John G. Breslin

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Online community sites have replaced the traditional means of keeping a community informed via libraries and publishing. At present, online communities are islands that are not interlinked. We describe different types of online communities and tools that are currently used to build and support such communities. Ontologies and Semantic Web technologies offer(More)
This paper deals with applying semantic Web technologies to the social Web can lead to a social semantic Web, creating a network of interlinked and semantically rich knowledge. One of the most visible trends on the Web is the emergence of social Web sites, which help people create and gather knowledge by simplifying user contributions via blogs, tagging and(More)
Everyone on the Internet knows the buzzword social networking. Social networking services (SNS) usually offer the same basic functionalities: network of friends listings, person surfing, private messaging etc. With such features, SNSs demonstrate how the Internet continues to better connect people for various social and professional purposes. The(More)
According to a survey we recently conducted, Twitter was ranked in the top three services used by Semantic Web researchers to spread information. In order to understand how Twitter is practically used for spreading scientific messages, we captured tweets containing the official hashtags of three conferences and studied (1) the type of content that(More)
The ability to send and retrieve information over the Web using traditional and ubiquitous computing methods has changed the way we work and live. Web portals, as content aggregators, act as gateways to pertinent and upto-date information. Social networking portals are a recent development, allowing a user to create and maintain a network of close friends(More)
Online communities are islands of people and topics that are not interlinked. Complementary discussions exist on disparate systems but it is currently difficult to exploit the available distributed information. A Semantically Interlinked Online Community (SIOC) can enable efficient information dissemination across communities by creating an ontology that(More)
Large volumes of content (bookmarks, reviews, videos, etc.) are currently being created on the “Social Web”, i.e. on Web 2.0 community sites, nd this content is being annotated and commented upon. The ability to view an individual’s entire contribution to the Social Web would be an nteresting and valuable service, particularly important as social networks(More)
Tagging has proven to be a successful and efficient way for creating metadata through a human collective intelligence. It can be considered not only an application of individuals for expressing one’s interests, but also as a starting point for leveraging social connections through collaborative user participations. A number of users have contributed to tag(More)