Established North American Semantic Web company TopQuadrant today announced that Jeremy Carroll is joining the company as Chief Product Architect.
Whilst at HP Labs, Carroll was lead architect on the open source Jena toolkit that lies behind much of today's commercial and non-commercial work on the Semantic Web. TopQuadrant's press release asserts that;
"Jena is currently the most used Java toolkit for building semantic applications and is the leading Java toolkit referenced in academic papers and conferences."
TopQuadrant CEO Irene Polikoff remarked,
"Jeremy's unique skill set and vision for the future of semantic application development will be a tremendous asset to TopQuadrant. We believe that the collaboration between Jeremy and Holger [Knublauch, TopQuadrant's Vice President of Product Development] will help to push enterprise-class semantic application development into the mainstream."
Echoing a growing recognition from Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others, Carroll commented;
"Semantic Web standards are now at a stage that, with the right tool support, companies can use them to develop mission critical applications. I'm looking forward to working with Holger and everyone at TopQuadrant. I believe that the combination of Holger's skills in user interfaces and mine in semantic infrastructure, will make a world-class team."
Unlike higher profile consumer-facing examples of Semantic Web commercialisation such as Powerset or Radar Networks, TopQuadrant is one of a number of companies including OpenLink, Talis (my employer) and others that are betting on a more measured growth based upon servicing the emerging needs of enterprise customers.