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Date: 1/16/2007

Pre-CSI pigs boingboinged

First reported here on this blog. Now at Boingboing.

Upside: from 350 views to 3550 views in a couple of hours.

Downside: Mark F gave me credit but got the URL for ibiblio wrong! When without the “l” you get sent to an evil domain squatter. Mark F got that fixed. Domain squatter to get no more hits from that page.

Deborah McGuinness @ Duke Today

I’ll be in class during this talk, but I had a chance to have dinner and chat with Dr. Deborah McGuinness about her visit here and her talk (here from Cristin Paul’s announcement). If you get to go send me a link to your notes or add as comments here please:

What: Emerging Semantic Web Trends: Transparent and Trustworthy Applications and Semantically-Enabled Scientific Data Integration

Who: Deborah L. McGuinness, Ph.D., Acting Director, Knowledge Systems Laboratory, Stanford University
When: Tuesday, January 16 from 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm
Where: John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University (location and parking information)

Dr. Deborah L. McGuinness, international expert on Semantic Web technology, ontologies and knowledge representation,
and co-editor of the World-Wide Web Consortium’s Web Ontology Language (OWL) specification, will present this invited discussion seminar as part of the Duke Information Science & Information Studies (ISIS) “Tech Tuesdays” series.

Lunch will be provided.

The talk is of special interest to informaticians, computer scientists, and all interested in scientific data integration, metadata and the World Wide Web.
Colleagues from Duke, NCSU, NCCU, UNC and RTP organizations are all cordially invited! Please share this announcement.

Dr. McGuinness will be in the Triangle area on Monday and Tuesday (1/15-1/16). If you or your research group would like to meet with her to discuss projects or research ideas, she has time-slots available. Contact Dr. John Madden to arrange a time and location.


As web applications proliferate, more users are faced with decisions when and why to trust application advice. In order to trust information, users need to understand how it was obtained and what assumptions it depended upon. Web-based applications may use question-answering methods that are heuristic or incomplete, and they may depend on data whose origin and date are unknown. Therefore, it becomes ever more important to return answers augmented with meta-information about how the conclusions were obtained.

In this talk, Deborah McGuinness will describe an approach that can improve trust in answers generated from web applications by making the answer process more transparent. The added information provides users (humans or
agents) with answers to questions of trust, reliability, recency, and applicability.

The talk will include descriptions of a few representative applications  using cognitive assistants and intelligence analyst tools. The talk will also briefly highlight work on semantically-enabled, integrated access to scientific data. Examples will be taken from Deborah’s work on the NSF-funded Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatory and the NASA-funded Semantically-Enabled Scientific Data Integration projects.

A Perfect Mess?

Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t need the justifications from this book, A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder–How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place, to keep the kinds of desktops that I keep. I claim to be evidence for the subtitle.

Wired’s Chris Anderson is less than pleased with the book; his commenters are divided tho.

Science Blogging Anthology is now available!

Science Blogger Conference co-organizer Bora Zivkovic writes to alert us to the Science Blogging Anthology that he’s edited:

The first of its kind, phenomenal, unbelievable collection of the best science blogging in history has just been published!?

Timed to coincide with the first Science Blogging Conference, this anthology of best 50 blog posts from science and medical blogs is now available for sale.? You can find all the information about the book, including the day-by-day blogging of the blog-typical democratic process of choosing 50 best posts of all time.

The book is available for purchase at Lulu.

Lyceum 0.34 is out

JJB announces the latest release of Lyceum over on the Lyceum blog.

Lyceum is:

  • Multi-user, multi-blog enhancement of the WordPress blogging engine.
  • Enterprise database architecture – Lyceum leverages the WordPress database architecture, extending multi-user blogging within a single instantiation of the WordPress schema.
  • N-scalable and easily distributed – Lyceum allows administrators to seamlessly distribute the application across multiple web servers, as resource demands grow.
  • Security-conscious design – Developed with a focus on security, at the application and execution layer. Leveraging the WordPress codebase, and structured to effectively deal with comment spam, administrators can feel secure with a transparent, well-designed product.
  • Ease of install and upgrade – Lyceum is designed to be easy to install and upgrade. With a minimal filesystem footprint, Lyceum remains manageable as the Blogosphere scales.
  • Perfect for the campus, enterprise – and small group – Lyceum retains the native functionality of WordPress, ensuring that groups small and large will enjoy use.

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