During this summer, I stepped into the world of Semantic Web, a whole new concept to me. I have learned what Semantic Web is and basic RDF, SparQL, XSLT. Now I can do some simple semantic programming.
I have been working with Rob on the BCO-DMO project's page using SparQL and XSLT to show the project's information as webpages. Now we have reviewed the details of every property of data in BCO-DMO and are able to get the data and display it as a simple webpage( a table ). Because I'm working on a website so I didn't really have much time to practice SparQL and XSLT. But I'm very interested in the Semantic Web and its stuffs. I'd like to continue on this project next semester.
The first impression TWC gives me is it is like Google, at least as what google is like on magazines. We got snacks, soda, TV, Xbox and a kitchen. People here are helpful. Patrick helped us on many problems especially when the wineagent server stopped returning results, Han helped me on understanding XSLT and we have many interesting chat with graduates. The atmosphere here is "very easy to find someone to talk or get help", people are around you and easy to reach out. One day, a lady bring some vegetables she grew in her garden and shared them with others.
And, I've attend one talk " The Datalift Project: Ontologies, Datasets, Tools and Methodologies to Publish and Interlink Datasets " From Francois Scharffe. The accent of the speaker made me a little hard to catch up with him, but the talk is very interesting.
I like TWC.