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Re: ANN: Semantic University - for learning the Semantic Web (now easier to use)

From: Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:37:06 -0400
Message-ID: <507BF562.9000409@thefigtrees.net>
To: Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk>
CC: public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Well, referencing and linking tend to be the same thing on the Web, 
given the nature of hypertext and the structure of the HTML anchor 
element. And since linking is definitely a use case, I care about, it's 
a good thing that the web pages have <title> elements and <meta 
name="description" ...> elements. This facilitates the sort of 
linking/reference use cases, you describe, such as


(Note both the title of the link and the description.)

Regarding your other point (which seems unrelated to me), we don't 
publish Linked Data for the Semantic University lessons because we don't 
have a use case for publishing Linked Data for these pages.


On 10/15/2012 6:56 AM, Phillip Lord wrote:
> Referencing and linking are not the same thing; say I want to produce a
> table of contents of resources, including yours and others, or an index.
> What would you think if you opened a book and at the front it said
> "pg 8, pg 32, pg 53", where you expected a table of contents.
> If you want to know more, I'd suggest that you read....
> https://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university/introduction-to-linked-data
> Rule 3 is:
>   "When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, using the
>   standards such as RDF* and SPARQL."
> Anyway, I think I have said enough here; it's your website!
> Phil
> Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net> writes:
>> I don't really find the use cases you suggest particularly compelling. Perhaps
>> you could explain them in a bit more detail?
>> Searching -- we do some degree of traditional SEO, and the lessons generally
>> show up very well on major search engines
>> Sorting -- I'm not sure what would be sorted? The lessons are presented in a
>> particular order designed to help the understanding of readers who go through
>> the material as presented
>> Mashing up -- Can you give me an example?
>> Referencing -- Generally speaking, we think that the URLs of the individual
>> lessons are perfectly adequate for referencing
>> thanks,
>> Lee
>> On 10/11/2012 5:24 AM, Phillip Lord wrote:
>>> I am a little surprised that you can't see use cases for adding
>>> computationally extractable metadata to your articles. Searching,
>>> sorting, mashing up, referencing and so on.
>>> RSS is a different point; ignoring it's "what's new" role, it happens to
>>> be a reasonable source for computational metadata where there is nothing
>>> else.
>>> Phil
>>> Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net> writes:
>>>> Thanks for the feedback. We didn't pursue an RSS feed for the site because
>>>> it's intended to be relatively timeless educational content, rather than dated
>>>> material. That said, I can look into adding one.
>>>> Can you help me understand the use cases for using some of the other
>>>> approaches you mention and what would be involved? I didn't really have any
>>>> compelling use cases in mind off the top of my head to mark up these lessons.
>>>> thanks,
>>>> Lee
>>>> On 10/10/2012 7:20 AM, Phillip Lord wrote:
>>>>> This is an interesting set of pages.
>>>>> One thing that confuses me about this web site is that, as far as I can
>>>>> see, it apperas to use no semantic web technology; certainly trying to
>>>>> mine the web pages shows no metadata describing what the document is
>>>>> about. We tried searching for OGP, various forms of metatags, prism,
>>>>> COINs and so on, using our Greycite (http://greycite.knowledgeblog.org)
>>>>> tool, and found nothing. We've tried visual inspection as well -- not
>>>>> easy as all the HTML is on one line -- and again can see nothing. Tried
>>>>> content negotiation for RDF, but this returns HTML. Even the normally
>>>>> reliable RSS feed fails because there isn't one.
>>>>> Phil
>>>>> Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net> writes:
>>>>>> Hi everyone,
>>>>>> Many of you may already have come across Semantic University
>>>>>> <http://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university>, but I'd like to
>>>>>> announce it to this community.
>>>>>> Semantic University is a free, online resource for learning Semantic Web
>>>>>> technologies. We've gotten some great feedback over the past few months, and
>>>>>> we feel that it's one of the most accessible ways for both technical and
>>>>>> non-technical people to start learning about semantics and the Semantic Web.
>>>>>> For those of you who have seen Semantic University before, we've re-organized
>>>>>> the content into general Semantic Web Landscape content and into specific
>>>>>> technical tracks oriented around RDF, OWL/RDFS, SPARQL, and Semantic Web
>>>>>> Design Patterns. I hope you'll check it out as we think it's now much easier
>>>>>> to use to learn about the Semantic Web.
>>>>>> Semantic University currently includes over 30 lessons, and we're continually
>>>>>> preparing new content. We're also looking for additional writers to contribute
>>>>>> new lessons, so please contact me if you'd be interested. I'd especially like
>>>>>> to start including content specific to particular verticals, and HCLS would be
>>>>>> a great starting place. Please let me know if you'd be interested in
>>>>>> contributing!
>>>>>> Current lessons include:
>>>>>>     * An Introduction to the Semantic Web
>>>>>>       <https://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university/introduction-to-the-semantic-web>
>>>>>>     * Semantic Web Misconceptions
>>>>>>       <https://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university/semantic-web-misconceptions>
>>>>>>     * Semantic Web vs. Semantic Technologies
>>>>>>       <https://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university/semantic-web-vs-semantic-technologies>
>>>>>>     * RDF 101 <https://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university/rdf-101>
>>>>>>     * SPARQL Nuts and Bolts
>>>>>>       <https://www.cambridgesemantics.com/semantic-university/sparql-nuts-and-bolts>
>>>>>> ...and many more.
>>>>>> Please enjoy & we welcome all feedback & suggestions.
>>>>>> best,
>>>>>> Lee
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