Dropping some Doap into NetBeans

Yesterday evening I gave a short 10 minute presentation on the Semantic Web in front of a crowd of 1000 NetBeans developers during James Gosling's closing presentation at NetBeans Day in San Francisco.

In interaction with Tim Boudreau we managed to give a super condensed introduction to the Semantic Web, something that is only possible because its foundations are so crystal clear - which was the underlying theme of the talk. It's just URIs and REST and relations to build clickable data. (see the pdf of the presentation)

All of this lead to a really simple demonstration of an integration with NetBeans that Tim Boudreau was key in helping me put together. Tim wrote the skeleton of a simple NetBeans plugin (stored in the contrib/doap section of the NetBeans CVS repository), and I used Sesame 2 beta 3 to extract the data from the so(m)mer doap file that got dropped onto NetBeans. As a result NetBeans asked us were we wanted to download the project, and after selecting a directory on my file system, it proceeded to check out the code. On completion it asked us if we wanted to install the modules in our NetBeans project. Now that is simple. Drag a DOAP url onto NetBeans: project checked out!

This Thursday we will be giving a much more detailed overview of the Semantic Web in the BOF-6746 - Web 3.0: This is the Semantic Web, taking place at 8pm at Moscone on Thursday. Hope to see you there!

Comments:

Henry, many thanks for providing your presentation. Can you point me to other examples showing the limitation of relational database approach compared to RDF "semantic web" approach? Many thanks,Rafael

Posted by Rafael Sidi on May 08, 2007 at 08:11 PM CEST #

That's some Semantic Web tesuji! :) But you break the holy rules! You are only allowed to produce RDF, not consume it! And definitely not for something useful! ;)

Posted by Gunnar on May 09, 2007 at 01:58 AM CEST #

Rafael, you can look at the work done on linked data which I mention here:

http://blogs.sun.com/bblfish/entry/open_data_information_wants_to

Another term that helps explain the advantages of the semantic web is the term hyperdata:

http://blogs.sun.com/bblfish/entry/hyperdata_and_folktologies

Posted by Henry Story on September 26, 2007 at 03:52 AM CEST #

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