23 Jun 2017

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Lunchtime Lecture: “How you (yes, you) can contribute to open data”

The following is a written version of the lunchtime lecture I gave today at the Open Data Institute. I'll put in a link to the video when it comes online. It's not a transcript, I'm just writing down what I had planned to say.

23 Jun 2017 6:40pm GMT

18 Jun 2017

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Ridesharing 3.0: Forget About Uber

Uber, whatever its faults, provides value to its users, both the drivers and the riders. People appreciate or even enjoy the service, even if they don't like the corporate behavior or economic disruption. Solutions seem to mostly include boycotts (in favor of taxis or competitors like Lyft) and legal action. But most of those those solutions are pushing water uphill, because people actually like the service. I have another solution: let's rebuild the service without any major company involved. Let's help software eat the world on behalf of the users, not the stockholders. In this post, I'll explain a ...

18 Jun 2017 2:30pm GMT

16 Jun 2017

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Back to Blogging

As I remember it, about ten years ago, I started this blog for one main reason. I had just watched a talk from the CTO of Second Life (remember them, when they were hot?) about his vision for how to expand by opening up the system, making it decentralized. I thought to myself: that's going to be really hard, but I've thought about it a lot; I should blog my ideas about it. As I dug into the problem, however, I realized how many sub-problems I couldn't really solve, yet. So I never posted. (Soon thereafter, Cory Ondrejka left ...

16 Jun 2017 6:32pm GMT

06 Oct 2011


ODF 1.2 Approved as Standard: Now with RDFa!

The new version of the Open Document Format, ODF 1.2, has been ratified as a standard. One of the changes to ODF 1.2 is the adoption of RDFa as a way of including metadata. Read more at the ODF technical committee chair's blog.

06 Oct 2011 1:57pm GMT

24 May 2011


RDFa: The Inside Story from Best Buy

Earlier we reported on Best Buy's successes as a result of using RDFa. Search New Central has now published an interview with Jay Myers, Lead Development Engineer for Best Buy, on the whys and wherefores of implementing RDFa on their site. "We really didn't go into it with any expectations. We just wanted to see [...]

24 May 2011 8:47am GMT

01 May 2011


Radify – RDFa Annotation Tool

Duncan Grant has created a new tool called Radify as a part of his university studies. It is a bookmarklet for the purposes of annotating a web page with RDFa. The bookmarklet features a triple viewer, edit mode and ability to load/parse new ontologies. You can read more about Duncan and his research on the [...]

01 May 2011 9:00pm GMT