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Viral marketing tools are simple web components,  including widgets, micro-blogs, embedded video, and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds that use existing social networks to promote a website or  increase awareness of its presence and value. Starting with widgets, AMDEX builds such tools to help our clients reach website users quickly.  We create simple, portable web components that are easy to install and share among users. The widgets are  built from standard HTML and Javascript/AJAX and hosted from a website. Simple and inexpensive videos can be produced to provide summary information to website visitors.

AMDEX utilizes micro-blogging tools like Twitter to publish breaking news and information. To promote the effective use of micro-blogging, AMDEX develops custom HTML forms that provide simple, rapid content publishing vehicles for authors. Important news and press releases can be gathered and published through RSS for worldwide distribution.


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INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC FORMS AND MASHUPS
To facilitate rich, interactive website designs, AMDEX uses simple spreadsheets to build multiple forms and data catalogs. Expanding from simple survey forms, AMDEX develops targeted spreadsheets that support a variety of additional functions,  including website feedback, event registration, information requests, and problem reports. We also use spreadsheets to build custom healthcare  IT data catalogs. These catalogs are data mashups that are  aggregated from multiple sources. 

Reading the locations of data stored in the spreadsheets, the application transforms the data feeds, aggregating the results into a single RSS feed. The single aggregated feed is then transformed into a JSON text stream and called through an AJAX server request. The resulting HTML is integrated into the website as if all the data sources had  originated from website, creating a centralized data source that saves time for users by eliminating tedious web searching and website navigation.



MULTIMEDIA ELEARNING TOOLS
Screen shot of eLearning tool
To promote effective knowledge transfer, AMDEX builds web-based electronic learning applications. These applications are targeted for specific areas of a website. AMDEX uses application builders, such as Raptivity, to develop interactive web media, including quizzes, games, learning aids, glossaries, multimedia diagrams, and video. These learning vehicles aid user comprehension by making complex information more consumable.


SEMANTIC WEB AND SERVICE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE (SOA)
Building upon the faceted search application, AMDEX develops a semantic web data repository built on top of a service-oriented architecture.  This architecture classifies incoming data from documents, articles, and links into a predefined taxonomy that represents search keywords or tag/catalog information. The metadata is then stored in an RDF repository following standard W3C protocol using the ARC PHP  framework (or BEA WebLogic-preferred  platform). The RDF repository serves as a linked data gateway whereby information is exchanged through web services with external sources.

This infrastructure enables a website to integrate information with other websites within a domain. Federated searches, for instance, can cross all connected websites to provide a single consolidated search result. Duplicate information can be eliminated by housing information in a single location with multiple published references available to the shared websites.


Photo of Virtual EnvironmentSECOND LIFE WEB PRESENCE
Second Life is a 3D virtual environment accessible via the Internet. Users, acting through avatars, socialize and participate in individual and group discussions that simulate activities in the real world. AMDEX applies lessons learned from eLearning initiatives conducted by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and NASA to help organizations develop a web presence in this virtual world. 
This presence is useful because avatars can facilitate a candid exchange of ideas. Because they represent a departure from current policies and practices, avatars can help individuals overcome their difficulties discussing or debating or publishing papers that carry their names and could be presumed to represent the views of the institutions with which they are affiliated.


AMDEX can build virtual facilities using Second Life that allow for the hosting of virtual meetings and training classes in full 3D. Unlike many traditional web applications, Second Life enhances learning and education by creating an engaging, immersive, 3D world.