Tallinn SWTT conference day one

October 19, 2007

Professor Eero Hyvonen of Helsinki University of Technology

Above – Eero Hyvonen

By the end of day one, participants at Intelligent Access to Digital Heritage here in Tallinn had listened to a lot of technical info, looked at website pages and heard of high semantic concepts. Sounds a bit dry, but actually there was inspiration around every corner.

For me, one of the highlights of the day was the afternoon session – dominated by Finnish excellence, finished off with an exciting glance at the work of HUMlab from Umea University in Sweden.

Professor Eero Hyvonen From Helsinki University introduced a succession of impressive projects, and also impressive research students, who gave us some insights into the leading work being carried out right now in Finland.

Big news for me was the way the Finns have organised and sorted an approach to ontologies across their sectoral borders, from museums to galleries, from the humanities to other academic and informational spheres.

KultureSampo, soon to be launched in Finland, looks like it could be one of the most joined up cultural portals in Europe, as a result of the way the site sits within a more semantically linked-up cultural society.

More about CultureSampo here


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?

JeromeDL: http://www.jeromedl.org/
Corrib: http://www.corrib.org/

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 [http://blog.corrib.org/?p=4]

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.

Semantic Web in Dutch Museums: more than a pipe dream?

March 26, 2007

You may already have seen that there’s a very interesting looking workshop taking place at MW2007. It sounds (and looks) as though their project has progressed quite some way (if you have Firefox 2, that is). I thought this paragraph was interesting:

Using multiple vocabularies is a baseline principle of our approach. It also raises the issue of alignment between the vocabularies. Basically, semantic interoperability will increase when semantic links between vocabularies are added. Within the Getty vocabularies one set of links is systematically maintained: places in ULAN (e.g., place of birth of an artist) refer to terms in TGN. Within the project we are Adding additional sets of links. One example is links between art styles in AAT (e.g. “Impressionism”) and artists in ULAN (e.g., “Monet”). The project has worked on deriving these semi-automatically from texts on art history.

Here’s another Dutch project presenting there: http://www.archimuse.com/mw2007/abstracts/prg_325001116.html

 Jeremy O

The future is here…any day now…

March 23, 2007

Nat Torkington maps out the future not only of Web 2.0 but also the Semantic Web. It’s looking good for Pokemon.