semantic web

When I presented “intro to the semantic web” slides in TopQuadrant product training classes, I described how people talking about “semantics” in the context of semantic web technology mean something specific, but that other claims for computerized semantics (especially, in many cases, “semantic search”) were often vague attempts to use the word as a marketing term. Since joining CCRi, though, I’ve learned plenty about machine learning applications that…


Children's edition.

Going through some old files, I found a homework assignment that my younger daughter did seven or eight years ago. When doing RDF-related data modeling you put a lot of thought into properties, and I remember getting a kick out of this introduction to the concept when she brought it home.

Reuse? Ha!

Reuse is Good, especially when you reuse my work.

I laughed when I found the container shown here in our house, because it demonstrates an overly common attitude about reuse of software, right down to the sanctimonious tone: everyone agrees that reuse and recycling is good, so you should reuse this thing that we custom-designed for our particular needs.

At one point in the semantic technologies track of last week’s XML Summer School, I showed a little application I wrote where you enter the names of two film directors on a form, click the search button, and then see a list of all actors who’ve been in movies by both directors. The form calls a CGI script that creates a short SPARQL query, runs it, and generates an HTML page of the results. You can read more about it in the developerWorks article Build Wikipedia query forms with…