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The Web as Critical Infrastructure

June 29th, 2010

I  recently was asked to talk about Web Science to the US President’s Innovative Technology Advisory Committee. My comments focused on the role of the Web as a critical infrastructure, and on the need for us to better understand it.  More on what I said and my written remarks can be found on my Nature.com blog at:

http://blogs.nature.com/jhendler/2010/06/30/the-web-is-a-critical-infrastructure—we-must-understand-it

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My Personal (unofficial) Semantic Web FAQ — a pointer

September 1st, 2009

The joy of multiple blog sites is having to post pointers to one blog entry from another.

My blog at nature.com now has an entry entitled “The Semantic Web: My personal (unofficial) FAQ” which lives at http://network.nature.com/people/jhendler/blog/2009/08/03/the-semantic-web-my-personal-unofficial-faq. Comments, and especially your suggestions for Qs and As are more than welcome there or here (or anywhere else for that matter)

Cheers,

Jim H.

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Tilting at the NSF windmill

July 13th, 2009

Colleagues – one of my blog entries at Nature seems to have hit a nerve – been zinging around the “twittersphere” and I’ve received a number of responses in private not just commiserating, but agreeing with the major points.  I want to make it clear that this is solely my own opinion, and it has not been carefully researched, but given that so many US Semantic Web researchers have shared the frustration that I express here, I thought I’d share it on planetRDF as well  (Europeans, believe it or not, on this side of the ocean it is hard to get funding for Semantic Web research – you have no idea how lucky you are!)

-Jim H

from blog entry: “Why NSF cannot fund high-risk, high-reward research”

I just got turned down for a grant. That’s nothing new, you win some and you lose some, and every senior professor has gotten used to that over time. This time, however, I cannot find it in myself to just say “oh well” and let it go at that. This time, I think I need to go public, because I think what happened shows an endemic problem with the US National Science Foundation and, I hope, points out some things they could do to fix it.

Click here for the blog entry at Nature.com

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What is the Semantic Web?

June 19th, 2009

The twittering of #semtech2009 got me pretty frustrated – seems like the “big O” Ontology story was way too prevalent, and while linked data had a good showing, the relationships between linking and ontologies seemed to be forgotten a lot.  It motivated me to write up some thoughts on this on my Nature blog site in a blog entry entitled “What is the Semantic Web really all about” –– I look forward to your comments there or here…

Jim H

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A little Semantics Goes a Long way — the background

April 21st, 2009

For whatever reason, I’ve recently been asked several time about my quote “A little semantics goes a long way” – I sent a long email answer to one of these, and then realized I could make it into a web page to point people at should this come up again — so for those of you looking for a little light background reading, and interested, enjoy.  http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler/LittleSemanticsWeb.html

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