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Re: freebase parallax: user interface for browsing graphs of data

From: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 22:53:23 -0700
Message-ID: <48AA5FD3.5050708@alum.mit.edu>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
CC: public-lod@w3.org, semantic-web@w3c.org

Dan Brickley wrote:
> Ah, we're an excitable bunch around here ;)
>
> Regardless of whether these data URLs are available, the UI work is 
> exciting and I'm glad you shared it with the W3C lists. If others have 
> smart ideas for visualising and navigating RDFesque datasets (whether 
> closed or open by various definitions), let me be clear: they're very 
> welcome to post them to semantic-web@w3.org. I hope our enthusiasm 
> hereabouts for open data doesn't discourage people for sharing 
> innovative UI ideas. We need all the help we can get! :)
>
> In similar vein, it's well worth SW people poking around 
> http://code.google.com/apis/visualization/
> http://processing.org/ and similar, ... the fact that these don't 
> (yet....) natively support RDF is no reason not to learn from them...
Thanks, Dan!

I think that even small things can make the SW effort feel more 
welcoming, and more open, toward people with less interest in data 
modeling and data linking. For example, the ISWC conferences have been 
using a page layout format of one column 4.5" wide (wasting 4" on a 
letter-size page). Most screenshots are landscape-oriented. So people 
who want to show screenshots in ISWC papers either have to resize their 
screenshots to unreadable sizes, or crop them. If there's an opportunity 
to adopt a two column layout, allowing screenshots to stretch across the 
columns, that would make someone like me a little happier publishing UI 
work to ISWC. :-)

Maybe folks on these lists who are interested in publishing UI work to 
ISWC can vote if they want a more accommodating page layout...

Thanks for listening!

David
Received on Tuesday, 19 August 2008 05:54:37 UTC

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