Via email, Mark Woodman asks a good question, I don't think Mark will mind if I publish it here (better chance of getting an answer) -
In the process of getting an OpenID, I got a FOAF for free.
So it is at all useful to an average geek, or even an above-average one?Â Do I have to wait for some critical mass somewhere of FOAFiness before it has a good purpose? Â
There's plenty of FOAF out there now, and although a lot of it's minimal I don't think " wait for critical mass" is a fair response any more. But there certainly aren't a huge number of tools that use FOAF transparently, so at least average geekiness will help. I'll make a start here, any more suggestions of what can be done with FOAF now welcome.Associate it with your
Ok, this is a dull deployment thing that doesn't offer any
immediate benefit, but for this kind of data to be generally useful
it needs to be linked in where other people can find it.
Autodiscovery (a one-liner) is the usual method. There's a
that can be used to check its visibility. Another good use would be
to use it as source data for your hCard (maybe along the lines of
and thus get the advantage of whatever tools the microformats folks
come up with (see also:
A FOAF Profile can make a good starting point for Semantic Web explorations with tools like these:
Scutter your neighbourhood
Into full-on geekdom already. Use a tool like Slug to aggregate data of your friends, and of their friends... This in itself is fun, but doesn't by itself offer anything useful.
Query your neighbourhood
Ok, take the data from the scutter, put it in a SPARQL query engine and ask it what you like. It is possible to bypass the scutter stage somewhat and query the Web directly with tools like the Semantic Client Library.
Visualise your neighbourhood
See what you neighbourhood is interested inÂ
~ÂThat's all I can think of for now. Mark's recently started TechBrew, a site for news and how-tos. Maybe if the list above can be expanded a little, and a few examples added he might be willing to publish it over there.