Category Archives: Project ideas

Learning WebGL on your iPhone: Radial Blur in GLSL

A misleading title perhaps, since WebGL isn’t generally available to iOS platform developers. Hacks aside, if you’re learning WebGL and have an iPhone it is still a very educational environment. WebGL essentially wraps OpenGL ES in a modern Web browser environment. You can feed data in and out as textures associated with browser canvas areas, [...]

Video Linking: Archives and Encyclopedias

This is a quick visual teaser for some work I’m doing with NoTube colleagues, and a collaboration with Kingsley Idehen on navigating it. In NoTube we are trying to match people and TV content by using rich linked data representations of both. I love and with their help have crawled an experimental subset [...]

Lonclass and RDF

Lonclass is one of the BBC’s in-house classification systems – the “London classification”. I’ve had the privilege of investigating lonclass within the NoTube project. It’s not currently public, but much of what I say here is also applicable to the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) system upon which it was based. UDC is also not fully [...]

WOT in RDFa?

(This post is written in RDFa…) To the best of my knowledge, Ludovic Hirlimann‘s PGP fingerprint is 6EFBD26FC7A212B2E093 B9E868F358F6C139647C. You might also be interested in his photos on flickr, or his workplace, Mozilla Messaging. The GPG key details were checked over a Skype video call with me, Ludo and Kaare A. Larsen. This blog post [...]

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 [...]

Linked TV (part 1): Why APIs and identifiers matter

In the NoTube project, we are exploring the use of Semantic Web technology in Television and Web-TV scenarios. By making use of richer and linked descriptions of content and users, we hope to help users better find (and annotate, tag, cross-link etc.) content that is interesting to them. The growing amount of linked RDF data [...]

What kind of Semantic Web researcher are you?

It’s hard to keep secrets in today’s increasingly interconnected, networked world. Social network megasites, mobile phones, webcams and  inter-site syndication can broadcast and amplify the slightest fragment of information. Data linking and interpretation tools can put these fragments together, to paint a detailed picture of your life, both online and off. This online richness creates [...]

Twitter Iran RT chaos

From Twitter in the last few minutes, a chaos of echo’d posts about army moves. Just a few excerpts here by copy/paste, mostly without the all-important timestamps. Without tools to trace reports to their source, to claims about their source from credible intermediaries, or evidence, this isn’t directly useful. Even grassroots journalists needs evidence. I [...]