Problem statement

A Pew Research Center survey released a few days ago found that only half of Americans correctly know that Mr. Obama is a Christian. Meanwhile, 13 percent of registered voters say that he is a Muslim, compared with 12 percent in June and 10 percent in March. More ominously, a rising share — now 16 […]

Mozilla Ubiquity

The are some interesting things going on at Mozilla Labs. Yesterday, Ubiquity was all over the mailing lists. You can think of it as “what the Humanized folks did next”, or as a commandline for the Web, or as a Webbier sibling to QuickSilver, the MacOSX utility. I prefer to think of it as the […]

Be your own twitter: laconi.ca microblog platform and identi.ca

The laconi.ca microblogging platform is as open as you could hope for. That elusive trinity: open source; open standards; and open content. The project is led by Evan Prodromou (evan) of Wikitravel fame, whose company just launched identi.ca, “an open microblogging service” built with Laconica. These are fast gaining feature-parity with twitter; yesterday we got […]

The Time of Day

From my Skype logs [2008-06-19 Dan Brickley: 18:24:23] So I had a drunken dream about online microcurrencies last night. Also about cats and water-slides but that’s another story. Idea was of a karma donation system based on one-off assignments from person to person of specified chunks of their lifetime; ‘giving the time of day’. you’re […]

YouAndYouAndYouTube: Viacom, Privacy and the Social Graph API

From Wired via Thomas Roessler: Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday. I hope nobody thought their behaviour on youtube.com […]

RDFa Basics video from Manu Sporny

Via Dave Beckett in #swig IRC,  Manu Sporny’s handy 10 minute overview of RDFa Basics (see also other versions, source materials). Here’s a screen grab of the full FOAF example used. Note that the WG renamed ‘instanceof’ to ‘typeof’ recently. For the video-averse, a full transcript is available. Here’s the full XHTML markup example from […]

OpenSocial schema extraction: via Javascript to RDF/OWL

OpenSocial’s API reference describes a number of classes (‘Person’, ‘Name’, ‘Email’, ‘Phone’, ‘Url’, ‘Organization’, ‘Address’, ‘Message’, ‘Activity’, ‘MediaItem’, ‘Activity’, …), each of which has various properties whose values are either strings, references to instances of other classes, or enumerations. I’d like to make them usable beyond the confines of OpenSocial, so I’m making an RDF/OWL […]

Foundation Nation: new orgs for Infocards, Symbian

Via the [IP] list, I read that the Information Card Foundation has launched. Information Cards are the new way to control your personal data and identity on the web. The Information Card Foundation is a group of thoughtful designers, architects, and companies who want to make the digital world easier for you by building better […]

Mashed remote contrib: BBC music genres meet last.fm (meets OAuth)

I’m not at the BBC’s 2008 hackday-like-event, Mashed. But here’s a quick hack based on the data the BBC audio and music team have made available. The data that caught my eye was “Genres for set of MusicBrainz Artists” based on editorial data entered for bbc.co.uk/music. This is a simple file: 0039c7ae-e1a7-4a7d-9b49-0cbc716821a6    Rock and Indie […]

AllegroGraph RDFStore 3.0: Social Network Analysis

AllegroGraph 3.0 now comes with a Social Network Analysis component, amongst several other interesting features including improved geo support. By viewing interactions as connections a in graph, we can treat a multitude of different situations using the tools of Social Network Analysis (SNA). SNA lets us answer questions like: How closely connected are any two […]

Bruce Schneier: Our Data, Ourselves

Via Libby; Bruce Schneier on data: In the information age, we all have a data shadow. We leave data everywhere we go. It’s not just our bank accounts and stock portfolios, or our itemized bills, listing every credit card purchase and telephone call we make. It’s automatic road-toll collection systems, supermarket affinity cards, ATMs and […]

WHY MIGHT CONNECTING WITH ZANDER JULES BE A GOOD IDEA?

Or: towards evidence-based ‘add a contact’ filtering… This just in from LinkedIn: Have a question? Zander Jules’s network will probably have an answer You can use LinkedIn Answers to distribute your professional questions to Zander Jules and your extended network. You can get high-quality answers from experienced professionals. Zander Jules requested to add you as […]

Opening and closing like flowers (social platform roundupathon)

Closing some tabs… Stephen Fry writing on ‘social network’ sites back in January (also in the Guardian): …what an irony! For what is this much-trumpeted social networking but an escape back into that world of the closed online service of 15 or 20 years ago? Is it part of some deep human instinct that we […]

Videos from SemanticCamp Paris 1

Spotted on the websemantique list, a Youtube playlist of videos from SemanticCamp Paris 1,  16 février. I think they’ve just had a second SemanticCamp already, but these five videos are from the earlier event. Lots of FOAF, RDFa etc.  L’objectif du SemanticCamp Paris est de créer les conditions pour que les développeurs, les étudiants, les […]

How the Web works

How it works: The Web Originally uploaded by danbri Or, “but what do all those links mean?” Based on the 1994 slides by TimBL which inspired the SWAD-Europe graphics and shirt. The twist here is just an emphasis that the giant global graph is a graph of idiosyncratic claims, and only sometimes do we all […]