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Semantic Wikis - Social Semantic Web in Action
 

Semantic Wikis - Social Semantic Web in Action

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My invited talk at a technology seminar as part of Tsinghua University's centennial celebration in Seattle, WA on semantic wikis.

My invited talk at a technology seminar as part of Tsinghua University's centennial celebration in Seattle, WA on semantic wikis.

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  • ----- Meeting Notes (3/24/11 15:29) -----Vulcan is the MothershipProviding funds and supportPaul Allen successful
  • Of course once you have data, Ultrapedia can support data visualizations. This is a simple Flash-based chart widget based on the same Porsche 996 data, and included in Ultrapedia’s Porsche 996 page.It shows us that while acceleration varies dramatically, top speed and peak engine power remain fairly constant across models.The chart was specified manually with a query. There are of course a huge number of possible ways to chart a set of data, and most of these ways are uninteresting.In the Ultrapedia concept, we rely on article authors to specify interesting charts for their readers that will support the particular points in the article.
  • Of course once you have data, Ultrapedia can support data visualizations. This is a simple Flash-based chart widget based on the same Porsche 996 data, and included in Ultrapedia’s Porsche 996 page.It shows us that while acceleration varies dramatically, top speed and peak engine power remain fairly constant across models.The chart was specified manually with a query. There are of course a huge number of possible ways to chart a set of data, and most of these ways are uninteresting.In the Ultrapedia concept, we rely on article authors to specify interesting charts for their readers that will support the particular points in the article.
  • Of course once you have data, Ultrapedia can support data visualizations. This is a simple Flash-based chart widget based on the same Porsche 996 data, and included in Ultrapedia’s Porsche 996 page.It shows us that while acceleration varies dramatically, top speed and peak engine power remain fairly constant across models.The chart was specified manually with a query. There are of course a huge number of possible ways to chart a set of data, and most of these ways are uninteresting.In the Ultrapedia concept, we rely on article authors to specify interesting charts for their readers that will support the particular points in the article.
  • But, did you know that Uusikaupunki, Finland, is a major hub for Porsche manufacturing?Ultrapedia allows us to drill down to look at Finland’s contribution to Porsche production.
  • The problem we are going to solve is “find the 0-60 times of all Porsche cars in Wikipedia”This is a sample Wikipedia page for the Porshe 996, showing its acceleration times in a performance data table.This table is manually built – all the table data exists as constants in the table.
  • This is a Wikipedia page showing 0-60 times for the Porsche Cayenne.If we have to manually go through every Porsche model to assemble the 0-60 data for each model and type, this is going to take a while.A better idea is to treat Wikipedia like a database, and simply query it. Enter Ultrapedia.
  • This is the Ultrapedia home page.
  • First notice that Ultrapedia can leverage all the data it extracts from Wikipedia to support a much more helpful UI.For example, Ultrapedia adds a manufacturer-based navigation system on the side, and show explanatory popups. These kinds of UI tweaks aren’t possible with MediaWiki now, and are an important benefit of having the semantic data.
  • Remember that we want to find the 0-60 acceleration data for all Porsche models that Wikipedia knows about.Let’s start by looking at a query generated table on the Ultrapedia Porsche 996 page. For comparison, Ultrapedia also includes the original performance table from Wikipedia (above)
  • This is Ultrapedia’sPorsche 996 performance table, built by a query to the Ultrapedia database of Wikipedia-extracted data.Notice that it has the same information that the original static table has, this is because we scrape the data from the static table.This table is dyamically generated at each page load out of the extracted Wikipedia data, so it is always up to date.It is sortable and also accepts feedback and ratings on individual data items.
  • Now we can answer our question about 0-60 times across all Porsche models with one simple query in Ultrapedia. We can make this an Ultrapedia-only page – the page itself just 5 queries on it (one for each acceleration range).We could also do this as one big table but it’s easier to read as 5 smaller tables.All the data here flows from Wikipedia.
  • Of course once you have data, Ultrapedia can support data visualizations. This is a simple Flash-based chart widget based on the same Porsche 996 data, and included in Ultrapedia’s Porsche 996 page.It shows us that while acceleration varies dramatically, top speed and peak engine power remain fairly constant across models.The chart was specified manually with a query. There are of course a huge number of possible ways to chart a set of data, and most of these ways are uninteresting.In the Ultrapedia concept, we rely on article authors to specify interesting charts for their readers that will support the particular points in the article.
  • We can also use the data to dynamically link to other data sources. In this case we have configured the Ultrapedia Porsche 996 article to include a live ebay query to find out what the Porsche 996 sells for today…We access the ebay data through a web services interface.We can do this for arbitrary other web-service-accessible data sources, like amazon or geonames.In a government or enterprise context, we would link articles to supporting data from appropriate systems of record.
  • I don’t think I’ll be buying one… I think I’d rather send my daughter to college.
  • Pictures automatically get metadata, so Ultrapedia can deliver an iPod-like “cover flow” browsing experience with images to augment the table data. We could also embed images or videos in the tables.
  • Since Ultrapedia includes some simple internal logic about time, we can generate simple browsable timelines and use them in articles.Here we see a timeline of VW models.
  • But, did you know that Uusikaupunki, Finland, is a major hub for Porsche manufacturing?Ultrapedia allows us to drill down to look at Finland’s contribution to Porsche production.