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Swift 20slides Ned 2010



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  • 1. swift is 1. data gathering engine (aggregator) 2. data structuring tool (tagger) 3. most importantly, an API for data
  • 2. who swift is
    • A product of several like-minded
    • nonprofit software projects.
    Mesh4x Crowdsourced Crisis data Media Analytics
  • 3. how?
    • Underneath Swift is really just people
    • working together to gather as much
    • structured data as possible.
  • 4.
    • pull a stool up to the data assembly line
    • and get to work
  • 5. Swift is the index cards and the highlighters.
  • 6. Swift gives you blanks to fill in.
  • 7. twitch games
  • 8. witnessing
    • is a fundamental to understanding the world
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. We need new listening tools.
  • 11.
    • 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
  • 12. Instedd
    • Tag analysis for disease prediction
    • evolve
  • 13.
    • The Canadians made something like this.
    • It’s Java, closed, expensive, and limited to health data.
  • 14.
    • Europe Media Monitor does analytics like we hope to.
  • 15.
    • Newsrooms are starting to figure this out.
    • Hashtag leadership creates a grassroots AP wire.
  • 16. good with data?
    • now you can help
  • 17. designed for speed
  • 18.
    • How do you signal to your community?
    • (how do you post to a bulletin board?)
  • 19. 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.