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Teodora Petkova
A content writer in love with the Semantic Web. Author of The Brave New Text:
A content writer in love with the Semantic Web. Author of The Brave New Text:


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Content Writing in the Semantic Web (Course)
Building networks of texts within a web of people

I am finally done with something I started creating 6 months ago: my course Content Writing for the Semantic Web. The course is now live on Udemy. In a sentence, it is about approaching content writing from the perspective of the more and more interconnected web.

Here is the link to the course:

On this page that I am sharing you will find a bit more about each of the sections in the course. 

These lectures, the thinking and the writing involved in them, would have never been reality if it weren’t for all the knowledgeable and inspiring people I met on G+.

Thank you

I will skip pinging people by name and instead will send a signal of gratitude that I am sure will be received by everyone who knows and feels they have been nudging and supporting me all the way along this journey.

A journey that is yet another thread on a web, woven with "elaborate care" :)
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Towards a Mindful Web?

Reading Ruben Verborgh’s Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time and the stumbling upon a piece by Blake West – Why Consumers Will Love the Decentralized Web, I started contemplating the idea of centering from a personal data perspective. Weird as a first thought, but then again could it be that the way out of centralization is centralisation?

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Soulful company

Our :) own +Gideon Rosenblatt with a soulful talk about business and exchange.
Hey, this is wonderful. Have you seen (felt :)) it!
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Writing is feeling alive

Thought on writing and doubting by +David Amerland.
Writing Is Just So Easy

Said no writer, ever. :) But it doesn't have to be unnecessarily hard either as I told myself recently. Dive in, it is revealing: (and ask me anything).
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Reading about marketing communications, I ended up with cool book about ads, in the context of semiotics and archetypes. And ...this! - a campaign conducted by the Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic
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Metadata, psychedelics, formal descriptions, information “auras”

Enter +Margaret Warren and her world - a gorgeous dynamics of art and technology.

I can't hide :) One of my favourite questions in the dialogue with Margaret, but not as favourite as her answer :) , is about he Porsche Art Car Project:

Me: Your project Porsche Art Car is very much related to psychedelics. In a talk (I wish I could do a semantic search over Youtube and find that link) Terence Mckenna was talking about the self and its atopical nature - the self has no one locus, it is everywhere. If we think through metadata from that perspective, what are your first thoughts?

Margaret: [...] _But what is a 'shared reality'? From a more zen perspective - with or without psychedelics or schizophrenia - one can experience a sense of our detached 'self' as a function within a larger organically evolving system. From my own perspective, I think you can get the same kind of thing as McKenna by reading Buckminster Fuller, ‘Intuition’, a not so much scientific - but free-verse poetry book by a scientist in which he intuits about synergetically, mass-interattracted, omni inter-accommodating energy event complexes.

From that vantage point - our self's 'information aura' is projecting its experience into, across, merged, intertwined and interconnected with every other aura as part of a whole that is yet again part of another whole, ad infinitum.

How does that relate to machine-readable metadata? I guess I am just bold enough to believe that the ontology work I am doing with Pat Hayes might just be a little like programming a small aspect of the 'shared reality' of the ‘uninformed child mind’ of the semantic web, but maybe we should drop some acid first?_

I hope you will enjoy this amazing mix of formalization, zen and creative spirit!
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Intertextual Adventures

My next adventure this year: The Intertextual Animal series. I really hope to set the stage for some deep conversations about how each and every thread starts and ends with another - be that a verse, a piece of code or a thought, shared somewhere across the Web.

Very excited about this mainly because I really don't know where it will lead. It is just a very strong desire to elaborate on this Intertextual animal concept that was born during the writing of The Brave New Text.

Looking forward to make the (intertextual) path with every step, connection and conversation I make, and see you along the way!

The Brave New Text
The Brave New Text
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How do you save your Google+ content?

