Finally Gets Some Respect from Yahoo

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yahoo bought popular social bookmarking service Delicous three and a half years ago and it’s just now making moves to allow outsiders more access to the incredible data that’s stored there. The company announced this morning that the Yahoo BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service) platform can now pull in Delicious bookmarking history and top tags for any URL that’s been bookmarked two or more times. Make no mistake about it, the vast majority of people on the web still have no idea that they can save their bookmarks outside their browsers. Yahoo has done a terrible job leveraging and growing this incredible database of user-categorized links of interest. Now the company is giving developers an opportunity to do so. Why is this important? Read on for some examples of what’s now possible thanks to BOSS/Delicious integration.Two calls for Delicious data are now supported inside BOSS: the number of times a URL has been bookmarked and the top tags that users have applied to categorize that URL. Delicious has its own API, but it’s not as helpful as this integration with BOSS is. BOSS is a technology that allows any website to use the Yahoo index and search processing power to build a topic-specific search engine on their own site. What could BOSS plus Delicious look like?Some query types we can imagine being made possible by this integration are:* I do a news search for a topic like the Textron buy-out or golfer Ross Fisher (two hot search terms today) and BOSS + Delicious shows me which URLs in my list of search results have been tagged “analysis” the most, or “biography.”* Search an index of food blogs for recipes and tell me which of them have been bookmarked the most and have been tagged “Mediterranean” and “vegetarian.” The words Mediterranean and vegetarian may not appear anywhere in the text of the recipe, but human readers can recognize the recipe as fitting into both those categories and tag it as such when bookmarking it.* Look up the links that my blog commenters post along with their comments and show me the top tags that other people have used to categorize those links. Perhaps, more marketers than engineers commented on my last blog post. I’d like to know that. Perhaps, I’ve had an influx of teachers, preachers or veterinarians commenting on my blog lately. Who wouldn’t want to see that kind of data?These are just a few examples of the kinds of data that we can imagine BOSS + Delicious offering up. We’re sure readers can noodle just a bit on permutations of URL, times bookmarked, and top tags in order to come up with all kinds of other scenarios. Any time you’ve got millions of people saying “this link is important to me and these are the words I’d use to describe it” then that’s really valuable information to be able to access programmatically.Now imagine what could happen if Yahoo helped more people discover social bookmarking and opened up even more access to that data. It’s absolutely tragic that this hasn’t happened yet, but perhaps a little BOSS action is the beginning. If knowledge and information are value, then Yahoo has taken a small pipe connected to a potentially huge reservoir of black gold and let it just run down the drain, unused for the last three years. Yahoo adopted a baby with the potential to grow into an incredible adult and then forgot to feed and care for it for three years. It’s quite upsetting. It would be great if Delicious saw continued development in directions that supported this data-centric approach of leveraging crowdsourced attention signals. We’re not sure how much hope for that is warranted though, given that so little progress has been made in that direction so far.Disclosures: The author is a member of a Yahoo! Product Advisory Council and has multiple consulting clients in or around the social bookmarking sector. Tags:#Mashups#NYT#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Theia Technologies Honored by Vision Systems Design 2016 Innovators Awards Program

first_imgThe 4K 1/1.8″ Compact Lens family created by Theia Technologies, a high-resolution imaging technology specialist, was recognized by the judges of the annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of experts from system integrator and end-user companies.Theia was honored with a bronze-level award. Theia’s family of 4K 12 megapixel resolution lenses provide 112 to 7 degrees HFOV offering 4-10 mm and 12-50 mm focal ranges. Covering 1/1.7″ 4K imagers, while resolving the smaller 1/2.3” sensor pixels, both offer IR correction for day/night cameras. At 64.5 mm long by 59 mm diameter, they’re the most compact for comparable 4k lenses to facilitate use in domes, bullets and small enclosures. They are offered in fully motorized, manual, DC auto-iris, P-iris, CS/C and board mount combinations.“Theia is honored to once again be recognized for innovation in imaging technology,” said Mark Peterson, vice president of advanced technology for Theia Technologies. “We strive to design and develop unique and innovative lens technology and related products which provide excellent value to the markets we serve. We are delighted that industry continues to recognize our contributions.”- Sponsor – “This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry,” said Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design. “Our 2016 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria: • Originality • Innovation • Impact on Designers, Systems Integrators, End Users • Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed • Leveraging a novel technologyThe 2016 Visions Systems Design Innovators Awards Honorees are featured on the June issue of Vision Systems Design magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Ride the Wave: 3 Fundraising Strategies for the New Year

