[foaf-dev] Tales from the SIOC-o-sphere #7

John Breslin john.breslin at deri.org
Fri Apr 4 17:23:42 BST 2008

From: http://sioc-project.org/node/328

It's been three months since my last round-up of all things SIOC-ed, so 
here is entry number seven in the series:

    * Version 1.0 of a SIOC API for Perl has been released on CPAN! The
      CPAN page for the SIOC API is here
      <http://search.cpan.org/%7Egeewiz/SIOC-v1.0.0/>. A description of
      the project itself is available here <http://sioc.socialware.at>.
      Thanks to Jochen Lillich <http://www.jochen-lillich.de/>, Thomas
      N. Burg <http://randgaenge.net/>, and also to Internet
      Privatstiftung Austria (IPA) <http://netidee.at/> for funding this
    * A new RDF API module for Drupal <http://drupal.org/node/222788>
      has been announced <http://groups.drupal.org/node/8930> that will
      include sub-classes / sub-properties of popular terms from SIOC,
      DC, etc. <http://groups.drupal.org/node/9311#comment-30373>
      (Drupal creator Dries Buytaert has also said that an RDF API will
      appear in the core of Drupal 7; see this video
      Stephane Corlosquet <http://openspring.net/> has also made
      an RDF Schema proposal for Drupal
      <http://groups.drupal.org/node/9311> (which includes SIOC) and has
      received very positive feedback. Some potential RDF use cases for
      Drupal <http://groups.drupal.org/node/9010> have also been described.
    * Gautier Poupeau <http://www.lespetitescases.net/> has written a
      useful guide (en Français) on how to RDF-ise your blog in two
      parts: the theory
      and the practice
      It uses RDFa and vocabularies including SIOC, SIOC Types, DC
      Elements, DC Refinements and XSD.
    * SIOC data is now being produced by memoQ
      <http://memoq.semanticweb.org/> by Yuki Matsuoka and Hideaki
      Takeda <http://www-kasm.nii.ac.jp/%7Etakeda/> of the National
      Institute of Informatics, Japan <http://www.nii.ac.jp/>.
    * Keith Alexander <http://semwebdev.keithalexander.co.uk/blog/> at
      Talis has described <http://blogs.talis.com/n2/archives/17> (and
      how it is possible to create client-side Semantic Web applications
      using their Convert <http://convert.test.talis.com/> service. For
      example, on this page
      comments functionality is added to a section identified with a
      "sioc:has_reply" property using a short piece of embedded widget code.
    * ASP.net developer John Dyer has written a nice post on
      DataPortability and its standards
      talking about OpenID, FOAF, SIOC, APML, etc. Daniel Lewis
      <http://vanirsystems.com/> has also written a good overview of DP
      More recently, John announced the DataPortability pack for
      that produces SIOC, APML and FOAF. BlogEngine.NET
      <http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/> founder Mads Kristensen
      <http://blog.madskristensen.dk/> has also written about data
      portability and making an API to your website
    * OpenLink <http://www.openlinksw.com/>'s Personal Data Space
      Explorer <http://myopenlink.net/dataspace/> now also exposes SIOC
      <http://myopenlink.net/dataspace/kidehen>, FOAF
      <http://myopenlink.net/dataspace/person/kidehen> and other RDF
      data. See Kingsley's post on linked data via FOAF and SIOC
    * Uldis Bojars <http://captsolo.net/info/>, Alex Passant
      <http://apassant.net/blog/> and I <http://www.johnbreslin.com/>
      will present a tutorial entitled "Interlinking Online Communities
      and Enriching Social Software with the Semantic Web
      <http://www2008.org/program/program-tutorials-TP3.html>" at the
      14th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008
      <http://www2008.org/>) in Beijing this month.
    * I did an interview with SemanticWeb.com
      <http://www.semanticweb.com/> called "SIOC-ing the Semantic Web
      <http://www.semanticweb.com/insight/article.php/3721111>" in
      January, and talked to PCWorld <http://www.pcworld.com/> about
      data portability and SIOC
      Uldis <http://captsolo.net/info/> recorded a podcast with Talis
      in February with SIOC as one of the main topics. (Eric Miller
      <http://zepheira.com/team/eric/> also described in another Talis
      how FOAF and SIOC are useful not only for getting at historical
      content, but for providing fine-tuned content-delivery systems
      connecting people interested in various aspects of a particular
    * Alex <http://apassant.net/> has produced a universal SIOC reader
      The widget can query for SIOC data from any SPARQL endpoint that
      provides a JSON output for SELECT queries. (Alex has also released
      <http://apassant.net/blog/tag/moat/> the Meaning of a Tag
      <http://moat-project.org/> ontology which links with SIOC and SCOT
    * Phillip Rhodes has been working
      on the OpenQabal <http://openqabal.dev.java.net/> "social software
      operating system" which integrates a set of applications
