Welcome the Bush Depression

As said on reddit, the other was coined “The Great Depression.” We start referring to the coming one as “The Bush Depression.” It’ll be one for the history books.

Listening to the radio news this morning, I heard that the US gov did not find 700billion in their piggybank to give away to scrupulous banks who screwed up their economy. Uhoh. Well, we are all in one boat, and if the US goes down, it will affect global economy. In the radio they mentioned the national banks of Belgium and Germany having to react (something like “have to print more money” but I didn’t get it…)

If the bank bubble affects the web2.0 bubble, I may lose my flickr pics and del.icio.us bookmarks, but Knallgrau, the european company hosting this blog is living on company contracts and will probably survice (I hope). Looking forward to the economy next year with mixed feelings – it will probably sort out itself.

If not, look for health packs and ammo on elevated places within the mayhem on the streets.

ESTC2008 wrapup

I attended the ESTC2008 conference.



Stefan Decker getting price

Heise also reported about the conference.

Leo Sauermann talking

One day to ESTC2008, one day into KI2008

I am still at KI2008 conference (which is located on the ground floor of the building where I work, so not attending the conference is hard ­čÖé and will go to ESTC2008 tonight.

As blogged before, I will be speaking at ESTC2008, on 25th September 2008 around 16:45 in the Rittersaal room.

The topics of my talk will be circling around Semantic Desktop, personalized Semantic Web, and how this is used or can be used in company settings

  • Why is Semantic Web needed on the desktop?
  • How does data fusion work on the desktop?
  • What is a personal information model?
  • How do existing user interfaces and user experience change?
  • Which projects are active and what are their results?

Digitaldruck und Persönliches Wissensmanagement

Wo finden sich Benutzer die mit viel Information zu tun haben, Kunden, Projekten, Themen? In den Printmedien.

In meiner Umgebung ist der Digitaldruck der Wahl bei www.direktprint.de. Die Frage ist, wie in so einem Unternehmen mit Information umgegangen wird. Nun, ich habe den Gesch├Ąftsf├╝hrer kennen gelernt und kann mal in seine Prozesse gucken.

Der Prozess an sich ist faszinierend, Digitaldruck, Gro├čformatdruck, Dissertationen (ah!), Masterarbeiten (oh, meine Studenten), und alles Online. Das interessante ist der sweet spot wo man ein Produkt anbieten kann, also von der Massenware abgehoben. Direktprint sieht zwar im B├╝ro sehr “├╝berlagert” aus (well, es geht um Papier und das stapelt sich hier meterhoch), die Qualit├Ąt der Ergebnisse sieht aber nett aus.

Gut, nun will ich in den n├Ąchsten wochen mal rausfinden, wie hier so die emails und dateien durch die gegend flie├čen, und ob die Leute hier den Semantic Desktop brauchen.

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

A truly impressive and visionary speech, summing up why we do web 2.0. Must see Clay Shirky explaining what TV has grabbed for the last 50 years: our cognitive surplus. (of course, you all have already seen it, its from April 2008)


Excellent quotes (some literally, some only overlap in meaning, wasn’t quick enough to type everything)
(telling a story he experienced)…
TV Reporter: Where do people find all the time to do wikipedia?
Clay Shirky: No one who works in TV gets to ask that question.
You know where the times comes from. It comes from the cognitive surplus you have been masking for the last 50 years.

Warcraft: grown men sitting in their basement pretending to be elves.
At least they are doing something.

… the amount spent watching TV worldwide equals to creating 10.000 wikipedia projects each year…
a four year old daughter jumps up while watching a dvd.
She looks behind the TV fumbling through the cables, and we wondered… she said she is “looking for the mouse”
A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken.

many thanks to Gunnar Grimnes for sharing

NEPOMUK Semantic Desktop Summer School 2008 – summary

Last week the NEPOMUK Social Semantic Desktop Summer School happened. A short summary.

First and most interesting, much material of the summer school is available in the wiki. Second, I uploaded a lot of pictures, and there are more on flickr tagged with nepomuksummerschool2008.

Doost Group at Summer School meeting

The students were great, and very capable. We had people from all over the world, to randomly pick three: Samur from Rio, Rigel from Chicago, Bernhard from Austria. Of course, as usual I had problems keeping the names and backgrounds :-/

nepomuk group a la fun

After three days of teaching and hands-on sessions, the students had to do their own projects. Two projects were winning, Chatomuk, a semantified chat-client with tag-cloud and other niceties, and a project showing user interface designs. Both are missing some documentation on the wiki, but Gunnar and Bernhard are working to make Chatomuk downloadable.

It was tricky to present the material in a short time and also involve the students in learning, we tried out different teaching methods (frontal presentation, pen&paper creation of ontologies, hands-on code, directing the students to google quickly for the right info), I hope it was a good mix for everyone.

The school also had a social event, and we organized opportunities for socialising every evening.
Mehdi and Max

A very nice social event was hacking the mini projects on thursday night:
late-night hack

I talked to many people about the idea to create a product from nepomuk that could be so good that people will pay for it and it was interesting to see the possibilities and ideas how to do that.
Well, there were so many coffee breaks, chats, discussions, I can’t write much more but say:

thanks for all the participants for attending – blog it (and ping me)!

Wobbling down stairs

one of my nephews wobbling down stairs with a snake-like ability. happened years ago, happily provided by my brother, but not uploaded due to excessive lazyness.