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Author's profile photo Klaus Herrmanns

Reading Diary: WebFountain, FOAF

One of the things I like about weblogs is discovering new stuff that others blog about. So I’d like to start sharing some of the things I’ve discovered in my recent reading, too.

Sometimes you come across a new idea and think ‘wow, this is going to be big’. One recent discovery of mine in this direction was IBM’s WebFountain, a huge collection of intelligently structured data that search engines will be able to use as food for searches by multiple search engines, analytics tools etc.

I’d love to see TREX sink its teeth into this huge compilation of data – when I think of what I heard about the recent TREX demos with huge amounts of data the combination of meaningfully indexed data and intelligent, fast search could be a pleasure to see.

Sometimes you come across a new idea and think ‘nah, that’s not for me’. To me the idea of ‘social networks’ over the Internet is such an idea. I discovered that through SDN and Social Networking? and some of the links there, but I hardly have time to stay in touch with colleagues in real life (over lunch and such) or to keep up with the few web fora I frequent, so I don’t really see where I would find the time to establish and maintain the profiles, relationships etc that seem to be needed for this foaf stuff – sorry, Mark…

On a semi-private note, I’ve recently come back to picking up the Economist now and then. Lots of interesting contributions to the current debate about offshoring of IT and business process services. It is interesting to see the many facets of the offshoring debate (India vs China vs other countries, economic vs political arguments for and against offshoring etc) together with a very multifaceted survey of India’s current position in the latest edition of this magazine.

I wonder how the outsourcing of ever smaller parts of various business processes is going to work without business software that can handle very differentiated workflows across systems and locations. It’s going to be interesting to see the impact of XI on the viability of such outsourcing strategies.

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