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Minding The Planet — The Meaning and Future of the Semantic Web


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Excellent Feedback from Om Malik

Today A-List blogger and emerging "media 2.0" mogul, Om Malik, dropped by our offices to get a confidential demo of what we are building. We’ve asked Om to keep a tight lid on what we showed him, but he may be releasing at least a few hints in the near future.… Read More “Excellent Feedback from Om Malik”

The Ontology Integration Problem

The OWL language, and tools such as Protege and TopBraid Composer make it easy to design ontologies. But what about the problem of integrating disparate ontologies? I haven’t really found a good solution for this yet.

In my own experience designing a number of OWL ontologies (500 classes – 3000 classes on average) it has often been easier to create my own custom ontology branches to cover various concepts than to try to integrate other ontologies of those concepts into my own.… Read More “The Ontology Integration Problem”

Workin Hard and Making Progress

Sorry I didn’t post much today. I pulled an all-nighter last night working on Web-mining algorithms and today we had back to back meetings all day.

I just came back from a really good product team meeting facilitaed by Chris Jones on our product messaging.… Read More “Workin Hard and Making Progress”

Good Meeting With Shel Israel

Today our product team met with Shel Isreal to show him the alpha version of what we are building here at Radar Networks and get his feedback. Shel had a lot of good insights. We showed him our full product and explained the vision, and gave him a tour of the new dimension of the Web that we are building.… Read More “Good Meeting With Shel Israel”

Radar Networks is Seeking Search Engineers for Large-Scale Web Mining Initiative

My company, Radar Networks, is building a very large dataset by crawling and mining the Web. We then apply a range of new algorithms to the data (part of our secret sauce) to generate some very interesting and useful new information about the Web.… Read More “Radar Networks is Seeking Search Engineers for Large-Scale Web Mining Initiative”

Great News for Radar Networks

I’m very pleased to announce that two distinguished Silicon Valley veterans, Lew Tucker Ph.D. and Mike Clary, have joined Radar Networks (

In addition, we have just launched a new version of the Radar Networks corporate website
with these details and more.… Read More “Great News for Radar Networks”

I'm Going to Start Blogging About Radar Networks Here

haven’t blogged very much about my stealth startup, Radar Networks,
yet. At the most, I’ve made a few cryptic posts and announcements in the past, but we’ve been keeping things pretty quiet. That’s been a conscious  decision because we have been working
intensively on R&D  and we just weren’t ready to say much yet.
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Radar Networks News…Coming Soon

My company, Radar Networks, will be announcing some news next week. Stay tuned. We’ll be issuing some press releases along with several new sections on our Website, and more clues about what we are building…

What is Radar Networks up to?

Shel Israel and I just finished up working together for 10 days. I needed Shel’s perspective on what we are working on at Radar Networks. Shel lived up to his reviews as a brilliant thinker on strategic messaging, branding and positioning.… Read More “What is Radar Networks up to?”

Microsoft Photosynth is Incredible

Check out this video demo of Microsoft Photosynth — an experimental technology that combines multiple photos of the same thing into a 3-D model that can then be navigated and explored — it’s beautiful, visionary and well… just awesome.

Open IRIS – Semantic Desktop PIM Released!

Yesterday, the first public open-source release of Open IRIS was annnounced. IRIS is a Java-based desktop semantic personal information manager developed by SRI (with help from my own company, Radar Networks — we provided a some of our early semantic object libraries and a native triplestore, and some work on UI; note that our own upcoming products, and our semantic applications platform, are quite different from IRIS and focused on different needs, however), as part of the DARPA CALO program.… Read More “Open IRIS – Semantic Desktop PIM Released!”

Collective Intelligence 2.0


This article proposes the creation of a new open, nonprofit service on the Web that will provide something akin to “collective self-awareness” back to the Web. This service is like a “Google Zeitgeist” on steroids, but with a lot more real-time, interactive, participatory data, technology and features init.… Read More “Collective Intelligence 2.0”

New Text-Mining Project Aims to Help Scientists

A new project applies text-mining to help scientists in the UK discover knowledge in large collections of research articles and data (Found in: KurzweilAI):

Julie Nightingale

Tuesday   January   10, 2006
The Guardian

research is being added to at an alarming rate: the Human Genome
Project alone is generating enough documentation to "sink battleships".

