Will blog for clothing
A parcel arrived on Friday from
contained within was a
I'm well chuffed, it's a nice looking tee-shirt and the only
one I own with RDF/XML printed on it! I can only assume
clearing out the cupboards and looking for appropriate
loonies to wear this sort of thing in public. I guess by
having asked too many stupid question in #foaf and also by
having such a bizarre
that was probably a good stress test for
I've demonstrated some use to the RDF/FOAF cause.
The most amusing bit is that my name is mispelt on the parcel,
you'd think they of all people could have checked my Foaf file, then
again it wouldn't surprise me if that was wrong...
[Sat, 23 Oct 2004 23:03
my Foaf document
a little, nothing too major and the
tool complains rather less, although it's still not entirely jolly.
Main additions are some support for
Trust and Reputation project,
courtesy of the
I suppose I really ought to add to my Foaf some of the folks
I've been involved with in creating
I'd register for the
if it was working, FriendSpace is one of the papers being presented at the
Workshop in Galway
[Wed, 01 Sep 2004 10:32
foaf:maker in xhtml
in the meta tags of a web page to indicate who
created the document. As he says, combine this with
in a Foaf file and this really completes the circle, nice stuff.
Phil's observation that
Outlook feels like holding a turd
rings pretty true here, maybe it's a mindset thing
but Outlook just doesn't work out for me either. Then again I know of an
internet security firm who insist on using it internally, which just
strikes me as wrong, after all would you trust a bank who didn't use locks
on their doors?
[Thu, 15 Apr 2004 19:02
How crufty is your FOAF?
If it's anything like a lot of the FOAF documents
I've seen, it's probably pretty nasty! Even if it's
gives it the thumbs up, there's still plenty of
opportunities for stupid mistakes.
tool, this currently has 13 tests to help encourage
best practises in
documents, and I'm sure that Perry will be adding more
tests as best practises evolve and he gets more feedback.
[Thu, 25 Mar 2004 14:57
FOAF Relationship Schema Updated
from Ian Davis,
relationship schema has a new home at
This is great way to expand on
and there are examples of this usage shown using FOAF. Something new is
that there are also (X)HTML examples showing relationships between authors
of pages using rel and rev attributes on links. Much like the infamous
but using the same vocabulary as in FOAF. Looks like it's time to update
my FOAF file...
[Mon, 15 Mar 2004 23:01
A thoughtful post by
covers the things you should and shouldn't say about people in your
I think these are pretty similar to the unspoken rules that appear to
have evolved into being, I'd add another rule of thumb, keep it
simple. If someone's got a FOAF file of their own, they can say as much as
they want about themselves, and you only need to keep minimal information
about them in your FOAF file and point at their file (rdfs:seeAlso to
FOAF how-to's seem to be appearing in a few places, maybe it's
indicative of the increasing spread of FOAF.
[Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:01
Useful stuff time:
a site collecting RDF schemas, particularly useful schemas for
FOAF, both serious stuff like Eric Vitiello's
that extends foaf:knows and fun stuff like the
No sign of
there yet, looks like the LOAF project team are slackers... :-)
[Wed, 03 Dec 2003 00:07
Clay Shirky - genius or troll?
I suppose kicking a man when he's down isn't
quite fair, but I've always wondered why
gets treated quite differently to say
Maybe it's a clash of cultures, the different nuances
in British and American English. As
Danny has pointed out
what Andrew writes is frequently satire, the basic
premise is invariably spot on, but maybe his piss
taking and irony is not understood in the same
way by an American audience.
Likewise for Shirky, maybe he's understood by
Americans, perhaps in his social and technological
circles his essays ring true. But the essays that
intersect most directly with my interests have been
littered with errors and false premises;
Clay's assumptions that
WiFi would obliterate 3G,
decontructs the straw men
Dan Brickley's comments)
in Clay's latest essay
The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview.
I agree with
about rolling up my sleeves and getting stuck into
building a semantic web; maybe we are only digging
the foundations right now, but you need those for
anything but a house of straw. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got
some photos to codepict...
[Mon, 10 Nov 2003 12:48
BlueJacking and FOAF
Bluejacking seems to be the meme du jour, what with the
BBC covering it
and even a dedicated site called
giving a brief background and how-to.
