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[29 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

Ordinarily I’d say "work has been crazy" but lately life in general has been crazy.  I have an excess of things which are all scrambling for time in my conscious mind. 
My recent thumb injury is healing but the nerve damage is causing a lot of problems. Imagine constant, intense pins and needles in your thumb, not being sure if you’re holding something with adequate grip pressure and lastly severe shooting pains on the slightest touch. Yes I know, boo hoo, wah wah.
Prentice Hall was nice enough to send …

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[27 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’m a frequent reader of Nova Spivack’s [LINK] (although still not in the Twine Beta *sniff* [LINK]) and I have a big interest in the Semantic Web, or at least what it promises. My one foray into this was the Degrees of Separation RDF generator and web service [LINK] built on top of ClearForest’s semantic services. Here’s a sample of the connection between Toshiba and Yahoo as per the "blog-o-sphere".
(click to view)

and the corresponding RDF:
http://www.francisshanahan.com/sixdegrees/rdf.aspx?&startTag=Toshiba&endTag=Yahoo!
or Australia & Dell (click to view)

http://www.francisshanahan.com/sixdegrees/rdf.aspx?&startTag=Australia&endTag=Dell
So little did I know that IRELAND was …

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[5 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Nova proposes defining a universal scale to measure intelligence in a recent post [LINK].
This is an interesting topic and not one I’m sure I can fully comment on in one sitting. The first task in defining such a scale would be to define "intelligence". Is recognizing a pattern a form of intelligence? Say a 2D pattern vs 3D? What about 4D? E.g. A pattern of events over time?  Is learning from prior behaviour? Is it the ability to sustain one’s own life? Or is it something else?
In thinking …

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[10 Nov 2007 | No Comment | ]

These are exciting times indeed.
The Semantic Web is gaining traction. Just a few short weeks after Twine being announced [LINK], a new company has released details that address the Semantic Web from another angle. The company’s name is True Knowledge and they are building a Semantic Search engine and API. Similar to Google, they will crawl and catalog the web but unlike Google, their technology actually derives FACTS from that data. You end up with an Expert System who’s knowledge base is the web. I assume they are exposing the …

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[22 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

Congratulations to Nova Spivack and the team over at Radar Networks who recently launched the beta of their knowledge management tool "Twine" [LINK].
Twine aims to be the first main-stream application built on the Semantic Web whereby data is not just indexed and cataloged but converted into machine-readable form. The result is a graph of data on which inferences can be made and relationships built. Ultimately the goal is to better understand the data and draw new conclusions from it that otherwise would go unnoticed. The whole surpasses the sum …

Things I've Made, Web Experiments »

[11 Dec 2006 | 4 Comments | ]

I’ve created a new experiment using ClearForest‘s Content Analysis services. It’s called SixDegrees and is located here:
http://www.francisshanahan.com/sixdegrees
SixDegrees is a Semantic Web experiment using Ajax, RSS and RDF combined creatively with the Content Analysis services of ClearForest. It’s a mashup but not in the typical sense.
SixDegrees uses the notion that there are Six Degrees that separate everyone in the world. My idea takes this to a new level by trying to figure out the degrees of separation in terms of everything rather than everyone.
Here’s how it works.
A …