Today it's about time to make my M.Sc. thesis available online. The review process took a long while, but I finally graduated from DERI, National University of Ireland, Galway last October. That's more than a year after I submitted my thesis and actually left Galway to move to Boston.
I started my Master's degree back in August 2007 in Galway, Ireland. At the time I was not sure what I would end up writing about, but a few months later, it became clear that Drupal combined with RDF was going to be my topic of choice, and thanks to my supervisor this was made possible. From then onwards, it's been a heck of a ride! It all started with informal discussions on groups.drupal.org about what the RDF schema in Drupal could look like. Later in October 2008, Dries made it clear that he would support RDFa in the next version of Drupal core. A few weeks later I posted a roadmap for RDFa in Drupal 7, raised some funds and organized a code sprint in Galway in May 2009. That was the time when I had to wrapped up my thesis, which included some details on the design of the RDF in core as it was back then. Around the same time I submitted a paper on my work with Drupal and RDF to the 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2009) which was to win the Best Semantic Web In Use Paper Award a few months later. The same year I went to Boston for an internship with the IIC group at Harvard, presented the state of Drupal and RDF at a few local meetups in Washington DC, New York and Boston, and got a scholarship to DrupalCon DC (where I met Lin who became a valuable RDF contributor and created SPARQL Views). Finally Dries committed the main RDFa patch in October 2009 after much discussions in the core RDF issue queue!
There been a decent amount of people involved in this great RDF journey, and I want to thank them all, including my supervisor Axel Polleres and my thesis reviewers: John Breslin, Stefan Decker and Tim Clark.
The title of my thesis is "Bootstrapping the Web of Data with Drupal" and its content is still pretty accurate today, although the RDF schema has changed a little. Here is the most recent version which ships with Drupal 7.0:
Here is how you can cite my thesis: Corlosquet, S. Bootstrapping the Web of Data with Drupal. M.Sc. thesis, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway. 2009. 80 p.
Photo credit: Anna Dabrowska