Wednesday, May 28. 2014
I've been at the 2014 Extended (formerly European) Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) in Anissaras, Greece for four days now. My reason for attending was to present my paper Seeding structured data by default in open source library systems (presentation) (paper).
It has been fantastic. As a librarian attending a conference dominated by computer science academics, I was met with genuine interest in my work on expressing schema.org metadata via RDFa in library catalogue web pages. Despite my relative inexperience in this milieu of PhD candidates and faculty, I was able to participate productively in the opening workshops and tutorials, and enjoyed the keynotes and panel sessions (I'll happily admit, though, that I was out of my depth in many of the main track sessions). And I was welcomed into (and enjoyed) social events and situations, something I tend to worry about when joining a new community.
After many discussions, and particularly after attending the cleverly named SALAD2014 (Services and Applications over Linked APIs and Data) workshop and the keynote on day one by Stefan Staab, my hope for many of the promises of the Semantic Web proper has been rekindled. The awareness amongst attendees of the need for pragmatism--support for developers and actual results--beyond just the interesting academic research.
These are good people, and this is a good community. Conference: recommended!
Oh, and there's this...
Thursday, March 20. 2014
Two things of note:
It has been fun and invigorating to hear the responses of those who are seeing the results and direction of this work for the first time! More thoughts to come...
Monday, February 3. 2014
Back in August, I mentioned that I taught Evergreen, Koha, and VuFind how to express library holdings in schema.org via the
The language for some of the terminology may seem a little overly commercial right now, but the next iteration of the schema.org standard will adopt language that more broadly supports non-commercial activities... and this broadening of a number of schema.org definitions is also an outcome of the Schema BibEx community efforts. I'm pretty happy with the results of the group over the last six months! Hopefully this sheds some long-overdue light on some of the results of our efforts, and helps other systems adopt our group's recommended practices for exposing metadata via schema.org.
On , I'll be participating in Laurentian University's Research Week lightning talks. Unlike most five-minute lightning talk events in which I've participated, the time limit for each talk tomorrow will be one minute. Imagine 60 different researchers getting up to summarize their research in one minute each, and you have what is likely to be a brain-melting hour. Should be fun!
Here's a rough draft of what I'm planning to say (which, when read at an even cadence with decent intonation, comes out to exactly one minute:)
What would you understand if you read the _entire_ world wide web?
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