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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News

The USPTO Linked Patent Dataset release ( 2017-02-24T17:18:51+01:00 by Mofeed Hassan)

2017-02-24T17:18:51+01:00 by Mofeed Hassan

Dear all, We are happy to announce USPTO Linked Patent Dataset release. Patents are widely used to protect intellectual property and a measure of innovation output. Read more about "The USPTO Linked Patent Dataset release"

Two accepted papers in ESWC 2017 ( 2017-02-22T17:43:38+01:00 by Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Sherif)

2017-02-22T17:43:38+01:00 by Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Sherif

Hello Community! We are very pleased to announce the acceptance of two papers in ESWC 2017 research track. The ESWC 2017 is to be held in Portoroz, Slovenia from 28th of May to the 1st of June. Read more about "Two accepted papers in ESWC 2017"

AKSW Colloquium, 13th February, 3pm, Evaluating Entity Linking ( 2017-02-09T15:53:07+01:00 Michael Roeder)

2017-02-09T15:53:07+01:00 Michael Roeder

On the 13th of February at 3 PM, Michael Röder will present the two papers “Evaluating Entity Linking: An Analysis of Current Benchmark Datasets and a Roadmap for Doing a Better Job” of van Erp et al. Read more about "AKSW Colloquium, 13th February, 3pm, Evaluating Entity Linking"

SLIPO project kick-off meeting ( 2017-02-03T12:59:48+01:00 by Sandra Bartsch)

2017-02-03T12:59:48+01:00 by Sandra Bartsch

SLIPO, a new InfAI project kicked-off between the 18th and 20th of January in Athens, Greece. Funded by the EU-program “Horizon 2020”, the project is planned to have an operational time until the 31st of December 2019. Read more about "SLIPO project kick-off meeting"

AKSW Colloquium 30.Jan.2017 ( 2017-01-30T13:24:04+01:00 by Simon Bin)

2017-01-30T13:24:04+01:00 by Simon Bin

In the upcoming Colloquium, Simon Bin will discuss the paper “Towards Analytics Aware Ontology Based Access to Static and Streaming Data” by Evgeny Kharlamov et.al. that has been presented at ISWC2017. Read more about "AKSW Colloquium 30.Jan.2017"