xOperator: combines advantages of social network websites with instant messaging

A semantic agent for xmpp / jabber network which finds and shares content about resources (using RDF/SPARQL) for you and your jabber friends.

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Introduction

Instant Messaging is in addition to Web and Email the most popular service on the Internet. With xOperator we present a strategy and implementation which deeply integrates Instant Messaging networks with the Semantic Web. The xOperator concept is based on the idea of creating an overlay network of collaborative information agents on top of social IM networks. It can be queried using a controlled and easily extensible language based on AIML templates. Such a deep integration of semantic technologies and Instant Messaging bears a number of advantages and benefits for users when compared to the separated use of Semantic Web technologies and IM, the most important ones being context awareness as well as provenance and trust.

Idea

Inspired by Tim Berners-Lee's Semantic Agent the xOperator lifts personal knowledge exchange to a new level. Imagine sharing exactly the information you want with the people you trust. Need a phone number? Want to know the birthday of your best friends girlfriend (and in a second step where to buy her a present in a store near you)? Do you get tired to tell everybody that you have a new cellphone number? xOperator enables users to share all that knowledge in a trusted network. Built upon the already existing jabber network (secure connections, widely available) an agent running on your pc allows other users to query your RDF-database returning the favor to you.

Millions of people already share their information on Social Network Sites, only for designated friends to see of course. The great drawback is though that actually, they are helping to maintain a great database for the companies offering these services. Once the Semantic Web will be fully implemented it might also enable the possibility to unify personal information about an individual from different sources. xOperator keeps all data on your computer, giving you the choice what to share with whom and best of all it can't take away that choice by changing the terms and conditions.

Despite all this ideology, xOperator will be, surely, once it exists, a very cool thing to use, which is to say, we are very exited ourselves, what uses it can be put to.

Vision

xOperator tries to create a decentralized network of trust. Information is shared in the form of resources, which can be anything (even the information that you are selling your old washing machine). In a later stage it enables you to find friends of friends like centralized services, can already. At the end of the road, xOperator might even be able to find the best product for you without the normally necessary tedious internet research. Companies will be able to offer semantic annotated information about their products, giving the customer a new way of yet unknown price transparency.

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DBpedia @ SEMANTiCS 2017 ( 2017-09-04T15:25:14+02:00 by Sandra Bartsch)

2017-09-04T15:25:14+02:00 by Sandra Bartsch

We are happy to invite you to the 10th DBpedia Community Meeting which will be held in Amsterdam. During the SEMANTiCS 2017, Sep 11-14, the DBpedia Community will get together on the 14th of September for the DBpdia Day. Read more about "DBpedia @ SEMANTiCS 2017"

PRESS RELEASE: Amsterdam​ ​-​ ​this​ ​year’s​ ​hotspot​ ​​on Linked​ ​Data​ ​Strategies​ ​&​ ​Practices ( 2017-09-04T11:58:06+02:00 by Sandra Bartsch)

2017-09-04T11:58:06+02:00 by Sandra Bartsch

September 11-14, 2017 international experts from science and industry demonstrate the business value of smart data services at SEMANTiCS 2017 Experts from science and industry meet at Europe’s biggest Linked Data and Semantic Web event to present and discuss latest … Continue reading → Read more about "PRESS RELEASE: Amsterdam​ ​-​ ​this​ ​year’s​ ​hotspot​ ​​on Linked​ ​Data​ ​Strategies​ ​&​ ​Practices"

AKSW Colloquium, 01.09.2017, IDOL: Comprehensive & Complete LOD Insights ( 2017-08-28T17:24:03+02:00 Gustavo Publio)

2017-08-28T17:24:03+02:00 Gustavo Publio

At the AKSW Colloquium on Friday 1st of September, at 10:40 AM there will be a paper presentation by Gustavo Publio. Read more about "AKSW Colloquium, 01.09.2017, IDOL: Comprehensive & Complete LOD Insights"

AKSW at ISWC2017 ( 2017-07-30T05:57:57+02:00 Muhammad Saleem)

2017-07-30T05:57:57+02:00 Muhammad Saleem

We are very pleased to announce that AKSW will be presenting 2 papers at ISWC 2017, which will be held on 21-24 October in Vienna, Austria. The demo and workshops papers have to be announced. Read more about "AKSW at ISWC2017"

AKSW Colloquium, 07.07.2017, Two paper presentations concerning Link Discovery and Knowledge Base Reasoning ( 2017-07-06T21:24:36+02:00 by Daniel Obraczka)

2017-07-06T21:24:36+02:00 by Daniel Obraczka

At the AKSW Colloquium on Friday 7th of July, at 10:40 AM there will be two paper presentations concerning genetic algorithms to learn linkage rules, and differentiable learning of logical rules for knowledge base reasoning. Read more about "AKSW Colloquium, 07.07.2017, Two paper presentations concerning Link Discovery and Knowledge Base Reasoning"