Linked Literature, Linked TV – Everything Looks like a Graph

Ben Fry in ‘Visualizing Data‘: Graphs can be a powerful way to represent relationships between data, but they are also a very abstract concept, which means that they run the danger of meaning something only to the creator of the graph. Often, simply showing the structure of the data says very little about what it actually […]

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 […]

Subject classification and Statistics

Subject classification and statistics share some common problems. This post takes a small example discussed at this week’s ODaF event on “Semantic Statistics” in Tilberg, and explores its expression coded in the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC). UDC supports faceted description, providing an abstract grammar allowing sentence-like subject descriptions to be composed from the “raw materials” defined […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beautiful plumage: Topic Maps Not Dead Yet

Echoing recent discussion of Semantic Web “Killer Apps”, an “are Topic Maps dead?” thread on the topicmaps mailing list. Signs of life offered include (‘Collaborative, semantic and democratic social bookmarking’, Topic Maps meet social networking; featured tag: ‘topic maps‘) and a longer-list from Are Gulbrandsen who suggests a predictable hype-cycle dropoff is occuring, as […]