Context in Enterprise 2.0 with the Social Graph

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Enterprise 2.0 and the Social Graph

The value of Enterprise 2.0 is increased when context is applied to information.  The use of Web Oriented Architecture (WOA) can ease the pain of integration and centralize information management.  This approach will also give you the flexibility of sharing information in the proper context.  We see simple examples on the web with services like Gravatar and DISQUS.  We also see how to connect things with simple markup like FOAFXFN, and Microformats for events & profiles.  The future of the internet and intranets is all about mashups, widgets, and web services.

Enterprises are collections of people, and thus inherently social. Employees of any organization benefit from social connections, group affiliations and relationships both within their own business and between other businesses. As a result, social networking capabilities have become increasingly popular in business-to-consumer, business-to-business, and internal enterprise collaboration applications. New technologies and standards such as Web 2.0 and OpenSocial are helping software providers better model relationships between people, allowing end-users to benefit from such relationships in day-to-day business processes within their own enterprise, and across business networks.  Learn more in the white paper  here.

Project SocialSite

Project SocialSite is an open source ( CDDL/GPL2) project building Widgets and Web Services that make it easy for you to add social networking features to your existing web sites, including the ability to run OpenSocial Gadgets and have them backed by the same social graph. Learn more here.

How to Add Social Widgets to Your Wiki

You can see how easy it is to add social widgets to your wiki in this video.

SocialSite Profiles and Activity Streams

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SocialSite Architecture

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Learn more about SocialSite in this presentation [pdf] here.

Apache Shindig

Apache Shindig is an OpenSocial container and helps you to start hosting OpenSocial apps quickly by providing the code to render gadgets, proxy requests, and handle REST and RPC requests.

Apache Shindig’s goal is to allow new sites to start hosting social apps in under an hour’s worth of work. Learn more here.

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Applications that use the OpenSocial APIs can be embedded within a social network itself, or access a site’s social data from anywhere on the web.  Learn more here.

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uPortal is the leading open source enterprise portal framework built by and for the higher education community.  uPortal continues to evolve through contributions from its global community and is supported by resources, grants, donations, and memberships fees from academic institutions, commercial affiliates, and non-profit foundations.


Liferay Portal is an enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value. Get the benefits of packaged applications and an enterprise application framework in a single solution.


  • Free community-supported application server
  • The best open source application servers in the industry today
  • Next-generation modular and extensible architecture (OSGi)
  • Enterprise reliability and performance with less complexity


Bedework is an open-source enterprise calendar system that supports public, personal, and group calendaring. It is designed to conform to current calendaring standards with a goal of attaining strong interoperability between other calendaring systems and clients. Bedework is built with an emphasis on higher education, though it can be (and is) used by many commercial enterprises.

ZK Enterprise Framework

ZK® is the most proven Ajax + Mobile framework designed to maximize enterprise operation efficiency and minimize the development cost by its groundbreaking Direct RIA architecture.

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Who is on your “Fantasy Innovation Team” this week?

Here are amazing people that have connected me to new friends and new ideas this week. You might be familiar with “Fantasy Football Teams” , well this is my “Fantasy Innovation Team” this week. I recommend following these smart, creative people on Twitter.

BillIves-twitter consultant and writer who helps firms and individuals with their blogs and other social media
dzhu-twitter Managing software development / integration projects for a living (PMP); interested in collaborative workplace & learning environment; CMS, intranet, KM, e20
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jimworth-twitter nternet Strategist; Part Time Futurist; Corporate Leader. My thoughts, not those of my employer.

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