General Metadata


A search engine for the semantic web … nice ! Now we’re getting somewhere.

“Swoogle is a crawler-based indexing and retrieval system for the Semantic Web — RDF and OWL documents encoded in XML or N3. Swoogle extracts metadata for each discovered document, and computes relations among them. Discovered documents are also indexed by an information retrieval system which can use either character N-Gram or URIrefs as keywords to find relevant documents and to compute the similarity among a set of documents. One of the interesting properties we compute is ontology rank, a measure of the importance of a Semantic Web document.”

Swoogle is at

AV Related General Interactive Media

A new DASE . . .

Yes . . . someone has finally done what DASE did 5 years ago.

Its called Ninjam.

Its cross platform and uses Ogg Vobis for compression and does recording live too.

Copyright/OCL General

BBC vs classical music protectionists

Its a classic case of a failing business model and cultural elitism working hand in hand . . . . more interesting though is that the BBC is leading the action against these forces. Bring it on.

As the BBC prepares to announce the tremendous success of its free Beethoven downloads, the Independent reports that classical labels are less than rhapsodic:

This week the BBC will announce there have been more than a million downloads of the symphonies during the month-long scheme. But the initiative has infuriated the bosses of leading classical record companies who argue the offer undermines the value of music and that any further offers would be unfair competition.

The BBC made all nine of the Beethoven symphonies available for free download, with commentary, as part of their Beethoven Experience.

Read more.

Copyright/OCL General


Negativland are interviewed, and, not surprisingly have interesting things to say.

In the end, we came up with a sampling license that was saying, in effect, “You can reuse bits and pieces of our work for profit. You can sell it. But we’d like it if you mention where your sources come from.” And the only exception to this is that advertising can’t use it. It’s okay for anyone to use anything, except in advertising, because we don’t consider advertising to be free speech. It’s paid speech. And as artful as advertising can be, it is not art.

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Re-Broadcast TV / Place-shifting

This is fascinating . . . place-shifting your TV watching.

Get your mate in Sydney to send the live cricket to your cricket-starved friends in Tokyo.

But that’s just the start.