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 […]

Talis

Most of us around RDF and the Semantic Web have by now probably heard the news about Talis; if not, see Leigh Dodds’ blog post. Talis are shutting down their general activities around Semantic Web and Linked Data, including the Kasabi data marketplace. Failures are usually complex and Twitter is already abuzz with punditry, speculation […]

Dilbert schematics

How can we package, manage, mix and merge graph datasets that come from different contexts, without getting our data into a terrible mess? During the last W3C RDF Working Group meeting, we were discussing approaches to packaging up ‘graphs’ of data into useful chunks that can be organized and combined. A related question, one always […]

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 […]

Querying Linked GeoData with R SPARQL client

Assuming you already have the R statistics toolkit installed, this should be easy. Install Willem van Hage‘s R SPARQL client. I followed the instructions and it worked, although I had to also install the XML library, which was compiled and installed when I typed install.packages(“XML“, repos = “http://www.omegahat.org/R“) ‘ within the R interpreter. Yesterday I set […]

Exploring Linked Data with Gremlin

Gremlin is a free Java/Groovy system for traversing graphs, including but not limited to RDF. This post is based on example code from Marko Rodriguez (@twarko) and the Gremlin wiki and mailing list. The test run below goes pretty slowly when run with 4 or 5 loops, since it uses the Web as its database, via […]

Video Linking: Archives and Encyclopedias

This is a quick visual teaser for some archive.org-related 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 Archive.org and with their help have crawled an experimental subset […]

XMPP untethered – serverless messaging in the core?

In the XMPP session at last february’s FOSDEM I gave a brief demo of some NoTube work on how TV-style remote controls might look with XMPP providing their communication link. For the TV part, I showed Boxee, with a tiny Python script exposing some of its localhost HTTP API to the wider network via XMPP. […]

How to tell you’re living in the future: bacterial computers, HTML and RDF

Clue no.1. Papers like “Solving a Hamiltonian Path Problem with a bacterial computer” barely raise an eyebrow. Clue no.2. Undergraduates did most of the work. And the clincher, … Clue no.3. The paper is shared nicely in the Web, using HTML, Creative Commons document license, and useful RDF can be found nearby. From those-crazy-eggheads dept, […]

‘Republic of Letters’ in R / Custom Widgets for Second Screen TV navigation trails

As ever, I write one post that perhaps should’ve been two. This is about the use and linking of datasets that aid ‘second screen’ (smartphone, tablet) TV remotes, and it takes as a quick example a navigation widget and underlying dataset that show us how we might expect to navigate TV archives, in some future […]

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 […]

Disambiguating with DBpedia

Sketchy notes. Say you’re looking for an identifier for something, and you know it’s a company/organization, and you have a label “Woolworths”. What can be done to choose amongst the results we find in DBpedia for this crude query? PREFIX rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> select distinct ?x where { ?x a <http://dbpedia.org/ontology/Organisation>;  rdfs:label ?l . FILTER(REGEX(?l, “Woolworths*”)). […]