I _Really_ Don't Know

A low-frequency blog by Rob Styles

Choosing URIs, not a five minute task.

This post originally appeared on the Talis Consulting Blog.

Chris Keene at Sussex is having a tough time making a decision on his URIs so I thought I’d wade in and muddy the waters a little.

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In summary, I don't like writing more code than I have to...

I opened my mailbox the other morning to a question from David Norris at BBC. They've been doing a lot of Linked Data work and we've been helping them on projects for a good while now.

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What people find hard about Linked Data

This post originally appeared on Talis Consulting Blog.

Following on from the post I put up last talking about Linked Data training, I got asked what people find hard when learning about Linked Data for the first time. Delivering our training has given us a unique insight into that, across different roles, backgrounds and organisations — in several countries. We've taught hundreds of people in all.

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Introducing the Web of Data

** This post originally appeared on Talis' Platform Consulting Blog **

So, the blog is fairly new, but we've been here a while. For those of you who know us already you may know that Talis is more than 40 years old!

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No Named Graphs — Period.

cat quads.nq | sed -e "s/^(\S+)\s+(\S+)\s+(.*)\s+(\S+)\s+./\1 \2 \3 ./" > triples.nt

Someone with regex and sed (or awk) foo may well be able to improve on this.

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Flatten it, without collisions

find ./from -type f | awk '{ str=$0; sub(/.//, "", str); gsub(///, "-", str); print "mv " $0 " ./to/" str }' | bash

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You're not the one and only...

The chorus of Chesney Hawkes' song goes "I am the one and only", a huge pop hit with teenage girls in the 1990s, but what does that have to do with SemTech 2010?

I was in the exhibit space yesterday evening and there was so much really interesting stuff. I had some really great conversations. Talking about storage implementations with Franz and revelytix (and drinking their excellent margaritas), looking at vertical search with Semantifi and having a great discussion about scaling with the guys from Oracle.

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Semtech 2010, San Francisco

Powell Street, San FranciscoSan Francisco is such a very beautiful city. The blue sky, clean streets and the cable cars. A short walk and you're on the coast, with the bridges and islands.

I've been to San Francisco before, for less than 24 hours and I only got to see the bridge from the plane window as I flew out again so it's especially nice to be here for a week.

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Building a simple HTTP-to-Z39.50 gateway using Yaz4j and Tomcat | Index Data

Yaz4J is a wrapper library over the client-specific parts of YAZ, a C-based Z39.50 toolkit, and allows you to use the ZOOM API directly from Java. Initial version of Yaz4j has been written by Rob Styles from Talis and the project is now developed and maintained at IndexData. ZOOM is a relatively straightforward API and with a few lines of code you can write a basic application that can establish connection to a Z39.50 server. Here we will try to build a very simple HTTP-to-Z3950 gateway using yaz4j and the Java Servlet technology. from Building a simple HTTP-to-Z39.50 gateway using Yaz4j and Tomcat | Index Data.

I write Yaz4J a couple of years ago now and it's great to see it getting some use outside of Talis.

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left wondering...

He's a nice chap, the man across from me on the train, jolly as we share a 'What do you do?' over the tops of our laptops. Mine a Mac with stickers on, his an old corporate HP struggling to boot.

His top button done up, tie pulled tight, pink pin-stripe running through the dark blue of his suit; me in my worn jeans.

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