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Applying markup to complexity

By Simon St. Laurent
August 9, 2012

When XML exploded onto the scene, it ignited visions of magical communications, simplified document storage, and a whole new wave of application capabilities. Reality has proved calmer, with competition from JSON and other formats tackling a wide variety of problems, …

Four short links: 7 April 2010

By Nat Torkington
April 7, 2010

SproutCore -- open-source HTML5 application framework (i.e., lots of Javascript goodness) that'll work with any backend. To code for this, you put most of the logic in the front-end and leave the back-end much simpler. RDF for Intrepid Unix Hackers -- an interesting series, showing how to use common Unix tools to manipulate RDF data from the commandline. (via...

Four short links: 1 April 2010

By Nat Torkington
April 1, 2010

Extending Copyright Duration in Australia (PDF) -- economics of copyright extension. This proposal in the "let's dream" section at the end caught my eye: The potential trade-off between production and distribution of intellectual property can be addressed in a number of ways. Australia could offer a system of graduated copyright protection with differing durations and differing fees. If an...

What is the difference between a Taxonomy and an Ontology? - OWL Knowledge

By Rick Jelliffe
February 8, 2010

Q. What is the difference between a Taxonomy and an Ontology? A. Not much.

Linking a public government dataset into the semantic web with RDF - Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

By Rick Jelliffe
September 28, 2009

A few months ago, a client wanted to dip their toes in the semantic web. So I took a fresh look at the status quo, and where the current sweet spot is. Here are my conclusions, and how things panned out for this particular job. Your mileage may vary.

Relational databases as reality sandwiches: thoughts about C.J. Date's "SQL and Relational Theory"

By Andy Oram
July 15, 2009

I recently returned to SQL and Relational Theory: How to Write Accurate SQL Code by C.J. Date, a leading researcher in the field of relational databases, as I learned more about some of the alternative forms of data storage that are becoming popular for Web-based or text-heavy repositories.

Dan's the man!

By Rick Jelliffe
May 22, 2009

Dan Brickley blogs on my current to-ing and fro-ing with the W3C TAG and brings up an RDF angle.

How Entity Extraction is Fueling the Semantic Web Fire

By Dan McCreary
February 23, 2009

New OpenSource Entity Extraction programs are becoming easier than ever for non-programmers to use. Apache UIMA is one example of a revolutionary technology that will make it easier then ever for non-programmers to tap the power of the Semantic Web.

O'Reilly Product Metadata Interface (OPMI) Usage At Tweet Length

By Keith Fahlgren
February 13, 2009

Start using our O'Reilly Product Metadata Interface (OPMI) with a couple of lines of Ruby.

Welcome (Back) To O'Reilly Labs

By Andrew Savikas
February 10, 2009

A lot has changed since we first launched Labs, and so in conjunction with the 2009 Tools of Change for Publishing conference, I'm happy to announce the return of O'Reilly Labs, and with it two new projects: Bookworm and the OPMI.

Reviving the Labs - "It's alive...."

By Simon St. Laurent
February 10, 2009

After a long hibernation, O'Reilly Labs has returned, with a mix of software and code that should excite casual ebook readers as well as dedicated publishing technologists.

RDFa: not the flopperooni one would expect?

By Rick Jelliffe
January 16, 2009

The W3C's RDF effort has, in the main, been an enormous flop. Now it seems that RDF/Semantic Web is in a much more solid position than before, and if it is positioned now as a technology that fits in and augments existing systems, it has a chance of working. RDFa, RDF Schema in Schematron, GRDDL

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