Digital space is actual space, the space in which we live. A space is a set of relationships between objects; in our contemporary society, space is a hybridization of connected and non-connected objects that are structured by writing.
Marcello Vitali-Rosati, On Editorialization: Structuring Space and Authority in the Digital Age
Just yesterday I finished my application for a summer school for hands-on experience with Semantic Web technologies. It is the International Semantic Web Research Summer School.
My interest in the school is related to the interdisciplinary (intertwingular) approach I will be taking when writing my PhD thesis – still in my first PhD year. As I wrote in my letter to the organizers, I am surprised as anyone would be by the idea that someone with very little hands-on experience in RDF and the Semantic Web stack would want to dive in the school and the activities.
But after reconnecting to the vision and the desire for exploration I have for textuality on the Web, my main point came clearer. If I am to truly walk the talk of an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge (ideas and experience) management, preservation and exchange (what I see web writing to be), I have to dive in the ocean of doing when it comes to semantic web technologies, not only of writing.
And this is where, as the fractal nature of everything goes, an idea hit me: what if I can write my CV with a Linked Data.
I didn’t do it. I can’t do it, unfortunately, without a little help from the Semantic Web tribe, but I can read and research about it. I can, also, have my own pity (or maybe pithy :)) attempt to start something. So I did.
I created this is in gra.fo:
And then I found these researchers and their paper DISCOVERING RESUME INFORMATION USING LINKED DATA.
It appeared (me, reinventing the wheel for yet another time) that there was a ResumeRDF Ontology Specification.
So, my next step is to start wrapping my mind (and resume data) around this.
It, my comparatively well-versed in the Semantic Web vision, and totally green-horn in the nitty gritty of practice mind, imagines that I could emulate this structure:
That is figure 8, by the wonderful publication I found: Linked data: a new alphabet for the Semantic Web by authors Mauro Guerrini & Tiziana Possemato.
And I am adding it here with what seems a very important perspective: The Web is a space. A structure, as Marcello Vitali-Rosati, cited above, has it, with very well-discerned localities and places and measures. [I think in the Semantic Web discourse this is called proximity.] And in this context, any publication on the Web, be it a CV, a dataset or a blog post*, is to be done with awareness about these relationships and the possibilities (and portals) they open for exchanges of all kinds.
So… wish me luck and please let me know if there is a better way to write a resume with Linked Data.
Wish me luck and please let me know if there is a better way to write a resume with Linked Data.
Because if I am to write about semantic technologies and content and corporate communications (and citizenship) and all the things that I want to collide in my thesis, I have to start exchanging thoughts and skills with Semantic Web practitioners and translating desires for expressing myself into bits of semantic data to seed on the Web.
* In case you missed this (it’s old, but worth reading): What next for Semantic Blogging?
Update [April 11, 2019]
Kingsley Uyi Idehen produced a number of tweets last year about the benefit of an ontology for LinkedIn data space. Which is related to the creation of a CV too.
This is the link to the Tweet with more details:
And this is a link to a powerful visualisation of
a person’s data as linked data (screenshot below)