Back in the USA

Friday August 7th I landed on the San Francisco airport and rode a shuttle bus to the house of Linda and Charlie, my old friends and colleagues, on the lovely UC Santa Cruz campus. The same evening we attended the opening of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. What striked me as especially positive about …

What is knowledge federation?

For a couple of years my fellow federators and I have been reflecting about a mountain top view that would profile knowledge federation and point at its advantages. Last June I was invited to talk about this subject to the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group of the Trinity College, Dublin, and, I felt, the intuitive ideas …

Beyond Wikipedia

Last Monday in my Socio-Semantic Web and Knowledge Federation course I gave a lecture titled “Beyond Wikipedia.” The purpose of this lecture was: To explain to the students the notion of knowledge federation and To import into the course knowledge base the wealth of ideas that have been developed in connection with Wikipedia.   ‘Wikipedia vs. Britannica’ …

Municipality key point dialogs – a strategic point

I have just sent the following email to the Nature Culture Health (NaCuHeal) International Board members: Hello everyone, Thanks for the meeting and the conversation today. I realize that when I begin talking about late Professor Werner Kollath I easily come across as someone who likes to tell long academic histories. The truth is, however, …

How to marry optimism with ecology

While most of us are now becoming aware that some rather profound changes may need to happen if our grandchildren should have a world to live in, Paul Ehrlich has been giving us this message for over forty years, from the authoritative post of a Stanford University Biology Professor.  A few days ago I heard …