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As some of you may have heard by now, yesterday was my last day working at Eduserv. In a few weeks, I'll be taking up a post at Cambridge University Library, working on metadata for their Digital Library. This feels... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2012 at eFoundations
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Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2012 on Introducing Bricolage at eFoundations
My last post here (two months ago - yikes, must do better...) was an appeal to anyone who might be interested in my making a contribution to a project under the JISC call 16/11: JISC Digital infrastructure programme to get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at eFoundations
JISC currently has a call, 16/11: JISC Digital infrastructure programme, open for project proposals in a number of "strands"/areas, including the following: Resource Discovery: "This programme area supports the implementation of the resource discovery taskforce vision by funding higher education... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at eFoundations
This is just a very quick note to highlight that there are two UK government consultations in the area of open data currently in progress and due to close very shortly - next week on 27 October 2011: Making Open... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at eFoundations
Yesterday on Twitter I saw Owen Stephens (@ostephens) post a reference to a presentation titled "Every Story has a Beginning", by Tim Sherratt (@wragge), "digital historian, web developer and cultural data hacker" from Canberra, Australia. The presentation content is available... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at eFoundations
John Kirriemuir has put out a new call for contributions to a tenth Virtual World Watch "snapshot report" on the use of virtual worlds in education in the UK and, this time, in Ireland too. His deadline for submissions is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at eFoundations
I thought I'd try to write up some thoughts around an issue which I've come across in a few different contexts recently, and which as a shorthand I sometimes think of as "the foaf:focus question". It was prompted mainly by:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at eFoundations
The end of July formally marked the end of two projects I've been contributing to recently: the LOCAH project, funded under the JISCexpo programme, working with MIMAS and UKOLN on making available data from the Archives Hub and from Copac... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at eFoundations
The LOCAH project, one of the two JISC-funded projects to which I've been contributing, this week announced the availability of an initial batch of data derived from a small subset of the Archives Hub EAD data as linked data. The... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at eFoundations
This is the fourth in a series of posts (previously: part 1, part 2, part 3) on making a thesaurus available as linked data using the SKOS and SKOS-XL RDF vocabularies. In the previous post, I examined some of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at eFoundations
This is the third in a series of posts (previously: part 1, part 2) on making a thesaurus available as linked data using the SKOS and SKOS-XL RDF vocabularies. In this post, I'll examine some of the ways the thesaurus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at eFoundations
In my previous post on this topic I outlined how I was approaching making a thesaurus available using the SKOS and SKOS-XL RDF vocabularies. In that post I focused on: how the thesaurus content is modelled using a "concept-based" approach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at eFoundations
As I've mentioned here before, I'm contributing to a project called LOCAH, funded by the JISC under its 02/10 call Deposit of research outputs and Exposing digital content for education and research (JISCexpo), working with MIMAS and UKOLN on making... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at eFoundations
I'm currently doing a piece of work on representing a thesaurus as linked data. I'm working on the basis that the output will make use of the SKOS model/RDF vocabulary. Some of the questions I'm pondering are probably SKOS Frequently... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at eFoundations
Contrary to appearances, I haven't completely abandoned eFoundations, but recently I've mostly been working on the JISC-funded LOCAH project which I mentioned here a while ago, and my recent scribblings have mostly been over on the project blog. LOCAH is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at eFoundations
@Paul, Just to add some background to Andy's response, it might be helpful to look at the paper I referred to from the ProLEARN project: Harmonization of Metadata Standards It tries to summarise the role of "abstract models" in metadata standards, and how the compatability or incompatability of the abstract models used by different metadata standards impacts on interoperability between applications based on them. It acknowledges that cross-community consensus on abstract models does not yet exist, but makes some pragmatic recommendations: For abstract models, a consensus has yet to be reached, although the Resource Description Framework (RDF) does provide a framework well founded in Web architecture and a formal semantics. This deliverable still recommends that metadata specifications harmonize their models with the RDF model and, by extension, the semantic web. This - harmonizing the (previously loosely/informally defined) "abstract model" of the DCMI community with RDF - is the step we tried to take with the DCMI Abstract Model, and we took it because it was felt that RDF/RDF Schema are designed to try to address many of the requirements for metadata identified within that community, mentioned in section 4 of the paper. The paper also tries to highlight the problems arising from introducing more community-/domain-specific abstract models: Discourage the introduction of new abstract models into the domain, as this further fragments the community. If DCMI had not adopted the RDF model, and sought instead to develop an abstract model not based on RDF, we'd be contributing to exactly this problem, and further hindering interoperability. P.S. Mikael's (currently draft, but hopefully soon to be published) PhD thesis goes into these issues (and other related issues) in more detail, and will be a jolly good read. P.P.S. I tried to think up some maritime metaphors but failed :)
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2010 on The DCMI Abstract Model in 2010 at eFoundations
Just in case there is any ambiguity in my position, I am arguing that DCMI should state clearly that: - the data model for Dublin Core metadata is the RDF triple/graph data model as defined by RDF Concepts and Abstract Syntax - the formal semantics for Dublin Core metadata are those defined by RDF & RDF Schema The question of "validation"/"structural constraints" (currently addressed within DCMI in the draft DSP specification) should be explored within the wider Linked Data/Semantic Web community, with the aim of finding solutions based on the RDF graph/triple model. I don't know whether anything needs to be said about OWL (but note that DCMI's descriptions of its terms do now make use of some OWL constructs). I would like to see DCMI make this commitment to the RDF standards clear throughout its documentation and tutorial materials, in their use of concepts and terminology, and through the use of "branding" devices such as the logos provided by the W3C I have no strong opinion on whether DCMI should continue to promote the use of community-specific abstractions based on the RDF triple/graph data model (like "description set", "description", "statement", "value surrogate" etc). I'm slightly "against" on the grounds that their use has caused confusion. But IF those abstractions are useful AND IF they can be well defined in relation to the RDF graph/triple model (i.e both conditions are true), then I would not object to that. Any solution which ignores the RDF model would not have my support.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2010 on The DCMI Abstract Model in 2010 at eFoundations
The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative's 2010 conference, DC-2010, takes place this week in Pittsburgh. I won't be attending, but Tom Baker and I have been working on a paper, A review of the DCMI Abstract Model with scenarios for its... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at eFoundations
I woke up this morning to find a very excited flurry of posts in my Twitter stream pointing to the launch by the UK National Archives of the site, which provides access to all UK legislation, including revisions made... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at eFoundations
Recently I worked with Adrian Stevenson of UKOLN and Jane Stevenson and Joy Palmer of MIMAS, University of Manchester on a bid for a project under the JISC O2/10 call, Deposit of research outputs and Exposing digital content for education... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at eFoundations
Another post that I've been intermittently chiselling away at in the draft pile for a while... A few weeks ago, I was asked by Lisa Price, our Website Communications Manager, to make some suggestions of how Eduserv might make use... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at eFoundations
Last week, the W3C RDFa Working Group announced the availability of two new "First Public Working Drafts" which it is circulating for comment: RDFa Core 1.1: Syntax and processing rules for embedding RDF through attributes XHTML+RDFa 1.1: Support for RDFa... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at eFoundations
In the context of various bits and pieces of work recently (more of which I'll write about in some upcoming posts), I've been finding myself describing how document metadata that can be represented using DCMI's DC-HTML meta data profile, described... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at eFoundations
I've written previously here about DCMI's use of an HTML meta data profile for document metadata, and the use of a GRDDL profile transformation to extract RDF triples from an XHTML document. DCMI has had made use of an HTML... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at eFoundations