More reading

December 1, 2006

I said I’d get a reference to one or two people, which is Laurie Hunter’s chapter in the new DCC Digital Curation Manual, which you can find here: It’s the closest thing I’ve read to a strategy for making the business case for SW in museums, and in fact the approach he adopts can be applied to a lot that museums engage in – so perhaps it’s already being used. Some of the specific modifications to the “balanced scorecard” that he and others from Glasgow propose can also be brought over to our area of concern, despite being intended for his particular scenario of digital preservation. Have a look; it’s good to read an economists take on how we should make the case to the accountants and decision-makers that it’s worth investing cash and effort in something that won’t cause gold sovereigns to rain down from above.

Secondly, a suggestion for those who have access to a decent library before we head to Newcastle: Allison Littlejohn’s “Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to eLearning” (Kogan Page, ISBN 0-7494-3950-5) is full of interesting chapters. If I get time I will try to post precis of a couple of the most relevant. Unsurprisingly, the solutions that might help to solve sustainability in online learning can have a lot of overlap with SW. I’ve just come across this commentary, too which includes introductory chapters together with summaries of the other chapters. I’d better read it myself, now!

 Jeremy O

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… 

A paper and a site

October 19, 2006

In Glasgow we touched upon the possibility of combining “authoritative” taxonomies and vocabularies with folksonomic approaches. Here is a paper, once again from the library sector, that relates (a bit): (available through Athens). Not quite the model I’d imagined but interesting.

Here is the link to Simile that I promised…um..someone:

[posted by Jeremy]

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.

Project home page

September 19, 2006

at the University of Leicester, Department of Museum Studies.

‘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:

Introduction to the semantic web for Museums

June 30, 2006

Originally given at UKMW 2005, modified and extended for Museums and the Web 2006 (web)

And the associated paper: 

During the first thinktank meeting we discussed various slides from this, and I will be updating the presentation to reflect the concerns raised. Essentially, some terms need disambiguating!

As you read this please remember that it is an exploration by a non-expert on behalf of the community, and not an authoritative, didactic lecture.


A recent post on the emerging Semantic Web: some clear explanations

June 27, 2006

Take-home: Watch Wikipedia…

Lets start here.

May 24, 2006

A recent BBC news article sums up nicely the background to this discussion.