W3C has just released EmotionML – a markup language expressing emotions. From their recommendation: Human emotions are increasingly understood to be a crucial aspect in human-machine interactive systems. Especially for non-expert end users, reactions to complex intelligent systems resemble social interactions, involving feelings such as frustration, impatience, or helplessness if things go wrong. Furthermore, technology… Continue reading Marking Up Emotions
I talk a lot about identifiers. It’s my job. The esoteric identifiers – DOIs, ISNIs, ISTCs. The pragmatic ones – ISBNs. The other day I found myself in a meeting referring to URIs while the developers were talking about URLs (this is how you know you are either a geek or a purist jerk, or… Continue reading Identifiers in everyday life
Lorcan Dempsey, whose team at OCLC I admire like no other, had a great post last week that has stuck with me. I frequently say “shop=search” – that the storefront for media is essentially the Google search box. Lorcan describes this with regard to libraries, who do an amazing job curating and aggregating, but for… Continue reading Inside-out
If my years in and around relational databases have taught me anything, it’s that a search can only retrieve what the search engine is looking for. Marked-up repositories (such as the entirety of what Google indexes and provides search results on), while very different from relational databases in many important ways, are not so different… Continue reading Search is not complicated; it’s just hard
Brian O’Leary, Peter Turner and I had a great talk on Brian’s blog post here.
I’ve been experimenting. As one might imagine, I’ve been experimenting with metadata and identifiers. On this blog. Links to books now have DOIs. I’m kinda proud of that. I don’t know what it’ll get me – that’s the experiment. A DOI identifies a thing and the place on the web where it lives. So the… Continue reading We Interrupt This Lack of Blog Posts