Alistair Miles

Month: September, 2006

NKOS 2006 – Networked Knowledge Organisation Systems/Services Workshop

I gave this presentation on my Theory of Retrieval Using Structured Vocabularies at NKOS 2006.

I won’t pick out any other highlights because they were all good 🙂 All presentations should be linked from the NKOS 2006 website soon.

ECDL 2006 – European Conference on Digital Libraries

Highlights from ECDL 2006 were …

  • Michael Keller of Stanford University and Google gave a keynote on the Google book search project, entitled “One good turn deserves another; how the Google Book Search project is benefiting everyone“.
  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates of Yahoo Research gave a keynote entitled “Queries and Clicks as a Source of Knowledge“.
  • Carl Lagoze et al. won the best paper award with “Representing Contextualized Information in the NSDL“, which was essentially about moving from the paradigm of digital libraries as metadata repositories to digital libraries as systems where users can enrich the “context” of the primary resources by contributing content … “Library 2.0” cf. “Web 2.0”.
  • Christine Borgman et al. presented “Building Digital Libraries for Scientific Data: An exploratory study of data practices in habitat ecology” – a very clear and thorough study of scientists’ practices regarding scientific data and the consequences for the management of that data.
  • Antoine Isaac presented “Semantic Web Techniques for Multiple Views on Heterogeneous Collections: A Case Study” – an application of ontology alignment tools to implement a portal for browsing and search across collections of images/drawings/books/sculptures – a good use case for SKOS mapping.
  • Koraljka Golub et al. presented a poster entitled “Comparing and Combining Two Approaches to Automated Subject Classification of Text” … a support vector machine is compared with a string matching algorithm (this research is written up in more detail in a recent special issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia).

Writing a Custom Widget Using Dojo 0.3.1

I’ve just written a custom widget using Dojo 0.3.1, it’s called “MoreOrLessText”. It’s not the most amazing thing in the world but it illustrates the general process of writing a custom widget, which might be useful given that the current documentation for Dojo can be a little confusing. Here’s what I did …

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W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group

In case you didn’t know, the W3C’s Semantic Web Activity has chartered a new working group called the Semantic Web Deployment Working Group to run from September/October 2006 for more or less two years. The main areas of work will be …

A Theory of Retrieval Using Structured Vocabularies

I’ve finally submitted my masters dissertation! It’s entitled “Retrieval and the Semantic Web” and most of the content is devoted to developing “A Theory of Retrieval Using Structured Vocabularies” – you can get it from this location.

I really hope this work will help to put SKOS on a firm footing as we begin the process of developing it towards W3C Recommendation status.