22 Feb 2019

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13th DBpedia community meeting in Leipzig

We are happy to invite you to join the 13th edition of the DBpedia Community Meeting , which will be held in Leipzig. Following the LDK conference , May 20-22, the DBpedia Community will get together on May 23rd, 2019 at Mediencampus Villa Ida . Once again the meeting will be accompanied by a varied program of exciting lectures and showcases. Highlights/ Sessions Keynote #1: Making Linked Data Fun with DBpedia by Peter Haase, metaphacts Keynote #2: From Wikipedia to Thousands of Wikis - The DBkWik Knowledge Graph by Heiko Paulheim , Universität Mannheim NLP and DBpedia Session DBpedia Association ...

22 Feb 2019 11:22am GMT

15 Feb 2019

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DCMI 2019: Call for Participation

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) annual international conference in 2019 will be hosted by the National Library of Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, 23rd - 26th September, 2019. The Organising Committee has just published a call for participation. Please consider submitting a proposal!

15 Feb 2019 12:00am GMT

09 Feb 2019

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Comparing Research Journals Quality #1: FAIRness of journal articles

What a traditional research article looks like. Nice layout, hard to reuse the knowledge from. Image: CC BY-SA 4.0 . After Plan S was proposed, there finally was a community-wide discussion on the future of publishing. Not everyone is clearly speaking out if they want open access or not, but there's a start for more. Plan S aims to reform the current model. (Interestingly, the argument that not a lot of journals are currently "compliant" is sort of the point of the Plan.) One thing it does not want to reform, is the quality of the good journals (at least, ...

09 Feb 2019 4:11pm GMT

05 Feb 2019

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Plan S: Less publications, but more quality, more reusable? Yes, please.

If you look at opinions published in scholarly journals ( RSS feed , if you like to keep up), then Plan S is all 'bout the money (as Meja already tried to warn us): No one wants puppies to die. Similarly, no one wants journals to die. But maybe we should. Well, the journals, not the puppies. I don't know, but it does make sense to me (at this very moment): The past few decades has seen a significant growth of journals. And before hybrid journals were introduced, publishers tended to start new journals, rather than make journals Open Access. ...

05 Feb 2019 7:01am GMT

30 Jan 2019

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AGU Fall Meeting 2018

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2018 was the first time I attended a conference that was of such magnitude in all aspects - attendees, arrangements, content and information. It is an overwhelming experience for a first timer but totally worth it. The amount of knowledge and information that one can learn at this event is the biggest takeaway; depends on each person's abilities but trying to get the most out of it is what one will always aim for. There were 5 to 6 types of events that were held throughout the day for all 5 days. The ones that ...

30 Jan 2019 2:49pm GMT

29 Jan 2019

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AGU Conference: Know Before You Go

If this is your first American Geophysical Union ( AGU ) conference, be ready! Below are a few pointers for future first-timers. The conference I attended was hosted in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the week of December 10th, 2018. It brought together over 25,000 people. Until this conference, I had not experienced the pleasure and the power of so many like-minds in one space. The experience, while exhausting, was exhilarating! One of the top universal concerns at the AGU Conference is scheduling. You should know that I was not naïve to the opportunities and ...

29 Jan 2019 6:47pm GMT

26 Jan 2019

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Impressions from pidapalooza 19

In Dublin with around 130 other people at a conference specifically about open identifiers. It opened with a piper and the lighting of the eternal flame of persistence. These are my people #PIDapalooza19 pic.twitter.com/N1PEbgxq37 - Leigh Dodds (@ldodds) January 23, 2019 This week I was at the third pidapalooza conference in Dublin. It's a conference that is dedicated open identifiers: how to create them, steward them, drive adoption and promote their benefits. Anyone who has spent any time reading this blog or following me on twitter will know that this is a topic close to my heart. Open identifiers are infrastructure. ...

26 Jan 2019 12:33pm GMT

Talk: Documenting Identifiers for Humans and Machines

This is a rough transcript of a talk I recently gave at a session at Pidapalooza 2019 . You can view the slides from the talk here . I'm sharing my notes for the talk here, with a bit of light editing. I'd also really welcome you thoughts and feedback on this discussion document. At the Open Data Institute we think of data as infrastructure. Something that must be invested in and maintained so that we can maximise the value we get from data. For research, to inform policy and for a wide variety of social and economic benefits. Identifiers, ...

