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

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:

One year old

Idea Source project is one year old and many more ideas& resources are still to come (as of January 2013 – there are 19 scheduled Ideas + 2 Resources posts & 1 News post).

Data – excluding unpublished posts:

  • 3 – News type posts
  • 8 – Resources type posts
  • 32 – Ideas type posts

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While I wanted this to be an open blog for resources and ideas that encourages conversation, in the past year I had to close the comment system and the add your idea page (mainly due to the large number of spammers and hacking attempts).

I also added google ads in the page, and if they generate some profit, I will donate the money to a cause or use it to develop a project idea (I’ll let you know when that happens).

Cafeteria Management

Considering the large number of students/workers and meals a cafeteria has to handle, they are looking to improve the way they handle their clients, payments and meals.

They require an application which could help them with:

  • getting the number of students/workers that had lunch in a certain day;
  • finding out what was the most popular dish (main course and/or desert) that day;
  • automatize payments using NFC (Near Field Communication) and/or e-Payment (Prepayd card, e-money etc.);
  • displaying the menu online for the current month (RSS feed/or website);
  • receive requests regarding certain dishes;
  • personalize dishes for lactose intolerant, lacto vegetarian, vegans, meat lovers, fish lovers etc.;
  • optimize dishes to be affordable and healthy;
  • personal nutritionist regarding what a student/worker ate that day/week/month (available only for those that pay with NFC or e-Payment ).

 

  • Requirements: ;
  • Programming Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced;
  • Designer Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate;
  • Other Skills: Food enthusiast :) ;
  • Similar projects:

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:

 

Learning Resources

An awesome list of similar resources: http://www.noexcuselist.com/

Here are a few programming learning resources:

 

Bonus resources: