So it begins…

April 18, 2008

With the announcement that Yahoo is to support microformats, the semantic web (if not the Semantic Web) enters the mainstream. RDF still doesn’t have a killer app, but the ability to extract context from metadata is with us now. The sector can begin to see where it can use/advance these standards for its content. Perhaps hList is a start.

Semantic digital library work

April 1, 2007

Sebastian Kruk asked me to distribute the following:

Thanks again for the opportunity to meet with you all.

Could you, please, send around a couple of links?


Irish Digital Libraries Summit (wiki page)- April 20th:
(I would be very happy if someone from your group could participate).



JeromeDL 2.0 is out – Grab your copy []

from one who is close to the ‘action’

March 30, 2007

Danny Ayers in his ‘raw’ blog: ‘It’s my opinion that only a tiny proportion of the web needs to have rich Semantic Web capabilities for the web as a whole to gain significantly. A handful of superpeers could make a huge difference.’ He also advocates lots of small, local knowledge domain approaches.

Google investigating semantics…

March 15, 2007

Early days, but its Google – can’t ignore it.

Semantic community tagging for ‘power users’

December 21, 2006

One thing which concerned us for some time in Newcastle was the ‘interface’ or possible relationships for users and staff between contextualities built by folksonomy and those more formal structures built by domain experts such as curators.  We’re not at the answers stage yet I think, apart from an agreement that both approaches are valuable and can complement each other. Maybe its simplistic but I like to see the ‘formal’ side acting as semantic glue sticking folksonomies together.

Things are moving along elsewhere. DBin looks interesting: RDF semantic tagging of discussions by domain experts. Danny Ayres (Raw) has been blogging about SWAP 2006 in Pisa and this among other things, raised his interest.


DERI – John Breslin

November 27, 2006

SWUI 2006 – Semantic Web User Interaction

November 2, 2006

One of the most difficult things about the SW has been the question ‘what will it look like?’ – many of us being such visual beasts. There’s a conference on exactly this topic happening next week in the USA. Our friend and collaborator Paul Shabajee is on the Programme Committee, so, Paul, we’ll be expecting a report!

This is also sponsored by Tim BL’s latest initiative ‘The Web Science Research Initiative’, focussing on the social implications of the ongoing revolution… 

Something we need to find out more about

October 17, 2006

BRICKS is a Framework Six large scale European project with the stated goal of pulling digital heritage resources together into a single coherent global digital library. There are a number of semantic strands to it, focussing on digital library projects.

‘Data Webs’ hosted by the Research Information Network

July 8, 2006

A day of discussion and presentations on the use of ‘lightweight semantic web’ approaches to research informatics (bioinformatics, physics etc). Also includes a talk from David Karger, creater of Haystack and more recently, Piggy Bank. Presentations are available:


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