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New Widget: Wajong Werk

CreativeCrowds and TNO have done a project on crowdsourcing for Wajongeren; unemployed (partly) disabled young people.
As part of this project I created a quite complex opensocial widget (that fortunately looks really simple :)).
It’s goal is to help Wajongeren find new jobs, by showing them in their relevant social network.  It does that by getting your hometown (from your profile), and showing possible jobs in the area (province). Other visitors of your profile can suggest you a job, that is send to you trough the social network the widget runs on.
Today the widget was approved by Hyves, and can be added to your profile by clicking this link:

One of the most important features of the tool is invisible. The concept for the widget is developed by Wajongers themselves who shared their ideas in the “Wajong Challenge“.
Thanks to Creative crowds and TNO for the assignment, and Werk.nl for their help in providing the data.

(Oh, and suggesting me new jobs via the mockup above doesn’t work: It’s a preview that fortunaly doesn’t send messages :))

More and improved Vizster

Vizster with avatars

Over the last days, I spend some more time working with Vizster.

I got the importing of new data sortof automagically. Well, less to just a few easy steps. I could make it totally automagic, but I’m a bit hesitant to automate the process of adding new users, as it adds a lot to the database, so I would like to keep some control on it. so I leave it at this for now.

And, what’s nice, I got avarars for users working! The network I use has an API, and I could get avatars for users. Since I can compile the Vizster source now, I could change where it looks for icons to my own script, that loads them from the API.

I hope to one day get it to run as an applet instead of as an app, but my Java is a bit rusty (the small changes I made sofar have been harder than I hoped..).