Thank you to everyone who took the time to share a wide range of views in
response to yesterday's post in its comments, on Twitter, and out on your own
blogs. Although reduced to silence throughout the day because of other
commitments, I have been reading and learning from all of you. And, despite
the sometimes intemperate language of my original post, your contributions
have all been thoughtful, measured, and informative.
Several comments raised the duality of RDF; RDF the model and RDF the format
(which can itself be expressed in more forms than the RDF/XML of which most
might think). Kingsley's right, of course, when he asks;
"Is RDF a Data Model or a Format re this discussion. The answer to this
question is of utmost importance re coherence."
Honestly, I'm not sure that I know which it was meant to be... but I can
fairly safely suggest that the concerns I express... (more)
I’ve written and spoken before about a recent upsurge in enthusiasm for
exposing data from Government in ways that facilitate use and re-use, and
will doubtless be returning to this topic in the ‘Government Data’ panel
session at the Linked Data Meetup in London on Wednesday.
Tim Berners-Lee has been amongst those rallying to the cause, and working
with Governments here and overseas to realise the opportunities in — first
— simply getting data out and — second — ensuring the structure and
linkages required if Government data is to form a useful foundation upon
which others reall... (more)
Every time a new search engine pops up, bloggers, journalists and analysts
get all worked up about its potential (or otherwise) to be a ‘Google
Killer.’ I’ve written about this before, and really can’t understand
the apparent obsession with ‘killing’ a company that’s continuing to do
remarkably well at meeting the needs of millions. It’s not perfect, of
course, and there’s always room for more innovation/competition, but does
Google need to die in the process?
It was therefore something of a relief to talk with William Tunstall-Pedoe,
and to hear his talk of ‘complementing’ the ... (more)
Odd as it may seem, this question arose during my preparation for
yesterday’s conversation with True Knowledge CEO, William Tunstall-Pedoe.
You see, one of the demonstrations of True Knowledge’s capabilities takes
the form of a local product search that looks – superficially – a lot
like Google’s better known Local offering.
Searching for pizza in Google returns exactly what I’ve become accustomed
to; a badly incomplete list of pizza restaurants and take aways. My initial
presumption was that True Knowledge would do something pretty similar, maybe
with the added smarts to find a... (more)
The Hewlett Packard marketing machine was busy last week, assuring the world
that the company’s £7.1bn ($11.7bn) acquisition of Autonomy still made
sense despite an eye-watering financial write down and unseemly public
squabbling with the Cambridge company’s former management. HP CEO Meg
Whitman used her keynote at HP Discover in Frankfurt to assert that the
technology giant was “100% committed to Autonomy’s technologies,”
whilst almost everywhere we went in the Messe‘s halls we encountered
Autonomy pixie dust spread liberally across HP’s portfolio of products and