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Calling all EXHIBITionists January 23, 2007

Posted by dfhuynh in research, semantic web.

I really want to write a nice post today, but I don’t know how to begin! This is simply too exciting to me! So, let’s start with what has just happened:

First, Johan Sundström made his Instant Google Spreadsheets Exhibit, which lets you turn any Google spreadsheet (with certain formatting requirements) into an exhibit just by pasting in its public feed URL. That gives you instant faceted browsing on a spreadsheet! With a bit more hacking, I’m sure he can let you switch to map and time line views, too! Think of editing data in the friendly UI of Google Spreadsheets and mashing up several spreadsheets into a faceted browsing UI with maps, time lines, histograms, …

Then, Michael Bergman converted his comprehensive list of Semantic Web tools to an exhibit and embedded it right inside his blog!

Let’s take 5 minutes to imagine the possibilities: any average blogger, on any day, who has a little bit of structured data in any domain, can easily enter the data into a Google spreadsheet and embed an exhibit in a blog post or a blog page. The data is published in a faceted browsing UI, on maps, time lines, histograms, etc. It can be copied off in various formats including RDF/XML, Semantic MediaWiki text, Tab-Separated Values, … It can be readily harvested by Piggy Bank, and re-published to a Semantic Bank

Now, we’re not just talking about the usual suspects of domains like photos and bookmarks. We’re talking about any arbitrary domain of data: the stamp collection your grandma left to you, the push puppet collection you collected for who knows why, … Yes, the real world data. The data that people care about.

I am hoping that we can create tools that let the average blogger easily publish structured data without ever having to coin URIs or design or pick ontologies…

Well, I don’t know how to end this post, either. But there it is: this is, in my humble opinion, a beginning of something great.


Progress January 9, 2007

Posted by dfhuynh in Uncategorized.
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Gandhi wisely said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

I’d like to add one more stage, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Then they claim your idea to be theirs all along.”