Category Archives: History

My ’70s Schoolin’ (in RDFa)

I went to Hamsey Green school in the 1970s. Looking in the UK Govt datasets, I see it is listed there with a homepage of ‘’ (which doesn’t seem to work). Some queries I’m trying via the SPARQL dataset (I’ll update this post if I make them work…) First a general query, from which I [...]

Obama for middle-managers

(inspired by the ‘Yes we can’ powerpoint slides…) We Will… act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders [...]

Family trees, Gedcom::FOAF in CPAN, and provenance

Every wondered who the mother(s) of Adam and Eve’s grand-children were? Me too. But don’t expect SPARQL or the Semantic Web to answer that one! Meanwhile, … You might nevetheless care to try the Gedcom::FOAF CPAN module from Brian Cassidy. It can read Gedcom, a popular ‘family history’ file format, and turn it into RDF [...]

NISO/CLIR/RLG – Technical Metadata Elements for Images Workshop (18-19th April 1999)

Maybe this is a record for delayed blogging. Nine and a half years late, here’s a writeup I found (on a corpsed hard-drive) of an image metadata workshop held by NISO, in Washington. I wrote it up for the JISC JIDI project at ILRT, who funded my trip. I’m sure they won’t mind it being [...]

Underground Victorian street? in Bristol?

Hidden away beneath Lawrence Hill lies a secret world – an underground Victorian street stretching from Ducie Road to the Packhouse pub. Local historian Dave Stephenson finds out more. For many years I had heard tales of a Victorian street abandoned beneath busy Lawrence Hill. To add substance to the legend there were people who [...]

(Back to) The Future of Interactive Media

The Internet is beginning a fundamental transition into the broadband, commercial information superhighway of the future. Today, the Internet offers immediate opportunities for commercial applications by connecting millions of PC, Macintosh and workstation users with businesses and organizations around the world. Tomorrow, as network capabilities and performance increase, this global link will deliver interactive services, [...]