Should the Lotus Notes client be an Open Social container?

When you think about the different sites out there that offer “integration” with other technologies you quickly think about sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, SalesForce.com, etc.  You also see products like the Lotus Notes client becoming more and more aware of these other sites as explained in the post by Ed and how Howard Stern uses Lotus Notes.

So while you can do this with the many technologies introduced to Notes 8.x, should it even be easier by making Lotus Notes an Open Social container?  Where web applications based on the specification can be easily integrated on the glass with the beefy rich client?  Being based on Eclipse and with the introduction of E4 technologies into the proper versions of Eclipse things like this is becoming a quick reality.

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6 thoughts on “Should the Lotus Notes client be an Open Social container?

  1. That may be an implementation detail for communication but that does not solve an open social application being dropped into the client either on the glass or wrapped in a plugin for off line use.

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  2. I agree 100%. Social software seems to be breaking the Berlin Wall of software that once created a divide between what is considered business and personal applications. Without a wall I think the Lotus brand needs to expand to occupy the entire single space that now exists. Becoming an integral partner with new players such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, Saleforce etc provides a way for Lotus to establish a name with a potentially new audience that cares less about tags such as business software and personal software. I have no idea whether the specific standard you have suggested will dominate, but whatever Open standards emerge I would like to see Lotus and LotusLive in there from day one and becoming a prominent name. Its a long-term play but a very important one.

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  3. Hello Bob,

    what you point out is interesting but my wish-list is a little bit more complex….

    1° have Domino act as an iWidget container/runtime and allow consuming XPages components on the web

    2° have Notes become an iWidget container/runtime by extending the current in-client Xpages container to support iWidgets exposed trough portal/Lotus Mashups

    3° Take Shindig (the apache reference implementation for opensocial) and make it an addon/extesion for the Xpages engine in both Domino and Notes

    This would fit perfectly with the Vulcanic direction of Lotus.

    Of course this would be a great match if we also get OAUTH and SAML in Domino/Notes.

    Do I dream too much ? Maybe, maybe not.

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  4. @Bob…you say: “That may be an implementation detail for communication but that does not solve an open social application being dropped into the client either on the glass or wrapped in a plugin for off line use.”

    Huh? I don’t really understand what you are saying here. Is this addressed to my comment (about ECF), or something else?

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  5. @Scott – yes it is addressing your ECF statement. We looked into ECF and most of its functionality is already supported. the container I am referring to is an open social container for housing google and open social gadgets. More of an API and rendering support for the open social specification.

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