buddycloud with Semantic Enhancements

buddycloud (seeĀ buddycloud.org andĀ buddycloud.com) is a set of software components and protocols to create a Federated Social Web. Such Distributed Social Media do not depend on proprietary platforms. The components of buddycloud are available as Open Source (Apache License 2.0).

Now an extended version of the buddycloud web client has been created in an IKS Early Adopter project. This new web client makes it possible to very easily add related and relevant content to postings. No knowledge in Semantic Technologies is required to use it. In Social Media users are both authors and consumers of content – user generated content.

The user interface uses VIE and the annotate.js JavaScript library provided by IKS. A significant percentage of mobile browsers do not support the “contenteditable” HTML-attribute. Therefore the user interface uses both a text area field to enter and edit text content and an additional HTML-area which is used to semi-automatically add semantic enhancements to the entered text.

A demo is currently available at compusic.de. A demo of the normal webclient without this feature is available at demo.buddycloud.org.

Here are two screenshots:

The extended buddycloud web client with annotate.js IK component while the user is disambiguating a semantic enhancement:


And the normal buddycloud web client (accessing another server!) showing the result:


During this process an Apache Stanbol service is used which also is provided by IKS.

If you are interested in Lessons Learned please have a look at the Early Adopters validation report.

If you are interested in collaborating in this effort please contact Andreas Kuckartz. And if you are interested in creating the Federated Social Web, then please also consider joining the W3C Federated Social Web Community Group.

Author: Wernher

Wernher Behrendt is senior researcher at Salzburg Research and the coordinator of the IKS project

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