Posts Tagged ‘alpha’

Hopper Opens Travel Database to the Public


Sean O’Neill of Tnooz reports, “Last week saw the soft launch of Hopper, the long-awaited consumer trip planning engine that claims to be powered by the ‘world’s largest structured database of travel information’. Since last summer, the site has put wannabe users on a waiting list, allowing only a handful to become beta testers. But as of now, the bouncer’s gone. Anyone can create an account, road-test tools, and book flights. Founded in 2007 and based in Boston and Montreal, the company has 23 full-time employees and has received more than $22 million in funding from backers such as Brightspark, Atlas Venture, and OMERS Ventures. It claims to have breakthrough semantic search technology.” Read more

Finding What’s ‘Important’ on Wikipedia with WikiMaps

ScienceDaily recently covered an interesting new resource, WikiMaps. According to the article, “An international research team has developed a dynamic tool that allows you to see a map of what is ‘important’ on Wikipedia and the connections between different entries. The tool, which is currently in the ‘alpha’ phase of development, displays classic musicians, bands, people born in the 1980s, and selected celebrities, including Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, and Justin Bieber. A slider control, or play button, lets you move through time to see how a particular topic or group has evolved over the last 3 or 4 years. The desktop version allows you to select any article or topic.” Read more

Thought networking: Building the Semantic Web with consumer-directed semantic networking



How do we roll out the Semantic Web? Paradoxically, the fast track may involve getting help from billions of people who know nothing about the Semantic Web and have no interest in it. Much of the effort in semantic representation has been focused on annotating existing content. Unfortunately, creating a shared semantic layer over existing content is proving to be a daunting task. We need alternative strategies, and more importantly, many non-technical contributors. How can we better devise solutions to put those billions of semantic generators to work on building the Semantic Web?

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The RDFa initiative in Drupal 7, and how it will impact the Semantic Web

Date: April 30, 2010, 11:00AM (1 hour)
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Q&A: Q&A Session for “The RDFa initiative in Drupal 7, and how it will impact the Semantic Web”
Attachment: RDFa-in-Drupal-7-Slides.pdf (2.15 MB)

Drupal 7 (alpha), the latest major release of the popular open source CMS, includes a lot of features for web publishers interested in implementing Semantic Web Technologies.

In May of 2009, Google announced the support for RDFa as part of its Rich Snippet program. At the time, the work for integrating Semantic Web technologies into the next release of Drupal’s core had already started. In May, 2010 at DrupalCon San Francisco, Dries Buytaert – creator and project lead of Drupal – reaffirmed the community’s strong support for RDF in Drupal 7 by showing what sort of applications this will enable. A few days later, Facebook announced the Open Graph protocol, a new protocol based on RDFa which allows for turning any webpage into a rich object in a social graph. Clearly, the future is in the Semantic Web. This webinar presents some brief history about semantics in Drupal and the various facets of RDF and RDFa which are available today as part of Drupal 7 alpha.

At the SemTech 2010 Conference in June, Stéphane Corlosquet, Lin Clark, Alex Passant and Axel Polleres will present a hands-on Tutorial on "How to build Linked Data sites with Drupal 7 and RDFa."

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Stephane Corlosquet
Stephane Corlosquet
MGH / Partners

Stéphane Corlosquet has been the main driving force in incorporating Semantic Web capabilities into the Drupal CMS. His ‘RDF CCK’ and ‘evoc’ contributed modules to Drupal 6 have naturally evolved to be accepted as standard within the core of the upcoming Drupal 7. He co-authored the ISWC 2009 Best Semantic Web In Use Paper titled "Produce and Consume Linked Data with Drupal!". Stéphane recently finished an M.Sc. in Semantic Web at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Ireland and joined MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), MGH as a Software Engineer to work on the Science Collaboration Framework, a Drupal-based distribution to build online communities of researchers in biomedicine. For more information, see

A Sneak Preview of Wolfram Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

Stephen Wolfram, creator of Wolfram|Alpha and Mathematica, & Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Tuesday, April 28, 3:00 pm
Austin East Classroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School
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This event will be webcast live at 3:00 pm ET.

There’s been great anticipation around Stephen Wolfram’s ambitious project to create a comprehensive "computational knowledge engine."  The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University will host a sneak preview of the Wolfram|Alpha system, and a discussion of its underlying technology and implications.  Participants will include Wolfram|Alpha founder Stephen Wolfram and Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law.

Doug Lenat – I was positively impressed with Wolfram Alpha

Stephen Wolfram generously gave me a two-hour demo of Wolfram Alpha last evening, and I was quite positively impressed.  As he said, it’s not AI, and not aiming to be, so it shouldn’t be measured by contrasting it with HAL or Cyc but with Google or Yahoo. 

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