Easier in RDFa: multiple types and the influence of syntax on semantics

RDF is defined as an abstract data model, plus a collection of practical notations for exchanging RDF descriptions (eg. RDF/XML, RDFa, Turtle/N3). In theory, your data modelling activities are conducted in splendid isolation from the sleazy details of each syntax. RDF vocabularies define classes of thing, and various types of property/relationship that link those things. […]

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 […]

RDFa in Drupal 7: last call for feedback before alpha release

Stéphane has just posted a call for feedback on the Drupal 7 RDFa design, before the first official alpha release. First reaction above all, is that this is great news! Very happy to see this work maturing. I’ve tried to quickly suggest some tweaks to the vocab, by hacking his diagram in photoshop. All it […]

WOT in RDFa?

(This post is written in RDFa…) To the best of my knowledge, Ludovic Hirlimann‘s PGP fingerprint is 6EFBD26FC7A212B2E093 B9E868F358F6C139647C. You might also be interested in his photos on flickr, or his workplace, Mozilla Messaging. The GPG key details were checked over a Skype video call with me, Ludo and Kaare A. Larsen. This blog post […]

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 […]

WordPress trust syndication revisited: F2F plugin

This is a followup to my Syndicating trust? Mediawiki, WordPress and OpenID post. I now have a simple implementation that exports data from WordPress: the F2F plugin. Also some experiments with consuming aggregates of this information from multiple sources. FOAF has always had a bias towards describing social things that are shown rather than merely […]

WordPress, TinyMCE and RDFa editors

I’m writing this in WordPress’s ‘Visual’ mode WYSIWYG HTML editor, and thinking “how could it be improved to support RDFa?” Well let’s think. Humm. In RDFa, every section of text is always ‘about’ something, and then has typed links or properties associated with that thing. So there are icons ‘B’ for bold, ‘I’ for italics, […]

Syndicating trust? Mediawiki, WordPress and OpenID

Fancy title but simple code. A periodic update script is setting user/group membership rules on the FOAF wiki based on a list of trusted (for this purpose) OpenIDs exported from a nearby blog. If you’ve commented on the blog using OpenID and it was accepted, this means you can also perform some admin actions (page […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wolfram Alpha Interview

An interview with Xiang Wang of Wolfram Research in China, by Han Xu (Collin Hsu) of W3China fame. Interesting excerpt: Q: Since Wolfram|Alpha is dubbed ‘smarter’ than traditional search engines, I wonder how much AI techniques are actually employed in the system? How is inference done? What is the provenance of each fact/claim? And what […]

What kind of Semantic Web researcher are you?

It’s hard to keep secrets in today’s increasingly interconnected, networked world. Social network megasites, mobile phones, webcams and  inter-site syndication can broadcast and amplify the slightest fragment of information. Data linking and interpretation tools can put these fragments together, to paint a detailed picture of your life, both online and off. This online richness creates […]

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 […]