Google has acquired Metaweb, which indexes things or “entities” in the world.
In a video explaining what they do, Metaweb talks about how the internet is not just words and for search to be the most relevant, it should be able to determine the context of the search term.
via Perfect Search
Last week many Australian teachers & tech educators travelled to Melbourne to participate in the ACEC 2010 Conference Digital Diversity, an Australian biennial national ICT education conference. Much has been written since then about the challenges we encountered, the message of the keynote presentations, and the interesting experiences and conversations we all enjoyed.
What struck me was the continued conversation about the same things – even the Keynote sessions offered no new insights into the future directions of learning, though there were some challenging messages thrown out to the participants as ‘take-aways’. For me the absolute highlight was the Keynote by Oscar award-winning Australian Adam Elliot. So refreshing to hear something beyond the usual Gary Stager message of gloom and doom which offered little in constructive strategies for the listeners. Thanks to Chris Betcher for his Keynote and reflections on Gary’s presentation too. I liked Chris’ presentation much more than I liked Gary’s – despite Gary’s apparent claim to fame.
BUT where were the discussions about the future directions of the web? No keynotes that explored the synergy between virtual worlds, augmented reality, or the Semantic Web. Nothing that offered hands -on grass-roots understanding about information fluency and knowledge work in a globally connected semantic web.
We have to stop working/thinking in silos!! It was the same at the Apple ITSC2010 conference, held over the last two days in Sydney. Nice stuff covered for sure, and fun hands-on workshops. But nothing that points the way forward. Nothing that deals with reading and literacy (our inescapable way of cognitive engagement with multimodal texts) on a variety of devices from paper to e-devices. Nothing that acknowledges the virtual, augmented, semantic mashup of connection with the world.
You know, the journey is just become interesting – don’t stop now:-
The Web as “humanity connected by technology”. This is the Semantic Web – the web of linked data, according to Sir Time Berners Lee vision. Tim Berners-Lee spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland about the future of the Web and the value of working at “Web Scale”.
The next generation of the Web promises greater opportunity for advancing human intelligence by making us part of the technology system. Social networking is people working together – but they are not using the intelligence of the system. What would it be like if we got the mass of humanity connecting with machines?
(via titticimmino.com )
We have just published our completely updated advice documents on metadata.
Photo by Fabrizio Sciami on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons licence
Metadata is essentially structured textual information that describes something about the creation, content or context of an individual file or collection of many digital files.
If you have a collection of digital resources – images, video or audio files – you and the users of those files will need metadata to describe, organise and find them.
There are eight documents in all – if you are new to metadata, we would recommend starting with An Introduction to Metadata.
- An Introduction to Metadata
- Metadata and Digital Images
- Metadata and Audio Resources
- Metadata and Digital Video
- Metadata Standards and Interoperability
- Putting Things in Order: a Directory of Metadata Schemas and Related Standards
- Controlling your Language: a Directory of Metadata Vocabularies
- Approaches to Describing Images