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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 :))

Fokke & Sukke widget live

The last few weeks I have been working with opensocial quite a bit.
I’m planning on releasing 2 complex widgets soon.  But while they’r not done yet, an easy one is: I build a daily Fokke & Sukke widget. You can add it to your hyves (or any other opensocial container, hopefully), by adding this url as a widget:  


If you are on hyves you can add it by simply clicking this link. An example can be seen at my hyves page at http://martijnpannevis.hyves.nl and it’s in the Hyves Gallery.

As an experiment I also don’t host any of the content on a traditional server. The data processing is all done by Yahoo Pipes.  And the small bits of static content (the images and XML) are served by Amazon Cloudfront. Cloudfront offers a CDN layer over their S3 service. One of the advantages over other CDN’s is the fact that it has no setup costs: you transfer the files to S3, add some settings ( I used the Firefox addin S3 Organiser) , add a CNAME in your DNS records, and your done.

While a CDN might be overkill to distribute a few kb of images (which also will be cached by the opensocial containers), just the fact that it’s possible without any barrier of entry makes it cool :).
So, have fun with Fokke & Sukke, and all add the widget to your hyves profile!