Tag Archive for University of Texas at Austin

Constitute: Explore the World’s Constitutions with RDF

by Eric Franzon In the video below, Dr. James Melton, a Lecturer in Comparitive Politics at University College London, gives a presentation on Constitute. Constitute is a new way to explore the constitutions of the world. The origins of the project date back to 2005 with the Comparative Constitutions Project, which has the stated goal…

Securing University Info with Big Data


by Angela Guess Thor Olavsrud of Network World has posed the question, can Big Data help universities tackle information security? He writes, “The University of Texas at Austin, the flagship of the University of Texas System, is a prime example of the scope of the challenge. Its 350-acre campus features nearly 200 buildings, all linked…

First Better Data, Then Big Data

by Angela Guess A new article reports, “A study on data quality from the University of Texas at Austin (sponsored by Sybase) suggests that ‘Better Data’ might be a more relevant first goal for many companies, rather than setting their sights immediately on implementing  ’Big Data’.  Better data could translate into more sales and higher…

New Job Openings in Semantics

The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a Web Developer: “As part of a web applications team, the Web Developer will build complex, interactive, database driven web applications (primarily python/django), and assist in the deployment and maintenance of a complex email marketing and constituent management tool.” Essential duties listed for the position include deploying “web applications on web servers (mac, linux, Unix) using tools including Apache, MySQL, Python (Django), XHTML, CSS, and Javascript.” The position calls for at least three years of experience.

Bridging the gap: How Semantic Web can move into the mainstream through SXSW


Personally, I believe that the Semantic Web will become mainstream in the next few years (I actually have a bet on this with some college friends). I know that this is a strong statement, but I am confident that it will happen. Mainstream is defined in Wikipedia as “the common current of thought of the majority”. Furthermore it states that something is mainstream if it “is available to the general public” and it “has ties to corporate or commercial entities. However, how do you evaluate if something is on the verge of becoming mainstream? I propose the following metric:  inclusion at the South by South West (SXSW) Conference!