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Death of Apps

Together with my colleague Ian Oliver I have been revisiting our old, favorite topic: The Death of Applications. This is continuation of the work we did at NRC with M3, and of the thinking I describe in my IdeasProject interview. Ian has also recently blogged about this.

So far, the thinking goes like this: "apps" are the concrete manifestation of locking data, logic and/or presentation in a proverbial "silo", and as such contribute to the fragmentation of information space. "There's an app for that" should be thought of as a curse, not as something positive.

Read Ian's blog entry on this, it goes more into details about our idea of "isolation", how apps isolate data and prevent access, reuse and integration.

I will give a keynote talk at the CIDOC 2012 conference in June, and will discuss these thoughts. This has been long time coming, and I look forward to discussing/debating this with folks.

Posted by ora at 19:39


I've long shared this interest too.

The most promising thing I've seen lately in this area is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Intents http://www.w3.org/wiki/WebIntents ... to give us the basic inter-component communication / linking channels. Have you looked at that?

Posted by: Dan Brickley at May 26, 2012 03:25 AM

Yup, looked into intents, but -- and I apologize if this sounds cynical -- I don't see anything truly new there. That is, how does Web Intents fundamentally differ from anything we have seen before (e.g., SOAP to be really provocative ;-)...?

Posted by: Ora Lassila at May 28, 2012 06:44 PM