23 Feb 2018

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The building blocks of data infrastructure – Part 2

This is the second part of a two part post looking at the building blocks of data infrastructure. In part one we looked at definitions of data infrastructure, and the first set of building blocks: identifiers, standards and registers . You should read part one first and then jump back in here. We're using the example of weather data to help us think through the different elements of a data infrastructure. In our fictional system we have a network of weather stations installed around the world. The stations are feeding weather observations into a common database. We've looked at why its ...

23 Feb 2018 8:30am GMT

The building blocks of data infrastructure – Part 1

Data is a vital form of infrastructure for our societies and our economies . When we think about infrastructure we usually think of physical things like roads and railways. But there are broader definitions of infrastructure that include less tangible things. Like ideas or the internet. It is important to recognise that there is more to "infrastructure" than just roads and railways. Otherwise there is a risk that we, as a society, won't invest the necessary time or effort in building, maintaining and governing that infrastructure. The decisions we make about Infrastructure are important because infrastructure helps to shape our ...

23 Feb 2018 8:30am GMT

21 Feb 2018

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When were articles cited by WikiPathways published?

Number of articles cited by curated WikiPathways , using data in Wikidata (see text). One of the consequences of the high publication pressure is that we cannot keep up converting all those facts in knowledge bases. Indeed, publishers, journals more specifically do not care so much about migrating new knowledge into such bases. Probably this has to do with the business: they give the impression they are more interested in disseminating PDFs than disseminating knowledge. Yes, sure there are projects around this, but they are missing the point, IMHO. But that's the situation and text mining and data curation will ...

21 Feb 2018 11:01am GMT

17 Feb 2018

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Creating better checklists, a short review of the Checklist Manifesto

I've just finished reading The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande ( Cancer Research UK affiliate link ). It's been on my reading list for a while. In my work I've written quite a few checklists to help capture best practice or to provide advice. So I was curious about whether I could learn something about creating better checklists. I wanted to write down a few reflections whilst they're still fresh in my mind. The book explores the use of checklists in medicine, aviation and to a lesser extent in business. Checklists aren't to-do lists. They are a tool to help reduce ...

17 Feb 2018 12:51pm GMT

FAIR-er Compound Interest Christmas Advent 2017: learnability and citability

Compound Interest infographics of yesterday. I love Compound Interest ! I love what it does for popularization of the chemistry in our daily life. I love that the infographics have a pretty liberal license. But I also wish they would be more usable. That is, the usability is greatly diminished by the lack of learnability . Of course, there is not a lot of room to give pointers. Second, they do not have DOIs and are hard to cite as source. That said, the lack of sourcing information may not make it the best source, but let's consider these aspects ...

17 Feb 2018 8:52am GMT

15 Feb 2018

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Inferring Quicklisp System Descriptions

We presented, at the recent ELS 2016[0], the speculative results from using SPARQL to analyse implicit dependancy relations in the LISP ecosystem, as embodied in a recent Quicklisp[1] release.

15 Feb 2018 3:08pm GMT

DCMI 2018 Conference - Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the DCMI Conference, 2018, has been issued! Full details, including instructions on how to submit proposals, deadlines etc. can be found on the DCMI Conference Submission website. More general information about the conference, venue, location etc. can be found on the DCMI website.

15 Feb 2018 10:56am GMT

06 Feb 2018

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DC-2018 Announced

We are pleased to announce that DCMI's annual international conference, DC-2018, will be hosted by the University of Porto in Portugal, from September 10th - 13th. We are also pleased to announce that the conference will be co-located with the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) annual international conference The conferences will deliver two, parallel programmes of peer-reviewed papers, tutorials and workshops. Delegates will register once, and will then be free to choose between the two programmes, with some plenary sessions (keynotes) and social events bringing all delegates together.

06 Feb 2018 10:56am GMT

31 Jan 2018

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W3C/ERCIM at Boost 4.0 kick off meeting

W3C/ERCIM is one of fifty organizations participating in the Boost 4.0 European project on big data in Industry 4.0 which kicked off with an initial face to face meeting at the Automotive Intelligence Center in Bilbao on 30-31 January 2018. … Continue reading →

31 Jan 2018 6:31pm GMT

29 Jan 2018

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When are open (geospatial) identifiers useful?

In a meeting today, I was discussing how and when open geospatial identifiers are useful. I thought this might make a good topic for a blog post in my continuing series of questions about data . So here goes. An identifier provides an unambiguous reference for something about which we want to collect and publish data. That thing might be a road, a school, a parcel of land or a bus stop. If we publish a dataset that contains some data about "Westminster" then, without some additional documentation, a user of that dataset won't know whether the data is about ...

29 Jan 2018 8:47pm GMT

28 Jan 2018

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JavaScript SPARQL

With rdfstore-js.

28 Jan 2018 2:35pm GMT

22 Jan 2018

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Cell Phones for Seniors: Stay Independent, Stay Safe

One of the biggest arguments against allowing elderly family members and senior citizens to live alone is the concern that no one would be there to help them if they needed medical attention, got lost or needed any other type of assistance. This fear led to all sorts of devices for helping the elderly get in touch with emergency services (the iconic "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercials come to mind). But now, cell phones for seniors deftly fill this niche. Plus, mobile phones for the elderly have more features than the usual lifeline devices. Here are a ...

22 Jan 2018 8:31am GMT

07 Jan 2018

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Read Write Web — Q4 Summary — 2017

Summary TPAC 2017 kicked off in California, achieving its highest attendance to date, with some saying it may have been the best TPAC ever . Extensive Strategic Highlights were also published. HTML 5.2 is now a recommendation, with HTML 5.3 coming . Work on payments made progress with some demos presented at money 20/20. There was also a nice look ahead to 2018 and semantic web trends from Dataversity. A slight pickup in activity this quarter in the community group. With around 75 messages , almost double the previous quarter. More details below. Communications and Outreach Aside from Fedora, there ...

07 Jan 2018 8:15am GMT

03 Jan 2018

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W3C study on Web data standardization

The Web has had a huge impact on how we exchange and access information. The Web of data is growing rapidly, and interoperability depends upon the availability of open standards, whether intended for interchange within small communities, or for use on a global scale. W3C is pleased to release a W3C study on practices and tooling for Web data standardization , and gratefully acknowledges support from the Open Data Institute and Innovate UK . A lengthy questionnaire was used to solicit input from a wide range of stakeholders. The feedback will be used as a starting point for making W3C ...

03 Jan 2018 5:44pm GMT

W3C study on Web data standardization

The Web has had a huge impact on how we exchange and access information. The Web of data is growing rapidly, and interoperability depends upon the availability of open standards, whether intended for interchange within small communities, or for use … Continue reading →

03 Jan 2018 4:13pm GMT

31 Dec 2017

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SPARQL and Amazon Web Service's Neptune database

Promising news for large-scale RDF development.

31 Dec 2017 2:53pm GMT