Posts Tagged ‘personal data’

Berners-Lee Shares Voices His Opinions on Data Ownership

timbernersleeAlex Hern of The Guardian reports, “The data we create about ourselves should be owned by each of us, not by the large companies that harvest it, the Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, said today. Berners-Lee told the IPExpo Europe in London’s Excel Centre that the potential of big data will be wasted as its current owners use it to serve ever more ‘queasy’ targeted advertising. By gaining access to their own data, people could use it with information about themselves from other sources in order to create ‘rich data’ – a far more valuable commodity than mere ‘big data’, he said.”

Hern continues, “Berners-Lee said that ‘people only look at one angle’ of big data. ‘When you read big data pieces in a magazine, it’s about how big companies are spying on you. A lot of the marvel of big data is a threat to me. Read more

Google Maps Is Becoming More Emotional

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Dan Farber of CNet recently wrote, “For Google, the map of the future is taking everything it knows about you and the world and plotting it in real-time as you move through your life. ‘We can build a whole new map for every context and every person,’ said Bernhard Seefeld, product management director for Google Maps, speaking at the GigaOm Roadmap 2013 conference. ‘It’s a specific map nobody has seen before, and it’s just there for that moment to visualize the data.’ Like the early days of map making that told stories of discovery and created more of an emotional connection with the unfolding world, Google wants to build what Seefeld called ‘emotional maps that reflect our real life connections and peek into the future and possibly travel there’.” Read more

WolframAlpha Updates Its Personal Analytics for Facebook

Back in September WolframAlpha unveiled its Personal Analytics for Facebook. With Personal Analytics, which The Semantic Web Blog covered here, you could visualize your networks, friends and social activities – and late last month it was updated to give even more insight into you and your Facebook linkages.

Not in the same way that Facebook does with its recently-launched Graph Search (see our story here). It’s not, for example, going to tell you who else out there likes running and lives in Nassau County, NY, or your favorite books that your friends also have read. In its initial debut, Personal Analytics for Facebook would show you things like gender distribution among your friends, or their common names, or who you share the most friends with.

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Report from Day 3 at ISWC

Juan Sequeda photo[Editor’s Note: This week, Juan Sequeda is reporting in from the International Semantic Web Conference in Bonn, Germany. See his other reports here:
Day 1Day 2 |  Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 ]

Day 3 was the first full conference day. The past two days were dedicated only to tutorials and workshops on more specific topics. This year, ISWC turns 10 years old and they showed a tag cloud of the abstracts submitted in 2001 versus the tag cloud of the abstracts submitted this year. Not surprising, the word “data” appears much larger, the word “ontology” has maintained its size, the word “web” has almost disappeared while the word “query” appears now and barely appeared 10 years ago.

(tag cloud image after the jump)

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Introducing CLOUD Inc.

A recent article covers Austin non-profit CLOUD, the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data. According to the article, CLOUD “is trying to create tools and standards for how the Internet of the future will handle the bits of your online identity currently scattered all over the digital landscape.” With a concept reminiscent of David Siegel’s personal data locker, “CLOUD is working to create a contextual markup language — a kind of additional layer of tagging and filtering atop the existing Internet — around identity. The goal is to create tools to better manage ID data. It would decentralize data so your entire online profile wouldn’t be duplicated everywhere, just the bits that you might need for, say, a doctor’s appointment or to sign up for a library card.” Read more