Sunday, October 7, 2007

Talking with Talis :: Danny Ayers on the Semantic Web

Originally posted on Talking with Talis on 14 March 2007.

In our latest Talking with Talis podcast, I talk with Semantic Web developer and evangelist, Danny Ayers. We discuss the Semantic Web and the notion of Linked Data, before touching briefly upon Metaweb's Freebase, which had just been released at the time.

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During the conversation, we refer to the following resources

Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators :: Barbara Aronson

Originally posted on Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators on August 30, 2007.

In this edition of Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators, host Jon dell speaks with Barbara Aronson, program manager for the World Health Organization's Health InterNetwork Access Initiative (HINARI). Thanks to this program, qualifying hospitals, universities, and other organizations in 70 of the poorest countries receive free access to many of the best biomedical journals. Another 43 somewhat less poor countries pay token fees to access the journals, an arrangement that has drawn criticism from some open access advocates. Barbara Aronson argues that the developed world's notion of open access is too narrow, that HINARI is an important form of open access, and that it has also become a laboratory in which publishers can explore a tiered pricing model that may ultimately apply to developed countries too.

The economics of scientific publishing notwithstanding, HINARI represents a revolution in poor countries' access to current medical research. And researchers in those countries aren't just consuming the information. They're also processing it to produce new research that reflects their own very different circumstances.

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Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators :: Timo Hannay

Originally posted on Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators on July 5, 2007.

As director of web publishing for Nature Publishing Group, Timo Hannay is applying web 2.0 principles to the realm of science. His projects include: Connotea, a social bookmarking service for scientists; Nature Network, a social network for scientists; and Nature Precedings, a site where researchers can share and discuss work prior to publication.

The social and collaborative aspects of these systems are, of course, inspired by their more general counterparts on the web:, Facebook and LinkedIn, the blogosophere. But while the general web provides useful models, science doesn't yet provide the same incentives to participate. Change is coming, though, and Timo Hannay and his team are doing everything they can to accelerate it.

Download MP3 46:14, 21.2 mb


Talking With Talis :: A conversation with LibLime's Joshua Ferraro

Originally posted on Talking With Talis on September 26, 2007.

Joshua Ferraro President, Technology for LibLime discusses Open Source library systems in this Talking with Talis podcast. The Open Source alternative to the traditional model of library system purchase has attracted much interest over recent months. Joshua dispels a few myths and clarifies what it is like for a library to go OS.

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