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IADIS 2004: Using FOAF To Support Community-Building

Brian Kelly and Leigh Dodds (ingenta) co-authored a paper on Using FOAF To Support Community-Building which was presented at the IADIS Web-Based Communities 2004 conference held in Lisbon on 24-26th March 2004.


This paper was subsequently republished in the Upgrade journal. The paper is available on the University of Bath institutional repository.

Using FOAF To Support Community-Building
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In addition the slides are also available.

Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
FOAF Authoring Tools
FOAF-a-matic Mark 2
Images of FOAFaMaticMark2 Authoring Tool
Screen dump 1: Personal information screen
Screen dump 2: Professional information screen
Screen dump 3: Friends information screen
Screen dump 4: IWM information screen
Screen dump 5: Conferences information screen


Paper Details

Short Paper
A3 - Visionary Web Architectures
Using FOAF To Support Community-Building
Authors' names, complete affiliations, addresses
Mr Brian Kelly
UK Web Focus
University of Bath
Mr Leigh Dodds
Lower Bristol Road
Name of author to be contacted for correspondence
Brian Kelly
E-mail address and fax of contact author
FAX: +44 1225 386838
Paper abstract
The Semantic Web seeks to enable a global distributed database of information through the development of an infrastructure that facilitates integration of data from independent communities without the requirement for prior agreement on the structure of this data. This basic concept seems to be of particular relevance to the development of online communities in which we are currently seeing a wide range of collaborative tools being used in a number of different ways. Although many of these tools will be beneficial to their communities, there is a danger that the resources developed within a community will not be accessible to others, thereby limiting the opportunities for knowledge sharing. This paper outlines the potential for Semantic Web technologies to ensure that resources can be defined in a way that promotes their ability for being shared with third-parties with a minimum of integration effort.
The paper outlines one particular Semantic Web application - FOAF (Friend Of A Friend). The paper reviews this application and describes its potential for community-building amongst conference delegates.
A maximum of three keywords which best describe the work
FOAF, Semantic Web, community-building
Appropriate references
Brian has spoken at a number of international conferences, including co-authoring a short paper at the IADIS Internet/WWW 2003 conference on "Deployment Of Quality Assurance Procedures For Digital Library Programmes", presenting a paper on "Approaches To The Preservation Of Web Sites" at the Online Information 2002 conference in December 2002, and one on "Automated Benchmarking Of Local Government Web Sites" at the EuroWeb 2001 conference held in Italy in December 2001. He gave a presentation on "HTML Is Dead! A Web Standards Update" and took part in a panel session on "Isn't Web Site Accessibility Too Difficult To Implement?" at the Internet Librarian International 2003 conference in March 2003. Brian is a regular columnist for the Ariadne e-journal.
A brief CV of author
Brian Kelly provides the UK Web Focus post, a JISC-funded post which provides advice and support to the UK Higher and Further Education Communities in the area of the Web. Brian is also the project manager for the QA Focus project.
Brian has been involved in Web activities since 1993, when he was involved in setting up one of the first Web sites in the UK Higher Education community. He has been involved in Web activities since then, and has participated in several of the International World Wide Web Conferences, as a member of the program committee, author of several short papers and conference delegate.
Brian is based in UKOLN - a national centre of excellence in digital information management, based at the University of Bath.