May 30th, 2008
A post on the Feedburner blog, Into the wild: AdSense for feeds, annunced that Google will start integrating AdSense ads into feeds next week.
“… publishers already in the FeedBurner Ad Network will continue to see premium CPM ads directly sold onto their content, but with the added bonus of contextually targeted ads that will fill up the remainder of their inventory. … And with AdSense, you’ll know that your back-filled ads are using the strongest contextual ad engine, ensuring the most relevant and profitable ads are delivered to your subscribers. … For publishers who are not yet placing ads in their feeds, any publisher who meets the requirements to join the AdSense program will also be able to use AdSense for feeds. You will be able to manage your feed ad units directly from AdSense Setup tab, and track performance right on the AdSense Report tab. …”
May 28th, 2008
Maybe we should think of data provenance as being like a recipe. Recipes for preparing food are more than just a list of ingredients and specify, often in great detail, how the ingredients are combined, cooked and served and also specify the cooking implements and their settings.
Curt Tilmes presented his PhD dissertation proposal yesterday on “Provenance Tracking in Science Data Processing Systems”. Curt works at at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and is responsible for managing the data processing of earth science climate research data. Curt has some very good ideas about how to capture all of the relevant provenance data for sophisticated scientific data. He’s using, of course, the Semantic Web languages (RDF and OWL) to express and share the provenance data.
Part of the problem is that you have to capture not just the inputs to a dataset, but how the inputs were processed to produce the dataset, including (ideally) the algorithms, software and hardware. As an easily grasped example to illustrate this, he referred to a recent post by Ray Pierre on the RealClimate blog, How to cook a graph in three easy lessons. This post demonstrates how Roy Spencer processes inputs from two common climate datasets (the Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation indexes) to get the results that support the conclusion that global warming is due to natural causes and not human activity.
May 26th, 2008
Numbers make the world go around. Here are ten digits that form the foundation for success. Mastering these can enrich not only your professional life, but your personal one as well. The path to successful integer management is not hard and you can start today. Many common mistakes can be avoided by mastering these ten digits. Once you have these down, you can put them together in various ways to improve your personal mathematics, unleash success, and accomplish your life goals. Remember: you are in control.
nine. Often confused for a six, nine is significant partly because it’s the largest single digit integer. Don’t listen to people who try to muddy he issue by talking about other bases — you are living in a base 10 world. Or should be. Nine is a perfect square, to boot. It’s a keeper.
eight. Crazy, some say, but as a child I developed a soft spot for this snowman of an integer. When I learned that it was two cubed, I knew it was special.
seven. Lucky seven. Seven-up. 7-11. Seventh son of a seventh son. Need we say more?
six. Wikipedia sums it up nicely: “6 (six) is the natural number following 5 and preceding 7.” It has found its niche and is a perfect fit.
five. Now five is definitely odd and considered untouchable, a combination that some find unique. You need five for a basketball team and, well, just look at one of your hands or feet.
four. Lots of things come in fours: bridge games; corners on a a square; Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice; and apocalyptic horsemen. Most vehicles have four wheels.
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May 23rd, 2008
The 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) has an exciting program of thirteen one-day workshops that will be held on October 26 and 27. The deadlines for submitting papers vary. See the individual workshop pages for detailed information on their scope and structure and for information on submitting papers and participating.
The final scheduling of the workshops, assigning them to the 26th or 27th, has not yet been done.
May 19th, 2008
UMBC PhD student Palanivel Kodeswaran will present his dissertation proposal on Use of Context and Policies in Declarative Networked Systems at 3:30 on Tuesday May 20 in ITE 325. Dissertation proposals are public and visitors are welcome. If you are a PhD student and are (or should be!) working on your own proposal, going to these is a good way to prepare. You can see what’s involved, what work and doesn’t and what kind of questions you can expect. See the link above for the full abstract, but here is a teaser.
“In this thesis, we propose to build a declarative framework that can reason over the requirements of applications, the current network context, operator policies, and appropriately configure the network to provide better network support for applications. … In particular, the contributions of this thesis are (i) Developing a framework for using context and policies in declarative networked systems (ii) Runtime adaptation of network configuration based on application requirements and node/operator policy (iii) Formalize cross layer interactions as opposed to ad hoc optimizations (iv) Simulation and test bed implementations to validate and evaluate proposed approach.”