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PhD final defense presentation

Feel quite free after finishing the final defense for my PhD  🙂  (July 27, 2009 @ NII, Tokyo)

It went quite smoothly. Thanks to the evaluation committee for constructive comments. And it was nice to have a good number of interested audience. Thank you all for coming!

Here are the slides for my presentation, in case useful to anyone. The thesis is all about information sharing anyway 😉

presentation slides

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Back from ASWC 2008, Thailand

I am back after presenting my paper in ASWC 2008, Bangkok, Thailand. I presented the following paper about StYLiD in the “Ontologies and tags” session.

Consolidating User-Defined Concepts with StYLiD

You can find my presentation slides here.

The conference was successful overall and an interesting experience for all. Congratulations to the organizers who made the conference a success inspite of the recent political troubles which forced the conference to be postponed to 2009, and some people could not make it to the new schedule too. It was a good conference with many high quality interesting papers. It was an enjoyable conference with various light moments and beautiful cultural shows.

It was nice to be back in Thailand again. I also visited AIT, from where I graduated, to meet some faculty and some of my colleagues who are still there. It was a great nostalgic feeling. I was lucky, I also got to attend an invited talk by Dr. Ramanathan Guha from Google, on the same day, in a full-packed room at AIT.

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StYLiD presented at the ISWC 2008 demo session

I am back from Karlsruhe, Germany after presenting StYLiD at the poster and demo session of ISWC 2008. My paper titled “Consolidating User-defined Concepts with StYLiD” was published in the proceedings CEUR-WS Volume 401. I have also uploaded the paper and the poster.

I prepared some screencast videos to demostrate StYLiD. I will try to post them online soon. Making screencasts proved to be a good idea as the internet connection at the venue was so intermittent 😉

It was a good opportunity for me to attend such an important conference. Prof. Martin Hepp came along and watched my demo in detail and took a picture of the entire poster – an honor for me. He also asked me specific questions and thanks for his comments. He had rightly noted that I have been referring to and citing his works like myOntology and FolksOntology 🙂

There were also other people interested in StYLiD. Luckily my stall was located next to other interesting demos like LENA (a linked data browser) and Thinkbase (a graphical interface to Freebase). However, I could not show my demo in detail to everyone, I realized that it takes time.

I will have more time to explain my work at ASWC 2008, Bangkok where I will present StYLiD as a full research paper.

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StYLiD presented in the Japanese Business Model Society

I got an opportunity to present my paper titled “StYLiD: Structured Information Sharing with User-defined Concepts” in the annual conference of Japanese Business Model Society (Biz-model 2008) held at the university of Tokyo, October 11, 2008. Thanks to assoc. prof. Yutaka Matsuo for organizing the session on “Web technology and business models”. My presentation was special because it was the only presentation in English in the conference :-P. However, the audience seemed to be quite interested and I received some important questions, including some in Japanese that were translated to me in English 🙂

It would be interesting to explore business models or practical applications for StYLiD and receive suggestions from the business community in the future as well. It would be better to serve applications to targeted groups who are really in need rather than trying hard to motivate general people to contribute.

Here are my paper and presentation slides.

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Metaweb’s Freebase Now 60% Larger Than English Wikipedia – ReadWriteWeb

Metawebs Freebase Now 60% Larger Than English Wikipedia – ReadWriteWeb

Wow! that’s impressive. Freebase is really growing into a huge machine readable database of the world’s knowledge. Freebase is growing rapidly because bulk uploads are possible and scrapers are automatically feeding data into it. It will be interesting to see other serious applications besides Powerset making use of Freebase data. However, it is true that the interface is still complicated for the ordinary human users. Wikipedia is far simpler, user friendly and popular. Moreover, entering data into Freebase is not so flexible due to the strict data types required. Users may not always have perfect data to enter. That is why I intend to keep StYLiD interface simple and flexible for input. It is not at all intended to be another world’s database. Rather it is intended to be a simple platform to enable ordinary users to share a wide variety of structured data.

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StYLiD plugin for Facebook

Just created my first Facebook application.

http://apps.facebook.com/stylidplugin/

This one is quite simple though. It shows the StYLiD concept cloud in your Facebook page so that you can browse different types of data in StYLiD directly from Facebook. It would be interesting to make more powerful interface to StYLiD in the future – for eg, submitting data to StYLiD thru Facebook, sending the posted data to friends, inviting friends to submit new data, etc.

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Freebase: Dispelling The Skepticism – ReadWriteWeb

Freebase: Dispelling The Skepticism – ReadWriteWeb

Freebase is definitely a nice and powerful application. It is different from Wikipedia though it is based on wikis because it maintains structured data. However, the Freebase interface seems to be quite overwhelming for the casual users. Wikipedia looks rather simple and easy to use. StYLiD is also based on similar idea as Freebase – enabling the users to create structured data. However, StYLiD is a lightweight application towards structured information sharing and not at all intended to be another world’s database (surely I cannot handle that). StYLiD is more like a blog for dynamic information sharing rather than a wiki. Moreover, StYLiD tries to consolidate multiple definitions by different users for the same type and produce richer and evolving conceptualizations. Freebase is cool and it will be interesting to see how people structure information. I am also trying to analyze user-defined types in Freebase and how they can be combined. Thanks to the Freebase API 😉

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