Using the Web of Data

Alan Dix1, Richard Cyganiak2
session chair: Andreas Langegger3

1. Lancaster University

keynote at WOD-PD 2008 | Web of Data Practitioners Days, Vienna, Austria - Oct 22-23, 2008

download slides of presentation (PDF, 2.4M)

Full reference:
A. Dix and R. Cyganiak (2008). Using the Web of Data . keynote at WOD-PD 2008 | Web of Data Practitioners Days, Vienna, Austria - Oct 22-23, 2008.
play with Snip!t
Alan's blog entry on WOD-PD
Richard's link page for his part of the session



In this session, the Web of Data will be discussed from two different usage perspectives, the programmer's point-of-view and the user's point-of-view. Additionally, it will highlight the fact that a huge amount of open data is already available in standardized formats. This data may be used not only for Web applications, but for any intelligent application requiring some generic or domainspecific knowledge. Regarding the programmer's perspective, several tools and current prototypes will be demonstrated to raise the awareness about what is already possible and what may be achieved in future.

From the end-user's point of view, the Web of Data is also a new paradigm of exploring and browsing data based on semantic links. Beside the availability of additional semantic links to related resources at any time and situation, user interfaces may provide much more intelligent methods of interaction based on semantics of the information being displayed.

Together with contextual information about the user himself (his/her geo position, time, interests, physical condition, etc.) user interfaces and applications will become more intelligent and selfadapting to the particular situation.

Keywords: web of data, linked data, human-computer interaction, semantic web, intelligent user interfaces

Alan's Links

  1. Freebase.
  2. Swivel
  3. DBpedia.
    Same info at WikiPedia and DBpedia
  4. extracting structure from Folksonomies
    A. Dix, S. Levialdi and A. Malizia (2006). Semantic Halo for Collaboration Tagging Systems.
  5. Gnowsis.
  6. Nepomuk.
  7. Tabulator.
  8. Nad's relationship browser (screenshot only, new version due)
  9. FOAF Explorer.
  10. mspace.
  11. Cenote.
  12. zlinks.
  13. microformats.
  14. Snip!t.
  15. Snip!t - tellmeabout.
  16. Tag the Net.
    example "Alan Dix is at Lancaster not London"
  17. extracting web form semantics:
    Dix, A., Katifori, A., Poggi, A., Catarci, T., Ioannidis, Y., Lepouras, G., Mora, M. (2007). From Information to Interaction: in Pursuit of Task-centred Information Management. In: DELOS Conference 2007


Alan Dix 21/10/2008