(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, […]

RDF in Ruby revisited

If you’re interested in collaborating on Ruby tools for RDF, please join the public-rdf-ruby@w3.org mailing list at W3C. Just send a note to public-rdf-ruby-request@w3.org with a subject line of “subscribe”. Last weekend I had the fortune to run into Rich Kilmer at O’Reilly’s ‘Social graph Foo Camp‘ gathering. In addition to helping decorate my tent, […]

Google Social Graph API, privacy and the public record

I’m digesting some of the reactions to Google’s recently announced Social Graph API. ReadWriteWeb ask whether this is a creeping privacy violation, and danah boyd has a thoughtful post raising concerns about whether the privileged tech elite have any right to experiment in this way with the online lives of those who are lack status, […]

A tale of two business models

Glancing back at 1998, thanks to the Wayback Machine. W3C has Royalty Free licensing requirements and a public Process Document for good reason. I’ve been clicking back through the papertrails around the W3C P3P vs InterMind patent issue as a reminder. Here is the “Appendix C: W3C Licensing Plan Summary” from the old Intermind site: […]

Flickr (Yahoo) upcoming support for OpenID

According to Simon Willison, Flickr look set to support OpenID by allowing your photostream URL (eg. for me, http://www.flickr.com/photos/danbri/) to serve as an OpenID, ie. something you can type wherever you see “login using OpenID” and be bounced to Flickr/Yahoo to provide credentials instead of remembering yet another password. This is rather good news. For […]

Imagemap magic

I’ve always found HTML imagemaps to be a curiously neglected technology. They seem somehow to evoke the Web of the mid-to-late 90s, to be terribly ‘1.0’. But there’s glue in the old horse yet… A client-side HTML imagemap lets you associate links (and via Javascript, behaviour) with regions of an image. As such, they’re a […]

SQL, OpenOffice: would a JDBC driver for SPARQL protocol make sense?

I’d like to have access to my SPARQL data from desktop tools like OpenOffice’s spreadsheet. Apparently it can talk to remote databases via JDBC and OBDBC, both for the spreadsheet and database tools within OpenOffice. Many years ago, pre-SPARQL, I hassled Libby into making her Squish RDF query system talk JDBC. There have been related […]

FOAF diagram (day 2)

FOAF diagram (day 2) Originally uploaded by danbri Another revision, after feedback from Ivan. The original had “Thing” in italics (a convention I tried before adding in doap: dc: and sioc: references), to indicate it was from another namespace. I’ve now made that heritage explicit (although I suspect it might confuse, the idea is pretty […]

FOAF spec diagram

experimental foafspec diagram Originally uploaded by danbri I’ve been trying to capture the core terms of FOAF in a diagram. Here’s version two. Notes: there are a few terms I’ve missed out, to avoid massive clutter: workInfoHomepage, geekcode, myersBriggs, currentProject, pastProject, dnaChecksum, membershipClass, sha1, fundedBy, theme, Online*XyzAccount, logo, phone. These are all underspecified, underused, or […]

cvs2svn migration tips

Some advice from Garrett Rooney on Subversion. I was asking about moving the historical records for the FOAF project (xmlns.com etc) from dusty old CVS into shiny new Subversion. In particular, from CVS where I own and control the box, to Subversion where I’m a non-root normal mortal user (ie. Dreamhost customer). The document records […]

Symbol languages and the Semantic Web

OK so I just stumbled upon this… …via Jonathan Chetwynd’s ever-inventive and SVG-happy Peepo.com. The “Car Bomb in Baghdad” story is from a site created by Widgit Software, and explains itself as follows: Symbolworld has been set up to provide a web site with material suitable for symbol readers of all ages. The internet is […]

“The World is now closed”

Facebook in many ways is pretty open for a ‘social networking’ site. It gives extension apps a good amount of access to both data and UI. But the closed world language employed in their UI betrays the immodest assumption “Facebook knows all”. Eric Childress and Stuart Weibel are now friends with Charles McCathienevile. John Doe […]

Religious Technology (What’s in a link?)

I’ve just rediscovered this, while tidying: a letter I received last year, from Hodkin And Company, Solicitors: We understand that you operate, control or manage a website on which one Mr Damien Steer has placed literally hundreds of pages of our clients’ copyrighted works without the authorization of our clients. Because of the enormity and […]