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 [...]

Programming well in Javascript

With my background as a theoretical computer scientist, I’m a terrible programmer (Back in college taking operating systems, my team got special mention for having the most elegantly designed operating system, all built around a single semaphor API.  Of course it only executed for 30 seconds before crashing).  But sometimes, when I can’t convince any [...]

Google Plus Realnames are Solving the Wrong Problem. We Need Signatures.

I sympathize with Google’s efforts to prevent impersonation on plus. But I didn’t think the real names policy was the right approach, and I don’t think the verification badge approach addresses the right problem either. Taking a concrete example, my real name is David Karger, and I can certainly get that verified. But there’s another [...]

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 [...]

A Knight News Challenge Application

The Knight News Challenge is an ambitious undertaking to fund innovation in tools that can help digital journalism.  I’m planning to submit a proposal around our Datapress data-blogging plugin for Wordpress and am seeking some early-adopter Wordpress bloggers who’d be interested in experimenting with our tools on their sites.
I believe that publishing rich interactive data [...]

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 [...]

On a Few Deadly Data Sins and the Entropy of Open Data

I just ran into a lovely and frustrating open-government-style map of stimulus funding put together in Colorado.   The same tool is used in a number of other states, listed in Brady Forest’s blog post at O’reilly Radar.  Lovely because its always nice to look at maps; frustrating because that’s all I can do.  Where’s the [...]

Semantic Mediawiki workshop at MIT this Saturday/Sunday

I’ll be hosting a Semantic Mediawiki workshop at MIT this upcoming Saturday and Sunday May 22/23 and invite you to attend.   Semantic Mediawiki has made some significant progress on a topic I consider vital—helping end-users manage structured information.  Semantic Mediawiki tackles this problem by adding a database to the Mediawiki platform (which runs Wikipedia) and [...]

Time Travel on the World Wide Web

What if you could flip a switch in your browser and browse the web like it’s 1999? If the Memento project succeeds, you’ll soon be able to.
A joint project between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University, Memento seeks to add time travel as a standard capability to the world wide web. [...]