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Re: New semantic web related project - Finndesign Liitin

From: Adam Saltiel <adam.saltiel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:46:47 +0100
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To: Jukka Tuominen <jukka.tuominen@finndesign.fi>
All my data. The issue is two fold. Who am I. What data is mine. Although I don't pretend to have an answer to the former I think that most people would agree
1. An answer to the later has bearing on the former. 
2. The answer to the former in so far as it is manifest in behaviour has bearing on the later. 

This is 
1. A loop
2. A subtle conundrum. If one influences the other what are the possibilities that control and therefore influence will be that of an agent not myself? But I said subtle. We shouldn't assume that is undesirable. I drive down the street where all the other vehicles ...
3. Raises the obvious issue of data ownership. What with Omniture and Google analytics and so. Even the raw legal issues are unclear, at least to me. For instance one might think that a web site displayed in your browser belongs to the web site owner/publisher. It does. And that the data you enter into a form belongs to? That is more complex. 
But one thing. Anonymised data conclusions drawn at a time which we don't have access to, may be the very thing we need for a coherent picture of where we were or are now w.r.t. our intended activity.
Personally I am very unhappy about the data matrix of social media but happier when I consider an intelligent environment. There are some complex issues here. 
Considering the huge amount of data and it's disparate origins I take it that your task is to mediate between sets. But note how a perfect memory or a memory of surprising detail (the past may be reinterpreted in the light of hitherto hidden information) holds it's own perils for human mortals. Not least that the aim of coherence and identity through longevity may be undermined by the mechanisms that attempt to establish this. 



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On 13 Sep 2011, at 12:44, "Jukka Tuominen" <jukka.tuominen@finndesign.fi> wrote:

> Hi all!
> I'd like to introduce you to a project that you may find interesting. It
> didn't start as specifically semantic web related, but perhaps that's one of
> the reasons that it may bring a new perspective to it.
> There are many aspects to the project, but related to semantic web I'd like
> to bring forward a few characteristics that you may find of particular
> interest.
> - Whereas software and hardware platforms come and go frequently, the
> essence of knowledge and methods may last from generations to generations.
> - To be able/willing to build on top of somebody else's work, you need to
> trust its future existance and predictable behaviour.
> - There are lots of great free software and utils out there even today, but
> due to incompatibilities and overall complexity to setup a working
> environment, they are often out of the reach of most of us. Or it's just not
> worth the trouble. You'd rather contribute to your own field of expertise.
> Our project Finndesign Liitin is addressing these issues in a new way, yet
> trying to keep it very simple to the user. You pretty much just walk/log
> into a ready-made environment, and will have access to all personal and
> public data and methods in a compatible and persistent manner.
> Please, have a look at the project page for details at
> http://liitin.finndesign.fi
> Eventhough I'm very interested in things that semantic web is addressing, my
> primary field of expertise is in user interface design (industrial design
> education). Therefore I'd be very interested in your professional opinion on
> how Liitin might be suitable for your needs, or how it may need to be
> tweaked in order to suit it better.
> The project page may not cover all details, so I'd be glad answer any
> questions.
> Best regards,
> Jukka Tuominen, Finndesign
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