29 May 2020

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Cloud Cipher Capabilities

… or, the lack of it. A recent discussion at a customer made me having a closer look around support for encryption in the context of XaaS cloud service offerings as well as concerning Hadoop. In general, this can be broken down into over-the-wire (cf. SSL/ TLS ) and back-end encryption. While the former is widely used, the latter is rather seldom to find. Different reasons might exits why one wants to encrypt her data, ranging from preserving a competitive advantage to end-user privacy issues. No matter why someone wants to encrypt the data, the question is do systems support ...

29 May 2020 4:06am GMT

27 May 2020

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Removing rivets

I wanted to stay away from the computer during a week off work so I had a plan to fix up some garden chairs whose wooden slats had gone rotten: Looking more closely I realised the slats were riveted on. How do you get rivets off? I asked my hackspace buddies and Barney suggested drilling them out. They have an indentation in the back and you don't have to drill very far to get them out. The first chair took me two hours to drill out 15 rivets, and was a frustrating and sweaty experience. I checked YouTube to make ...

27 May 2020 9:06pm GMT

26 May 2020

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Cooking up a new approach to supporting purposeful use of data

In my last post I explored how we might better support the use of datasets . To do that I applied the BASEDEF framework to outline the ways in which communities might collaborate to help unlock more value from individual datasets. But what if we changed our focus from supporting discovery and use of datasets and instead focused on helping people explore specific types of problems or questions? Our paradigm around data discovery is based on helping people find individual datasets. But unless a dataset has been designed to answer the specific question you have in mind, then it's unlikely ...

26 May 2020 7:05pm GMT

19 Jan 2012

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Mon intervention lors de l’inauguration du Retour à la Terre Rive Gauche

En attendant la publication des photos et vidéos sur le site du Retour à la Terre , voici le texte que j’avais préparé pour mon intervention lors de l’inauguration officielle du magasin de la Rive Gauche le 18 janvier. Catherine est inquiète parce qu’elle ne sait pas ce que je veux vous dire ce soir… Elle me connaît pourtant bien puisque cela fait plus de trente ans que nous vivons ensemble ! Nous avons la chance d’avoir étudié dans une grande école (l’École Centrale) où nous nous sommes rencontrés mais avons toujours eu du mal à nous intégrer au monde des ...

19 Jan 2012 12:59pm GMT

Yak shaving

If your brain works the way mine does, you often find yourself doing a variety of related but not necessary tasks along the way to fulfilling a larger goal. For some reason, the history of which I’m not entirely sure, this is called “yak shaving.” Some of my finest work has been done that way, so I’m happy to embrace it, even if I do add hours to the job at hand. This week’s yak shaving has neared epic proportions, but proved eminently satisfying. I’ve been working on collecting together an overview of big data products. It’s early days yet ...

19 Jan 2012 12:13am GMT

18 Jan 2012

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HttpURLConnection’s Dark Secrets

If you’re programming in the Java language and want to talk to a Web server, there are several libraries you can choose from. HttpURLConnection is one popular choice, and for Android programming, the engineering team has now officially suggested that you use it where possible. Since there are irritating orthographical and Web-Architecture issues with the name “HttpURLConnection”, let’s just say HUC. HUC is reasonably well documented, if by “reasonably well” you mean “omits any discussion of the relationship between method calls and underlying HTTP traffic”. Let me fill that in. Who knows, maybe some JavaDocs maintainer somewhere will feel inspired ...

18 Jan 2012 11:17pm GMT

27 Oct 2011

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W3C Library Linked Data XG Final Report Published

W3C's Library Linked Data Incubator group has published its final report. In its final report, the group characterized the current state of library data management, outlined the potential benefits of publishing library data as Linked Data, and formulated next-step recommendations …

27 Oct 2011 12:58pm GMT

23 Oct 2011

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5 Simple Provenance Statements

Providing easily processable information about the provenance or origins of Web pages and data is important. It lets us give credit where its due and it helps others trust the information we publish on the Web. Here's some simple provenance …

23 Oct 2011 8:30am GMT

20 Oct 2011

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Publication of the “Ontology of Rhetorical Blocks” Interest Group Note

The W3C Semantic Web in Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLS) has published the Ontology of Rhetorical Blocks (ORB) Interest Group Note. In the last the decade, the consistently growing number of scientific publishing spheres (journals, conferences, workshops, …

20 Oct 2011 2:01pm GMT