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    • swift is 1. data gathering engine (aggregator) 2. data structuring tool (tagger) 3. most importantly, an API for data
    • who swift is
      • A product of several like-minded
      • nonprofit software projects.
      Mesh4x Crowdsourced Crisis data Media Analytics
    • how?
      • Underneath Swift is really just people
      • working together to gather as much
      • structured data as possible.
      • pull a stool up to the data assembly line
      • and get to work
    • Swift is the index cards and the highlighters.
    • Swift gives you blanks to fill in.
    • twitch games
    • witnessing
      • is a fundamental to understanding the world
    • And yet, all of the eyewitness data is inseparable from the noise, where it will remain for hours, or perhaps never be utilized. Data is lost like waste heat.
    • We need new listening tools.
      • Output: API
      • Swift is a tool for creating structured data.
      • The resulting database is open, with distributed storage and standards-based portability, relying on:
      • ICAL
      • FOAF
      • Dublin Core
    • Instedd
      • Tag analysis for disease prediction
      • evolve
      • The Canadians made something like this.
      • It’s Java, closed, expensive, and limited to health data.
      • Europe Media Monitor does analytics like we hope to.
      • Newsrooms are starting to figure this out.
      • Hashtag leadership creates a grassroots AP wire.
    • good with data?
      • now you can help
    • designed for speed
      • How do you signal to your community?
      • (how do you post to a bulletin board?)
    • structured publishing
      • you can’t just share your SQL.
      • Making data portable means publishing it
      • in structured databases.
      • Take it to Freebase, GeoCommons, DBpedia, MusicBrainz
      • Dont just make it “open,” make it semantic and publish it.