2nd IKS Workshop: The Web 3.0 and Open Source Semantic Search

Rome is a great city and it will host a bunch of great people (including me 🙂 ) at November 12-13. This is when the second IKS Project workshop will take place. The goal of this workshop is to start working on an Open Source software stack that allows other Open Source projects and software vendors to leverage semantic search technologies.

IKS is an EU-funded project with an overall budget of 8.5 million Euros. The first workshop back in May saw two dozen of bright Open Source CMS minds discussing a semantic stack in general. This time, it will also make sense for non-CMS-related Open Source projects and vendors to join.

There will be interesting presentations from some key figures at the second workshop in Rome, such as Peter Mika of Yahoo! Research talking about “The Role of Semantics in Search”.

If you’re up to joining the Open Source Web 3.0 train, then hurry up, because the October 22nd deadline for registering for the 2nd IKS workshop on semantic search is approaching quickly. See you there!

Get a Dose of Semantics: Open Source Contributors Wanted for EU Project

The EU-funded IKS Project invites FOSS companies and projects to take part in building a software stack for knowledge management that is Open Source.

IKS is funded with 6.5 million Euros by the European Union and 2 million Euros are being invested by the consortium partners which makes up for an overall budget of 8.5 millions. The project will run for 4 years.

Financial support is available for 50 yet to be selected companies/organizations who agree to evaluate the IKS software stack as early adopters as well as 100 individuals who are members of a related FOSS project and who would like to actively engage in IKS project development. The budget for contributors to IKS is meant to alleviate the entry hurdles, e.g. for travel and accommodation for attending the IKS workshop end of May.

The premier focus of IKS is on FOSS content management systems and how they can make use of the to-be-developed IKS technology to let content objects behave the way they are supposed to across varying applications. Additionally, IKS also aims at cooperating with FOSS projects helping to implement semantics-aware software.

Wernher Behrendt, one of the initiators of IKS, exemplifies the project’s vision as follows:

Think of a task that has been defined in a project management software. Ideally, the project management software allows you to edit the task as you would expect it, for example, you can extend the ending date in case the work will take longer. Now, what happens if you want to transfer your work plan to the Web content management system that powers your Web site to display it to the public?

You will most likely create a screenshot of the work plan in the project management software, upload the screenshot in your WCMS and include it on a Web page. In between, you have lost all information about what a task is and how another application should treat it in case you want to edit it within the imported work plan.

This is where IKS comes to the rescue, because its software stack will not only provide a layer that takes care of metadata information (e.g. Ontologies, RDF, …), but will also be able to deal with information on how to process a content object across different applications.

If you’d like to join, IKS provides further information on its Web site and how to get in contact with them. Contribute to IKS as a…

RSS Reader Plugin for jEdit

jEdit, my favourite programming tool, comes with a plugin for Weblog feeds. I’ve tried it out and it works nicely.

Had to download the jar and put it into ~/.jedit/jars, then invoked jEdit. To add new feeds, you have to go to Utilities -> Global Options -> Plugin Options -> Headlines; to actually use the plugin, go to Plugins -> Headlines -> Headlines and the viewer will pop up. Also works with the ZZ/OSS Weblog feed at http://www.zzoss.com/weblog/b2rss.php 🙂

via Urs

The Next Round of WYSIWYG XML Editing?

The development of two promising Open Source browser-based WYSIWYG XML editors come to the next round:

Giuseppe Bonelli is looking for developers joining him to (re-)start development [1] of the Xopus [2] Open Source version. This is a WYSIWYG XML editor based on MS Internet Explorer.

I am awaiting a profound rewrite of Bitfluxeditor [3], a Mozilla-based WYSIWYG XML editor, which hopefully might happen in the foreseeable future. This rewrite is called BXE-NG (Bitfluxeditor Next Generation) and might be based on Mozile [4]. See the threads in the BXE mailinglist for more infos. [5].

[1] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/xopus/message/380
[2] http://xopus.org
[3] http://www.bitfluxeditor.org/
[4] http://www.zzoss.com/weblog/index.php?m=200304#48
[5] http://lists.bitflux.ch/pipermail/bx-editor-dev/2003-February/thread.html