TED, TEDx and Open Linked Data

TED (acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a series of meeting, on which the invited speakers have 18 minutes to present their idea for changing the world, which was evaluated by the organizers as an “idea worth spreading”. TED conferences are organized once a year in California, USA, and the recordings of speeches are available at TED websites. The TED meetings are extended by the TEDx initiative, which is focused on organization of similar conferences around the world. This year for the first time a Polish TEDx meeting was organized – TEDxWarsaw. It was held on the 5th of March, and since yesterday the video recordings from this meeting are available. For the 28th of May TEDxPoznań meeting is planned.

In February this year, during the TEDUniversity event there was a 5 minute “lecture” of Time Berners-Leeon open data. This lecture illustrates with really interesting examples how important is to publish the source data in the Internet, instead of publishing just papers/reports prepared on the basis of this data. This lecture is a supplement for the Tim Berners-Lee speech from the TED2009, in which he called for wide publishing of source (raw) data in a way allowing its automated reuse (the Linked Data standard). We recommend you to see both these speeches:

Such approach is also an important direction of the development of digital libraries. Presently in project such as Europeana, the automated reuse of metadata describing digital objects distributed in many digital libraries is implemented on a large scale. The next step can be a stronger semantic integration of this metadata, as for example shown in the “Thought Lab”. It is a prototype service allowing advanced search and exploration of a slice of information available in Europeana, which basis is the automated semantic integration of the metadata. Another example are the works in the DRIVER II project in the area of so called “enhanced publications”, which are complex objects connecting both scientific papers and source data used in this papers. Examples of such prototype enhanced publications can be found at one of the project websites.

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