[foaf-protocols] A personal introduction to this mailing list

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 17:54:42 CEST 2010

On 8 September 2010 17:35, Benjamin Heitmann <benjamin.heitmann at deri.org>wrote:

> Hello,
> I would like to introduce myself to this mailing list, and introduce my
> current main interested regarding WebID.
> My name is Benjamin Heitmann, and I am a PhD student at DERI Galway.
> My current research interests include software architecture, adaptive
> personalisation and the evolution of the Web of Data.
> I would like to contribute towards the specification of the parts of WebID
> which are concerned with authorising access to private resources.
> Why am I interested in this? I have a specific use case in mind, however
> explaining it might take a few minutes of your time ;)
> Below is a short textual description, however I also gave a presentation
> about this specific topic, and the slides are at [1].
> Amazon, Last.fm and Facebook all have recommender systems, which try to
> show you new and interesting stuff.
> However over the years the role of recommendation has changed:
> * Previously a recommender system only tried to sell you items from the
> inventory of the same website you are on.
> * Today recommender systems will try to find content (music, news) or
> advertisements for you which are not limited to the stuff that is available
> from one site only.
> You all probably know about the Facebook Open Graph. What is the business
> motivation behind that?
> Facebook has created the Open Graph architecture in order to pull as much
> data about the user into his profile as possible,
> in order to make the recommendations for the user as relevant as possible.
> Then it can match advertisements to users in the same way that it
> recommends other things to the user.
> This development points to three (or four) paradigm shifts:
> 0.) Recommendations have become a commodity, and are required for certain
> types of services.
> 1.) recommendations will come from beyond the context of just one site
> 2.) recommendations will be outside of only one domain (not just books or
> music, but any relevant topic)
> 3.) privacy is an important factor in gaining the trust of the user, so
> that the user gives you data to make recommendations in the first place.
> The research problem:
> In order to get profile data from the user while at the same time
> maintaining the privacy of the user,
> somehow the privacy of the user profile data needs to be maintained in a
> decentralised way.
> If you look at this from the user perspective, then the user wants a
> portable profile that is based on open standards
> while maintaining his privacy at the same time.
> And thats where WebIDs come into the discussion :)
> WebIDs can be an enabling technology for creating open ecosystems in which
> users can share their data with different services,
> while at the same time controlling which service can access which parts of
> their profile.
> And that is the use case which motivates my interest in standardising the
> authorisation of private resource through the use of WebIDs.
> I will introduce some ideas on the authorisation issue in a second email.
> Thanks to everybody who was reading this far *g


WebID seems a great fit for you use case.

Have you had a look at GNU FM and how it scrobbles music?  Would that be
relevant to your research?

> cheers, Benjamin.
> [1]
> http://www.slideshare.net/metaman/what-your-hairstyle-says-about-your-political-preferences-and-why-you-should-care-about-the-future-of-recommender-systems
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