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linked data tutorial, lessons learnt

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 15:21:24 +0100
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd0901230621i6ee801ferb3490eb4ff97c578@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>
Cc: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>

Somewhat late, but maybe useful for someone:

At the Italian semweb conference SWAP 2008 [1] I did a tutorial, about
15-20 attendees.

The first half, a presentation was straightforward and I think
functional, I used a cut-down & tweaked version [2] of the slides
ChrisB & co. used in Karlsruhe.

The second half hands-on would have been a major embarrassment had it
not been for danbri. I wasn't sure of the demographic, so had decided
to play it by ear, something using FOAF. The night before it occurred
to me to set up ftp on my server so people could actually publish
stuff...after several hours I had no joy on the admin. Then I thought
it would be *much* neater to set things up for POSTing stuff to the
server via HTTP. Naturally I didn't get my Apache config sorted in

My fallback was ssh. Which didn't work on the venue's network.

Dan bailed me out by suggesting the use of a Wiki for upload, and he
had an ARC install to play with, so the session basically turned into
a SPARQL tutorial. It was rather clumsy - e.g. I was using the
computer in the venue, Windows XP and IE are not friendly to even
things like text editing.

Lessons learnt: mostly preparation might have helped :-)


[1] http://www.swapconf.it/2008
[2] http://www.swapconf.it/2008/tutorial_day.php

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