Semantic Web for End Users: Keynote from ESWC 2013 now Online

A final addendum to my series of three posts on the Semantic Web and End Users.  The talk that I summarized in those posts is now online here, synchronized with the slides I presented.  I think I did a pretty good job getting through 217 slides in 75 minutes, and there’s some interesting Q&A at [...]

Keynote at ESWC Part 3: What’s Wrong with Semantic Web Research, and Some Ideas to Fix it

I’ve just returned from the European Semantic Web Conference, where I gave a keynote talk on “The Semantic Web for End Users”.   My talk addressed the problem that has interested me for eighteen years: making it easier for end users to manage their information.  The thesis was that

The current state of tools for end [...]

Keynote at ESWC Part 2: How the Semantic Web Can Help End Users

I’ve just returned from the European Semantic Web Conference, where I gave a keynote talk on “The Semantic Web for End Users”.   My talk addressed the problem that has interested me for eighteen years: making it easier for end users to manage their information.  The thesis was that

The current state of tools for end [...]

Keynote at the European Semantic Web Conference Part 1: The State of End User Information Management

I’ve just returned from the European Semantic Web Conference, where I gave a keynote talk on “The Semantic Web for End Users”.   The slides are here . My talk addressed the problem that has interested me for eighteen years: making it easier for end users to manage their information.  The thesis was that

The current [...]

Two Funny Things at the 2012 International Semantic Web Conference

I spent last week at the 2012 International Semantic Web Conference.  This conference addresses the important topic of structured data on the web.  I had two “funny” experiences; one humorous and one peculiar.
At the beginning of the conference, I was amused to see that ISWC, whose central theme is linking the web’s data together into [...]

Submitted Knight News Challenge proposal

As forewarned in my last blog post, I’ve submitted a first draft of our Knight News Challenge proposal at their site; you can read and, more importantly, comment upon the proposal here.  I welcome your feedback.  And as I mentioned last time, if you’re interested in being one of our Guinea pigs, step right up—especially [...]

The Semantic Web needs a MySQL

One thing was clear in the comments of many industry-facing participants of ISWC 2010: a big impediment to adoption of semantic web technologies is the lack of an off-the-shelf triplestore that “just works.”
There are many other problems, of course: RDF an awkward format when it comes to real world programming because the graph model [...]

The Toothpaste Problem & Choosing the “right” data to publish

People who visit a toothpaste isle with only 4 products walk away much happier than those who visit the typical supermarket isle crammed with 40 variants of Colgate. Why? Because they don’t get overwhelmed by a tsunami of possibilities that leaves them wondering if they made the wrong choice.
When it comes to a large [...]

Rich Visualizations in your Wordpress Blog

Datapress is a Wordpress plugin that makes it easy to enhance your Wordpress blog posts with rich interactive visualizations such as maps, timelines, various charts, and sortable lists, all with interactive filtering and faceted browsing.   Datapress uses the Exhibit framework to offer a collection of rich structured data visualization elements that can be dropped [...]

Lottery-Based Micropatronage

Some time ago we began simmering a system called Tipsy that helps web users make voluntary micro-contributions to the content creators whose work they consume.   It picked up steam when we started sharing ideas with Doc Searls.  Since Doc mentioned it in a blog post yesterday, I thought it worth providing a bit more detail [...]