Link Roundup for Friday 29 May 2009

Linked Data is getting a lot of press:

On a the Social Web front:

There is a new project called Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS), which is a Semantics Based Open Source platform for Small to Medium CMS Providers.

Comments:

I read the use cases you put on the Social Web XG wiki. I was going to add my own, but I didn't have permissions.

From what I've noticed on various prototypes for foaf, an often overlooked use case for foaf is the simple auto-updating address book.

Lets say that John has a foaf-enabled smartphone and wants to call Bill, who he hasn't talked to for a while. Since the last time John and Bill talked, Bill moved to a different city and got a new phone number. Luckily, Bill updated his own phone number on his distributed social network, so the new phone number is automatically on John's phone without John having to change it.

Or: Cindy wants to throw a party for her friends. It's a fancy party, so she wants to go the extra mile and send invitations in the mail rather than emailing her friends. Since then, two of her friends changed apartments, and one upgraded from an apartment to a house. Because they updated their own information, Cindy doesn't need to worry about that, and simply exports the information from her foaf-enabled contacts program, imports it into the mail-merge program of her choice, and prints the envelopes for the invitations.

I, for example, don't keep addresses for my friends, because I know that by the next time I want to use them, my friends have most likely moved and didn't bother to tell me their new address. A program/website that worked like an address book but always had up-to-date information would be a killer app.

Posted by Bryan Burgers on May 29, 2009 at 03:49 PM CEST #

Thanks Bryan for making that point. That is indeed a fundamental improvement over vCard type address books, that quickly get to be out of date. I'll see if I can think of a way of adding that point in the (still to be developed) spirit of that wiki page. (and yes that wiki page is editable only to members of the W3C Social Web XG)

Btw, that is one point one notices as soon as one uses AddressBooks such as https://sommer.dev.java.net/AddressBook.html

(which needs to be continued to worked on)

Posted by Henry Story on May 29, 2009 at 04:29 PM CEST #

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