Synset, Semantic Web, CBC and Alberta Oil

September 28, 2007

The Semantic web evolves as web architects attempt to become visible to search engines and web searchers attempt to find information. One of the tools for connectivity involves clusters, clouds or groups of words. A useful datamodel concept is the synset1, a word grouping that uses the same word in different groupings according to different meanings of the word as synonym, antonym etc.

While reading my morning news via iGoogle .rss feeds, I came across the “Alberta Oil Blog, one of three blogs listed by the CBC Blog Watch2 sidebar on its own September 25th article entitled “Albertans invited to give feedback on royalty review.”

Alberta Oil Blog describes itself as,

“Have you heard Alberta has oil a lot of it and people are getting rich, the environment is getting thrashed, the big city centers are growing too fast all because of the black gold. How long will it last? What will Calgary look like in 20 years? This blog will be about Alberta Oil and everything in between just as the title says.”

As I clicked backwards on various views of the Alberta Oil Blog including the source, I realized that this site does not reveal either its author or any link to an organization. It is a brand new blog that was just uploaded a few days ago, on September 22. However, it does have a healthy list of GoogleAds which link to oil industry jobs, investment news, etc. Each click is only worth a dime to the site author so the ads are not a direct link to instant wealth. The key words as listed in page source are oil sands, tar sands, alberta oil, calgary, oil rig jobs while the categories as listed on blog: Calgary, Ed.Stelmach, Environment, Fort.McMurray, Iran, Iraq, Oil, Oil.Sands, Our.Fair.Share.Report, Peak.Oil, Pipeline, Royalties, Stock Prices, Stocks, Suncor, Uncategorized, US.Imperialism, Videos, War, Wealth. CBC lists it as Alberta Oil Blog — Industry News, Information and Discussion, its source lists it as “News and information about the Alberta Oil industry.”

Is is because of computer-generated or author-generated synsets that the results take on an ironic postmodern schizophrenic feel combining Jon Stewart clips, Naomi Klein and anti-imperialism with advertisements for jobs on the tar sands and lucrative energy stock investments.


1. “Introduction to the WordNet datamodel: “The core concept in WordNet is the synset. A synset groups words with a synonymous meaning, such as {car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar}. Another sense of the word “car” is recorded in the synset {car, railcar, railway car, railroad car}. Although both synsets contain the word “car”, they are different entities in WordNet because they have a different meaning. More precisely: a synset contains one or more word senses and each word sense belongs to exactly one synset. In turn, each word sense has exactly one word that represents it lexically, and one word can be related to one or more word senses. There are four disjoint kinds of synset, containing either nouns, verbs, adjectives or adverbs. There is one more specific kind of adjective called an adjective satellite. Furthermore, WordNet defines seventeen relations, of which ten between synsets (hyponymy, entailment, similarity, member meronymy, substance meronymy, part meronymy, classification, cause, verb grouping, attribute) and five between word senses (derivational relatedness, antonymy, see also, participle, pertains to). The remaining relations are “gloss” (between a synset and a sentence), and “frame” (between a synset and a verb construction pattern). There is also a more specific kind of word. Collocations are indicated by hyphens or underscores (an underscore stands for a space character), e.g. mix-up and eye_contact (Van Assem, Mark; Gangemi, Aldo; Schreiber, Guus. 2006).”

2. The others are The Stride Protocol and merismus

Bibliography and Webliography

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Admission by Government that Alberta Royalty Review Flawed?” albertaoilblog.com September 26. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/26/admission-by-government-that-alberta-royalty-review-flawed /

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Cost of Freedom.” albertaoilblog.com September 26. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/26/cost-of-freedom/

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. is becoming an Oil Sands Player.” albertaoilblog.com September 25. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/25/abu-dhabi-national-energy-co-is-becoming-an-oil-sands-player /

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. We have oil America so protect us.” albertaoilblog.com September 24.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Alberta second-highest share of the country’s wealthiest people.” albertaoilblog.com September 24. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/24/alberta-second-highest-share-of-the-countrys-wealthiest-people/

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Alberta’s Royalty Report, “Our Fair Share” albertaoilblog.com September 23.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Oil Sands stocks a good buy right now.” albertaoilblog.com September 23.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Oil Royalties debate sweeps Alberta.” albertaoilblog.com September 23.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. “Suncor Pumps H2S into the Environment.” albertaoilblog.com September 22.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. “On the Map with Avi Lewis: Alberta Oil Sands” albertaoilblog.com September 22.

CBC. 2007. “Albertans invited to give feedback on royalty review.” September 25. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2007/09/25/review-review.html

Van Assem, Mark; Gangemi, Aldo; Schreiber, Guus. 2006. “RDF/OWL Representation of WordNet:W3C Working Draft.” June 19. http://www.w3.org/TR/wordnet-rdf/

Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Synset, Semantic Web, CBC and Alberta Oil” >> Google Docs. September 25. http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddp3qxmz_377d75hkf

Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Synset, Semantic Web, CBC and Alberta Oil” >> Speechless. September 25.

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