Using Photos & Data Under a Creative Commons License

Below is a creative commons Image from Flickr. In the Caption to the photo is the kind of attribution that a Creative Commons Attribution License calls for when using an image like this from Flickr:

Sunset and Silhouette Don McCullough  Some Rights Reserved  Sunset and silhouette
Don McCullough
Some Rights Reserved
Sunset and silhouette

When you choose to use a photo or data available under a Creative Commons’ License, you’re giving other people information about their rights to use your copyrighted materials. This means that you should understand what the different licenses mean

Notice that the infomation on these sites provides Open Data available through licenses that allow people to create something new or useful

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Licensing Requirement Information found in Linked Open Data

In 2009, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web recorded the following TED Presentation about Linked Open Data.

This video describes his next idea for a use for the Web, where Data is shared and can flow freely, published by people under open licenses.

On the L4LOD Vocabulary Specification 0.2 is Information about the different licenses over the data sets of the LOD cloud.

I’ve shared links to and information about the Open licenses that data there has been published under below, so that the information can be shared and it can help encourage others to create using Linked Data, and to share data under Open data licenses like the ones described..

Creative Commons

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How Google May Index Deep Web Entities

If you’ve been doing SEO for a while, one of the papers that you may have read describes how Google was attempting to index content found on the Web that might be difficult for their crawlers to access, such as financial statements from the SEC. The search engine would have to try to access this information by filling out a form and guessing good queries, because that was the only way to access the information – they couldn’t crawl it without querying it first. This paper describes efforts that Google undertook to access that information:

Google’s Deep-Web Crawl

From the abstract to the paper:

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How Bing May Expand Queries Based upon Finding Entities Within them

“Examples of entity graphs include Microsoft Corporation’s Satori and Google’s Knowledge Graph, or Facebook’s semantic graph.”

Bing's Satori Result needs updating on a search for [Satori knowledge graph]
Bing’s Satori Result needs updating on a search for [Satori knowledge graph]

A Microsoft patent application was published at the World Intellectual Property Organization this week on Semantic Search issues that describe how Microsoft’s Understanding of Entities may influence the search results you might see at Bing.

As a Microsoft patent tells us:

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How Named Entities Connected to Trending Topics can be used to Address Real Time Search Results

When someone performs a search at one of the major search engines, the search engine focuses upon returning as quick and helpful an answer as possible. Part of that can involve looking the query up in a “trending topics” database to see if there’s some recent news that should be reported to the searcher. This is how the search engines are increasingly becoming a real time monitor of world events.

Yahoo suggests a number of real time news results on a query for Mark Zuckerberg
Yahoo suggests a number of real time news results on a query for Mark Zuckerberg

A recently granted patent at Yahoo (Bing has taken over crawling of web pages for Yahoo, but the deal between the two companies allows Yahoo to massage the data they receive and show off the results they want to) describes how they might “identify… and recommend… queries related to trending topics based on a query received from a user of an information retrieval system.”

The patent describes its focus and the challenges it intends to overcome as follows:

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SEO from Google’s Direct Answers

Google has started showing Direct answers to questions related to SEO. That has made me wonder how much someone could learn about SEO at Google with those direct answers, and I wanted to see what terms Google was showing results from and which sources. I expect there to possibly be a log of churn in the answers Google shows results from.

I started off by asking about SEO itself:

what is seo

I then wanted to look at some topics that might have questionable answers and advice, and asked about the next three topics to see if SEO myths were being promoted by Google Direct Answer. It seemed like they are given the following three answers about Reciprocal links, Keyword Density, and LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing):

What are reciprocal links?
What are reciprocal links?

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Google’s Knowledge Cards

In the Google patent “Providing Knowledge Panels With Search Results” is a reference to an earlier Google patent filing describing Knowledge Cards in depth. The patent provision is titled, “Apparatus and Method for Supplying Search Results with a knowledge Card”, and it is identified as being Patent Application No. 61/515,305, filed on Aug. 4, 2011.

This provisional patent is not linkable from the Web, otherwise I would provide a link to it.

It is supposedly “incorporated fully” into that later patent filing, but a lot of details about what a knowledge card is have been left out of the later patent filing. I wrote about that later patent in a post titled, How Google Decides What to Know in Knowledge Graph Results, but the patent specifically about knowledge cards contains information not in the later patent.

Knowledge Panel results are part of Google’s Semantic Web search results which include a mix of result types such as Direct Answers, Structured Snippets, Rich Snippets and are part of an evolution of search results happening at Google and Bing and Microsoft that go much beyond yesterday’s 10-Blue links. I’ll be following this post with one about the rich search results that show up in response to queries at Bing.

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Semantic SEO in San Diego (Presentations are available)

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015 we held a Lotico San Diego Semantic Web on the topic of SEO meets Semantic Web. It was a free meetup and we had a number of people who have signed up to attend the lectures and network. We had Green Pizza (Pesto and Spinach varieties), and green snacks and green drink in honor of St. Patrick’s day.

Our Presentations from the event are at:

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