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Re: Google Summer of Code & WebID

From: Dileepa Jayakody <dileepajayakody@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2013 23:57:12 +0530
Message-ID: <CAOOwNCLhgZLrp9f0r-V0VeRPkw_nwG78r8i1Uwar7g2xK4x2Vg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Cc: public-webid <public-webid@w3.org>
Hi Henry et al,

Thanks a lot for your valuable insights and pointing to such interesting
projects at W3C available for GSOC.
I'm most interested about the project "*LDP implementation with WebID and
WebACL at its core*" and would like to get more details about it and how I
should proceed in applying for it. I'm targeting to base my research on
implementing a verified identity provider framework and I think this
project is really aligned with my objectives.

I have no prior experience in scala development but I'm a quick learner and
I believe I can master scalar development in a short time. To give a brief
introduction about myself, I recently joined LK Domain Registry as a
research assistant and started reading for an MSc by Research at University
of Moratuwa in computer science. My research interests are in the areas of
digital identity, social web, linked-data and semantic technologies. Prior
to joining LK Domain Registry, I was a software engineer for 1.5 years at
WSO2 (Pvt) Ltd [1], the opensource SOA company where I was a member of the
carbon team which is the kernel of the WSO2 Product stack which are OSGi
based products. I have a good development background on java, web services,
OSGi and maven. I also have a good understanding about the opensource
development process and culture as WSO2 follows the Apache model for
software development. I have also participated in OSGi Community Event 2012
co-located with EclipseCon 2012 by giving a tech.talk on "Building A
Modular Server Platform with OSGi" [2].

Thanks and regards,
Dileepa

[1] http://www.wso2.com
[2]
http://www.eclipsecon.org/europe2012/sessions/building-server-platform-osgi


On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM, Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>wrote:

>
> On 28 Apr 2013, at 13:21, Dileepa Jayakody <dileepajayakody@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> My Name is Dileepa Jayakody, a Sri Lankan research student interested in
> semantic web, linked-data and digital identity concepts. I have been
> learning about WebID for past few days and I'm most interested about
> possibilities of WebID integration to provide a verified digital identity
> solution across multiple domains (SNS, email, blogs etc).
>
> I'm interested in applying for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) this year and
> there are 2 projects which were most interesting for me. Both are from Apache
> Stanbol <http://stanbol.apache.org/> project which suits my research
> interests on semantic web.
> 1. Using Semantic Concepts in Federated Social Web : STANBOL-1009<https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/STANBOL-1009>
> 2. Entity Disambiguation for Stanbol : STANBOL-1037<https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/STANBOL-1037>
>
>
> You, or others on this list, may also be interested in two other projects
> on LDP on the W3C site involving Scala:
>
>    http://www.w3.org/2013/03/gsoc2013#ldp-rdf
>
> Google sponsors the student for $5000 [1].
>
> The LDP project should be very interesting to any student who wants to be
> at the leading edge of standards. What could it be used for? Simple:
> to create a distributed secure Social Web. What is that? See my
> talks on http://bblfish.net/ for more information.
>
> Alexandre Bertails, one of the mentors is at the W3C at MIT, and I am in
> Paris.
> But we accept fluent Scala Devs from anywhere. ( I say fluent because
> there won't
> be enough time to get going teaching you Scala).
>
>   If you are interested please contact us ASAP. The timeline is very
> short. The
> deadline for student applications is May 3rd.
>
>  http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/events/google/gsoc2013
>
>
> For both use-cases I find WebID an excellent option.
> For use-case-1, WebID can be used for federated social-web as it supports
> a user-profile with links to friend lists, photos etc, with ability to
> control access to such resources over social-graph.
> For use-case-2 'Person' disambiguation can be tacked by developing a
> disambiguation algorithm by using WebID as a verified digital identity.
>
>
> yes.
>
>
> Stanbol uses Apache Clerezza <http://incubator.apache.org/clerezza/> as a
> RDF engine, and AFAIK Clerezza supports WebID. However when I discussed
> with Stanbol guys on their dev-list I got to know the WebID support is
> currently disabled due to recent changes in WebID spec and changes in jaxrs
> architecture.
>
>
> I worked with the group two years ago on Clerezza, and the project then
> died as Reto the lead developer
> went to study philosophy and work part time at Adobe. I really don't know
> how far it evolved since my last
> commit, that adapted I think a lot of clerezza to the latest ontology:
>
>    https://github.com/bblfish/clerezza
>
> I have been working on much leaner Scala libraries since then.
>
>
> I would very much like to know your suggestions and ideas on integrating
> WebID for above use-cases. Further I would like your help in understanding
> the architecture of WebID and how I can integrate it in existing systems to
> provide a verified digital identity.
>
>
> The problem I had with the Clerezza developers is in how their framework
> made it difficult to find out
> where information was coming from - and this is very important when you
> are dealing with trust. So you'd
> need to look into that with them  to see how their thinking has evolved.
>
>
>
> Looking forward to your ideas.
>
> Thanks,
> Dileepa
>
>
> Social Web Architect
> http://bblfish.net/
>
>
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