Wednesday, January 2, 2008
If you read my previous blog entry about privacy and embedding stuff onto a secure website, you understand my dilema. Whatever the host, they have to be able to embed an object (for instance a video), on a webpage without it being available to the public.
Slideshare.net does this for slide shows. I stumbled onto this site when I was looking for a way just to put a slideshow (PowerPoint in this case) into our staff website. All the advice I could get from colleagues was the same - you have to convert each slide to a .jpg (digital picture) and then put it into a movie (using something like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker). Then I could put it on YouTube
Although it was for staff only, there was a concern that putting this slideshow on a off site website host (like YouTube) with staff member's names on it would enable people to find out information about our staff on the host site.
Turns out, you can put slideshows on the 'net and embed them. SlideShare will put their own little slideshow app, just like YouTube does. They also have the ability to embed a "private" slideshow. Now it is safe on both ends (slideshow host site and password-protected staff website). This means you could also create slides with pictures of students, save it as a private slideshow on slideshare.net, and then embed it into a secure website (like our SharePoint site). Brilliant!