Last year, I created a small widget plugin for WordPress, that displayed the links in a single link category. Now, I’ve created its companion, a widget plugin that displays links to posts in a single post category, complete with introductory text and a link to the category homepage.
If you are in the general vicinity of Copenhagen on the evening of the 24th of April (yep, that’s tomorrow), and remotely interested in RDF, SPARQL or DBpedia, stop by ITU, where we’ll be hacking away from 20:00.
If you read Danish, see the original announcement by Claus Dahl in the kitchen: DBPedia hack-aften?
Related to my Slamming the Semantic Web post from the other day is Dave Winers slightly different approach:
… strong opinions are allowed, even strong opinions that disagree with mine, as long as they’re on-topic, and not personal.
Scripting News, April 12, 2007 — A rational comment policy
A smarter net has been in the works for a while, but it could need your backing!
See e.g. http://esw.w3.org/topic/PathCross — “Suppose I’m travelling to Boston and San Francisco in the next couple months. I’d like my machine to let me know I have a FriendOfaFriend who also lives there or plans to be there.”
That comment was submitted — verifiable thanks to coComments — but not approved.
Whenever I read an article, blog post or a comment that disses the Semantic Web, RDF or RDF/XML, I wonder why so many people find it necessary to try to belittle another technology or approach. It is almost always clear — at least to me — that there are no facts or knowledge to back up the claims, but it seems there are always enough readers out there that come away with the impression of facts instead of opinions.
I don’t know much about Topic Maps, Django or FreeBSD, but you don’t see me trying to argue that they are inferior, somewhat misguied or simply plain wrong. Even if that may be the case, I wouldn’t know, and I refuse to argue for or against something I don’t know anything about.
Perhaps those people out there feel out-of-the-loop for not understanding, and then pick arguments against another view instead of arguing for their own view? Perhaps they are trying to push an inferior technology and feel a need to make alternatives look inferior as well?
I don’t know.
But I do know, that the next time I see an “argument” against the Semantic Web, I will check the new GetSemantic Argument Wiki, and I hope that you will too.
In the meantime, please take 8 minutes of your day to watch Tim Berners-Lee talk about his vision for the web. That’s real.