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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
  Planet RDF
Planet RDF: "Danny Ayers: Ideal RSS Readers

Bah, I really need to spend some time away from the syndication space. But I’m becoming increasingly convinced that extending (human-readable) content-oriented approach is the quickest path to a more generalised data-oriented (i.e. Semantic) web. Folks like Anne Zelenka (and the folks she links to) are being creative in developing ideas in the RSS space, and virtually all of these can be generalised beyond blogosphere-style content. The toolkits aren’t quite joined up yet, we need things like commodity Atom Stores for content and much more deployment of SPARQL-bridged DBs and native RDF/SPARQL stores (around the SemWeb Bases space). In general the use of HTTP for services seems to be improving, which points to better interop and more available data. Bit more microformat deployment would help too. Anyhow a forward path is visible through all this stuff.

The downside to looking in these parts is that it means engaging with crummy stuff like RSS 2.0 and OPML (which gets a free ride on the back of RSS), but total rejection of these betrays a lot of the good work done by creative and well-intentioned developers. Yep, I really need to spend some time away from the syndication space.

Anyhow what prompted this post were some suggestions from Paolo Valdemarin on his Ideal RSS Reader. This was to be a comment over there, but I might as well post here (the numbers refer to Paolo’s points).

(1) River of News view is ok for a handful of feeds, but once you get past about 20+ it gets hard to follow. But the grouping approach (2) gets around the problem. I’m just started trying to organise my subscription lists in RSS Bandit (current feed count is approaching 10,000), so I aim to have a category say “Programming Languages” which contains 10 subcategories (Python, Java…) each of which contains maybe 10 feeds. If I want to browse generally I’ll use the top-level category (with RoN view), more specifically just select one of the subcategories.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005
  Network-Centric Advocacy
Network-Centric Advocacy: "Network-Centric Services: Amazon Mechanical Turk

This is unbelievable! Amazon just launched a network-centric work service! The last several years we have been pitching the ideas and conceppts behind 'packetizing' work of campaigns and advocacy to no reponse in the political and nonprofit sector.

Today, we build complex software applications based on the things computers do well, such as storing and retrieving large amounts of information or rapidly performing calculations. However, humans still significantly outperform the most powerful computers at completing such simple tasks as identifying objects in photographs – something children can do even before they learn to speak.

Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate Artificial Artificial Intelligence directly into their processing by making requests of humans. Developers use the Amazon Mechanical Turk web services API to submit tasks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site, approve completed tasks, and incorporate the answers into their software applications. To the application, the transaction looks very much like any remote procedure call - the application sends the request, and the service returns the results. In reality, a network of humans fuels this Artificial Artificial Intelligence by coming to the web site, searching for and completing tasks, and receiving payment for their work.

Time to rock and roll. the race is on!"
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Here's Jeff Pollock's blog at Cerebra (the company formerly known as Network Inference). When it comes to the Semantic Web and the vision of Net-Centric Operations and Warfare, Jeff is right up there at the top. Check out his posts about semantic web technology in general here:

Cerebra: "The Inner Circle

Semantic Web, semantic integration, RDF, OWL, ontologies, SOA, MDA, etc, etc. There is a new slew of technology buzzwords, acronyms, standards and terminologies developing to describe a critical emerging technology for business.

We all need help navigating through the fundamentals, to give us enough of a frame of reference to be able to understand the application and value of semantic standards and technologies in our own context.

We have set up this page - mediated by our V-P of Technology, Jeff Pollock - to provide a one-stop shop for newcomers to the field and for those already in the know who want to keep abreast of enterprise applications of semantic web technologies. We feature some of the best resources available on the web, as well as our own thoughts.

Cerebra and its key personnel have been at the heart of the semantic web standards and technologies for many years, nurturing the birth of the standards and the products now bringing benefit to enterprise customers.

