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"Powering Scientific Discovery with the Semantic Web"

+Michel Dumontier from Stanford will "discuss our efforts to use Semantic Web technologies to facilitate biomedical research through the formulation, publication, integration, and exploration of facts, expert knowledge, and web services."

Introductory Speaker:
Fong Chun Chan (PhD student, Shah Lab, BCCRC)

Just days away!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 6:00 pm 
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, 
BC Cancer Research Centre, 
675 West 10th Avenue 

More details at the Meetup panel link (http://bit.ly/1lrXZpE) and at the event's page on vanBUG:
http://www.vanbug.org/2014/michel-dumontier/

#semanticweb     #vancouver     #biomedicalresearch   
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GoodRelations now has better relations with schema.org

Following on my Google+ post on the subject, a full-fledged article on the integration of GoodRelations and schema.org.

Appreciative that just after the release +Kingsley Idehen, +Martin Hepp, +Dan Brickley and others all weighed in, allowing me to reference their comments. Thanks!

#goodrelations #ecommerce #seo #schemaorg #linkedopencommerce  
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Since it was at my prodding that +Eric Franzon graciously put up a Google+ Page for SemanticWeb.com, it's only fair that I urge all the semantic web types in my add circles to add the page to their circles. :)

Check it out!
https://plus.google.com/106050185170105763646
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In which +Michael Hausenblas uses Halloween candy to demonstrate MapReduce.

Michael's takeaway?

MapReduce is a child’s play. Making kids sharing sweets is certainly not – believe me, I speak out of experience
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Ontology 101: An Introduction to Knowledge Representation, the Web Ontology Language (OWL) & Ontology Development

A fabulous deck from Elisa Kendall and Deborah McGuinness of Thematix.
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+Michel Dumontier  is back in Vancouver for a presentation at the VanBUG March meeting
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schema.org for ecommerce just got a lot more granular

As announced on the schema.org blog, the GoodRelations vocabulary from has now been integrated into schema.org:
http://blog.schema.org/2012/11/good-relations-and-schemaorg.html

This is a major extension of ecommerce types and properties available via schema.org.  The featured screenshot shows an example of just how much the vocabulary has been extended.

From the post:
Effective immediately, the GoodRelations vocabulary (http://purl.org/goodrelations/) is directly available from within the schema.org site for use with both HTML5 Microdata and RDFa. Webmasters of e-commerce sites can use all GoodRelations types and properties directly from the schema.org namespace to expose more granular information for search engines and other clients, including delivery charges, quantity discounts, and product features. Enumerated lists of values remain managed at GoodRelations URLs, following our general approach for referencing 'external enumerations'.

GoodRelations chief cook and bottle washer +Martin Hepp has augmented the announcement with some great information on how the integration works, along with some code examples:
http://blog.schema.org/2012/11/good-relations-and-schemaorg.html

A great step forward, IMHO, in the application of structured data for ecommerce.
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Casting far and wide with this question.  If you have any contributions please add them to the original post.  Many thanks!
 
Graph database question

Oh wise semantic web technologists ... if you were parachuted into a "traditional" data environment (let's just say SQL for short), and you wanted to explore the fun-filled and rewarding world of graph databases, what would be your technological starting point?

Put another way, would you jump right into RDF and SPARQL, or would you recommend a more generic approach?

Excuse the fuzziness of this question (and I'll stop where there rather than embarrass myself further):  I'm not a developer but am asking on behalf of one. :)  Thanks for any thoughts you may have!
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The BBC's semantic journey

+Lee Feigenbaum of Cambridge Semantics interviews BBC technologists Michael Smethurst, +Yves Raimond and +olivier Thereaux.  A great read!

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The official Google+ page of the Vancouver Semantic Web Meetup Group.

Structured data, web 3.0, the semantic web - whatever you call it, we're a group of individuals in the Vancouver connected to or interested in this technology.

We welcome new members, and our always happy to hear new ideas for our meetups!

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