Our #MCN2014 Presentation Exploring Metamodel Subgraphs - GraphGist Edition

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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.

Our FactMiners & Softalk Magazine Presentation at #MCN2014

We invite you to view the "Lively Talkin' Slide" Edition of our recent presentation about FactMiners and The Softalk Apple Project at #MCN2014, the premiere museum informatics conference. 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 to learn, network with Kindred Spirits, and make our presentation to the museum informatics community. The opportunity for growth of both our projects was phenomenal and will be a source of enthusiasm for our continued evolution of these 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.

Why #DIYPlanetWalk? - The Pivot and the MVP

Timlynn and I have two projects in the Pacesetters/semi-final round of the Ashoka/LEGO #Play2Learn 'Re-imagine Learning' Challenge. These two projects are intimately inter-related as "means and ends" in the domain of LAM-based (Libraries, Archives, and Museums) social games that keep us engaged in preserving and exploring on-line digital collections of our cultural heritage.

Inside the FactMiners' Brain - Rainman Meet Sherlock

NOTE: In case you missed it, here is a link to a screencast of Kenny Bastani's webinar about using the Neo4j graph database in text classification and related Deep Learning applications. It's a fascinating introduction to some original work Kenny is doing that leverages the strengths of a property graph, in this case Neo4j, to do some Deep Learning text-mining and document classification.

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