blog  SciGraph 2017-2023.

Feb 2023

Springer Nature retired SciGraph earlier this month. I have been the data architect and then technical lead for this project, so this is post is just a reminder of the great things we did in it. Also, a little rant about the things that weren't that great...


blog  Leipzig Semantics 2016 conference.

Oct 2016

A few weeks ago I attended the Semantics conference in Leipzig, so here's a short report about the event.


blog  An interactive Turtle shell.

Oct 2014

Wouldn't it be nice to have an interactive environment where you quickly hack together an RDF model and then show it to your clients or colleagues in a more accessible format - i.e. a diagram?


blog  Textmate bundle for Turtle and Sparql.

Aug 2013

I recently ran into the Textmate bundle for Turtle, an extension for the Textmate osx editor aimed at facilitating working with RDF and SPARQL. If you happen to be using these technologies, well I'd suggest you take a look at the following post.

blog  ESWC 2013 - report from the conference.

Jun 2013

Last week I attended the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC'13) in Montpellier and had a really good time meeting old friends and catching up with the latest research in this area. In this post I'll collect a few pointers to papers and ideas that caught my attention.


blog  Semantic Web Cheat Sheets.

Nov 2012

Here're a couple of reference sheets that can become handy if you're doing any semantic web related work. I've found both of them online, and will add more to this list as they come along.


blog  Hack4Europe! - Europeana hackathon roadshow, June 2011.

May 2011

Europeana is a multilingual digital collection containing more than 15 millions resources that lets you explore Europe's history from ancient times to the modern day. Europeana API services are web services allowing search and display of Europeana collections in your website and applications. The folks at Europeana have been actively promoting the experimentation with their APIs by organizing 'hackathons' - workshops for cultural informatics hackers where new ideas and discussed and implemented.

blog  A few useful Linked Data resources.

Mar 2011

Done a bit of semantic web work in the last couple of weeks, which gave me a chance to explore better the current web-scenario around this topic. I'm working on some example applications myself, but in the meanwhile I thought I'd share here a couple of quite useful links I ran into.

blog  Survey of Pythonic tools for RDF and Linked Data programming.

Feb 2011

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a data model and language which is quickly gaining momentum in the open-data and data-integration worlds. In this post I'm reporting on a recent survey I made in the context of a Linked Data project I'm working on, SAILS. In SAILS we're developing a prototype for RDF-data manipulation and querying, but since the final application will be written in Python and Django, in what follows I tried to gather information about all the existing libraries and frameworks for doing RDF-programming using python.

blog  Python links (and more) 7/2/11.

Feb 2011

This post contains just a collection of various interesting things I ran into in the last couple of weeks... they're organized into three categories: pythonic links, events and conferences, and new online tools. Hope you'll find something of interest!


blog  How semantic is the semantic web?.

Jan 2008

Just read this article thanks to a colleague: I share pretty much everything it says about the SW, so I though it wouldn't be too bad to pass it on to the next reader. Basically, it is about some very fundamental issues: what do we mean by semantics? Does a computer have semantics? If not, what's the point of the name 'Semantic Web'? I think that it's quite un-controversial the fact that the choice of the name 'semantic' web is controversial.


blog  DBpedia rocks.

Sep 2007

It's not the only semweb repository out there, but for sure it's the more interesting. The whole wikipedia has been translated into RDF and made queryable through SPARQL.. lots of potential mashups waiting to be discovered! At the moment i'm looking at integrating the philosophy KB i've created with information from there... but I hope there'll be time to experiment too...

blog  Article: 'The Semantic Web: The Origins of Artificial Intelligence Redux'.

Jun 2007

A very interesting article from Harry Halpin, whose work lies at the borderline between history of science (of computer science especially, I gather) and (Semantic) Web. I think it should be a must-read for all SW practitioners, so to understand where we (yes - I'm part of them..) stand in relation to the past...