4th - 10th March
I played with the Tell Me Scotland SPARQL endpoint to put Scottish public notices on an OpenStreetMap: https://rhiaro.co.uk/publicnotices/map.php. It works intermittently, as the TMS endpoint is a 'proof of concept'. Okay, that's not PhD related, but it's still interesting.
I went to the 5th OKFN Edinburgh meetup at Napier. Look, evidence, I'm in
asked me hard questions about how I'll turn my vague research interests and
intentions to make something useful into a PhD with genuine contributions to
knowledge and I floundered a bit, but he agreed to be my second supervisor
nonetheless. I hadn't properly thought about it in those terms, and I'm still
figuring it out with like, words. (As opposed to a gut feeling). I'd always
planned to plough ahead enthusiastically and hope for the best. That's how I
approach everything, actually.
I started reading Community-Based Annotation for the Semantic Web by Matthew
Rowe (2007); I think it was a first-year PhD review, and I was primarily
reference-harvesting. More on that next week.
I attended a Social Informatics Cluster meeting, and heard about the Smart
Society project; very much in its figuring
out stages, but worth following as it appears to have many diverse goals, and
various crowd-computation related outcomes might be relevant to what I'm
I went to an ESALA lunchtime talk entitled 'Data Objects', by Ian Gwilt of
Sheffield Hallam. I have to admit, I was expecting something more technical
and internet-of-things-y. Actually data objects are primarily tangible
visualisaitons; 3D printed, carved out of wood or sculpted from bronze. The
research was about how people reacted to and understood data differently when
it was presented in different forms. Interesting, and they got some very
pretty artefacts out of it, but not directly relevant so I don't have room in
my head to store it unfortunately.
I attended the new Social Computing interest group kick-off meeting,
coordinated by Dave Murray-Rust. Everyone introduced themselves, and we
arranged a time slot for future meetings. It looks like I'll be presenting
there at some point in the probably not-so-distant future (it was decided that
everyone should). There were a very diverse bunch of people there, and
'social computing' hasn't been defined officially for the group yet. Quite a
few people are attending to essentially see what all the fuss is about. I'm
hopeful that there will be a hardcore technical leaning, because that's where
most of the gaps in my knowledge are. Well, I'm more gaps than knowledge
about everything, but that's where I feel particularly vulnerable.