      (including Roller <http://rollerweblogger.org/> and JavaBB
      <http://www.javabb.org/> ) via single sign-on (SSO), a common
      look-and-feel, and SIOC.
    * Sean Palmer <http://inamidst.com/sbp/> has written an interesting
      article entitled "One Semantic Application, One UI?
      <http://inamidst.com/whits/2008/omniui>" in which he talks about
      Tabulator <http://www.w3.org/2005/ajar/tab> and its interfaces,
      including application specific panes for FOAF, SIOC and DOAP.
    * Tim Berners-Lee <http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/> talked
      about FOAF and SIOC in an interview with Marie Boran from Silicon
      for the Irish Independent
      /"A project that started back in 2000 called Friend-of-a-Friend
      (FOAF) represents relationships between people, as well as basic
      contact details. SIOC does this for groups: it extends the FOAF
      idea to being able to talk about whole groups of people. Groups
      are a very important part of the Web because online communities
      are where we form our trust. It is very useful to build tools that
      apply to all the online communities so they can all generate this
      social trust information. I am excited about SIOC because you can
      use that information to determine trust, to let people in. If
      someone is in a group that a friend of mine is part of, I can
      create another relationship based on that."/
    * Uldis, Tuukka Hastrup <http://tuukka.iki.fi/> and Thomas Schandl
      <http://www.deri.ie/about/team/member/thomas_schandl/> are
      updating Uldis' WordPress SIOC Importer
      <http://wiki.sioc-project.org/w/SIOC_Import_Plugin>, which allows
      you to create blog posts based on SIOC data ported from weblogs,
      mailing lists, forums, IRC, etc.
    * Chris Bizer <http://www.bizer.de/>, Richard Cyganiak
      <http://richard.cyganiak.de/> and Tom Heath
      <http://kmi.open.ac.uk/people/tom/> have published a very useful
      document called "How to Publish Linked Data on the Web
      (mentions vocabularies to use like FOAF, DC, SIOC, DOAP, SKOS, MO,
      Rev and CC). See also Leo Sauermann and Richard's "Cool URIs for
      the Semantic Web <http://www.w3.org/TR/cooluris/>".
    * In the area of collaborative work environments, SIOC is being used
      in the Ecospace <http://www.ip-ecospace.org/> project to export
      metadata from both BSCW <http://public.bscw.de/> and BC
      <http://www.groupbc.com/>. Here is a BSCW SIOC export service
      <http://vmecos01.deri.ie:8081/bscw2sioc/>, and there is also a CWE
      version of the SIOC Explorer <http://www.activerdf.org:8043/>
      (which includes data from both BSCW and BC).
    * Sören Auer <http://www.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/%7Eauer/>'s team
      have produced Triplify <http://triplify.org/>, which enables
      simple mapping of RDB to RDF data in a variety of web
      applications. Using Triplify, SIOC and FOAF data can be produced
      from Drupal 5 <http://drupal.org/>, WordPress
      <http://wordpress.org/>, WackoWiki <http://wackowiki.com/>, and
      Open Journal Systems <http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/>.
    * The new version of BoardTracker <http://www.boardtracker.com/>
      will have an API to export data using SIOC.
    * The Sindice <http://www.sindice.com/> group will soon release the
      SWPop widget for WordPress that allows you to view posts,
      comments, topics, etc. made by any blog commenter across the
      SIOC-o-sphere (as indexed by Sindice). You can see a preview here
    * This is an interesting post
      by Andrew A. Peterson <http://andrewapeterson.wordpress.com/> on
      how semantic standards like RSS, FOAF and SIOC (SIOD
      can provide sustainable SEO for websites, referencing the Yahoo!
      Search announcement regarding support for RDF and microformats
    * Ben O'Steen <http://oxfordrepo.blogspot.com/> describes a Pylons
      interface to carry out CRUD
      functionality where items are linked together semantically using SIOC.
    * Leigh Dodds <http://www.ldodds.com/> has a fun FOAF (and SIOC)
      tale <http://www.ldodds.com/blog/archives/000321.html> about Bee
      Node (told using SPARQL)!
    * I've presented at WebCamp on DataPortability, web standards, SIOC
      and FOAF
      and recorded a related video on DataPortability and me
      <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-4bRDmTd0>. It pales in
      comparison to this one
      <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eGcsGPgUTw> from Danny Ayers!

Previous SIOC-o-sphere articles:

#6 http://sioc-project.org/node/310
#5 http://sioc-project.org/node/294
#4 http://sioc-project.org/node/272
#3 http://sioc-project.org/node/271
#2 http://sioc-project.org/node/138
#1 http://sioc-project.org/node/79


Dr. John Breslin
DERI, NUI Galway
john.breslin at deri.org

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