Semantic MediaWiki

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Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) is an extension to MediaWiki that allows for annotating semantic data within wiki pages, thus turning a wiki that incorporates the extension into a semantic wiki. Data that has been encoded can be used in semantic searches, used for aggregation of pages, displayed in formats like maps, calendars and graphs, and exported to the outside world via formats like RDF and CSV.

“Year of the Upgrade”. FSF Annual Associate Member Meeting, Saturday March 24

“Year of the Upgrade”. Annual Associate Member Meeting, Saturday March 24.

The full schedule of speakers and details for attendees and registration is published at

“Year of the upgrade”

09:15-10:00 Breakfast, registration and gpg key signing
10:00-10:25 Peter Brown, Executive Director – “Libre Planet”
10:25-10:50 John Sullivan, Program Administrator – “BadVista and the Campaign for Free Software Adoption”
10:50-11:05 Justin Baugh, Senior System Administrator – “Hardware Free from Restrictions”
11:05-11:20 Joshua Ginsberg, Senior System Administrator – “FSF Systems Administration”
11:20-11:35 Break
11:35-12:10 Brett Smith, Licensing Engineer – “Compliance and GPLv3”
12:10-12:50 Richard Stallman, President – “Free Software and Software Patents”
12:50-13:50 Lunch and mini-rockbox installfast
13:50-14:40 Gerald Sussman, Director – “Robust Design”
14:40-15:20 Eben Moglen, General Counsel – “After GPLv3”
15:20-16:00 Board members panel and Q&A “Year of the Upgrade”
16:00-16:15 Break
16:15-17:30 Members Forum – including a presentation by Mako Hill – “Defining free culture”
17:30-17:50 Free Software Awards Ceremony
19:00 Dinner at the Middle East ($)

Read this essay.
The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth: My Story of Unlearning – Benjamin “Mako” Hill

Read Writings and Publications by Benjamin Mako Hill.

Here’s the Recordings from the 2006 Associate Member Meeting. Here’s the part I was interested in “Moving the fight for free software into the mainstream”.

rms birthday 2007

Chris and Stallman

Sure I look a little odd but I look so happy. The other day it was rms birthday, I sent a Happy birthday email from Wikiversity community, TALO egroup, Learnscope and education network Australia Online and he sends his thanks.

Its great that a computer scientist has such high standard of ethics and morality.

Silence – L’autre endroit

Another great album from Silence on Jamendo. Download Silence – L’autre endroit.
Here’s another nice one. Silence – EncreMusic. I used track 6 for the Worlds best desktop video.

I haven’t felt this way about music in a long time but this is free art, free as in freedom. Tracks 6, 7 and 8 are probably my favourites so far. Track 8 – Larmes is my favourite emo song, I looked it up in english and it turns out Larmes is french for tears or weeping.

OWPFOSS Presentation

Here’s the recording of the discussion and my talk in breeze. I think you need flash 9 plugin, I’ll convert it to OGG/Theora video soon enough. A podcast recording of this event will be available shortly through the NSW LearnScope podcast site.

Here’s the presentation on the wiki.

I made a few silly mistakes but its OK. If you watch it please leave comments.

One of the great things is how much this is motivating people I know working on free knowledge projects to work with professional educators. So thanks again.

Thank you LearnScope

A huge thanks to all the LearnScope people for the opportunity to talk about what I love and show the practical benefits of FOSS. It was great to see Alexander Hayes, Robyn Jay, Sean Fitzgerald, Jo Kay, Stephan Ridgeway and the people I’ve listened to in LearnScope podcasts. It was nice to meet the other people that turned up as well and thanks everyone that came, they were all very nice and open to free culture. I don’t know about adult education but in secondary public education copyright is the highest cost apart from wages.

I was flown to Sydney and back to work for the day, in the morning I worked with Alex and Robyn customising the Wiki then we had a group discussion, you can see the details here.

Maybe it would have been better to focus on Mediawiki, Collaboration and Copyright but my talk was about the history of FOSS and then gave examples of FOSS, FOSS on the web and free knowledge communities. You can see the presentation here and imagine the story I told. Thanks to my brothers advice I went with just using images as my strategy to talk naturally. I think I could do much better if I had another chance. After listening to Sean Fitzgerald talk about FOSS I would give myself 4 out of 10 for speaking skill. Sean and Jo had been to and touched the [[olpc|Children’s Machine]] , that went down really well when it came to talking about it. Using the Mars Rover as the first example of FOSS was also very nice.

Read Jo Kays post “Three Cheers for FOSS and Wireless Blogging“, she took a photo of me during the talk :), I need to get an Open Source Entrepreneur power jacket. lol.

Lots more to think and write about, I’ll get more time soon.
Thank you educators, nothing makes me happier than working with you.

Guest Speaker – Chris Harvey

Whoa, I’ve been called a lot of things, this is one of the good ones. I’m off to the big smoke next week to meet past and present NSW LearnScope team members and other guests. Have a look at the overview. I noticed Sean FitzGerald will be there, thats comforting, I think he understands what Free Software means to me.

I setup Mediawiki and PlanetPlanet Aggregator for NSW Learnscope. I thought I was fairly knowledgable about the Bazaar model of development but Alexander Hayes takes it to a new level. lol, I’m just joking a little about how he released earlier than I expected but with the support of some of the innovators in our networks I think we’ll get there. In open markets innovation wins, thats pretty much how it works.

So I have to put together a 50min talk in 4 days, I’ve been thinking about it for quite some time so its just a matter of putting it together, the main thing I’m worried about is my nerves at the start, I always get really nervous at the start of these things so I hope someone has some tips.

There’s so many things to talk about, I have to keep it simple. I have mostly been thinking about something like “FOSS and Web 2.0: Independence and Capability”. Lets look at something interesting about Web 2.0 and FOSS. What operating system is used for some Web 2.0 services:

Google – Linux
Wikipedia – Linux
Youtube – Linux
Flickr – Linux
Delicious – Linux
Blogger – Linux
Digg – Linux
Wordpress – Linux
Amazon – Linux
Facebook – Linux
Friendster – Linux
Moodle – Linux
creativecommons – Linux
nswlearnscope – Linux – Linux

That will do for now, I’ll try to build the list a bit more later. Also thinking about something like “Open Web Publishing: Copyright and Community”. The Definition of Free Cultural Works will be useful for that. I think the main thing is to talk about FOSS, open web publishing with FOSS and show exampes of what has been achieved with those tools and development model compared to whats been achieved by proprietary software tools and proprietary content manufacturers. Anyway I’m rambling, lots of things to do so I better get to it.

It is immoral to exclude people from knowledge and from beauty

Eben Moglen with more words of wisdom.

Die Gedanken Sind Frei: Free Software and the Struggle for Free Thought
Wizards of OS 3, Opening Keynote – Eben Moglen – June 10, 2004

Read the transcript and visit this page to download the video or watch it below.

He talks about the history and struggle for the freedom of thought, economic justice and the equality of persons. The struggle against control of education and publication by the universal catholic church , control of printing and censorship of learning by state power, control of knowledge and culture by owners capitalistically motivated and idealogically inclined.

We can eradicate ignorance at the expense of a few, we have to do it. — Eben Moglen

Here’s a poem that was mentioned in the talk.

I think as I please
And this gives me pleasure.
My conscience decrees,
This right I must treasure.
My thoughts will not cater
To duke or dictator,
No man can deny
Die gedanken sind frei.

German 16th-century peasant song

Die Gedanken Sind Frei.
Another quote:

The perpetuation of ignorance is the beginning of slavery — Eben Moglen “