Semantic web, linked data, open data, virtual authority

April 7, 2010

For those that don't about this project, the general purpose is to provide NYT controlled vocabulary and RDF (under creative commons) for use across the web.

Very semantic webby... with one result the ability to pull together data from different sites, which meets a certain criteria (about the same person, etc.) In the example application, links to Wikipedia articles about a person are also cross referenced to NYT articles about the same person.

As Andy mentioned DBpedia is the shining example (which is a project to semanticize Wikipedia)

For those interested (and who don't already have these in their bookmarks or reader):


Linked Data

NYT project page

Also, this is an interesting site:

Blue beanie day — support the semantic web

November 21, 2009

Arches @ noon. Nov. 30.
The 3rd annual Blue Beanie Day will be celebrated on Monday, November 30th, 2009

On Monday, November 30, 2009 thousands of Standardistas (people who support web standards) will wear a Blue Beanie to show their support for accessible, semantic web content.

Join the fun!

The 2009 event page is here:

It’s easy to show your support for web design done right. Beg, borrow, or buy a Blue Beanie and snap a photo of your mug wearing the blue. (Or get creative with Photoshop). Then on November 30, switch your profile picture in Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, (and any other social network) and post your photo to the Blue Beanie Day event page.

For more information:

Upload your Blue Beanie photos to the Flickr group:

Follow Blue Beanie Day 2009 Festivities on Twitter: or search #bbd09

Watch a BBD09 video on YouTube (tell your fiends):

Want to help with planning the 3rd Annual Blue Beanie Day? Organize a group photo in your city? You might qualify to win a free copy of Zeldman and Marcotte’s (brand new) Designing With Web Standards 3rd edition.

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