Usability and User Testing Apps

Here are some usability and user testing tools:

Personal preferences:

 

Other tools:

 

Also check the Usability Checklist http://userium.com/

Or you can always ask people via: Amazon Mechanical Turk

Wireframing and Prototyping Tools

A list of wireframing and prototyping tools I encountered:

More tools at : http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?GuiPrototypingTools

Futuristic devices & inventions available now

Here is a list of devices & inventions that caught my eye or I consider them to be somewhat revolutionary. Some you can by now and some you can preorder.

 

An interesting related read: Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction

You can also build you own device using the different hardware prototyping platforms listed here: IoT part 2

Computer Science Career Finding Resources

Finding the right job or changing/starting your career path can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to look. I compiled a list (in no particular order) of career opportunities from the Computer Science field.

Job opportunities in Romania:

 

International Careers:

 

Searching for jobs:

 

Disclaimer: The links presented above are listed in no particular order, as I don’t have any association with any of them. I chose not to include some local (Romanian) or some companies/startups (like twitter, facebook etc.) as it would take a lot of time to list/and find them all and also career opportunities (from these companies) are not always featured.

If you would like me to feature your company/startup careers/jobs you can find my contact information at blankdots.com

Resources for data visualization and interactive exploration

Here are a few visualization libraries (mainly javascript) and resources (blogs & galleries) I compiled.

Libraries (javascript):

 

Resources:

 

Collection of books:

 

Professional (or very good) Tools:

 

Other Tools:

Semantic web resources – part 2

As a follow up to the previous Semantic web resources – part 1 post, this post is focused on listing some of the existing Ontologies and SPARQL Endpoints

(sort of a) Beginner’s Guide:

 

Examples of SPARQL Endopoints:

 

Tools & Other Resources:

 

Ontologies:

Open data Sources

*This post is constantly updating so check back at any time. Last update: 05.November.2013*

Open Data Handbook – http://opendatahandbook.org/

School of Data Handbook – http://schoolofdata.org/handbook/

Linked Data Patterns Book – http://patterns.dataincubator.org/book/

What is Open Data and how we might define it, you can find out more at Open Definition and Guide to Open Data Licensing made by Open Knowledge Foundation.

A great way to search for Open Data sources is: http://datacatalogs.org/dataset (doesn’t have all the sources, some of the ones I mentioned below are missing).

http://openrefine.org/ – tool for working with messy data, cleaning it up, transforming it from one format into another

Another way to search for open public data is http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory .

A great open source data portal software is: http://ckan.aorg/ . (used in many open data portals)

An interesting website (partly blog) about data and data visualization – http://www.datapointed.net/

Open data policy and Definitions:

 

Various Types of Open Data:

 

Ocean Open Data:

 

Search Engines/Crawl Open Data:

 

Maps Open Data:

 

Weather Maps Open Data:

 

Library Open Data:

 

Newspapers Open Data:

 

Music/Movie Industry Open Data:

 

University Open Data:

 

Sensor Open Data:

 

Health Open Data Sources:

 

Financial Open Data Sources:

 

Government Open Data Sources:

Semantic web resources – part 1

Here are a few resources where you can find more about the semantic web. I tried to divide them according to certain categories. Also feel free to add your own in the comments.

This is just part 1 – I will follow up with additional resources such as books, articles and other related resources in future posts.

Semantic web resources part 2

(sort of a) Beginner’s Guide:

 

W3C Specifications (you might want to check out):

 

Tools:

 

Microdata & RDFa:

 

Visualization:

 

(useful) Libraries: