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Since the late 80s I've written and edited fiction and nonfiction, game rules, technical manuals, user guides, tech journalism, literary theory, game theory and entertainment reviews, with a focus on science fiction, games, and interactive media. I was Senior Editor of a nationally-distributed magazine called "PIX-Elation" in the 90s, and am currently curating and editing UbiquiCity; a science fiction anthology and system-agnostic GM's sourcebook. Looking for a freelance writer or editor? Contact me here and we'll discuss your project.
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It was bound to happen. Since mobile devices have been outselling desktops for two or three years now, it was only a matter of time before the search engines began penalizing websites that possess no mobile-friendly display method. And the first out of the gate, of course, is Google.
Starting Tuesday, Google's SE ranks will begin to favor mobile-friendly sites over non-mobile-friendly sites. If you don't have a responsive grid or alternate CSS handlers in place for smaller devices, you're gonna start dropping rank. Better get moving.
Last week I wrote a joint for the WorldFish Center which uses the REST protocol to interface with the WorldFish media repository at Widen.com. My responses are mixed, but hopeful.
The Widen API is just a bunch of remote functions for managing, querying and organizing media assets in many different ways. It can be seen as a transitional technology between what we web pros call "Web 2.0" (distributed services) and "Web 3.0" (semantic web).
The folks at WorldFish have a huge media repository including thousands of well-organized images from around the world, including metadata, and they wanted to give users searchable access to this repository via their website. But there's a complication: WorldFish is part of the nonprofit CGIAR consortium, and that entity has many other websites, all of which want searchable access to different subsets of these media collections.