Social Software Unit

Social software allows people to connect, communicate or collaborate by use of a computer network resulting in shared, interactive spaces creating new methods for connecting people and the information that they have created. Common examples of social software systems include discussion forums, blogs, wikis and online social networks. By utilising Semantic Web technologies in social software systems, we can create new methods for connecting people to other people and also to the information that they have created. This work programme builds on the existing achievements from Líon I (SIOC project, social network analysis collaboration with IBM and the semantic tagging work with Seoul National University) and extends this work to the application domains of eGovernment, eHealth, telecommunications and eBusiness in collaboration with the domain-specific units.

  • Marie Boran's picture
    Ph.D. Student
    m [dot] boran [at] deri [dot] org
  • John Breslin's picture
    Unit Leader, Lecturer/Lecturer
    +353 91 492622
    john [dot] breslin [at] deri [dot] org
  • David Crowley's picture
    Ph.D. Student
    david [dot] crowley [at] deri [dot] org
  • Maciej Dabrowski's picture
    Adjunct Lecturer, Postdoctoral Researcher
    +353 91 494052
    maciej [dot] dabrowski [at] deri [dot] org
  • Myriam Leggieri's picture
    Ph.D. Student
    myriam [dot] leggieri [at] deri [dot] org
  • Fabrizio Orlandi's picture
    Ph.D. Student
    +353 91 494035
    fabrizio [dot] orlandi [at] deri [dot] org
  • Lukasz Porwol's picture
    Ph.D. Student
    lukasz [dot] porwol [at] deri [dot] org
  • Jodi Schneider's picture
    Ph.D. Student
    jodi [dot] schneider [at] deri [dot] org
  • Pablo Torres Tramon's picture
    Research Assistant
    pablo [dot] torrestramon [at] deri [dot] org


Dr Eyal Oren and his Supervisor Dr Stefan Decker

Congratulations to Eyal Oren on sucessfully defending his thesis at DERI.

The Tango Desktop Project

" The Tango Desktop Project exists to help create a consistent graphical user interface experience for free and Open Source software.
The Tango Desktop Project defines an icon style guideline to which artists and designers can adhere. A sample implementation of the style is available as an icon theme based upon a standardized icon naming specification . In addition, the project provides transitional utilities to assist in creating icon themes for existing desktop environments, such as GNOME and KDE .

Data portability

" So-called data portability and data ownership is a hot topic of late, and with good reason: with all the talk of the opening of social networking sites and the loss of presumed privacy , there’s been a commensurate acknowledgment that the value is not in the portability of widgets (via OpenSocial et al)...
Now, Doc’s call for action is well timed, as we near the close of 2007 and set our sights on 2008. "
Data portability and thinking ahead to 2008

The truth about ontologies...

"The Orderly Semantic Web (roughly analogous to what Spivack calls The Intelligent Web ) is never going to happen . Universally agreed upon upper ontologies? Not likely. …. The totality of human intelligence expressed using nothing more than syllogisms and first order logic? Set your mind at ease, Clay Shirky , this won’t be necessary."
Jim Hendler on Shirkyng his responsibility.

Web evolution

"In this latest Talking with Talis podcast , Paul Miller talks with Brigham Young Ph.D candidate and active blogger, Yihong Ding. In their wide-ranging conversation, they talk about Yihong's Ph.D research and explore some of his ideas about ways in which the Web's evolution toward semantic technologies may be compared to the development of children. "

The Giant Global graph

"Biologists are interested in proteins, drugs, genes. Businesspeople are interested in customers, products, sales. We are all interested in friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances. There is a lot of blogging about the strain, and total frustration that, while you have a set of friends, the Web is providing you with separate documents about your friends. One in facebook, one on linkedin, one in livejournal, one on advogato, and so on.

How the Semantic Web works

From How stuff works...
How Semantic Web works

How to make sense of the Semantic Web

Nova Spivack's powerpoint presentation on making sense of the Semantic Web found here .

Videos from ISWC 2007 now online

Via Tim Finin
" was recording talks at the 6th International Semantic Web Conference and the 2nd Asian Semantic Web Conference ( ISWC 2007 ) held in Busan, South Korea this week. They already have up two of the three keynote talks and one tutorial.
This is a great service run by the Jozef Stefan Institute. The videos of computer science talks, lectures and tutorials are professionally recorded and edited and provide a wonderful resource to the international computer science community.
The ISWC 2007 talks that have already been put online are:

Web 2.0 Expo Tokyo: Scott Dietzen CEO of Zimbra

"Scott Deitzen, president and CTO of Zimbra , gave the third talk last Friday at Web 2.0 Expo Tokyo. Zimbra has been on the go for four years (so they are Web 2.0 pioneers), and embarrassingly I told Scott that I only found out about them very recently (sorry!). Scott’s aim for this talk was to share the experience of having one of the largest AJAX-based web applications (thousands of lines of JavaScript code). Since their status has changed since they originally signed up for the conference, he mentioned that Yahoo! are the new owners of Zimbra .


  • John Breslin's picture
    Unit Leader, Lecturer/Lecturer
    +353 91 492622
    john [dot] breslin [at] deri [dot] org
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