With the increasing cacophony from 'semantic' players in the technology space, it can be extremely difficult to work out what's important, to identify the trends, and to make informed decisions about how any of this affects you and your business. As part of our contribution to bringing some clarity to the proceedings, I am delighted to announce the first (virtual) meeting of the new Semantic Web Gang. We'll be recording a show each month, gathering the regular Gang and the occasional special guest to talk about the issues of the day, and taking a step back in order to consider the news in light of broader trends.
The first tranche of Gang members comprise;
- Greg Boutin
- Mills Davis of Project 10X
- Tom Heath of Talis
- Alex Iskold of AdaptiveBlue
- Daniel Lewis of OpenLink
- Thomas Tague of Reuters
I shall be adding additional members to this pool of regulars over the next few episodes, expanding the range of experience and insight represented here even further.
In this first meeting of the Gang, we talked about the current perception that the Semantic Web is ready for mainstream adoption, drawing upon recent statements from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the announcement from Yahoo! of support for a number of Semantic Web specifications, and the SemanticHacker challenge that TextWise announced the day before our call.
We will be talking on the third Thursday of each month, so episode 2 will be recorded on April 17. I wonder what newsworthy items will come to our attention between now and then?
The audio for our conversation is available here, along with pointers to some of the resources mentioned during the call.