Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2009 about RDFa and Structured Data with notes

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Thursday 18th June 2009

  • A Database Called The Web

    by Nathan Y.

    Since its inception Creative Commons has made machine readable
    metadata a critical part of the licensing infrastructure. Our choice
    was obvious (to us): RDF and the Semantic Web. This of course gave us a chicken and egg problem: how do you convince people the Semantic Web isn't just a bunch of academic dreaming when, well, there wasn't much evidence. Six years later, we've made it work. With the publication of the CC Rights Expression Language, we have an extensible, independent, machine readable way to express information about works. A machine readable "database" that people are contributing to every time they mark a work with a license.

    During this presentation we'll:

    * Demonstrate how this metadata can be used by other web applications to inform users of attribution and re-use specifics
    * Demonstrate our lightweight copyright registry, the CC Network,
    which is purely driven by semantic web metadata
    * Build an even lighter weight version that integrates with the CC
    license deeds (with no changes to the CC deed code)
    * Build a Yahoo SearchMonkey application that exposes license and
    attribution information to the user
    * Give specific guidelines to site developers who want to free their data without building a specialized API

    At 5:00pm to 5:45pm, Thursday 18th June

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