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MapR, Europe and me

You might have already heard that MapR, the leading provider of enterprise-grade Hadoop and friends, is launching its European operations. Guess what? I’m joining MapR Europe as of January 2013 in the role of Chief Data Engineer EMEA and will support our technical and sales teams throughout Europe. Pretty exciting times ahead! As an aside: … Continue reading

JSON, data and the REST

Tomorrow, on 8.8. is the International JSON day. Why? Because I say so! Is there a better way to say ‘thank you’ to a person who gave us so much – yeah, I’m talking about Doug Crockford – and to acknowledge how handy, useful and cool the piece of technology is, this person ‘discovered‘? From … Continue reading

Can NoSQL help us in processing Linked Data?

From CSV data on the Web to CSV data in the Web

In our daily work with Government data such as statistics, geographical data, etc. we often deal with Comma-Separated Values (CSV) files. Now, they are really handy as they are easy to produce and to consume: almost any language and platform I came across so far has some support for parsing CSV files and I can … Continue reading

CfP: 2nd International Workshop on RESTful Design, Hyderabad, India

If you’re into RESTful stuff, no matter if you’re a researcher or practitioner, consider submitting a paper to our WWW2011 Workshop on RESTful Design (see the Call for Papers for more details on how to participate). I’m very happy to see the workshop taking place again this year, after the huge success we had last … Continue reading

Is Google a large-scale contributor to the LOD cloud?

Yesterday, Google announced that WebFinger has been enabled for all Gmail accounts with public profiles. So, for example, using my public profile at Google: http://www.google.com/s2/webfinger/?q=Michael.Hausenblas@gmail.com yields: <XRD xmlns=’http://docs.oasis-open.org/ns/xri/xrd-1.0′&gt; <Subject>acct:Michael.Hausenblas@gmail.com</Subject> <Alias>http://www.google.com/profiles/Michael.Hausenblas</Alias&gt; <Link rel=’http://portablecontacts.net/spec/1.0&#8242; href=’http://www-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/api/people/’/&gt; <Link rel=’http://webfinger.net/rel/profile-page&#8217; href=’http://www.google.com/profiles/Michael.Hausenblas&#8217; type=’text/html’/> <Link rel=’http://microformats.org/profile/hcard&#8217; href=’http://www.google.com/profiles/Michael.Hausenblas&#8217; type=’text/html’/> <Link rel=’http://gmpg.org/xfn/11&#8242; href=’http://www.google.com/profiles/Michael.Hausenblas&#8217; type=’text/html’/> <Link rel=’http://specs.openid.net/auth/2.0/provider&#8217; href=’http://www.google.com/profiles/Michael.Hausenblas’/&gt; <Link rel=’describedby’ href=’http://www.google.com/profiles/Michael.Hausenblas&#8217; type=’text/html’/> <Link rel=’describedby’ href=’http://s2.googleusercontent.com/webfinger/?q=Michael.Hausenblas%40gmail.com&fmt=foaf&#8217; … Continue reading

LDC09 dataset dynamics demo – screencast

Update: for the dataset dynamics demo developed during the Linked Data Camp Vienna there is now also a screen-cast available (video, slides in PDF):

Linked Open Data Caching – Update

I recently wrote about caching support in the Linked Open Data here and got nice feedback (and questions ;) from dataset publisher. In a follow-up mail exchange, Mark Nottingham was to kind to provide me with two very valuable resources I’d like to share with you: The Resource Expert Droid (redbot), http://redbot.org/, a tool that … Continue reading

Lightning Talks at ESWC09

I had the pleasure to host the lightning talks at ESWC 2009. The slide sets are now available and soon the talks themselves will be available (including the very interesting discussions) via http://videolectures.net/ … Some of the talks where quite controversial, most of them related to linked data in a sense – check it out!

Having your profile forms automatic filled in …

You know that situation. Every time you want to order flowers via the Web or book a flight (where you not happen to be a premium member of the airline’s frequent fliers club having all the data handy), you are urged to fill in the most stupid and plain forms. Day in, day out, the … Continue reading

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