Jana Herwig

Just released: UMBEL – A New Vocabulary for the Semantic Web

UMBELNews has reached me this morning that UMBEL has now been publicly released! UMBEL is a new vocabulary for the Semantic Web – I first learned about it when Andreas Blumauer returned from LinkedData Planet where he had met up with Mike Bergman from Zitgist LLC who are working on UMBEL.

Here is the release announcement Mike communicated via email yesterday:

UMBEL (Upper Mapping and Binding Exchange Layer) [1] is a lightweight ontology for relating Web content and data to a standard set of 20,000 subject concepts. Based on OpenCyc [2], these subject concepts have defined relationships between them, and can act as semantic binding nodes for any data or Web content. A further 1.5 million named entities have been extracted from Wikipedia and mapped to the UMBEL reference structure with cross-links to YAGO [3] and DBpedia [4]. The system can easily be extended with additional dictionaries of named entities, including ones specific to enterprises or domains.

UMBEL is provided as open source under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Share Alike license. The complete ontology with all subject concepts, definitions, terms and relationships can be freely downloaded [see 5]. All subject concepts and named entities are available as Linked Data [see 5]. Five volumes of documentation [5] are also available.

The release is accompanied by about a dozen Web services [6] for using or manipulating UMBEL, along with a new introductory slide show [7]. Additional release information may be found on Fred’s [8] or my [9] separate blog postings. We welcome those with interest or suggestions for improvements to do so through the UMBEL discussion forum [10]. We will shortly be putting easier services online for such input.

So, enjoy! We look forward to your commentary, suggestions and putting UMBEL under production-grade stress. We know will be doing the same!

Regards, Mike

Great release! They have also given us access to a media-oriented article which you can read on our portal.

Marion Fuglewicz-Bren

Culture is interactivity

Gilberto GilWhy don’t we think of coalition negotiations in a new dress: Maybe these are the topics we should rather discuss in our governments – all throughout Europe… The Brazilian government has expressed its support of free culture, free software, creative commons licenses. I would wish that more countries had the advantage of having a Minister of Culture who is not only a fabulous musician but also a person who fights for Digital Rights and a free digital society.

Who would believe hacker culture to be a role model? How about establishing a Hackers Republic? Might this be an alternative? Let’s have a look… “Today’s digital technologies represent a fantastic opportunity for democratizing access to knowledge,” says Gil. The free culture advocate and Brazilian Minister Gilberto Gil continues that … „…digital technology offers a rare opportunity to bring knowledge to under-privileged people around the world and to include them in the political process.“

And what about culture? Isn’t it also about interactivity? Gil: „The creation and distribution of content, artistic or scientific, have always been based on interactivity. Culture is interactivity and in the context of the new technological convergence we may guarantee the balance between all the different interests at stake, the individual, the social, the corporate, and so on. Exemptions will be always necessary to be considered and regulatory bodies will exactly play the role of establishing sets of rules for all the players involved.“ Continue reading