Archive for November, 2006

Cool Stuff

November 20, 2006

Cool website referred to me by Gary Bolles: www.gapminder.org. Hans Rosling spoke at the Google conference a while back. He’s got a wealth of links and contacts from his site. Amazing. A data driven approach to wealth disparities around the globe. Gary’s website is http://www.gbolles.com/ or http://www.gbolles.com/gbbio.htm.

Web of Info

November 20, 2006

Web of Life

Life is pulsating with information.

Trends are occurring as we speak, all around us.

The point of Data360 is to harness that pulsating web of information.

We are starting the process of linking datasets from their original source to Data360.

This linking will create opportunities for people to know the current situation.

(Image by OBOP (Ojai Bureau of Pleasure) from a vision by Dawn Ceniceros. see http://www.obop.org/2003/plans.htm )

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I watched an interesting video about the semantic web and RDF:

http://www.benhammersley.com/images/the_semantic_web-hinted.mov

Here’s a definition of RDF.

http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/01/24/rdf.html

Not sure if I’m a believer in the promise of the semantic web, which is that things can be “known” and “defined” by mining information, properly presented, that is sitting on the web. Hammersly talks about his dog and how a semantic web can “know” that dog based upon attributes which have been recorded on the web in “triples.” A triple is phrase that includes a subject, identifying verb and adjective. “Pico” “hasage” “20 months”.

I believe in the power of an individual who is informed, intelligent and with integrity to make accurate representations of the current reality and wise judgments based upon that current reality.

BACN

November 18, 2006

BACNI spoke Frirday (11/17/06) at the Bay Area Consultants Network, http://www.bacnetwork.com/ about Data360 and met some very interesting people. In particular, Mary Alex Needham, http://globalcapacityconsulting.com/, with whom I spoke about forming non-profit organizations to research and publish data to post on Data360 subdomains. Why not? The path is clear; the information is available; the task is getting the information into a platform where it can be shared. She sounded interested in information about women’s rights. Her expertise is in helping non-profits raise money.