Pundit’s Monitor: Afterthoughts

Posted in semantic web, technology at 12:09 am by wingerz


The elections have come and gone (I voted), and the Pundit’s Monitor has left me thinking about how much better it could have been had the content sources been marked up with simple, barebones eRDF or RDFa. Elias was searching for full names (like “Arnold Schwarzenegger“) in the text of blog posts, so he would have missed references to informal names (like “Ahhhnold” or “the Governator“); clearly these would have been the most amusing entries to read. There were a also few false positives lurking in the results for the candidates with more common names. And the world probably would have come crashing down around us had their been two candidates with the same name.

It would have been great to have entries marked up with URIs of people, states, and races. Text analysis can take you pretty far, but it sounds like a lot of work to extract very specific, valuable information that was very clearly in the minds of the bloggers. Starting small by tagging proper nouns with URIs seems like a good way to get the ball rolling for more widespread SW adoption.

1 Comment »

  1. js said,

    November 9, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    i can definitely relate. categorization is one of our challenges at topix.net too …

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