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About Android, the Semantic Web and the BBC

Yes, there is quite a bit of topics in the title, and they are all involved in the latest prototype of blueBill Mobile. In case you don't have read my previous posts on this track, I'm going to give a bit of context. I'm referring to an Android application of mine, blueBill Mobile, aimed at providing a number of field tools for birdwatchers. The core of the application is a database of species, which is very complete for given geographic areas, that users can browse and operate upon. The relevant part for this post is the 'fact sheet' section, where for each species one can pick a description, some information and a collection of related media. A key concept of blueBill Mobile is that information aren't provided by a “closed” publisher (such as the portfolio and the knowledge base of a single coprorate, as it happens for other birdwatching applications in the market), instead the app is able to aggregate information available on the web, when the terms of use are appropriate. Data can be still reliable (there are reputable organizations providing vetted data), so this open approach can be extremely powerful, as huge quantities of quality information can be made available to users. Semantic technologies Semantic technologies (I'm not talking yet of the Semantic Web) have been involved since the beginning in the design of my application, as it is based on a RDF store - that is a way ...


Date: July, 16 2010
Url: http://www.java.net/blog/fabriziogiudici/archive/2010/07/16/about-android-semantic-web-and-bbc


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