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Amazon Launches new Service that Harnesses Networks of Human Minds to Do Tasks

Amazon has launched a new service that seeks to create a marketplace for human intelligence on the Net. The idea is to utilize humans like one might utilize intelligent agents, to help complete tasks that humans do better than computers — for example like image adjustments, formatting, tagging and marking up content, adding metatdata to documents, filing and filtering, etc.… Read More “Amazon Launches new Service that Harnesses Networks of Human Minds to Do Tasks”

Turing's Cathedral

George Dyson wrote a nice piece on his impressions from a visit to Google, and some speculations about the future of AI on the Net.

Towards a World Wide Database (WWDB)

I believe the next big leap for the Web is what I am calling "The World Wide Database." The World Wide Database is a globally distributed network of data records that reside on millions of nodes around the network which collectively behaves as a giant virtual, decentralized database system.… Read More “Towards a World Wide Database (WWDB)”

The Problem with Google Base and Ning

There is a hidden problem with open databases such as Google Base and Ning — as presently designed — a problem that I have not seen any discussion of yet.

Briefly stated: As the number of unique data schemas created in such systems grows, the probability of applications that use those schemas breaking also grows (perhaps exponentially).… Read More “The Problem with Google Base and Ning”

The World Wide Database — Google Base Thoughts

I am playing around with the barely functional live beta of Google Base that just launched. There’s not much there, but what I do see is interesting. At the very least this is going to be serious competition for Ning. Beyond that it may compete with Craigslist and other classifieds and events listing services.… Read More “The World Wide Database — Google Base Thoughts”

The Future of the Web is Semantic

Here is a good article from IBM that provides decent, not-overly-technical, overview of the technologies that make up the Semantic Web, and the value they offer.

Tristan on the New RSS Standards War

Tristan, has written an important article on the emerging RSS standards war, in which he suggests some solutions to the divergent format specs that are popping up right now.

Marc's Universal "Blog This" Button

Marc has developed an interesting new service that provides a universal "one-stop shop" for posting microcontent to various blogs. It’s a sort of universal "blog this" button that anyone can use. Nice idea. Marc explains it better than I can, so here it is in his own words.

Beautiful Idea: How to Program the Global Mind

I just read this really cool idea about how to design a programming language for the global brain — think of it as grid computing, but where some of the agents in the grid are humans and others are computers, working together to solve problems.… Read More “Beautiful Idea: How to Program the Global Mind”

Folktologies — Beyond the Folksonomy vs. Ontology Distinction

First of all I know Clay Shirky, and he’s a good fellow. But he’s simply wrong about his claim that "tagging" (of the flavor that is appearing on — what I call "social tagging") is inherently better than the use of formal ontologies.… Read More “Folktologies — Beyond the Folksonomy vs. Ontology Distinction”

Use of Role Classes to Define Predicate Semantics: Proposal for Semantic Web Best-Practice

This article proposes a design pattern for ontologies and the Semantic Web based on the concept of formally defined Roles as a means to richly express the semantics of relationships among entities in ontologies. Roles are special types of n-ary relations, and thus the use of Roles is a subset of the Semantic Web best-practices recommendation for N-Ary Relations.Read More “Use of Role Classes to Define Predicate Semantics: Proposal for Semantic Web Best-Practice”

The Ontology Problem: A Definition with Commentary

The Ontology Problem is a fundamental challenge of the emerging Semantic Web. This problem is comprised of three key sub-problems, the Upper Ontology Problem, the Domain Ontology Problem, and the Ontology Integration Problem, described in detail below:


Video Explains Semantic Web + A Comment

Ben Hammersly has come out with a video of his talk explaining the Semantic Web for beginners. It’s a great resource to explain what the Semantic Web is all about for people who are new to the subject or simply interested in the underlying technology of RDF, the concept of triples, etc.… Read More “Video Explains Semantic Web + A Comment”

My "A Physics of Ideas" Manifesto has been Published!

Change This, a project that helps to promote interesting new ideas so that they get noticed above the noise level of our culture has published my article on “A Physics of Ideas” as one of their featured Manifestos. They use an innovative PDF layout for easier reading, and they also provide a means for readers to provide feedback and even measure the popularity of various Manifestos.… Read More “My "A Physics of Ideas" Manifesto has been Published!”

Current State of the Weblog Tools Market

This article provides a good overview of the Weblog tools market, products, and market share.

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