Social Web

The Social Web and the future of journalism

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The emerging Social Web technologies, such as blogging, micro-blogging, podcasting, etc, can be seen as a threat to ‘traditional’ journalism. The fact that we can instantly report news from our mobiles on Twitter, post videos on YouTube, and start public discussions on our blogs seems to be the start of a new era for the […]

Semantic Web

BBC adopting the Semantic Web

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Being a major content owner, the BBC is using Semantic Web technologies to efficiently manipulate this content and improve the services offered to the public. I met Richard Wright of the BBC Archive in the AXMEDIS conference in Barcelona on November 2007. He was showing then a demo of their system, which uses the GATE […]

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Blogging with Calais

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The Calais initiative by Thomson Reuters is an excellent example of Semantic Web technologies being smoothly incorporated into common web activities, such as blogging. It uses Natural Language Processing to analyze text and extract named entities (e.g. persons, companies), facts (e.g. employee positions), and events (e.g. mergers, acquisitions). I have been using Calais in this […]

Fun

Licensed to blog

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Today’s User Friendly comic strip brings up a rather intriguing question about blogging: Well, that’s the beauty of the blogosphere: you don’t have to be certified to express your views, although a bit of authority on the subject you argue about certainly doesn’t hurt 😉

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The Semantic Web vision

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The Semantic Web aims at expressing web content in machine-processable forms, so that it is maintained efficiently by software agents. In this way, the precision of search will be enhanced and logic reasoning on web data will be possible. The Semantic Web vision, as expressed by its main founder Tim Berners-Lee, is “giving information a […]

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Our privacy on the Social Web

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How is well is our privacy protected on the Social Web? Of course, you can (and should) take some basic precaution measures, like not giving away sensitive information that can be used for financial fraud against you. However, there are issues beyond our hands that depend on how the Social Web handles our information. Google […]

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The Social Web in plain English

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The Social Web offers lots of opportunities for social networking. Through sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn, you can connect with friends from real life, make new ones, and keep in touch with them. Also, through microblogging sites like Twitter, you can let your friends know what you’re up to any time of the day. […]

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The Social Web and You

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Web 2.0 can best be described as the accumulation of new web-based collaboration technologies, such as social networking sites, social bookmarking sites, wikis, blogs, and more. The success of Web 2.0 is mainly attributed to the fact that it appeals to the public through services, like syndication and tagging, that allow people to easily publish […]

Personal

New Year’s TV nostalgia

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Being back in Greece for the holidays, I caught a glimpse of New Year’s programmes on TV. Disappointing, to say the least. Luckily, I can go back in time with YouTube (way back!) and enjoy some quality TV moments (in Greek). New Year 1990 ladies and gentlemen:

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A year ends, a blog begins…

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Last day of 2008; first day (and grand opening!) of this blog! As we are in a festive season, here are some photos I’ve taken these days of celebrations in the UK and Greece. Happy New Year everyone! German Market in Millennium Square, Leeds. Lots of food, fantastic desserts, great mulled wine! Christmas band in […]