Semantics through Action

When we want to bookmark an item in a bibligraphic list, or embed a resource in a page, we rely on someone, somewhere, having defined the semantics. This may be the author of the page adding Dublic Core meta data in the page header, or RDFa in the body, or maybe explicitly coded in a set of regular expressions or CSS rules for a bookmarklet.

This micro-site explores a different option, where semantics arise automatically or semi-automatically naturally through normal user interaction.

A number of scenarios are presented around potential future use of Aspire from a naive academic simply adding bibligraphic entries to a list (scenario 1), through a Aspire-savvy librarian who is interested in the quality of their institutional lists (scenario 2), to a techie academic defining specialised layout and semantics for a non-bibliographic website (scenario 3).

The walkthrough is a guide through a simple live demonstration of the principles. By selecting elements to complete a template of named entries, the system learns how to find them for itself on future web pages. It is illustrated by two demonstration examples, one a generic web page, the other bibliographic based on Mendeley pages.

If you want the gory details look at the how it works section!

Alan Dix, Talis, 2012