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UMD is number one!

At more than one thing, apparently.

[UMD logo]

If you were going to do academic research on the semantic web, the University of Maryland would have to merit your serious attention, because a lot of important work has gone on there and continues to do so. Is it pure coincidence that High Times magazine picked them as the number one school for "counterculture activity"? Keep in mind that, as the author of the article "The High Times Guide to Higher Education" put it, a key criteria for school selection is "Is this a good school for stoners?"


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Sigh... There is another University of Maryland campus that is also doing a lot of semantic web research. Unfortunately, we are just not in the same league as UMCP. Not only did we not even make the High Times list of stoner schools, we don't even have a football team. Worse yet, our most successful intercollegiate team is the Chess team. It's hopeless -- we'll never catch up.

I must admit, I didn't realize that Swoop and Swoogle came from two different UMD campuses until I did a few searches before writing this post. It sounds like there are a lot of people thinking deep thoughts all over UMD, for a variety of reasons...

Yes, we are all high on the Semantic Web.