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Data Accessibility and Me: Introducing SIOC, FOAF and the Linked Data Web

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  • 1. Data Accessibility & Me :-) Introducing SIOC, FOAF and the Linked Data Web Adapted from: John Breslin http://www.johnbreslin.com/ By: Kingsley Idehen URI: http://community.linkeddata.org/person/kidehen2#this DataPortability Lunch Meetup in London 6 th April 2008
  • 2. So many social media sites… * Source: Smashcut Media, www.smashcut-media.com
  • 3. Even more services…
  • 4. It takes a lot of time…
  • 5. Filling out your profiles, re-adding your friends…
  • 6. Uploading posts and content items to “stovepipes”!
  • 7. Social media sites are like data silos * Source: Pidgin Technologies, www.pidgintech.com
  • 8. Many isolated communities of users and their data * Source: Pidgin Technologies, www.pidgintech.com
  • 9. Need ways to connect these islands * Source: Pidgin Technologies, www.pidgintech.com
  • 10. Allowing users to easily access their data across services via Hyperdata Links (URIs) * Source: Pidgin Technologies, www.pidgintech.com
  • 11. Enabling users to easily reference their data from anywhere * Source: Pidgin Technologies, www.pidgintech.com
  • 12. What if I use multiple services and I want to…
    • Access (reference) the stuff I have on one service from another (e.g. mesh all my blog posts, comments, friends, etc. across my WordPress.com and “Acme Blogs”)
    • Make all my stuff from multiple services accessible to one third-party service
    • Centralise access to my stuff via my own service, e.g. my personal data space (comprised of blogs, Wikis, Bookmarks etc.)
    • See my stuff as part of the increasing mesh of Linked Data Sources on the Giant Global Graph
    • Need data accessibility!
  • 13. (De-)centralised me
  • 14. … that connect you to other people
    • Discussions
    • Bookmarks
    • Annotations
    • Profiles
    • Microblogs
    • Multimedia
    Control your data: these are the social objects…
  • 15. The philosophy of DataPortability
    • As users, our identity, photos, videos and other forms of personal data should be discoverable by, and shared between our chosen (and trusted) tools or vendors
    • We need a DHCP for identity, a distributed data space system for meshing data & identity
    • The technologies already exist, we simply need the demonstrations together :-)
  • 16. The mission of DataPortability
    • To put all existing technologies and initiatives in context to create a reference design for end-to-end data portability & accessibility (hopefully!)
    • To promote that design to the developer, vendor and end-user community
  • 17. The phases of DataPortability
    • Foundation
    • Invitation
    • Investigation / Research
    • Design / Documentation
    • Evangelise
  • 18. Using existing technologies, inventing no new ones
  • 19. Other initiatives “near” DataPortability
  • 20. Social networking fatigue
    • How many general or niche SNSs are you willing to register and / or interact with?
    • People search engine and aggregation sites are now appearing to compensate:
      • SocialURL – organise your online identities
      • PeekYou – matching web pages with their owners
      • Spock – organising information around people
      • Rapleaf – reputation lookup and email search
      • Wink – free people search engine
      • FriendFeed – subscribe to all of your friends’ feeds
  • 21. Social network portability, reusability, and data accessibility
    • Need distributed social networks and reusable live profiles (linked data URIs + FOAF)
    • Users may have many identities and sets of friends on different social networks, where each identity was created from scratch
    • Allow user to import existing profile and contacts, using a single global identity with different views (e.g. via FOAF, XFN / hCard, OpenID, etc.)
    • See also:
      • http://bradfitz.com/social-graph-problem/
      • http://danbri.org/words/2007/09/13/194
      • http://code.google.com/apis/socialgraph/
  • 22. Linked Data Helps!
    • By using agreed-upon shared vocabularies and schemas to describe people, content objects and the connections that bind them all together , social media sites simply become hubs within the Giant Global Graph
    • Developers are already using Linked Data to augment the ways in which they create, reuse, and link profiles and content on social media sites (using FOAF, XFN / hCard, SIOC, etc.)
