4 posts from day 17/10/2018

Linked Data and the Good Text [Book Excerpt]

In his “Lecture on Ethics”, Wittgenstein writes that the good way can only be conceived within the context of its goal. The direction Wittgenstein gives is solid - good is what works, what serves a certain purpose. Leveraging this Wittgenstein's proposition, I argue that the good text on the Web is the connected text. And by good I mean serving its ultimate purpose reaching out to a reader. There are many ways a text can become connected. Here I will outline the two fundamental ones ...

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From Odes to Nodes [Book Excerpt]

“Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans”, rhythmically went the first line of  the Iliad, imprinted in the minds and hearts of generations of rhapsodes. It was the dactylic hexameter (the rhythmic scheme) of the poem and the poetic workings (the rhetorical power ) of the narrative that  served as mnemonic aid, allowing one to recite from memory from all the epic poem’s 16 000 verses. It was not until 6th century BC  ...

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Towards a Semantic Web Ethos [Book Excerpt]

Beneath every website, application, email, even under the tiniest tweet flow tons of data.  Once linked, not unlike the documents we connect through hyperlinks, these data can create a whole new layer, woven in the Web’s fabrics. This layer is called the Semantic Web. Many paths enter the understanding of the Semantic Web concept. Most of them start with walking into the fields of machine-interpretable meaning, knowledge representation,  browsable data where we find ourselves thinking ...

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The Intertextual Animal [Book Excerpt]

Consider this. I am the sum of my readings, my immediate surroundings and my experiences. I am also what I write and read on the Web. I constantly transverse analog and digital realms, textual and non-textual fabrics. Such dynamics helps me enrich my life and the Web with an expanded field of relationships where newly connected dots emerge and I recognize texts as focal points of much greater and deeper processes. Processes that organically weave the fabrics of text-to-text, conversation-to-...

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