Remote remotes

I’ve just closed the loop on last weekend’s XMPP / Apple Remote hack, using Strophe.js, a library that extends XMPP into normal Web pages. I hope I’ll find some way to use this in the NoTube project (eg. wired up to Web-based video playing in OpenSocial apps), but even if not it has been a […]

Streaming Apple Events over XMPP

I’ve just posted a script that will re-route the OSX Apple Remote event stream out across XMPP using the Switchboard Ruby library, streaming click-down and click-up events from the device out to any endpoint identified by a Jabber/XMPP JID (i.e. Jabber ID). In my case, I’m connecting to XMPP as the user, who is […]

Apple Remote events – a quick howto

Anyone who has recently bought an Apple computer probably has one or more Apple Remotes. I have been learning how to access them. Conclusion: iremoted does 95% of what you probably need, and the discussion over on tells you more than you probably wanted to know. My experiments are written up in a corner […]

Quick clarification on SPARQL extensions and “Lock-in”

It’s clear from discussion bouncing around IRC, Twitter, Skype and elsewhere that “Lock-in” isn’t a phrase to use lightly. So I post this to make myself absolutely clear. A few days ago I mentioned in IRC a concern that newcomers to SPARQL and RDF databases might not appreciate which SPARQL extensions are widely implemented, and […]

Getting started with Mozilla Jetpack for Thunderbird (on OSX)

A few weeks ago, I started to experiment with Mozilla’s new Jetpack extension model when it became available for Thunderbird. Revisiting the idea today, I realise I’d forgotten the basic setup details, so am recording them here for future reference. I found I had to download the source from the Mercurial Web interface, rather than […]

Mirrors and Prisms: robust site-specific browsers

Mozilla (amongst others, see Chris Messina’s writeup of the trend, also Matt’s) have been exploring site-specific browsers through their Prism project. These combine aspects of the Web and Desktop environments, allowing you to have a desktop app tuned for browsing just one specific Web site. Prism is an application which, when run, will generate new […]

Rick Jelliffe on XML Schema

From the TAG list: XML Schemas is like using a Swiss Army knife to cook with. Most Asian kitchens get by with a handful of simple tools: chopsticks, hatchet, a good knife, perhaps even a spoon. But the logic of¬† the XSD WG is “Oh, the French need to make quenelles, we must have a […]

Site recovery

Busy sysadmin week. The main FOAF site is back, now hosted on Amazon EC2. Thanks to¬†Stephane Corlosquet for all the time he spent fixing up the Drupal installation, after the recent server compromise. I’ve also moved over (well, DNS is propagating), and migrated my blog into a completely fresh WordPress installation. The FOAF namespace […]

Flickr & MusicBrainz Machine tags: If you’ve got it, flaunt it

From Sander van Zoest at Uncensored Interview, a convention for representing MusicBrainz identifiers using Flickr’s Machine Tag mechanism. Example: A photo of Matthew Dear, tagged as follows: musicbrainz:mbid=3d191c12-be64-4f90-94d8-ac324b2b3544 wikipedia:en=Matthew_Dear It also includes a Wikipedia identifier which could be used to link to DBpedia (though this might duplicate information also available within MusicBrainz’s advanced relationships system). […]

Skosdex progress: basic lucene search

I now have a crude Lucene index derrived from SKOS data. It is more or less a toy example, but somehow promising also. Example below is a test against FAO‘s AGROVOC. Each concept becomes a “document”, with a “word” field containing the prefLabel, and a “uri” field for the concept URI. I don’t index anything […]

Skosdex: SKOS utilities via jruby

I just announced this on the public-esw-thes and public-rdf-ruby lists. I started to make a Ruby API for SKOS. Example code snippet from the readme.txt (see that link for the corresponding output): require “src/jena_skos” s1 =“”)“” )“file:samples/archives.rdf”) s1.concepts.each_pair do |url,c| puts “SKOS: #{url} label: #{c.prefLabel}” end c1 = s1.concepts[“”] # Agronomy puts […]

Cross-browsing and RDF

Cross-browsing and RDF While cross-searching has been described and demonstrated through this paper and associated work, the problem of cross-browsing a selection of subject gateways has not been addressed. Many gateway users prefer to browse, rather than search. Though browsing usually takes longer than searching, it can be more thorough, as it is not dependent […]

OpenID – a clash of expectations?

Via Dan Connolly, this from the mod_auth_openid FAQ: Q: Is it possible to limit login to some users, like htaccess/htpasswd does? A: No. It is possible to limit authentication to certain identity providers (by using AuthOpenIDDistrusted and AuthOpenIDTrusted, see the main page for more info). If you want to restrict to specific users that span […]

SKOS deployment stats from Sindice

This cropped up in yesterday’s W3C Semantic Web Coordination Group telecon, as we discussed the various measures of SKOS deployment success. I suggested drawing a distinction between the use of SKOS to publish thesauri (ie. SKOS schemes), and the use of SKOS in RDFS/OWL schemas, for example subclassing of skos:Concept or defining properties whose range […]