Related link: http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TECH_OUTLOOK?SITE=1010WINS&SECTION=SO…
I came across this AP article recently. If the predictions are true, then that rings good news for many of us in the enterprise integration and infrastructure enablement business. The article points out that IT spending has been limited and focused purely on things that enable cost-cutting. The shift in focus is
‘toward software that backs up genuine “enterprise” or “strategic” moves’.
The article also points out that Forrester Research expects overall information technology spending to grow 4 percent, but such “strategic” spending to rise 9 percent.
This could cause a big boost in spending on the “strategic” types of projects that warrant the use of and Enterprise Service Bus for integration across multiple departments and business units. This will help accelerate the rise ESB as a technology trend.
Related link: http://servlet.java.sun.com/javaone/sf2004/info/features/tshirt_launch.jsp
James Gosling is running a contest for the most innovative way to distribute Duke T-shirts at JavaOne this year :)
Now there’s something you can sink you teeth into and get excited about. I think they should have them distributed by the Sony QRIO. Hhhmmm…..I wonder it the QRIO runs Java…. If so, could you put an appserver in there? Would you want to? Or would a lightweight ESB container be sufficient…..
I’m looking for some good ideas for this myself. If anyone would like to spark some discussion around this, I would be happy to share the bounty with you if we win :)
Related link: http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Europe/talks/xml2003/Overview-3.html
At XML 2003 in Philadelphia last week, Norm Walsh hosted a Town Hall discussion Thursday night on Practical Uses of RDF. Dan Brickley showed some slides that demonstrated how the RDF Schema seeAlso property can add linking to RDF data, particularly FOAF files, to make it easier for crawlers to find connections between them.
At first I was a bit confused: so much of RDF is about pointing to URLs; what makes rdfs:seeAlso special? Of course, the answer was in its documentation: it’s “used to indicate a resource that might provide additional information about the subject resource.” So it does have a fairly specific purpose, but one with a wide range of applications.
Note in particular the ninth of Dan’s 11 slides, which demonstrates how to assign a type to the link destination. Like any link typing or link destination typing, this adds value to the link by letting human or automated agents decide whether traversing the link will give them information they want without requiring them to follow the link.
Of course, as long as you’re using RDF, assigning a type to the link itself (as opposed to the link destination) wouldn’t be too difficult, either. I’m confident that RDF will provide a fertile source of improvements to the world of linking technology.
What else can RDF offer to the world of linking?
With all the traveling I do, I find it odd that I never really run into anyone famous. (Well there was that time I met “Carrot Top” at the check-in line at Laguardia airport, but that doesn’t really count :).
This weekend that statistic changed when I ran into Hulk Hogan at the Orlando Marriot World Center. He was sitting there in the corner of the lobby with 2 of his people going over a powerpoint presentation. There was some kind of bone and joint replacement conference going on at the hotel, so my guess is that he was a keynote speaker there. He wasn’t exactly in full wrestling costume, but he was wearing a sleeveless T-Shirt and his telltale head bandanna.
I boldly walked over to him and said hello, shook his hand and asked him if I could take a photo
(using my camera phone). He smiled an agreed. He never stood up, but even from my vantage point he is one gigantic dude!
Related link: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2003/12/01.html#a855
Before you can link to something, you need to be able to address it. Linking to web pages is great, and linking to specific points within web pages is even better because you can reference content at a more granular level.
We’ve all followed links to streaming video on the web, and Jon Udell’s trying to figure out how to create URLs that will link to specific points within a video stream. So, for example, if some conference’s website makes the entire keynote speech available and you want to reference something the speaker said when describing the third bullet of his tenth slide, you can show him describing that bullet point and nothing else.
Jon’s only had limited success so far, but we should all cheer him on. Greater power in linking is built on greater power in addressing; Tim Berners-Lee couldn’t have had linking on the web if he hadn’t developed URLs first. The power of selecting and juxtaposing specific time ranges of movies is at least 65 years older than that, going back to the work of Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein. Perhaps Jon’s work will inspire the people who make the video display clients to make a simple, RESTful way to make this easier.
Has anyone else played with creating URLs to address specific points within video (or audio) streams?