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Data, Devices, Services, People:
A Survey of Modern Web Architecture and Applications

Instructor: Jason Reizner
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Capacity: max. 15 students
Language: English
Date: Fridays, 13:30-17:00
Location: Marienstr. 7b, Room 102

First Meeting: 23 October 2015, 13:30


These days the web is everywhere: on your phone, in your car, on your cloud, in your mind. While the web may have started life as a humble application to facilitate the sharing of textual information across under-utilized digital networks, it enters its third decade as both a seemingly omnipresent technical infrastructure and unassailable sociocultural phenomenon. The web today is arguably the most significant force behind screen-based interaction in all the places and situations where it is most relevant. This module is centered on the concept of Web of Things as a central platform, wherein the web itself is no longer just an application, but an environment for interconnection and interaction between Things: namely data, devices, services and people. Participants will evaluate and employ contemporary strategies and methodologies for developing a web-connected device, object, installation, application or service.

Admission requirements

This is an introductory course with no technical pre-requisites. Concurrent enrollment in another IFD course offering is strongly encouraged.

Registration Procedure

Enrollment for Winter Semester 2015/6 is now closed.


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation and delivery of a relevant semester project.
The project is to be refined over the course of the semester and will be a evaluated on concept, development and execution based on the following rubric:

30% Attendance, Participation and Corresponding Weekly Assignments
30% Midterm Presentation
40% Final Deliverable and Documentation

Eligible participants

MFA Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFA Media Art and Design, MSc MediaArchitecture


23 October 2015
Course Introduction, Organization and Topic Areas

Assignment: Read through Dave Raggett's Slidedeck introducing the Web of Thing Framework

30 October 2015
An Abridged History of Networked Computing
How The Web Works

Sources and Links from the Lecture
Assignment: Begin reading the first chapter of Building the Web of Things

6 November 2015
The Internet of Things vs. The Web of Things

Sources and Links from the Lecture
Assignment: Read "The Semantic Web"

13 November 2015
The Web of Data
Semantic Web

Sources and Links from the Lecture
Assignment: Status Report No. 1

20 November 2015
Social Computing
The Hive Mind
Social Networking vs. Human Networking

Sources and Links from the Lecture
Assignment: Read "Ten Usability Heuristics"
and "First Principles of Interaction Design (Revised & Expanded)"

27 November 2015
Usability and Accessibility
Human Factors

Sources and Links from the Lecture
Assignment: Look over "A History of Personal Computers"
and "A History of Mobile Computing" from the Computer History Museum in California

4 December 2015
The Birth and Death of the Personal Computer
A History of Mobile Platforms

Assignment: Finish preparing your midterm presentation

11 December 2015
Midterm Presentations

18 December 2015
An Introduction Application Design and Development

8 January 2016
Independent Project Work

15 January 2016
Application Prototyping & Mockups

22 January 2016
Troubleshooting & Debug Lab

29 January 2016
Final Presentations

*Thursday* 4 February 2016
IFD Showreel WS 2015/6
Audimax, 13:30

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