On 29 March 2010 23:38, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho <at> gmail.com
> 2010/3/29 Danny Ayers <danny.ayers <at> gmail.com
>> Right now, despite the promise, things seem mired in the mud. People
>> aren't seeing the things that the Web of Data has proposed.
>> How do we get over this?
>> Face to face maybe - the bits the interwebs can't provide.
>> I suggest the leading lights of this sturm sit down in a room
>> somewhere in northern Europe, and hammer the damn thing down. It is so
>> stupid for it to take so long.
>> The Internet, and the Web is excellent at providing miraculous stuff,
>> but the humans that tie the things together seem to be disappearing
>> into different worlds.
>> The Semantic Web should be useful by now, by anyone's predictions.
> The Semantic Web IS useful, at least I find it so.
> For years and years I looked for a way to login to a website without me
> having to run a server or have lots of passwords, my search lead me to
> FOAF+SSL, I now run half a dozen little websites, each part of my linked
> data footprint, and use my certificate to login. I can also log in to any
> openid site with my own FOAF certificate. Before apple broke it, I was able
> to log into my sites using an ipod touch with one press, which I dont think
> anyone has done before.
> For a long time I wanted to create a task list and notifications system. I
> now use sparql update to upload my tasks to my own personal data wiki (I
> sometimes use webdav), use roqet and sparql to get some values back, process
> them a bit (one day I'll learn RIF or N3 rules), and then it hooks into my
> kalarm clock and notifies me when I have to do stuff.
> My tasks are stored in my personal 'nano' blog which scores me an integer
> between 0-255 for the various things I do during the day. I can track how
> productive I've been on a given day, week or month, and compare that to my
> historical and moving averages for that day, or in other contexts. I can
> update my nanoblog with the press of a key, or, just for fun I made a little
> device I can hang round my neck, when I press a button, it sends a keystroke
> to my machine, and relays that off to the cloud.
> I run a small open source project, and wanted to reward people with some
> karma every time I fixed a bug. I can do that by hooking my ticket system
> into another site which stores karma for people for the things they've done
> and it's marked up in RDFa. Indeed they can transfer that karma to someone
> else, if that other person has contributed, and use FOAF+SSL. I can get
> notified when someone has fixed a bug in my project, or made an improvement
> to the wiki. In effect my project has done a virtual IPO and is issuing
> it's own virtual currency, karma. One day it might offer to buy the karma
> One other thing I do is that I can aggregate all the accounts in my FOAF and
> my blog, and can see all the activities that they have done recently,
> delicious bookmarks, twitter, flickr etc. I can jump to a someone in my
> foaf:knows list and see what they've done. With smob I host my own
> microblog on my homepage, and my posts get relayed out to my followers,
> twitter, and sindice.
> I haven't even mentioned linked data yet. With linked geo data I can look
> at all the amenites on my street, in my town, and link them to other
> resources. It wont be long before my friends with smartphones will be able
> to check in to places, and I'll be able to meet them for a coffee.
> I've only been really following the Semantic Web closely for about 2 years,
> and most of that time has been learning, but if there's one thing I would
> describe it as, it would be USEFUL. Some of this stuff can only really be
> done on the semantic web. I cant describe to you how happy this makes me.
> And there's so much more to come, it's only going to get better and better.
> I build this stuff primarily for myself to use, but it's usable by anyone.
> Once other people start using global data, using authorization, making
> things read write, and linking it together, the usefulness will expand
> I'm LOVING the Semantic Web. We have this incredible playground, this
> universe, and it's all ours! They say that all good innovation comes from
> scratching an itch. What's your itch? Why not use the web of data to give
> it a scratch? And maybe we can all become a bit richer from it ... :)
>> something better change
>> (I'm a scaredy pacifist, so don't take that to heart)