    • In the other direction, object-centered social networks can serve as rich data sources for Linked Data applications
  • 23. The Link Data Web for dummies
    • Give everything you observe (data) an ID
    • Use HTTP URIs (URLs + string pattern) to create Data IDs
    • Use your Data IDs to link to Data elswhere (as you do with Web page URLs)
    • Example:
      • http://community.linkeddata.org/dataspace/person/kidehen2#this
    • = Linked Data Web!
    * Sources: Text by Stefan Marti; Picture by Duncan Hull
  • 24. FOAF (Friend-of-a-Friend)
    • FOAF is an ontology for describing people and the relationships that exist between them
    • Can be integrated with any other vocabularies
    • Some services with FOAF exports:
    • People can also create their own FOAF document and link to it from their homepage
    • FOAF documents usually contain personal info, links to friends, and other related resources
  • 25. Integrating social networks with FOAF for reuse Common formats, unique Data IDs (URIs) * Source: Sheila Kinsella, Applications of Social Network Analysis 2007
  • 26. SIOC (Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities)
    • A schema for representing Linkded Data Spaces comprised of: people, weblogs, bookmarks, photo albums, calendars, discussions, addressbooks, social networks etc.:
      • Aims to fully describe the data objects across data spaces connected via the Web
      • Facilitates creation of new connections between people, places, events, weblogs, and other things (data/entities/objects) via the Web
      • Simplies creation and discovery of federated communities
      • Exposes the Giant Global Graph of Linked Data on the Web!
  • 27. Quotes about SIOC
    • “ I […] think the concept is HOT” – Robert Douglass, Drupal Developer
    • “ It just dawned on me that the burgeoning SIOC-o-sphere (online communities exporting and exposing content via SIOC Ontology) is actually: Blogosphere 2.0” – Kingsley Idehen, Founder and CEO of OpenLink Software
    • “ SIOC has the potential to become one of the foundational vocabularies that make Semantic Web applications useful” – Ivan Herman, W3C / ERCIM
    • “ A project that started back in 2000 called Friend-of-a-Friend (FOAF) represents relationships between people, as well as basic contact details. SIOC does this for groups: it extends the FOAF idea to being able to talk about whole groups of people. I am excited about SIOC because you can use that information to determine trust, to let people in.” – Tim Berners-Lee, Creator of the World Wide Web
  • 28.  
  • 29. The SIOC RDF ontology (important terms)
  • 30. SIOC and other ontologies
  • 31. Using SIOC and FOAF to represent portable data
  • 32.
    • SIOC metadata exporters have been created for open-source / commercial discussion systems and popular Web 2.0 sites:
      • b2evolution, Dotclear, Drupal, phpBB, WordPress, mailing lists, IRC, Twitter, Jaiku, aggregators, OpenLink Data Spaces, Talis Engage, etc.
    • Easy-to-use APIs have been produced for writing your own SIOC applications in PHP, Ruby on Rails and Java
    • As well as nearly 20 academic papers about SIOC and a W3C member submission ( http://www.w3.org/Submission/2007/02/ ), easy-to-read documentation and usage examples are available :
      • http://sioc-project.org/
    • SIOC aims to infect the Web infrastructure:
      • During next upgrade cycle gigabytes of community data become available!
    Getting traction for SIOC
  • 33. SIOC in use (~50 implementations, applications)
  • 34.
    • We have lots of producers of SIOC data, but now we need to build more applications that can consume it, like this WordPress importer:
      • Just as WordPress can import blog entries from various blogging systems, the SIOC importer can import any discussion posts represented in SIOC (forum posts, mail messages, IRC chats)
  • 35. Porting social media contributions from data providers to import services
  • 36.  
  • 37. Join the DataPortability and SIOC projects!
    • http://dataportability.org
    • http://sioc-project.org
  • 38. Ownership, control, freedom at opensocialweb.org