The Idea-to-Implementation Initiative: Discover relevant resources efficiently, obtain feedback instantly and collaborate more effectively.

“Idea-to-Implementation” is a new non-profit initiative supported by me. Its members can get the opportunity to share their ideas, get inspired and build a future together. All the members deliver valuable building blocks to a trusted community and retain control over all their contributions at all times.

The initiative exposes implicit invisible relations and allows people to connect based on entities identified as affinities that they share. Such entities are common real world things and can thus represent locations, people, events, document-snippets, charts, images etc.

Members can ask expertise analysis on excerpts of their personal reading library, social networks, search queries or browsing history and a use it as an intelligent collaboration tool.

The main hooks and hubs for the initiative operations are the people who contribute ideas. It puts the relations between the people central. You can see it as a huge peer-2-peer review network or a free open university where everybody is student, teacher, researcher and policy maker at the same time.

Support this new initiative by filling out their “Idea-to-Implementation tool” Questionnaire. Read more of this post

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Presentation on RDSRP’11

Last week I presented our work on the I-KNOW 2011 Special Track on Recommendation, Data Sharing, and Research Practices in Science 2.0 in Graz.You can find a link and citation to our publication here. In this post I include the presentation slides including the demo movie used during our session on Wednesday 7th of September. Read more of this post

Researcher Profiling based on Semantic Analysis in Social Networks

Last week I defended my work in front of the jury of the KULeuven. This included a presentation and a demo. I want to share those with you. You can read the full thesis text here: Researcher Profiling based on Semantic Analysis in Social Networks

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Explore your Social Circle, improve your Research

If you have a Twitter account and want to register in Grabeeter (or already have), you can now try out and take part in the evaluation of the “Researcher Affinity Browser“. Grabeeter is a tool to archive and search your tweets. The Researcher Affinity Browser is one of the first to expose affinities between Twitter users and is the first web application built on top of a semantic profiling framework. It is intended for researchers who are using Twitter for microblogging and are tweeting about their research, their interests or the conferences they are attending or tracking.

Researcher Affinity Browser

Researcher Affinity Browser

The semantic profiling framework grew throughout this year as my thesis project and information about the evolutions is presented here on this blog.

So if you are a researcher and are using Twitter, you are most welcome to explore people who have already registered themselves in Grabeeter. You can register from inside the application or here. After registration you have to wait a few hours before your data is analysed and suggestions can be made for you. Once you are registered you can start exploring people by selecting your username.
Important Notes

1. You can evaluate the application by filling out the form that can be accessed by clicking on the “Evaluate”-button inside the application or by using this form.

2. You can also evaluate the application with a default user if you feel uncomfortable or don’t want to wait for your data to be analyzed. Just click the Load Persons button without selecting a user in the list. The default user is selected because it has the most conferences.

Realtime Social Semantic Web

In another similar project we are trying to bring realtime RDF annotation to the Social Web! Read more of this post

From a valid RDF/XML for Twitter users to a dynamic SPARQL Endpoint

This weekend I upgraded the semantic profiling framework. Now it annotates for every Twitter user:

  • Its profile as SIOC UserAccount
  • The timeline as SIOC(Types) MicroBlog
  • All the tweets as SIOC(Types) MicroBlogPost

It grabs the tweets from a user in Grabeeter if the user has registered there. If not they are being retrieved with the Twitter API.

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Is Twitter RDFization or triplification by Virtuoso usable?

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The W3C lists many solutions for converting any non-rdf data to rdf data. After taking a closer look to the list, it became clear that there exists a very well documented system: Virtuoso Sponger. There is a broad support for many data sources. The architecture is very modular. This is realized by the use of so-called cartridges. I want to be sure that this promising middleware can support the framework I need. I investigated a twitter use case presented on a dedicated page. Since the architecture overview and the presentation about the mechanism is astonishing, my expectations were very high. Read more of this post