XKCD Blagofaire

March 31st, 2007


XKCD Blagofaire

Another good blog-related cartoon from XKCD, spotted on Language Log.

links for 2007-03-30

March 30th, 2007

Using blogs for conferences and workshops

March 28th, 2007

The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is using its ICWSM blog in an interesting and potentially useful way. Each paper has a post with an abstract, picture and link to the full content. The chronological aspect of blogs are exploited as posts are added as the papers are presented. Conference participants, or any blog visitors, can ask questions, give feedback or add notes via the post’s comments. Here’s a paper chosen at random, On the Structure, Properties and Utility of Internal Corporate Blogs, that illustrates how it works.

We had used a blog, AAAI-05 Blog, to highlight how students experienced the AAAI 2005 conference. One of our goals was to demonstrate to AI students the benefits of joining AAAI and attending the conference.

I think the ICWSM model is a good one for small to medium workshops and conferences. For large conferences, with 100s of papers, the model may have to be modified. I am sure there are new ideas that can be explored to see how blogs can be used to support conferences an workshops, before, during and after they take place.

An introduction to Geospatial Semantic Web technology

March 28th, 2007

Harry Chen of Image Matters LLC gave an invited lecture in my semantic web class yesterday. His topic was An introduction to Geospatial Semantic Web technology.

This presentation covers key issues related to Geospatial Semantic Web: (1) extracting hidden knowledge from unstructured and structured data, (2) knowledge fusion over heterogeneous data sources, (3) ontology sharing and (4) building user-friendly Semantic Web applications. It also describes state-of-the-art technologies that attempt to solve these problems. This discussion covers upper-case Semantic Web vs. lower-case semantic web, GeoRSS, W3C Geo ontology, GML, Flickr machine tags, geonames and Google Maps mashups.

I was away on travel, but am familiar with the work, which is great, as are his slides, which are available here. Harry runs the Geospatial Semantic Web Blog which is an excellent resource on the topic.

links for 2007-03-28

March 28th, 2007

Ambient intimacy

March 27th, 2007

Twitter’s Evan Williams is giving and invited talk at ICWSM and just showed a great quote from Leisa Reichelt.

Ambient intimacy is about being able to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that you wouldn’t usually have access to, because time and space conspire to make it impossible. Flickr lets me see what friends are eating for lunch, how they’ve redecorated their bedroom, their latest haircut. Twitter tells me when they’re hungry, what technology is currently frustrating them, who they’re having drinks with tonight.

links for 2007-03-27

March 27th, 2007

Swoogle index rebuilt

March 26th, 2007

Users of the Swoogle Semantic Web search engine users may notice that the system suddenly seems to know about more semantic web documents. For some months now (more than I want to admit) we’ve not rebuilt the Lucene index that we use to retrieve classes, properties and documents based on key words in their URIs. Swoogle has continued to find new documents and revisions to old ones, add them to the archive, extract their metadata and add it to its database. It just didn’t index the data in the IR component. The reason was that we were perilously close to being out of space on Swoogle’s main storage system. We’ve added a new disk and this has allowed us to rebuild the index. So, you may see more and newer results for simple Swoogle queries.

ICWSM blog

March 26th, 2007

The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media made some shoes for its own children, who now get to eat their own dog food. If you think that metaphor mashup is bad, I was trying to also fit in putting sauce on the gander, but couldn’t.

ICWSM has a blog and a flickr photo pool. One ideal I like is that as the talks are presented, the bloggers add a new item for each one. Conference attendees are invited to add their comments about the paper to the posts and use them to carry out conversations about them. This is a good idea and it will be interesting to see if the participants do use it.

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March 25th, 2007

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March 24th, 2007

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March 23rd, 2007