first_imgYour year-end campaign is finally over. You’ve processed all your donations, thanked donors, posted on social media, and updated your website. Now what? While you and your donors are still feeling the warm glow of the giving season, what can you do to build on that momentum? How do you harness that good feeling and infuse it into future campaigns?Network for Good’s popular webinar series kicks off 2019 with a topic that’s top of mind for many fundraisers—how to take all the goodwill from a year-end campaign and roll it over into the new year. In Fundraising in the New Year: Leveraging the Post-Campaign Phase, Vanessa Chase Lockshin, explores how to capture the spirit of giving all year round.Register today and keep reading for a sneak peek of some of the many insights Chase Lockshin will share, from what data to review to what to do next.Data Points to Explore“The bedrock of where any analysis starts is with the data,” says Chase Lockshin. “Being able to access and review your data in one place is very important. When you have the data in front of you, you can see everything at a glance and it’s much easier to unpack the numbers and investigate why you got certain results and outcomes.”Before you close the book on your year-end campaign, take the time to analyze your results. Review your original campaign strategy document and evaluate how well your campaign performed. Establish a set of questions or discovery process to review your campaign.What was the intention of the campaign? Did we achieve it?What were our goals? Did we meet them?What action items did we plan? What did we execute and what fell through the cracks?What worked and what didn’t?What lessons did we learn?How can we integrate those learnings into future campaigns?Look for trends or patterns in your data. Examine everything from your financial results to communication methods and engagement activity. Do your year-end numbers look like what you generally see in other campaigns or is there an outlier? Investigating patterns will produce better campaign planning and more accurate projections.Another question Chase Lockshin advises asking at the end of campaigns is “What did I miss?”. Reviewing missed opportunities and parts of your strategy that didn’t meet expectations can reveal blind spots to avoid in future campaigns.3 Strategies to Maximize Year-End MomentumMany nonprofits see a year-end bump in donations, both in the total number of gifts and the number of new donors. To capture that momentum and use it to energize your fundraising in the new year, Chase Lockshin advocates three essential strategies.Focus on stewardshipOrganizations that focus on stewardship in the new year—especially January and February—take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate that they are interested in a deeper relationship with donors. In addition to your existing stewardship efforts that you know donors appreciate, brainstorm efforts that are surprising, creative, and bring delight into the donor relationship.Plan your next campaign right awayYou just finished one of your biggest fundraising efforts of the year. It’s time to rest and regroup, right? Wrong! As the saying goes, there’s no rest for the weary. It can be daunting (and exhausting) to think about planning another campaign immediately after finishing such an all-encompassing one, but now is the time to return to planning mode. You don’t have to launch a new campaign right away. After all, you don’t want to exacerbate donor fatigue. But take advantage of this time when you have your campaign fresh in your mind. Plus, you have all those new learnings to test out and improve upon.See the whole boardImagine fundraising is a chess match. Take your time. Think each move through before you act. Incorporate your year-end discoveries into future campaigns and prioritize successful efforts in your annual development plan. Your year-end results are a clear indication of what channels and messaging are returning 80 percent of the results from only 20 percent of the effort. Based on your year-end data, make strategic decisions about where to invest your resources in the year ahead.BONUS TIPIdentify and solve the obstacles you came up against last year. Prioritize these obstacles as projects to crack wide open. This will streamline your efforts and make your fundraising more effective. The obstacles that you’re facing—technology, staffing, time, access—those are the real problems to address. Build a fundraising plan that takes those issues into account and solves them.Want to learn more about how to build on the momentum from your year-end campaign? Register for our webinar, Fundraising in the New Year: Leveraging the Post-Campaign Phase with Vanessa Chase Lockshin.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more