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Re: Ubiquity

From: Martin McEvoy <martin@weborganics.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 19:22:33 +0100
Message-ID: <48B59B69.2070306@weborganics.co.uk>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
CC: Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>, RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

Dan Brickley wrote:
> Ben Adida wrote:
>> I don't think this one's been forwarded to the list yet. It's a lot more
>> "now" than the Aurora concept, and it clearly needs embedded metadata:
>> http://labs.mozilla.com/2008/08/introducing-ubiquity/
>> Of course, they mention "Microformats" in passing, but this is a lot
>> like SearchMonkey in your browser: you really need to be able to add
>> your own fields and trigger actions based on the data.
> I've been playing with it all day :)

Me too :-)

so much so Transformr has Ubiquity Commands after subscribing to the 
commands try "get-rdfa"

> This is well worth investing some time on, especially for RDFa 
> enthusiasts. There is a mode by which commands can be invoked with 
> command-click on a section of a document. Already even in this demo, 
> the list of potential actions/verbs is dauntingly large, so the 
> ability to use more information about the thing that bit of the doc 
> describes should have real impact and usefulness.
> Funny you mention SearchMonkey; I spent the previous couple of days 
> working to integrate Google Social Graph API with Yahoo SearchMonkey 
> (both have FOAF/RDF offerings, though interestingly different). So 
> yesterday I was writing a proxy for Google SGAPI that turned its 
> output into DataRSS (Atom+RDFa) that SearchMonkey can consume. More on 
> that another time. What I started today with Ubiquity was basically 
> the same kind of code, but in clientside javascript. It takes a target 
> URL (in SearchMonkey this was a search hit; in Ubiquity it is the 
> currently viewed page). Then feeding this to Google SGAPI, you get a 
> JSON response which provides more URLs, photos, and other metadata 
> about the person whose page it is, from their FOAF and XFN.
> The demo Ubiquity command I made here, http://danbri.org/2008/ubisg/ 
> shows this data overlaid on the current page. It's pretty basic and 
> their is apparently a bug that makes their installation system fail. 
> To try it, copy/paste the .js text from the link in my page, invoke 
> the command-editor by running Ubiquity and typing 'command-editor', 
> then paste the .js into the textarea.
> I really think the missing conceptual ingredient here is related to 
> David Huynh's Parallax,http://mqlx.com/~david/parallax/ ... in the 
> flexible handling of sets of things. There was a little discussion 
> today in irc.mozilla.org #ubiquity about this, and the use of a 
> 'these' keyword in Ubiquity. Lots of interesting things to play with 
> anyway...

It is an Interesting thing to play with, Its worth installing just for 
the twitter feature!
> cheers,
> Dan
> -- 
> http://danbri.org/

Best wishes

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