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Calling all EXHIBITionists January 23, 2007

Posted by dfhuynh in research, semantic web.
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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.

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1. Derek Kinsman - January 23, 2007

Exhibit is an amazing web app. Congrats. Now that Johan and Michael have both done amazing things with Exhibit. I feel that it is my turn. I am beginning to work alongside my WordPress mates in the hopes that we can create some sort of Administration area inside WordPress that connects to the Google accounts. Right inside WP. I’ve also submitted it to WordPress’s plugin idea’s forum, in case someone can do it faster then I can. As well, we’re also attempting to create some sort of plugin or downloadable template to which Exhibit can mostly out of the box. See you in the Mailing Lists.
+dk

2. dfhuynh - January 23, 2007

That would be fantastic, Derek! I can’t wait to see it! Let us know if you run into any limitation of Exhibit. See you on the mailing lists 🙂

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