Monthly Archives: February 2003

Contamination Zone

I’m currently down with this flu that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment, which is a shame as there have been some interesting responses to my “When to use RDF?” question. Look at the comments and trackbacks for input from Dan Brickley, Shelley and Dorothea.
I’m just hoping it isn’t going to get worse.
btw, this is my choice of recuperative reading.

When to use RDF?

I came across RDF vs XML Illustrated via both Dave Beckett’s Journal and the RDF IG IRC Scratchpad today. And its brought forward a question I’ve been meaning to ask for a couple of weeks now.

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Link Droppers

I’m interested in building a list of “Link Dropper” sites and would welcome
suggestions if you have any.
What do I mean by a Link Dropper? Basically a site that will drop some data into your existing webpage using a scripting language, e.g. Javascript or PHP.
My canonical example is the Meerkat Javascript Source flavour which drops RSS news feeds into your webapage. This was the first example of this kind of integration that I’d seen at the time. If you know of an earlier example then let me know.
Other examples of Link Droppers include blogrolling.com (list of blogs) and All Consuming (lists of books).
I’m interested partly because I’d like to see what kind of “annotations” I can add to this blog, but also because I’m interested in seeing what people are doing with this kind of loose integration.

User-Centred Linking

There’s usually more than one way to get something on the net. There are dozens of online bookstores, search engines, new sites, document repositories, etc, etc. And we all have different preferences. Even for sites like Google and Amazon there is room for choice, e.g. different Google mirrors or regional Amazon sites.
Yet when we construct links we are always linking to a single one of those resources. In some cases that is because of an explicit recommendation. We know that one site is cheaper, has better information/context, etc. In others its simply because that’s the first place we looked at in order to be able to link a reader to the resource we’re talking about.
But why not give the user more choice, and let them decide the destination?

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Schematron and Architectural Forms

Rick Jelliffe has been working on Schematron once more, showing how to add support for variables and an implementation of the “abstract patterns” concept which was apparently the central idea behind Schematron’s original design.

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Semantic Blogging: A Day Out

Yesterday was one of those rare occasions when I get to unshackle myself from my desk here at Ingenta and get out into the Real World and meet Real People.

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Real World Annotations

Courtesy of Danny Ayers I came across this blog entry from Russell Beattie: Real World Annotations: Manywhere Places.

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