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Trust Networks on the Semantic Web Dissertation Project - help request

From: Jennifer Golbeck <golbeck@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 15:46:39 -0500 (EST)
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Dear RDF Interest Group,

Many of you participated in the first round of my Trust Networks on the
semantic web project about 18 months ago. I have made a lot of revisions
in response to comments people sent, and I've aadopted this as the project
for my dissertation. I'm planning to propose soon (probably next month),
and part of the project is to build a large network of trust ratings. I've
put up a website for the whole project (http://trust.mindswap.org), and
there is a specific section at
http://trust.mindswap.org/trustProject.shtml that describes the semantic
web component.

Trust-O-Matic (http://trust.mindswap.org/trust-o-matic.shtml) lets people
enter their email addresses, the addresses of their friends, and then
provide ratings for their friends (no RDF writing required). Users can
make their file public, or keep it entirely confidential. Trust-o-matic
will store a file on our servers, so it basically will add you without
giving you an easy option to edit (this is good for people who want to
help, but only have a passing interest).  You can also use the new
ontology (a 1-10 rating system that directly extends FOAF), add trust
ratings to your existing FOAF file, and then just link your FOAF file into
our network.  The ontology is described at
http://trust.mindswap.org/trustOnt.shtml, and you can link in your FOAF
file using the form here:  http://trust.mindswap.org/trustSubmit.shtml

I am hoping to get a very big network in time for my proposal. It would be
a great help to me if anyone adds just a few friends. Comments and
questions about the project are always welcome.

Thanks so much,

Jennifer Golbeck
PhD Student in Computer Science
University of Maryland, College Park
Received on Tuesday, 17 February 2004 15:46:40 UTC

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