Atlassian and OpenSocial
Atlassian is taking OpenSocial behind the firewall and into the enterprise. We are embracing dashboards and OpenSocial gadgets as a method of integration between our own products and between other enterprise software, and also as a mechanism to inject functionality and information from Atlassian products into other OpenSocial-compliant containers on the Internet, like Gmail or iGoogle.
Atlassian recognises that team software development and collaboration is inherently social. We are investing in the capabilities OpenSocial provides to increase the awareness of activity across software development teams — from filing a bug to writing code — and helping those teams become more effective.
The OpenSocial 'stack' provides a comprehensive set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that help developers create social applications, improve interoperability between applications and accelerate the portability of web-based components. Atlassian has implemented OpenSocial through Shindig as a series of Plugins 2 plugins. JIRA 4 is the first Atlassian product to support this plugin.
JIRA 4 is the first OpenSocial Gadgets container in our portfolio. JIRA has implemented OpenSocial through Shindig as a series of Atlassian Plugins 2 plugins, called the Atlassian Gadgets plugins.
JIRA produces Gadgets that can be displayed by other OpenSocial-compliant containers, including Confluence, iGoogle and Gmail.
Beginning with Confluence 3.1, Confluence becomes an OpenSocial Gadgets container able to display Gadgets within any page. Administrators first register Gadgets via the administrative interface. Users can then browse all available Gadgets and insert them into the page through a visual interface.
Beginning with Confluence 3.1, Confluence also joins other products in the portfolio as a gadget producer. Confluence produces an Activity Stream Gadget, which displays a summary of recent activity in your Confluence site, and a QuickNav Gadget, which lets you search your Confluence site while offering suggested results as you type.
GreenHopper exposes OpenSocial gadgets for agile software development with JIRA.