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Winners of Mozilla Open Data Competition 19

Posted by samzenpus
from the and-the-winner-is dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Back in November, Mozilla Labs and the Metrics Team together launched the first Mozilla Open Data Visualization Competition. While we set out to discover creative visual answers to the open question, "How do people use Firefox," we really didn't know what level of participation to expect from the Mozilla and data analysis communities. In fact, we were overwhelmed by both the number and quality of submissions – so much so that we had to give ourselves an extra few days to thoroughly review them. In all, we received 32 high-caliber submissions. The visualizations took a number of forms, from tools to easily query the data to interactive web applications. They also covered a broad range of important topics, from plugin memory consumption to user web activities."
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Winners of Mozilla Open Data Competition

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  • That's kind of silly question isn't it? It's a Web browser. People use it browse the Web, obviously. Duh.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Musically_ut (1054312)

      That's kind of silly question isn't it? It's a Web browser. People use it browse the Web, obviously. Duh.

      How they use it, not what they use it for.

      They might be using it to heat the room or power pacemakers, by the stats we see.

      Disclaimer: Was one of the participants.

      • by h4rr4r (612664)

        With Vimperator, the only good way to use it. Is that what you meant?

    • Plug-ins make it possible to do other things. Consider something like "chatzilla" which extends firefox's capabilities to that of a functioning IRC client. As a matter of fact, a friend of mine uses firefox solely for its chatzilla functionality because she turned to the "faster" Chrome browser for day-to-day web surfing

    • But HOW do they browse the web?

      Do they use bookmarks? Do they write the address of the pages in the location bar? Do they use the search box? What search engines do they add to the search box? Do they change the home page?
      Which buttons do they click the most? Which menu options are the most used? What options do they change?
      How many tabs do they have open in average? How many addons do they install? etc.

      There are LOTS of ways someone can "browse the web".

      • by Anonymous Coward

        But HOW do they browse the web?

        Do they use bookmarks? Do they write the address of the pages in the location bar? Do they use the search box? What search engines do they add to the search box? Do they change the home page?
        Which buttons do they click the most? Which menu options are the most used? What options do they change?
        How many tabs do they have open in average? How many addons do they install? etc.

        There are LOTS of ways someone can "browse the web".

        And to software engineers, that kind of information is HIGHLY sought after, and meticulously analyzed. It's one of the hottest topics in all of software development. Especially in ultra-competitive markets such as web browser development. Without it, a project can stagnate and die within a matter of months.

      • by nospam007 (722110) *

        "Do they write the address of the pages in the location bar?"

        Are you kidding? Bookmarks? You must be an older, wiser Gentleman from better days.
        Nowadays kids, twens and the rest have Google as homepage (accidentally) and type in the search bar:
        "Facebook login"
        Each and every fucking day! Ditto for their other sites the visit regularly.
        Every newbie I encountered the last couple of years does that!

    • by fishexe (168879)

      That's kind of silly question isn't it? It's a Web browser. People use it browse the Web, obviously. Duh.

      Because, obviously, the web consists of only one site which can only be interacted with in one way. Duh.

  • Don't keep us sitting at the edge of the seat like that, samzen! Tell us in the summary! Bah humbug.

    So I clicked through to the article instead.. and it's no clearer on who 'won'. Did all 32 win? What kind of competition has -32- winners? The kind where everybody is a winner just for participating?

    Worse yet... the article is -all blurb-. Here's something on data -visualization- and what do we get? Text! Just text!

    Apparently you have to click on each of the mentioned submissions' titles to get to a page

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The Mozilla GameOn2010 competition judging opened today - dozens of games, many are crap - but a few are really worth looking at.

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