadde også tilstedeværelse på Twitter.


Idea: A Google Earth for the body

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Update 22. March 07: The Google Body idea has actually reached the ears of Google representative Jan Grønbech. One step closer to getting realized :P

Summary: I’ve been researching Google Earth lately, especially reading about the KML files that allows you to add new layers of information to Google Earth very easily, presenting your information on top of Google Earth.

But then I got this idea: There should be a Google Earth and a Google Map for the body, where you could rotate and navigate the human body in 3d, and zoom in, but instead of stopping on the surface, the zoom should continue through the skin, so that you could look on all the different layers, organs etc. I remember having a great encyclopedia on our home with transparent foils, each removing a layer of the body, the last layer showing the skeleton, the different parts of the body labeled with text: I spent hours looking at the female sexual reproduction organs it.

A user on digg suggested Jessica Alba as the female modelImage: A Digg comment suggest using Jessica Alba as the female model. I would have to agree wholehartedly :)

But what if you had a much more detailed model of the human body(*), and an interface to place “coordinates” on it, and something like a geocoder and an API to make it easy for content creators of all types to present the model on their website, just like you can with Google Map or Yahoo Maps today. And you could use something like the KLM format to let users present realtime data, for instance articles from a search engine, from magazines and newspapers, from research institutions etc. For instance, you could load the “map”, and have a graphical representation of all the research or news publish in the last 24 hours about the human body, like cancer research, advances in medicine, but also the possibility to add flickr images etc onto the model, for a more arty experience.

Perhaps presented as different categories or label. But most importantly, a solution that is very open for people to add on to, easy to share also in 2d, and with the ability to zoom and “fly” through the body.

Update! I just googled and found that Google is actually making this! The article is datestamped 12th of september 2007, so I beat them to it by a few months, and by them I mean the firm eHuman.com :)

Read more:
Move Over Google Maps, Get Ready For ‘Google Body’.
NBC Video
ehuman.com

(* well, probably two, one for each gender, and perhaps some for the different ages of man.)


19-foot interactive table from Second Story

Groups of visitors delve into music and words on this large-format interactive table to explore the diversity of the musical landscape and the interconnections between musical genres.

This 19-foot interactive table unfolds the musical landscape for visitors in an elegant, intuitive interface alive with music and sound visualizations. Stepping up to the table, which consists of an interactive surface, in eight segments, that can accommodate up to 20 listeners through headphones and earbud jacks, visitors first experience a unique 13-minute soundtrack—a melding of diverse songs—as they view a flowing stream of genre names that make up the main navigational element. As visitors select genres, images of key artists or cultural events and excerpts of representative songs, in addition to detailed descriptions of the genre, allow visitors to gain a sense of the character of each genre they browse. The interrelations among musical forms within this range of musical diversity are brought into focus with animations that highlight related genres, or “crossovers.” Rich content for over 150 genres is right at visitors’ fingertips in this fluid, continuous experience that is both an opportunity for learning about new genres and enjoying music.

Second Story Interactive Studios

Since 1994, Second Story has conceptualized, designed, and developed interactive media experiences in diverse formats that enchant, inform, and entertain—pioneering ever more effective ways to inspire wonder and connect audiences to ideas and information.