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Semantic Technology and Blogs

From: Adam Sobieski <adamsobieski@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 18:29:06 +0000
Message-ID: <BAY132-F3629DDA421D48323129368C5B50@phx.gbl>
To: semantic-web@w3.org

Semantic Web Interest Group,

[sidenote]
Hello, been busy here getting some corporations off the ground.  If anybody 
has any stories or experiences regarding starting SW tech ventures, please 
feel free to contact me.  The specific applications I'm exploring are 
primarily education technology and secondarily market-based technology.  I'm 
very interested in the concept of B2B collaborations, so feel free to 
contact also in that regard.
[/sidenote]

Some ideas occurred to me for an in-demand project that can help get SW tech 
more towards end users.  It has to do with link varieties and blogs.

Two link varieties that would certainly be useful in the blogosphere are:

http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#agree
http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#disagree

With the document resembling:

a href=”http://yourblog.com/someentry.html” 
blognet:type=”http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#agree”

or

a href=”http://yourblog.com/someentry.html” blognet:type=”blognet:agree”

or

a href=”http://yourblog.com/someentry.html” blognet:type=”agree”  (notation 
used for remainder)

With some code provided to vendors (blogger, wordpress, ...), UI could allow 
users to insert a variety of links into their blogs.  The reason I think 
this technology would be readily adopted and utilized is that bloggers enjoy 
looking at the stats of their blogs and the interconnectivity of blogs, in 
general.  Getting some SW tech in there provide more robust 
interconnectivity and stats via blogging search engines, and the 
functionality and web-based UI integrated into software for this isn't 
difficult to imagine.

At present, in the above context, I would comment on your blog that I agreed 
with something that you said and possibly put a link in the comment to the 
blog entry where I discussed my ideas on the topic.  With this link variety 
idea, even using the minimal ontology described above, the link could speak 
for itself.  That is, via a blogging search engine or dashboard provided by 
the blog service provider, a blog author could find entries with a variety 
of relationships to the entries of their blog, navigating with great 
convenience.

With the use of a comma in the type field, multiple types can describe a 
single directed link between two blog entries.  For example:

a href=”http://yourblog.com/someentry.html” blognet:type=”agree, 
commentingon”

A complication occurs in multi-topic blog entries.  A user may want to agree 
with a portion of a blog entry or a specific topic.  It might be possible to 
reference aspects of blog entries using the folksonomic tagging system, for 
example:

http://blogger1.com/blogentry.html#web_2.0 could be the URI relating to the 
aspect of the blog entry relating to “web 2.0”.  In this way I could agree 
with portions of a multi-topic blog entry.  I'm not certain how the blogging 
systems handle the '#' in links, so another idea might resemble:

a href=”http://yourblog.com/someentry.html” blognet:aspects=”web 2.0” 
blognet:type=”agree, thisentrydiscusses”

(with a constraint that the comma seperated text in the blognet:aspects 
attributes are folksonomy tags or otherwise metadata of the referenced 
resource)

Just some preliminary ideas... this aspect-based link variety idea has some 
interesting application to folksonomy.  I have a good feeling about SW tech 
and blogs; I think there is end user demand for link varieties and the 
resulting resource would be additionally useful to end users.  So far I've 
come up with five link types that I think would be popular:

http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#agree (the author agrees with 
an aspect or entirety of another blog entry or resource)
http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#disagree (the author disagrees 
with an aspect or entirety of another blog entry or resource)
http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#commentingon (this resource 
motivated the author to write a blog entry)
http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#invitetoview (the author 
recommends visitors read the resource linked to)
http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/type#thread (the author is 
responding to a blog resource in a manner similar to a mailing list's Re:)

The fifth is interesting because search service providers may track these 
links to present organized views of distributed content with tree structures 
similar to mailing lists or forums, allowing for new methods of content 
navigation and discovery.  It is possible the tree structure could be more 
robust, with the following example:

a href=”http://yourblog.com/someentry.html” blognet:aspects=”aspect1, 
aspect2” blognet:type=”thread”

[ALSO] End users may (?) enjoy emoticon-like reaction links to resources:
http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/reaction#amazed

a href=”http://somewebsite.com/newproduct.html” blognet:type=”invitetoview” 
blognet:reaction=”amazed”

[ALSO] End users may (?) enjoy a rating built into a link
http://hypothetical.org/blognet/2007/10/rating#cool

a href=”http://somewebsite.com/article.html” blognet:type=”invitetoview” 
blognet:rating=”cool”

[ALSO] It may be possible to utilize these or other attributes on 
blockquotes

Any other ideas for link types for bloggers?  What do you think about this 
idea to offer code to blogger, wordpress, etc to allow end users to utilize 
link varieties via SW tech?



Cheers,
Adam Sobieski

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