PRImA's Aletheia - Ground Truth & Softalk Magazine

Although most folks are now happy with full access to the complete run of the Apple edition of Softalk magazine now that Timlynn​ and I have funded its "ingestion" into the Internet Archive, the Softalk Apple Project is far from over. In fact, getting the collection into the Archive was just step one -- the Citizen History aspect of our projects.

My 1st Post to the #cidocCRM SIG Mailing List

Today I felt bold or desperate enough -- actually some of both -- to prod a bit for a reply to a request for advice from a couple of my mentors in my #cidocCRM/#TEI Personal Learning Network. If you are successful developing a really good #PLNet (might as well mint a hashtag for on-going use), your loose group of mentors will, by definition, be EXTREMELY busy beyond your imagining, and the best won't suffer fools lightly. So evolving your #PLNet is always a balancing act.

FactMiners' Fact Cloud and Witmore's Text as Massively Addressable Object

I've just published a long-read, Deep Weedsy piece on entitled: "FactMiners' Fact Cloud and Witmore's Text as Massively Addressable Object". I welcome your reading and especially comments and questions.

My purpose in writing this article is two-fold:

  • As a backgrounder/profile -- a 'manifesto' of sorts -- that I hope Robert Miller of the Internet Archive will have a chance to read before we meet next week at #DPLAfest.

Our #MCN2014 Presentation Exploring Metamodel Subgraphs - GraphGist Edition


We invite you to view the Neo4j-based "GraphGist Edition" of our recent #MCN2014 presentation about FactMiners and The Softalk Apple Project at the annual conference of the Museum Computer Network.

We again thank the Museum Computer Network Association and PICTION for sponsoring our Emerging Professional scholarship that enabled Jim Salmons and Timlynn Babitsky to attend the conference on behalf of our projects to learn, network with Kindred Spirits, and make our presentation to the museum technology community. The opportunity to attend this excellent conference was phenomenal and will be a source of enthusiasm and inspiration for our continued evolution of our grassroots Citizen Science/History projects.

Thoughts on CIDOC-CRM Classes: "Oops, who put all this Time Stuff in my Box of Things!?"

I am using the CIDOC-CRM – the Conceptual Reference Model developed by the International Council of Museums – as the primary domain reference model guiding design and development of the FactMiners social-game platform. In a recent post I looked at the Conceptual Reference Model from a "pure graph" perspective, re-imagining the CRM's Property Declarations as "just another" labeled subset of model elements, that is, as just another important subset of CRM Classes. In this post, I explore the "entity-ness" of the CIDOC-CRM Class Declarations.

Thoughts on a Graph Representation of the CIDOC-CRM: Property Declarations

I am having an interesting time looking at the CIDOC-CRM – the Conceptual Reference Model for museums developed by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). In particular, as generally described in my last post, I am looking at the CIDOC-CRM with a "pure graph" lens on a metamodel developed with an object-oriented perspective. In this post, I take a closer look at what "node-ifying" the CIDOC-CRM Property Declarations would look like and why this is a potentially powerful idea.

On "Node-ifying" Relations in a Neo4j Graph Database of the CIDOC-CRM

One aspect of the metamodel subgraph design pattern we are using for the FactMiners Fact Cloud is a graph transformation that can be viewed as "node-ifying" a relationship. That is, if our source database has a relationship, we model the relationship as a node in the metamodel so we can more fully model the relationship. In this post I explore an aspect of the UI view of such an approach and wonder if Structr and KeyLines could be used to create an intuitive and easy-to-use visualization of such a dynamic graph transformation at the view level. My particular interest here is use this design pattern to create a Neo4j-based exploratory viewer on the CIDOC-CRM.

Citizen Science as Means to Increasing Diversity in the Library and Information Science Profession

This is an open letter of introduction to an amazing group of Knowledge Allies in the American Library Association (ALA) Knowledge Alliance Program. In particular, I am addressing the sub-group of Allies who have a stated interest in Digital Preservation; Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Patricia Hswe, Somaly Kim Wu, Sally Ma, Michael Elliott McWilliams, and Kai Alexis Smith.

FactMiners Jim Awarded Emerging Professional Scholarship to Attend #MCN2014

I am beyond happy to announce that I have been awarded an Emerging Professional Scholarship to significantly support our attending and presenting at the prestigious Museum Computer Network 2014 (#MCN2014) annual conference next month in Dallas, Texas.