Empire Strikes Back

(in plain xAPI)

The peak of fantasy…

Yes, i’m a Star Wars fan. I have to admit it, before starting to use it as an explaination tool. The first movie i’ve choosen didn’t be different.

Star Wars’ saga fundamentally changed the aesthetics and narratives of Hollywood films, switching the focus of Hollywood-made films from deep, meaningful stories based on dramatic conflict, themes and irony to sprawling special-effects-laden blockbusters, as well as changing the Hollywood film industry in fundamental ways. Before Star Wars, special effects in films had not appreciably advanced since the 1950s. Star Wars was also important in the movement towards the use of computer initiated imagery in films.

I like to start my explanation of Experience Api using this movie.

Picked scene

As we told in the previous post this tech standard could describe every single frame of Star Wars Saga, but I want to stay simple, so I’ll choose a widely known scene and I’ll translate it designing a xAPI statement.

I chose one of the most emotional scene of the Saga, placed in the secondo movie of the Original Trilogy: the movie is “Empire strikes back” of 1980. Luke Skywalker, after a painful Jedi training, meets Darth Vader (one of the most powerful Villain of the movie history) and he discovers, during a fight, that he’s his father. This unexpected turn of events has shocked millions of viewers.

Let’s see the scene.

We can translate this moment in an Experience Api statement. Here the a full view of the statement.

I want to focus on few specific elements of the statement, in order to underline how Experience Api could be used in your organisation.

Experience Api’s statements can record experiences and interactions between people. Actors and object can be a single person or a group. In this case a person (Luke Skywalker) that meets another person (Anakin Skywalker).

Try to think how many interactions occur in one of your working day, or happen inside your organisation.

Experience Api’s statements can include information about time: when the experience happens and when it is recorded (both these two are mandatory); but it can also include information about the duration (optional). In this case, if you see the video, we specifically refers to the moment of the discover.

Thinking to the real world, think to the importance of time and duration in our work. Recording this information means that we can analyse the time dimension of our Organisation.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this explanation. If you want taste the power of Experience Api in your Organisation, please contact us.


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