Remembering Aaron Swartz

“One of the things the Web teaches us is that everything is connected (hyperlinks) and we all should work together (standards). Too often school teaches us that everything is separate (many different ‘subjects’) and that we should all work alone.” —Aaron Swartz, April 2001. So Aaron is gone. We were friends a decade ago, and […]

Schema.org and One Hundred Years of Search

A talk from London SemWeb meetup hosted by the BBC Academy in London, Mar 30 2012…. Slides and video are already in the Web, but I wanted to post this as an excuse to plug the new Web History Community Group that Max and I have just started at W3C. The talk was part of […]

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 ‘http://www.hamsey-green-infant.surrey.sch.uk’ (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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

History time

From the O’Reilly Factor, Sept 12. Ron Paul: … so I see the Iranians as acting logically and defensively. We’ve been fighting the Iranians since 1953. We overthrew their government through the CIA in 1953. We were allies with Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and we encouraged him to invade Iran… Bill O’Reilly: Allright, so […]

Bottles and teargas in Piazza Navona

I’ve just posted 100 or so photos from the anti-Bush protest in Rome last night. Zac and I were on the way to a restaurant when we stumbled into the protest in Piazza Navona, just by the Senate where Bush apparently was in meetings. We wandered around the square taking photos of the protesters, then […]

Who, what, where, when?

A “Who? what? where? when?” of the Semantic Web is taking shape nicely. Danny Ayers shows some work with FOAF and the hCard microformat, picking up a theme first explored by Dan Connolly back in 2000: inter-conversion between RDF and HTML person descriptions. Danny generates hCards from SPARQL queries of FOAF, an approach which would […]

Robert Fisk talking in London

Spotted at bottom of Socialist Review excerpts from his massive (1300+ pages!) “Great War for Civilisation” book: Robert Fisk will be speaking about his new book at Bookmarks bookshop, central London, on Tuesday 11 October at 1pm. I called, they said it costs 3 pounds on the door, 1 Bloomsbury Street, nearest tube Tottenham Court […]

World Peace – Dream or Possibility?

Many organisations, religious and secular, have long since found that if people of goodwill, representing various nations, meet together to discuss some matter of common interest, a spirit of friendship is developed. In such circumstances, individuals frequently discover to their suprise that foreigners are, at heart, very like themselves. Consequently, one of the best methods […]