linked data aberdeen notes

Into. Jeff

dot.rural  user led use of linked data to improve rural world, culture and travel, resources and nature

eu semantic web project

Peter Winstanley talk

Siloed application – not link app – public web,  poorly formed urls uri

Solution integrate all url to ones that work

types of govt data staff dir, bus plans, question, elect. document system.

1. tidy urls example

2 full cycle of creating rdf to querying via lucene engine and tripple store.

axel rushmyer  tool used  (german)

railfinder tool of connection

social network view of just read,  and read and write.

lucene indexing,   useful  fuzz searching

talk 2

mostproject  emit   aberdeen linked data

terminology – example

turn explict knowledge to tacit knowledge done in a ‘light way’

implicit data is the volume of area below an iceberg  analogy

#SLOD  irc  4pm friday

google groups

govt. linked data website for scotland


Richard   HMO document records  cabinet

data mining document to high e.g. people, locations and then producing linked data links e.g. glasgow to OS maps

text mining gate  will they be open source   yes 2/3  but  …

traffic in attention

I was traveling most of September and this has been a great experience, bright new minds to engage and share ideas with, not to mention the odd disagreement.  However, the one area where I felt really disappointed with was the purpose this is being applied to when it comes to the economic or business part of innovation or startup life.

There are two camps of individuals that fed my disappointment.  Enthusiastic entrepreneurs unaware of their purpose, just happy to be ‘cloning’ the ideas already set in trend.  Usually, first time startup folk, so they have to learn and they will, like we all do.  The second group are of more concern.  They want to keep things as they are, support those with the cash to keep it and collect more of it.  Purpose is cash in the bank, whatever needs to be done.  This brings ruthless efficiency and the world needs these types, my only gripe is that their talent and energy could be released to lift all boats in the economy and garner vast returns on their own individual attention rather than the modest cash earned to fuel their lifestyle or just to pay the bills.  If I had to summarise their activities: servants of  the supply side of the current economy to traffic in human attention.

My acute pain was to hear of the SEO folks paying for the LinkedData / semantic web technology to help in their traffic generation manipulation for e-commerce businesses.  Same goes for affiliate marketing, create links where supply side see value in paying for.  Look, there is an argument that this activity is ‘correcting’ Googles et al search engine alogrithms for the better but I’ll buy that when every individual clicks on the ads instead of the core content links from ‘natural search’.

While online attention is still a fraction of a humans entire attention, its all still impacts human life.  While SEO and ads are becoming more of a ‘science’ on guessing, it is still guessing.

Last squeeze out of efficiency.

That is where were are right now.  The current economic model is using, e-commerce and getting traffic their via, search to SEO to affiliate links to groupon extracting the last grams of under used capacity in the system.  I listen to venture capitalist say that brand advertising and local advertising are the next ‘old’ economy cashflows to move online.  Even one declaring if one Pharmaceutical company brand advertising moved online, it would ‘sustain 5 new googles’!  Lets call this the last big squeeze moment.  Innovation both in society and technology however keep marching forward, a more uncertain future for the old way of thinking but a release to a new way for society to harness its collective (human) intelligence.

Attention is very precious but in a more human way than a diamond ring or bar of gold is.  Hopefully it is the attention (affection) of the ring wearer that really matters?  Individual centric attention services are the way forward, and note: attention reaches everywhere, from and to fellow individuals to those mining, designing and advising on e.g. a ring.  Attention moves instantly and everywhere, it is timeless, a common currency to connect life in a more human way than money.

visionary landscape

Start a look back

1995 – 2001  .com era.  As a perfect information ‘economist’ to buy my first internet magazine in 1995 and see the world I had written about as a theory, be more like a reality (an early one at that).  The whole world will change in a bang, mindset, well in the small financial community until the bubble burst.

2002 Built first internet product, a tool bar to share web information with ‘family, friends, the web’.   Then c-commerce to get closer to cashflow but provided environment to obverse lifestylelinking working in the world and how it would be applied to all via the Internet. started.

2004-2010 web2.0 era
Society — Authoring content and connection   Minimising the barrier to author (self expression) and symmetrical and asymmetrical connection of individuals.  Search from .com era has more content to work with, gets better (thus more ad money moves online) and new social analytics try to find new ways to connect.

Tech — vast reductions in price of serving a webpage, infinite scale via cloud computing emerges.

Economy — attempts at making shopping social but SEO (search engine optimisation) for those selling ads or products still dominate.  VC gap fund increasingly powerful social businesses i.e. facebook but valuation based on low cashflow amounts.

Semantic badged services becoming more visable.  Started powerset acquisition 2008.  NLP (natural language processing), Wolframalpha and now ‘text and data analysis’ from finding people to give answers, to personalized home pages, taming the firehose from twitter and the ‘real time web’.

2011 – ahead  semantic web era?  Who knows, we can look back some day and edit for the generally accepted term.

The word, ‘generally’ I except will become increasingly rarely used word as personalization and participation rockets.

We have vast amounts of information, but still most of it not digitized and on the web. This will be solved.

Society:  Radical shift in participation, collaboration by the masses.  Increased authoring of information and data working better to deliver life i.e data captured at finer grains of granularity and new discovery of connections.

Tech: vast reductions in price of computing power (in addition to storage) and these laws become dominant across all industries, biotech to physical manufacturing.  Small and distributed architectures replace all large scale central efficiency networks, water/sewage, power, education, websites, and databases etc.  Increase in the blurring on difference between software engineer and an individual ‘user’.

Economy:  Almost complete separation from a cashflow-financial system of economic management to an attention based one.