What’s up with wolfram alpha?

November 23, 2009

Interesting little post about wolfram alpha and plans for the future:

But Alpha may yet confound the sceptics. Last month, Wolfram released an application programming interface, or API, that allows anybody to build software or websites that use Alpha’s abilities. “Alpha is a technology platform that allows one to inject computable knowledge into any application or computer system,” says Wolfram.

and it’s partnering with bing… more here.

5 Years of Firefox (and the web)

November 10, 2009

Very interesting (and short) review of the last 5 years for Firefox and web in general….

“All of our servers melted instantly,” Vukićević says. “We spent an hour trying to get the downloads back up.”

(on the day Firefox launched)

….and looking to the future:
““We always ask, ‘What is it that people on the open web can’t do right now? What’s pushing them towards things like Adobe AIR and Silverlight, or other technologies that are single-vendor silos?”

When a developer loses the ability to view a web page’s source code (something you can’t easily do in Flash) they can’t see how web applications and complex interactions function. And, he says, that stymies further experimentation.

“The web is going to be an awesome place to innovate in five years, because we’re going to chase down every awesome development in the proprietary world and make sure it happens on the open web as well. If we fail, then we’ll end up in a place that’s less recognizable than the web today, a web filled with a bunch of internet-delivered Flash executables.”

Read the Wired article here

NYT project / Mapping name subject headings (semantic web)

November 9, 2009

I am so excited about this NYT project — just the kind of thing needed to start moving the semantic web forward … By the way, DBPedia is an attempt to take Wikipedia data and semanticize it… I am kind of in love with linked in data at the moment.

Article at

“Over the last several months we have manually mapped more than 5,000 person name subject headings onto Freebase and DBPedia. And today we are pleased to announce the launch of http://data.nytimes.com and the release of these 5,000 person name subject headings as Linked Open Data. “

… we plan to expand http://data.nytimes.com to include each of the nearly 30,000 subject headings we use to power Times Topics pages, a collection that includes locations, organizations and descriptors in addition to person names.

When we first announced this initiative, we asked for participation from the global semantic technology community. We have heard from a diverse community of experts, and their advice, guidance and feedback have proved invaluable. To further encourage community participation, we have created The New York Times Linked Open Data group and urge all interested folks to sign up.

Semantic web, social web, and the progression of the web (presentation)

October 21, 2009

Well, this is a pretty unwieldly subject to pack into a 1 hour presentation (and I didn’t go very far into the details of the mechanics of the semantic web, at all)….

What is on the web and how we use it.

September 29, 2009

Time well spent | Social Signal

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