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


Search engine fatigue

A recent report issued by Autobytel , based on findings from a poll of 1,001 US adults conducted by Kelton Research, examined "The State of Search" and how automobile shoppers interact with search engines in particular. Below I excerpt some of the general search findings from the report. The big takeaway is in the headline above: 7 out of 10 Americans experience what the report describes as “search engine fatigue.”

Messing around with Metadata

The problem with programmatically processing English-language text is that computers don’t handle the nuances well. Even the most capable natural language analyzers are prone to a few common mistakes:

Semantic Web wave 2008:Industry roadmap to Web 3.0

Project10X’s landmark industry study charts the evolution of semantic technologies and the growth of multi-billion dollar markets for web 3.0 products and services.
This month Project10X is publishing a study on semantic technologies and their market impacts that is must reading for investors and ICT companies as well as public. It's called  “Semantic Wave 2008: Industry Roadmap to Web 3.0” (SW2008) . You can click this link to download the executive summary and prospectus.

Intelligent apps: The Semantic Edge at the Web 2.0 Summit

Intelligent applications at the Web 2.0 summit.
The Semantic Edge panel video found here .

The Semantic Report

The latest version of the Semantic Report is now out.

The new era of Semantic Apps

A review of the Semantic Edge panel at Web Summit 2.0 from Read/Write web.

Web 2.0 and the Semantic Edge

  “Web 2.0 is all about collective intelligence. The Semantic Web is all about collective intelligence too”.
“There's something really interesting cooking - platforms for building intelligent applications.”

Building collective intelligence via Nodalities conference reports ?

What I meant to say was Semantic Web

"There is no easy consensus about how to define what is meant by Web 3.0, but it is generally seen as a reference to the semantic Web. While it is not that much more precise a phrase, the semantic Web refers to technology to make using the Internet better by understanding the meaning of what people are doing, not just the way pages link to each other.
Amid the new Silicon Valley gold rush under way, a lot of entrepreneurs seem to believe that to define something is to own it. And Web 3.0 seems like a great thing to own.

Enriching the Internet experience

John Breslin gave a talk at “Enriching the Internet Experience” conference yeterday here in Galway.
You can access his talk on Slideshare here .

The Semantic Web vision-Where are we?

From Jorge Cardoso of Madeira, appearing in IEEE Intelligent Systems, Sep/Oct07, pp.22-26, here's the draft .


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