In Britain, the process of finishing a PhD involves the submission of a written thesis, followed by an oral examination called a viva voce (the literal Latin translation is “live voice”). The “viva”, as it’s commonly known, is an in-depth discussion into all aspects of the thesis which typically lasts between 90 and 180 minutes. It is conducted by a specially convened examination board, with both internal and external examiners, who typically have have four weeks to digest the thesis beforehand. In the viva, the PhD candidate must defend their thesis: if the defence is successful, the candidate is awarded the degree Continue reading
This is a bit of a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend quote, but since it’s semantic web related, I guess FOAFesque quoting is allowable. Danny Ayers just commented on Phil Wilson’s comment regarding Nick Lothian’s comment that “Every time anyone dares to question RDF the RDFites assume they don’t know how it works.” Continue reading
I notice that several folk are arriving at the rdf namespace oddness page which describes the slightly opaque problem of understanding RDF Schema URI’s and how to go about loading them.
I’ve long since found a solution, following a discussion on #rdfig a long time back. That solution is content negotiation, so for the record, here’s how I’ve done it. Continue reading
something on #foaf a couple of days ago got me thinking…
term_status describes “the status of a vocabulary term, one of stable, unstable [or] testing“, so at some point, an unstable or untested term may mature and become stable – it can thus be documented as such and thereafter may become relied upon by third party authors*. Continue reading
The pages discussed here concern the representation of XML within RDF (a very different concept to that of the serialization of RDF in XML). Continue reading
I recently read an interesting article about metadata (called “MetaCrap“) which opens with what appears to be a debunking, but closes with confirmation of what I firmly believe – that metadata can be authored by humans and machines and that regardless of the author, it’s down to the end user to decide whose data and services should be trusted.