Whilst this is all jolly amusing stuff it's not that new, most people
enabled phone will have already received (or even sent!) messages like
this in public places. But this technology does have some
slightly more interesting uses. One of these is
- automagic social networking. Where your phone's
Bluetooth id can be linked to your
Friend of a Friend
Anil de Mello
and myself are tinkering with various concepts
based around using Bluetooth with FOAF, and I'm sure
others are too. It'll be interesting to see
if these ideas take off as quickly as BlueJacking has.
Update: Further proof that it's nothing new,
Anil wrote about Bluejacking
back in June. I'm far more interested in his current adventures with his
[Tue, 04 Nov 2003 13:43
make your contact information available as
an RSS or RDF (News) feed. Place a button on your
web site so your friends and associates can subscribe
to your contact information. Never again send out
notifications by email, post or fax! Just make a
change to your Kunekt Card and everyone who subscribes
to your Kunekt Card will be automatically notified.
Import your contact details from vCards and Outlook
/ Outlook Express.
Maybe I've missed the point somewhere, but what does
this give you that you can't already do with
And if you really have to have this information in
a feed, Foaf in RSS 1.0 fits the bill quite nicely does it not? Atom
might do this
too if and when they stop running around in circles,
I wonder if they are regretting throwing out RDF yet...
[Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:57
FoafMobile some suggestions
One of the main themes with
is to use a Bluetooth equipped mobile phone to identify someone,
currently the thinking is for a simplistic model to get a prototype
into the field and working as soon as possible. Jim Ley has
spotted yet another
need for FoafMobile
There's currently a sticking point with how one should represent
a Bluetooth device in one's Foaf file from a perspective of both
privacy and spoof-a-bility. A Bluetooth device effectively has two
id's; one is a user-changeable text field typically "Jims Phone"
or more frequently a factory default like "Nokia 3650" and the
other id is a 12 digit hex identifier not dissimilar in concept to a
network card's MAC address.
Both of these are modifiable (although the hex id is rarely
changeable in a mobile phone) so spoofing is always a posibility. One
solution that would make spoofing harder would be if the Foaf file was
to contain a hash or checksum of both ids, this would be hard to replicate
unless one had seen both the ids, but this would make generating the
entry in the Foaf file entry more difficult.
Privacy is going to be tricky, although there's always ways of
Another thought - maybe it would be useful to put something
easily identifiable in the user modifiable field primarily as an
advert for FoafMobile, but maybe also to help FoafMobile apps know
that this Bluetooth ID really is worth looking up.
I'm proposing a user identifier something like "FoafMob Jims
Mobile" actually how about "FoaM"? Short, sweet, and
it should be easy to type with T9 text entry.
[Mon, 15 Sep 2003 13:07
Yet more Foaf updates
I did a little bit of tinkering with my
earlier, fixing a few errors and adding a few more hooligans,
and I somehow (through luck rather than planning) ended up
with the first Foaf file with
in the wild.
Thanks to the
in particular) for pointing me in the right directions.
Other notable points in the update, I've sorted out some
of the confusion with my
Foaf file by including my
rdfs:seeAlso for this file in my
rather than having a seperate foaf:Person
for that content; that makes sense when you think about it,
it's just more data about me, it's not about another person.
I had Mobitopia
sure it's a weblog I contribute to, but it's not just mine,
so I added a
foaf:Group which has
a weblog (Mobitopia) and a number of
and because of this I've also added most of the Mobitopia
to my Foaf.
A few useful pointers from this exercise, Jim's files of
helped me spot a few errors, and the W3C's
helped me fix the worst of my stupidity...
and the RDF
tools were useful for surfing the ever increasing Foaf World,
apparantly I'm less than 15 links removed from JFK somehow.
Note: If you're one of the handful of people
linking to my Foaf, please check your content, there's a few
people out there with the wrong details for various things!
There's a simple summary of stuff I'd like you to carry in
a comment at the top of my
[Fri, 12 Sep 2003 13:39
Foaf on the move
folks have been busy scheming in
Not content with Foaf's emerging World domination as the primary format
for relationship description, they are now looking at mobile Foaf.
has a holding page on the
together is a very smart move. Some of the concepts they're talking
about are covered here in very broad terms:
Coming to a Symbian phone near you soon!
[Wed, 10 Sep 2003 17:33