[foaf-dev] [Fwd: Eduserv Research Grants Call 2008]
danbri at danbri.org
Mon Jan 28 18:59:50 GMT 2008
Paul Scott wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-01-28 at 17:06 +0000, Dan Brickley wrote:
>> Modest but well targeted funding available in *.ac.uk, for online
>> identity, open social graph, and mobile/ubiquitious apps.
> Any chance of projects of this nature coming along that are specifically
> targeted at African development?
Offhand, I don't know of anything. But I do encourage listmembers to use
the SWIG and FOAF lists to share relevant information about funding
opportunities that could get such work done. A slogan for 2008, "The
Semantic Web is a project, not a field", ie. we're here to get something
built. Sometimes I fear people slip into treating SW as a vague and
scholarly research topic, alongside "intelligent agents" or "distributed
objects", "information retrieval" in bullet-pointed conference
announcements. It isn't, although conferences are important. The
Semantic Web, as far as I'm concerned, is a global collaboration to
improve the Web for real people. And global collaborations benefit from
funding sometimes! Anyway, ... I would love to see a funding call that
supported this kind of work in Africa.
> We (AVOIR) are doing some pretty
> innovative stuff in this area, and seeing as though we survive purely on
> funded projects, something like that would be wonderful!
Excuse my ignorance, but can EU (eg. IST) research funding support
African projects? (eg. with European partners too).
> At the same time, it will give us an opportunity to further show the world what we
> can do.
Talking of cool projects, and getting offtopic for this thread, I see
you have some PHP/PostGIS work,
http://gforge2.uwc.ac.za/projects/postgis/ ... I was wondering if you or
others had ever looked into possibility of integrating this with SPARQL
for querying. I asked Richard Cyganiak about this recently, eg. idea of
taking D2RQ, and improving it to have knowledge of POSTGIS SQL
extensions. D2RQ can rewrite SPARQL queries into SQL, so I was wondering
if things like http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/ontology/ and
http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/geo/XGR-geo-ont-20071023/ ... could
benefit from this as an implementation technique? Any thoughts? Am just
thinking out of loud here. Richard didn't know of any work in this
direction, but I reckon it's worth exploring.
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