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RBNAG '07

The title probably makes it sound as though I've been to yet another IT conference, but this was actually something completely different. RBNAG is short for RateBeer Norway Autumn Gathering, and this was the first gathering of Norwegian RateBeer users. There's been many of these in the US (they're already planning next year's in either San Diego or Philadelphia) and several in Europe, but this was the first in Norway. ...

Read | 2007-11-06 23:58 | 1 comment(s)

Various Topic Maps Bits and Pieces

I've been gathering a bunch of Topic Maps-related stuff I wanted to draw people's attention to, so I thought I'd just do a blog posting on it all, to get it out of the way. ...

Read | 2007-10-19 20:38 | 0 comment(s)

Leipzig ISO meeting

The ISO meeting during the weekend was, appropriately, held in an intercultural center, because the conference center is closed during the weekend. The meeting room did look a bit odd, but the discussion was sufficiently intense that nobody really noticed. And this committee is in any case used to some unusual meeting rooms. ...

Read | 2007-10-16 00:24 | 0 comment(s)

TMRA 2007 — day 2

The first talk I attended was by Robert Barta on Knowledge-Oriented Middleware using Topic Maps (abstract). He says he had the idea 10 years ago, and that it's only now that he's been able to realize it. What he really wants to do is syndication of Topic Maps content, and to make it possible for Topic Maps fragments to float around a landscape of knowledge syndication peers. ...

Read | 2007-10-13 23:52 | 4 comment(s)

TMRA 2007 — day 1

As usual, the conference was opened by Lutz, who gave a short introduction based around the conference motto of "Scaling Topic Maps". He was followed by my colleague Axel Borge, who gave the sponsor presentation on behalf of Bouvet. Graham Moore did the presentation for NetworkedPlanet. They'd coordinated their talks, and used them to talk about why, in their opinion, Topic Maps have taken off in Norway. In their opinion, part of the reason is the close collaboration between local product vendors and consultants who do the actual projects. ...

Read | 2007-10-11 18:13 | 9 comment(s)

The web's identity crisis and httpRange-14

URIs are used to refer to both information resources (which are downloadable over the net) and abstract concepts and physical objects (which are not). In many contexts there is no way of knowing whether a given URI identifies an information resource or something else, and this has become known as the web's identity crisis. This problem has received most attention in the context of RDF, where it definitely does exist, but it also exists more generally whereever URIs are used for identification (and not just simple addressing of information resources). ...

Read | 2007-10-08 08:54 | 6 comment(s)

From Lviv to Krakow

We travelled back from Lviv to Krakow by a different method from how we got there, because the train schedules were a bit awkward for us. So instead we decided to take a bus to Przemysl, just across the border in Poland, and then the train from there. We took a taxi out to the bus station, which like most Ukrainian bus stations was located well outside the city itself. This was a huge, crowded, run-down building surrounded by dusty broken pavements and packs of stray dogs. Inside there were some shops, a hotel, and toilets, but not much else, it seemed. ...

Read | 2007-10-07 23:50 | 11 comment(s)

The Norwegian Topic Maps market

My boss, Ole-Jørgen Tallaksrud, wrote a short summary of the state of the Norwegian Topic Maps market on request for someone writing a grant application for a research project. I was asked to translate it to English, and thought that this might be useful knowledge for others as well, so I'm posting it here. I guess you could call this "guest blogging." :-) ...

Read | 2007-10-04 09:45 | 3 comment(s)

Beer-hunting in Lviv

First there was Prague, but it was overrun by tourists. Then there was Krakow, but it suffered the same fate. Lviv, however, does not have this problem, and if you read the posting on how we got there you know why. ...

Read | 2007-09-30 21:03 | 10 comment(s)

Heating beer with Python

I think I found a completely new use for the Python programing language while tasting beer with Geir Ove at Cardinal last week. Cardinal is a nearly perfect pub, but they serve their beers too cold. I typically solve this by ordering the beers a bit early, and using my hands. If desperate, I may put the beer on top of my laptop, which usually is quite warm. ...

Read | 2007-09-24 22:24 | 10 comment(s)

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