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Re: Tools methodology

From: Katrin Verclas <katrin@mobileactive.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 13:20:33 -0400
Cc: "'Stephanie Rieger'" <steph@yiibu.com>, <public-mw4d@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C09E1AB8-D9F4-4B2A-83A6-99FC9AAC4CCC@mobileactive.org>
To: <atanu@srijan.in>
Just so that you all know - we have a growing number of mobile tools  
for dev, mobile media, etc in our mDirectory.  Currently 82, with more  
being added daily:


Are you planning on reinventing the wheel?  Would it not make more  
sense to collaborate here?

On Jul 29, 2010, at 1:08 PM, Atanu Garai wrote:

> When we discuss about tools as software application, I think it is  
> important to discuss about content and service associated with it.  
> This will be particularly important when we discuss about the  
> applications of these tools for specific domains and target  
> audience. I am sure this was in your mind but would like to make  
> this objective more explicit.
> Atanu
> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-mw4d-request@w3.org [mailto:public-mw4d-request@w3.org]  
> On Behalf Of Stephanie Rieger
> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 6:46 PM
> To: public-mw4d@w3.org Group
> Subject: Tools methodology
> Hello,
> I've volunteered to begin thinking about the Wiki's tools section  
> and how best to develop a criteria to assess the suitability of each  
> tool.
> For reference, here is what is currently posted on the Wiki in  
> regards to the goals of the overall activity.
> "It is critical to develop a real landscape analysis, investigating  
> the exact domain of applicability of the different tools, how they  
> relate one to another, what is their target audience, what are their  
> requirements for usage, etc. As part of these investigations, the  
> growing importance of social networks such as twitter or facebook in  
> developing countries and their potential roles in social development  
> will be studied. This document will define a methodology to review  
> mobile tools available for the different technologies, develop a  
> landscape analysis based on the definition of taxonomy or matrix of  
> factors to consider to select a tool. The document will also  
> identify gaps, in software, features or standardization, that  
> prevent more people from deploying content and services." [http://www.w3.org/2008/MW4D/wiki/Mw4d_tools
> ]
> Stephane has suggested I post this to the group for comments. We  
> also plan to discuss this further on Monday during the meeting. The  
> list of assessment criteria below is preliminary...just to get the  
> conversation started.
> Category - SMS, MMS, mobile web, voice, service etc.
> Cost to the organisation - One-off cost, subscription, cost of  
> associated tools or components etc.
> License - Is the tool (or aspects of it) open source? Are there  
> license restrictions?
> Roadmap - Are new features planned? Is the tool relatively future-  
> proof from a technology point of view?
> User base - Is the tool proven? How many existing users/deployments?
> Are there case studies available?
> Ramp-up - Time required to set up, specific technology required such  
> as a certain type of server, a Mac etc Skills - Required technology  
> skills, programming languages, other skills to operate or deploy the  
> tool.
> Maintenance - Resources required to maintain the tool or service  
> including time and personnel, frequency of maintenance etc.
> Documentation - Is documentation available? Is it comprehensive? It  
> is multi-lingual? Online or offline? Who is the target audience?
> Target audience - What audience can be served using this tool (age,  
> demographic, region etc.) Reach - Projected reach of the tool. Are  
> there external factors that will affect reach of this tool  
> (geographic, language, cost, required
> partnerships?)
> Cost to end-users - If the output of this tool requires interaction  
> by end-users, what are their costs? (hard costs, time required for  
> users to learn interface, language, specific mobile platform etc.)
> Some of these factors already seem to overlap so feedback would be  
> welcome. Reminder as well that this list is incredibly preliminary!
> Best regards,
> Steph
> http://yiibu.com
> Yiibu: Lovingly crafted mobile experiences
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Katrin Verclas

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