Posts Tagged ‘Semantic Mediawiki’

New World War I Encyclopedia Relies on Semantic MediaWiki

19141918onlineHeritage Daily recently reported, “A comprehensive, English-language, open access encyclopedia of what was deemed the ‘Great War’ was introduced and released on Wednesday 8th October, in Brussels. The project ‘1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War’ is managed by researchers at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library. It is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The encyclopaedia combines the latest historical research with the many advantages of the Semantic Web. The content was written and compiled by 1,000 experts from 54 countries, and is continuously being updated and expanded.” The encyclopedia can be accessed here. Read more

OpenThinkLab Aims To Put The Intelligence of the Crowd To Better Use

In an interesting turn of events, a project born out of the Occupy Wall Street movement to build social democracy 2.0 (see our story here) has turned into a commercial enterprise.

The effort keeps the title Project 99, but creator Brett McDowell is calling the open source intelligence firm the semantic technology powers OpenThinkLab. The idea remains largely the same, in that it seeks to draw upon the intelligence of the crowd and make it useable, this time in the service of anyone with questions to explore, from startups to think tanks to corporate titans like McDonald’s and MTV — and, yes, even stock traders.

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The SemanticLink Podcast – Submit Your Questions

The Semantic LinkAfter December’s episode of the Semantic Link, we asked for your thoughts on both the topics we should cover, and the ways in which you would like to interact with the podcast. You spoke, very clearly asking for an opportunity to pose questions for the team to answer during recordings. This is that opportunity.

February’s episode of the show will be recorded this Friday, 10 February, and we’re joined by a guest with a lot to contribute during our conversation.

There is growing interest in publishing, sharing and using data on the Web. The Semantic Web’s Linked Data effort is clearly one approach to this, but there are others. At Wolfram Alpha, for example, founder Stephen Wolfram suggests that a new Top Level Domain (TLD) for data will make data easier to find on the web. And inside the Wikimedia Foundation (the home of Wikipedia), a new WikiData project is rapidly taking shape.

Photo of Denny VrandecicWikiData project director, Denny Vrandecic, joins us to share his perspectives on these and other approaches to the space.

And now over to all of you. Please use the comments facility below, to share your perspectives on the question, or to submit your comments and questions for Denny and the regular gang to consider. Then tune in the week of 13 February to hear the result!

From Occupy Wall Street To A Semantic Platform For Social and Political Discussion

Occupy Wall Street, as a real-world presence, has been pushed off the front pages since the Zuccotti Park protestors were rousted out of their 24/7 encampment, with bands in many other cities also being given the heave-ho. But its spirit may virtually reconvene with the Tribeforth Foundation’s Project 99.

To be clear, what Brett McDowell and D’Arcy Cunningham of the Foundation are working on is more about building social democracy 2.0 than being affiliated with a specific movement and enforcing its viewpoint, though the two did meet face-to-face for the first time at the Vancouver, Canada version of Occupy Wall Street. And their plan is to realize that dream using semantic and open source technology.

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New Semantic Resource for Moms:

A pair of bloggers has launched a semantically powered resource website for moms, According to the website, “There are millions of mommy blogs and sites all over the internet. From blogs to giveaways, reviews, recipes, money saving tips, etc., moms contribute a considerable amount of information in various areas of the web. WikiMommy is here to collaborate all those wonderful thoughts and valuable insights and information into one site, where visitors from all over the world can find the info that comes from the best source – mom’s world.” Read more

Let Freedom Ring — Or Maybe Not So Much?

Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Vironevaeh

As we get ready to celebrate the July 4 holiday here in the States, there’s a lot to cheer for about how the Semantic Web can be a force for good when it comes to creating an informed and empowered populace upon which democracy depends. Examples of this include the work being done by the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to translate open government datasets into RDF and create applications using linked government data (read more here); and work by the Sunlight Foundation, which does things such as make semantic information in its OpenCongress wiki available via an API with the help of the Semantic MediaWiki extension.

The departure of Vivek Kundra as federal CIO that takes effect in August  – together with the planned funding cuts to e-government initiatives, such as the open data effort –  may take its toll on the data that’s available to Semantic Web initiatives at the federal level. On the other hand, states themselves are plowing ahead, most recently with the launch of the State of Illinois Open Data site that’s built on Socrata’s platform. Socrata supports a number of different formats for developers, RDF among them, with its Open API. Cities won’t be left out of the mix, either, with New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, to name a few, pursuing this agenda.

But let’s take a moment to look beyond government data.

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Semantic Wikis in the Enterprise – Sanjiva Nath

I consider myself firstly a fan and evangelist of semantic wikis and secondly a provider of technologies and solutions that offer those capabilities to enterprises.  After spending several years following technologies related to this particular feature, on the eve of the Semantic Wiki session at the 2009 Semantic Technology conference next week, I wanted to offer some perspectives on Semantic Wikis and what the enterprises can hope to achieve from their deployments. 

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