Updated: 4/30/2003; 11:32:51 AM.
Semantic Web
Bits and pieces I gleaned about the about the Semantic Web. Talks about technologies such as RDF and DAML+OIL.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

RDFMap (RDF Mapping Language).  [Semantic Web Blog, featuring RDF]
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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Matrix reloaded

Name calling at Sam's Intertwingly about CSS.

Mark Pilgrim's concluding remark "Instead only try to realize the truth. There is no trunk. Then you'll see that it is not the trunk that locks, it is only yourself. " reminded me my favorite Zen Koan.

"Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said: `The flag is moving.'
The other said: `The wind is moving.'
The sixth patriach happened to be passing by. He told them: `Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.'"

I would say that Mark is closer to enlightment than Dave :-)

10:51:46 AM    comment []

Monday, April 28, 2003

FOAF Autocreation. [Raw Blog]
3:38:21 PM    comment []

foaf weblog. [Raw Blog]
3:38:04 PM    comment []

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Sha1ing, smushing and aggregating FOAF. [hackdiary]

Matt's making progress working with foaf, java and rdf. Keep the url here for future reference.


12:06:37 PM    comment []

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

10:23AM. Logging off from California. 7:06PM. Logging on from Winnemucca, NV. Had a lovely drive today. I'm exactly where I want to be, in the middle of absolutely nowhere. A little bit of rain coming over the Sierra. It's warm here, in the upper 50s. Had a little trouble connecting via Earthlink, it's a long distance connect so I'll probably wait to upload today's pics. [Scripting News]

Dave's in Winnemucca, NV, "in the middle of nowhere".

If you use the population density metric on the US map, yes Dave, you're really in the middle of nowhere.

But your post struck a chord in me: I'm french, I've lived in California for 3 years, and the number of US cities of which I know the name is pretty low. 50 to 100 I would say. But Winnemucca is one of them, because it's the place where Mona accidentally ends up at her grandmother's Bordello in Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City (this site for a spoiler).

So using the litterary resonance metric, Winnemucca is a pretty important city in the US, considering the number of people worlwide who have read Maupin's books.

This is not just for teasing: What I'm after in this post is that I can see some useful application of semweb technologies applied to this.

What is needed is:

  • Books RDF descriptions describing which places are involved in the book (this could be autogenerated for books for which content is digitized and available)
  • web service: geo(placename) gives you lat/long (ICBM coord)
  • RDF description about the books I like (I need to check if such a schema already exists)
  • FOAF: exists today
  • Open source Mapping software: exists, found the excellent article by Owen DensmoreJava Geography for the Smart Mob, Part 1: OpenMap

The application I want to build is something like this. I plan for a trip somewhere and the system could generate these maps:

  • absolute litterary density: based on the whole corpus of books.
  • friends based litterary density: specify how many foaf degrees I want to hop.

Books are just one example: replace it with everything you are interested in.

This is just a half baked idea and many more meta data are needed to get there: we're still far from Mother Mucca's Blue Moon Lodge !

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Thursday, March 06, 2003

Cool new tool. [Marc's Voice]

I tried it but could not make anything interesting out of it. Let me know if you get the gist of it.

4:11:50 PM    comment []

Think Spring [Jon's Radio]

An interesting framework on Mac OS X to organize objects and tag them with meta data. One more sign that the semantic web vision begins to bear some fruits.

3:58:53 PM    comment []

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Meta-data by humans (and other semantic web stuff). [Marc's Voice]
2:48:10 AM    comment []

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