We will keep the page alive with papers, FAQs, thoughts about and references to interesting application of this exciting and promising technology. If you see something useful, feel free to point others to it. If you don't find what you are looking for, send us a note on what you'd like to see, and check back often."
  Google AdSense Tour
I find this rather interesting... here I am starting a blog about semantic wed technologies and Adsense comes up... so I do a little reading on the topic and viola! check this out...

Google AdSense Tour: "AdSense can deliver relevant ads because Google understands the meaning of a web page. We've refined our technology, and it keeps getting smarter all the time. For example, words can have several different meanings, depending on context. Google technology grasps these distinctions, so you get more targeted ads."

Now is it me or does this sound a little like something perhaps oh.... I don't know Ramathan Guha might have had a part in ? I actually like the idea... its a nice clean quick use case for semantic tech in a revenue producing scenerio. Lets look into this a bit more...


  More details on Oracle and support for the Semantic Web
What Oracle Brings to Semantic Technologies?Modern organizations are increasingly turning to knowledge management as a differentiating asset to generate greater productivity, create new value and increase competitiveness. Oracle is working with leading-edge customers and partners to ensure that Oracle Database 10g can serve as a foundation for a new generation of enterprise-class semantically-enabled business applications. The experiences in the following domains have been key in helping to advance this technology. * Web Metadata: Providing information about Web resources and systems that use them (content rating, capabilities, privacy) * Life Sciences Applications: Query knowledge bases that can vary from simple taxonomies to full fledged ontologies * Social Network Applications: Friend of a Friend applications, social network tracking and navigation common in security and intelligence applications * Semantic Information Integration: Define shared, central business information model (ontology) to support information sharing across applications * Semantic Web: Enable automated processing of Web information by software agents * Portals and e-Marketplace Applications: Ability to query large amounts of metadataRDF Data ModelOracle Spatial 10g Release 2 introduces the industry's first open, scalable, secure and reliable data management platform for RDF-based applications. New object types have been defined to manage RDF data in Oracle. Based on a graph data model, RDF triples are persisted, indexed and queried, similar to other object-relational data types. The Oracle 10g RDF database ensures that application developers benefit from the scalability of the Oracle database to deploy scalable semantic-based enterprise applications.XML Data Management ToolsXML serves as a syntactic foundation layer for semantic technologies. Semantic technologies like RDF and OWL are built upon XML to guarantee a base level of interoperability.

What Oracle Brings to Semantic Technologies?

  Oracles Semantic Technology Center
Semantic Technologies CenterSemantic Technologies are designed to extend the capabilities of information on the Web and enterprise systems to be networked in meaningful ways. The adoption of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards like XML and RDF (Resource Description Framework) serve as foundation technologies to advancing the adoption of semantic technologies.Oracle Spatial 10g introduces the industry's first open, scalable, secure and reliable RDF management platform. Based on a graph data model, RDF triples are persisted, indexed and queried, similar to other object-relational data types. The Oracle 10g RDF database ensures that application developers benefit from the scalability of Oracle 10g to deploy scalable and secure semantic applications. Application areas include: * Life Sciences: Biological pathway analysis, discovery and enhanced search. * Defense Intelligence: Data and content integration, reasoning and inference. * Enterprise Application Integration: Data and systems integration, semantic enterprise integration and semantic web services. * CRM/ERP: Supply chain integration, sourcing optimization and customer service automation.Application developers can now use the power of the Oracle 10g Database to design and develop a wide range of semantic-enhanced business applications.More about what Oracle brings to semantic technologies?

Semantic Technologies Center

  The Kickoff
ok well here we go... in a time of blogs I figure I ought to create one too. So I'll be soon posting things semantic web or things Oracle and semantic web... maybe even a few things Web Services and SOAesque ;>)

But for now lets just start by testinga few things... one part Blogger with a few ounces of del.icio.us and a new thing they call FLOCK...

My testing results will be posted sometime soon, check back... we're just getting started and things will get fun soon, I promise.


A place for people that have an affinity with Semantics, Web Services, Service Oriented Architectures and more. "Data is the network... let me repeat, Data IS the network" Jeff Pollock, Cerebra VP of Technology

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