Google Video introduces the Semantic Web

A few months ago I put together a slide show to introduce the Semantic Web. In order to make the problem less abstract I try to present the Semantic web through a very practical problem faced by Software engineers and first presented by Fred Books in the 70ies in a very influential book The Mythical Man Month [1]. Simply put, adding more engineers to a project does not make it go faster. So how could the SemWeb affect software development in an Open Source world, where there are not only many more developers, but also these are distributed around the world with no central coordinating organisation? Having presented the problem, I then introduce RDF and Ontologies, how this meshes with the Sparql query language, and then show how one could use these technologies to make distributed software development a lot more efficient.

Having given the presentation in November last year, I spent some time over Xmas putting together a video of it (in h.264 format). The result is not too bad for a first attempt at adding sound to a slide show, though it may at points be a little slow I have to admit. It takes time to do this well, and I don't have time to improve it. So the video of my slide show presenation is a little long at 30 minutes, but it should be a good introduction for people with software engineering experience.

Then last week I thought it would be fun to put it online, and so I placed it on google video, where you can still find it. But you will notice that Google video reduces the quality quite dramatically, so that you will really need to have the pdf side by side, if you wish to follow. But if you can view the latest mpeg4 format (H.264) then you will find the this movie a lot clearer to watch [2].

  1. the great thing about making things public is that 10 minutes after I did this, it was pointed out to me that I had mis named Brooks in the presentation. Ouch! It's easy to fix the slides, but fixing the video is going to be less pleasant :-(
  2. This movie is served with mime-type video/h264 but for some reason it does not open quicktime on OSX automatically when using Safari.

[Trackback] Henry Story, one of my favorite semantic Web bloggers and a Sun development guru, has produced a very useful video and PDF series on the semantic Web.  Here is the excerpt from his site with details about where to get the 30 min presentation (62 ...

Posted by AI3 - Adaptive Information::: on March 25, 2006 at 02:18 PM CET #

The work on the Bug Ontology described in this video is now called Baetle, for Bug And Enhancement Tracking LanguagE. There is a subversion repository and a mailing list on google groups. I am not sure the repository will always stay on google code, as the functionality there is a little limited. Anyway, have a look there to see how this presentation is starting to be put to real use.

Posted by Henry Story on March 22, 2007 at 05:51 AM CET #

A couple new pointers.
  • The University of Zurich has a well developed ontology for software, bug tracking and version control repositories called EvoOnt. This does all of what baetle set out to do.
  • I just came across a software mining conference MSR2007 which should be a good starting point to find researchers and papers in the general area.

Posted by Henry Story on April 06, 2007 at 04:03 AM CEST #

It is perhaps one of the best videos I watched on the Semantic Web. Your ideas of integration with Netbeans are the kind of use cases, we need. I watched the Google video first, downloaded the slides later and got to the original format of the video. Thanks for taking the effort to make such a clear, wonderful talk.

Posted by Dorai Thodla on July 19, 2007 at 02:33 PM CEST #

At JavaOne I demonstrated a very simple NetBeans plugin that works with files using the Description of a Project ontology. I go into more details on the event in Dropping some Doap into NetBeans. There is a link to the source code there, which needs to be worked on further btw, but worked at the time.

Posted by Henry Story on July 19, 2007 at 02:33 PM CEST #

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