I finally realised the catastrophe :( of loosing so many precious curate content and so many amazing comments and dialogues.
The Takeout thing doesn't work for me. Have you figured out a way to save your posts from drowning into a cyber black hole?
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I started writing The Brave New Text imagining a travel through times and a kind of panorama what writing must have been throughout centuries up until today, when we write on the Web. And this "imagining" is now rippling through +Rotimi Orimoloye's own imagination circuits :)
Happy Holidays and keep imagining and reimagining things!
The Library Of Alexandria!

I've always imagined what it would be like if I had lived in that era. Therefore I had to buy this book!

I can also imagine some young man in 4500AD trying to imagine what it would be like if he had been here circa 2010 - 2020. :)

I am thankful to my dear friend Theodora for always finding a way to challenge my mind to truly consider what we are doing here!

2300 years ago they did not have video games. They didn't have Pokemon. No Marvel superheroes. No cartoons.
Not even radio!!!

And yet, I have no doubt that some people those days still found their way to stimulate their IMAGINATION!!!
This is key.
Man feels deep pleasure when his imagination is stimulated.
The bad news is that these days we have invented some very unhealthy "fast-food" stimulation techniques that did not exist back then.

Alexandria was the place to be.
The place to play.
The place to imagine.

I know I would have loved it if I had been alive then.

This Web of meaning and of a thousand relationships is bound to open new dimensions to the human experience that we are yet to predict.
I just feel it !!! 😊

This is what I thought of when I read this quote from "The Brave New Text: Perspectives on Web Writing" by +Teodora Petkova

"As if the library of Alexandria reemerged in the form of a giant interlinked, machine-readable textual corpus, with a promise to never burn again and to keep as many artefacts of the written word as possible to help us share and exchange information and knowledge, find and connect thoughts and ideas in unexpected ways."

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Getting clarification on a number of open issues having to do with the shutdown

+Gideon Rosenblatt took the time and effort to create this document, and it will be wonderful if we can get these right - the Google takeout data and all the wonderful content we have created here.
I also stumbled upon this (via +Michel Reibel ) but haven't tried it yet:
Request for Clarifications from Google on the Google+ Shutdown

I have developed a backchannel for getting feedback to the Google+ development team and am working with an informal team of volunteers to improve the flow of communications on Google+ shutdown priorities. This is the first public post regarding that process.

Our first priority -- and the focus of this post -- is getting clarification on a number of open issues having to do with the shutdown. Next up will be a focus on specific feature requests to improve Takeout and the resulting exported Google+ data. After that, we will turn to specific bugs that people are experiencing with Google+ Takeout data.

Your Feedback:
The Google Doc document linked to at the bottom of this post outlines a number of open questions for Google on the Google+ shutdown process as well as Google+ Takeout data. Please review it. If, after reading it, you have additional questions that you believe would benefit the broader Google+ community, please feel free to add that in a comment here.

To help us assess priorities, please plus others' comments that you believe are important.

I will be strictly moderating comments to keep the feedback on topic. To help us with this process, please keep your feedback pragmatic and focused on just the most important issues. The Google+ team is no doubt overwhelmed balancing many priorities right now, so we increase the odds of fixing things if we try to stay focused on what matters most. In describing your issue, please be concise and clear with your description (try to use the bullets in the document below as a model format). This will make it easier for us to incorporate your feedback for the Google+ team.

Sharing this post:
If you decide to share this post, (which I encourage you to do to help get the word out) please disable comments on your share and direct people back to this original post for their comments. It's just too much work to monitor and track feedback on lots and lots of different shares of this post. We will also have a few people sharing this post on a handful of communities and monitoring and incorporating comments from there.

To be clear, there is no guarantee that Google will be able to resolve all the issues that this feedback process identifies. With that said, I have reason to believe that the team is listening and that this informal feedback process is a worthwhile expenditure of energy.

It takes a community...
This process has taken, and will continue to take, a bunch of work by me and people like +Julian Bond, +Luc Jallois, +Michael K Johnson, +John Lewis, +Edward Morbius, +Bernhard Suter, and +Filip H.F. Slagter. If you’re interested in helping, please let us know. We are particularly interested in people who have spent time digging into the Takeout data, but could also just use help getting the word out as we gather input from Google+ users.

The Document:
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