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 […]

Microsoft buying Powerset

Allegedly. Powerset are natural language processing specialists. See also last year’s ISWC talk from CTO Barney Pell, “Natural Language and the Semantic Web”, discussions with Barney from last month’s Talis Semantic Web Gang chat, and earlier commentary from Paul Miller.

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 […]

X-UA-Combustible

I share the concerns expressed by Norm Walsh and Jeremy Keith regarding the X-UA-Compatible mechanism for IE8. It’s certainly an important issue. By my inner tinfoil hat wearer can’t help but wonder whether this is a kind of feint or indirection that serves to distract from the real issue. Instead of being concerned directly that […]

“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 […]

Google Earth touring via KML

While I’m writing up old hacks, here’s one that I really enjoyed, even if it was a bit clunky. A couple of years ago Mikel Maron implemented (on my urging in irc.oftc.net #geo IRC :) a PHP-based Google Earth touring service, which interconnects a “tour guide” user with “tourists”. This site facilitates collaborative, realtime exploration […]

Profiling GML for RSS/Atom, RDF and Web developers

I spent some time yesterday talking with Ron Lake about GML, RDF, RSS and other acronyms. GML was originally an RDF application, and various RDFisms can still be seen in the design. I learned a fair bit about GML, and about its extensibility and profiling mechanisms. We discussed some possibilities for sharing data between GML, […]

Data syndication

There have been various developments in the last week, via Planet RDF, on the topic of data syndication using RSS/Atom. Edd Dumbill on iTunes RSS extensions; a handy review of the extensions they’ve added to support a “podcasting” directory. See also comments from Danny. Nearby in the Web, Yahoo! and friends are still busy with […]

Four notions of “wishlist” for FOAF

After the recent SWAD-Europe meeting on ImageDescription techniques, I made some scribbled notes in a bar on different notions of “wishlist” that might make sense to use with FOAF. At the ImageDescription meeting we talked a lot about the difficulty of scoping such technical activities, since problem spaces overlap in ways that create opportunities and […]