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The Semantic Web
Paul Miller offers insight and analysis on the Semantic Web, dissecting the news and showing why it matters to the wider business world.
<p>Paul has been involved with the web since its earliest days, addressing issues of technology and policy most recently at <a href="http://www.talis.com/platform/">Talis</a> and previously in a range of public sector positions. At <a href="http://cloudofdata.com">The Cloud of Data</a>, Paul provides consultancy and analysis services to a wide range of clients concerned with the implications of the Semantic Web and Cloud Computing for their business. Paul has a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of York.
Apple buys Siri, and brings real semantic smarts to Cupertino.
This podcast conversation with David Siegel discusses his latest book, Pull, and explores the many ways in which Siegel believes a semantic web can power business today and into the future.
Martin Hepp and Jamie Taylor answer questions about the GoodRelations vocabulary in a podcast conversation, exploring opportunities to enrich the way in which we compare goods and services.
Semantic Technology startup, Siri, releases a Virtual Personal Assistant for the iPhone and simplifies a wide range of tasks for US consumers on the move. Just by speaking to their phone, users can make dinner reservations, check the weather, find movies, flights and more.
Thomson Reuters and Oracle today announced support for the media giant's OpenCalais metadata generation service within release 2 of Oracle Spatial 11g. The integration gives Oracle users and developers direct access to OpenCalais' natural language processing (NLP) capabilities.
Government transparency in all its forms would appear to be very much in vogue at present, spanning everything from the Obama administration's Data.gov portal and Prime Ministerial pronouncements in the UK Parliament to municipal proclamations of openness in Vancouver and compelling grass-roots demonstrations by activists and even newspapers.
An oft-repeated concern in discussing large-scale deployment of Semantic Web ideas is that of 'scale.' With many of the better known data stores upon which the Semantic Web depends capable of storing only tens or at best a few hundreds of millions of RDF triples, it can be difficult to argue that the technology is fit for real-world deployment at scale.
June's episode of the regular Semantic Web Gang podcast was recorded on stage at the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose.Audio and video of the session is now available, with Gang members and conference organiser Tony Shaw engaging in a discussion of the event's highlights and the underlying trends at work.
The keynote on this final day of the Semantic Technology Conference saw Robert Larson and Evan Sandhaus of the New York Times talk about the paper's innovative adoption of semantic technologies; "The first semantic search system for The New Times was released in 1913 and was available bound in either paper ($6) or cloth ($8).
Radar Networks attracted a fair degree of attention with their roll-out of Twine, and the company's CEO has built a reputation as one of the more thoughtful thinkers in the space. Nova took to the stage at the Semantic Technology Conference today, not to talk about his own company or ideas, but to lead a conversation with Russell Foltz-Smith from Wolfram Research.
Wednesday's opening Keynote here in San Jose sees Guidewire's Carla Thompson joined on stage by senior representatives from many of the more interesting players in the Semantic Search space; Tomasz Imielinski from Ask, Peter Norvig from Google, Riza Berkan of Hakia, Scott Provost from Microsoft, William Tunstall-Pedoe of the UK's True Knowledge, and Andrew Tomkins of Yahoo.
This year's Semantic Technology Conference got fully underway this morning, with Keynote presentations from Tom Tague of Thomson Reuters' Open Calais Initiative and Tom Gruber from Siri.Despite the wider economic situation, attendance for this fifth year of the event feels a little up on last year, and there's clearly real enthusiasm in the buzzing Halls.
Microsoft's Bing is attracting plenty of interest today, and perhaps deservedly so as it brings some interesting fresh ideas to the world of generic search engines. Whether it is sufficiently compelling to break our deeply ingrained association of 'search' with 'Google' remains to be seen.
This month has seen Google announce 'Rich Snippets' and Wolfram Research release Alpha to a flurry of mainstream media coverage; both are of interest to those working on the Semantic Web.This month's episode of the Semantic Web Gang takes a look at both stories, and Gang members share their impressions on the news and what it might mean moving forward.