Are you interested in putting your site on the Semantic Web but don’t know how to start?

Steven Pemberton of the World Wide Web Consortium and the Netherlands’ Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica has put together a primer for you.

His RDFa for HTML Authors, published on-line today (May 14), introduces the practice of embedding semantic data in Web pages and offers examples.

The primer’s introduction provides a good description of RDFa:

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, why not learn an Asian language?

As anyone who’s ever studied a second language knows, taking up a new language changes your understanding of the world.

And it can be especially rewarding in Vancouver. I’ve been taking a Korean course for a few weeks now, and suddenly I can read signs I pass on the bus every day, I can recognize bits of conversation I overhear, and friends’ names have taken on new meaning.

Last night (May 13), the 2009 PopVox Awards recognized the achievements of British Columbia’s digital-media sector.

Switch Interactive was the big winner, taking home four of the people's choice awards, including Best Game for A Puckoff Christmas.

Invoke Media won two awards (Best Social Media Application and Best Start Up) for Hootsuite, formerly known as BrightKit.

Elliot Burford has created an ongoing project that illustrates the titles of spam e-mails.

The Australia-born graphic designer, who lives in Italy, started Spam this year.

The result: very clever works of art.

I always thought that something good was going to come out of spam messages.

BayTSP, a U.S. firm that identifies and tracks copyright content on behalf of major movie and music interests, has released its annual report on online trends (the study is not online, but they did send me a copy and Ars Technica, Torrent Freak, and P2PNet have reports).

The inaugural Game Developers Conference Canada wrapped up today (May 13) at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Part of Vancouver Digital Week, the two-day GDC Canada spawned from the Vancouver International Game Summit, ran with enthusiasm but middling success by Victoria’s Greg Spievak and his Reboot Communications for three years.

GDC events, produced by San Francisco’s Think Services, are held annually in Austin, Texas; China; and Europe, with the flagship GDC held in San Francisco each spring.

Electoral reform appears dead in the water, after just 38.74 percent of B.C. voters endorsed single transferable vote in the May 12 referendum.

A cursory glance at Elections B.C.’s preliminary results reveals some interesting trivia for poli-sci geeks.

The two ridings where the pro-STV vote reached 60 percent were Victoria-Beacon Hill (61.33 percent) and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant (61.58 percent).

On-line classifieds site Craigslist will be removing erotic-services listings from all U.S. cities beginning today. According to a press release issued by Connecticut’s attorney general Richard Blumenthal, the San Francisco–based company plans to eliminate the erotic-services section from its site within seven days. Users are already unable to post new ads to the category. A statement from Craigslist can be found here.


Premier Gordon Campbell's acceptance speech on May 12, 2009, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Video by Shadi Elien for the Georgia Straight.

The drinks were flowing and the music was pumping at the Vancouver Convention Centre last night (May 12), as well-dressed young professionals and B.C. Liberal Party supporters gathered to celebrate Gordon Campell's reelection as premier.

Campbell arrived shortly after polls showed a majority win for the Liberal government. With that, Campbell won his third term in office.

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians adopted several copyright reform resolutions at its biennial conference earlier this month. The AEBC was founded in 1992 out of a desire for equality and empowerment of blind people in Canadian society. The resolutions call for a flexible fair dealing provision and and limits on anti-circumvention provisions. The full resolutions should be online shortly, but in the meantime, three of the most noteworthy are:

2009-02: Fair Dealing

Whereas, Section 29 of Canada's Copyright Act lists research, private study, criticism, review and news reporting as items that are considered "fair dealing" and hence not violations of copyright; and

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