26 Jan 2019 11:41am GMT

Talk: Tabular data on the web

This is a rough transcript of a talk I recently gave at a workshop on Linked Open Statistical Data. You can view the slides from the talk here . I'm sharing my notes for the talk here, with a bit of light editing. At the Open Data Institute our mission is to work with companies and governments to build an open trustworthy data ecosystem. An ecosystem in which we can maximise the value from use of data whilst minimising its potential for harmful impacts. An important part of building that ecosystem will be ensuring that everyone - including governments, companies, ...

26 Jan 2019 10:55am GMT

25 Jan 2019

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W3C Data Exchange Working Group - Request for Feedback

The W3C Data Exchange Working Group has issued first drafts of two potential standards relating to profiles. The first is a small ontology for profile resources. This ontology is based on the case where an application profile is made up of one or more documents or resources, such as both human-readable instructions and a SHACL validation document. The ontology links those into a single graph called a "profile" and states the role of each resource.

25 Jan 2019 12:00am GMT

W3C Data Exchange Working Group - Request for Feedback

The W3C Data Exchange Working Group has issued first drafts of two potential standards relating to profiles. The first is a small ontology for profile resources. This ontology is based on the case where an application profile is made up of one or more documents or resources, such as both human-readable instructions and a SHACL validation document. The ontology links those into a single graph called a "profile" and states the role of each resource.

25 Jan 2019 12:00am GMT

22 Jan 2019

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TWC at AGU FM 2018

In 2018, AGU celebrated its centennial year. TWC had a good showing at this AGU, with 8 members attending and presenting on a number of projects. We arrived at DC on Saturday night, to attend the DCO Virtual Reality workshop organized by Louis Kellogg and the DCO Engagement Team, where research from greater DCO community came together to present, discuss and understand how the use of VR can facilitate and improve both research and teaching. Oliver Kreylos and Louis Kellogg spent various session presenting the results of DCO VR project, which involved recreating some of the visualizations used commonly at ...

22 Jan 2019 5:41pm GMT

20 Jan 2019

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Querying machine learning distributional semantics with SPARQL

Bringing together my two favorite kinds of semantics.

20 Jan 2019 2:57pm GMT

11 Jan 2019

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Balena’s wifi-connect – easy wifi for Raspberry Pis

When you move a Raspberry Pi between wifi networks and you want it to behave like an appliance, one way to set the wifi network easily as a user rather than a developer is to have it create an access point itself that you can connect to with a phone or laptop, enter the wifi information in a browser, and then reconnect to the proper network. Balena have a video explaining the idea . Andrew Nicolaou has written things to do this periodically as part of Radiodan. His most recent suggestion was to try Resin (now Balena)'s wifi-connect . Since ...

11 Jan 2019 5:21pm GMT

Balena’s wifi-connect – easy wifi for Raspberry Pis

When you move a Raspberry Pi between wifi networks and you want it to behave like an appliance, one way to set the wifi network easily as a user rather than a developer is to have it create an access point itself that you can connect to with a phone or laptop, enter the wifi information in a browser, and then reconnect to the proper network. Balena have a video explaining the idea . Andrew Nicolaou has written things to do this periodically as part of Radiodan. His most recent suggestion was to try Resin (now Balena)'s wifi-connect . Since ...

11 Jan 2019 5:21pm GMT

27 Dec 2018

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Creating nanopublications with Groovy

Compound found in Taphrorychus bicolor (doi: 10.1002/JLAC.199619961005 ). Published in Liebigs Annalen , see this post about the history of that journal. Yesterday I struggled some with creating nanopublications with Groovy . My first attempt was an utter failure, but then I discovered Thomas Kuhn 's NanopubCreator and it was downhill from there. There are two good things about this. First, I now have a code base that I can easily repurpose to make trusty nanopublications (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07443-6_63 ) about anything structured as a table (so can you). Second, I now about almost 1200 CCZero nanopublications that tell you in which ...

27 Dec 2018 6:59am GMT