The main programme of this year's World Wide Web Conference gets underway here in Beijing today (Wednesday), but ahead of that yesterday was devoted to workshops.With my colleague Tom Heath one of the co-chairs, a paper (pdf) from colleagues Rob Styles, Nadeem Shabir and (the absent) Danny Ayers, and a paper (pdf) from myself, Rob and Tom, my choice of workshop was an easy one to make; Linked Data on the Web.
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.
Paul Miller provides consultancy and analysis services at the interface between the worlds of Cloud Computing and the Semantic Web.
Last week CNet's Dan Farber picked up on a post by ex-Googler Bret Taylor, entitled 'We need a Wikipedia for data.' Sarah Perez followed up on ReadWriteWeb with a useful roundup in 'Where to find Open Data on the Web,' and the usual flurry of interested individuals commented on each.
Technology journalists from the mainstream media appear obsessed with locating some magic bullet with which to topple Google from its dominant position in today's Web, and use of violent language seems part and parcel of this obsession. Have Larry and Sergey done something to upset them?
The printing press was a pretty pivotal invention, challenging artificial limitations on the dissemination of ideas maintained by scriptoria and opening flood gates to the vibrant philosophical, social and technological innovations of the Renaissance, Reformation, and beyond.
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.
Professor James A. Hendler goes by the daunting title of 'Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor' at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.
Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch draws my attention to SemanticHacker. The site details an invitation from Rochester, NY-based TextWise to suggest compelling applications powered by their API, in return for a guaranteed payment of $100,000 and up to $900,000 in revenue from subsequent commercialisation of the winning idea.
New York-based semantic search company hakia will today use the Search Engine Strategies Conference to announce that their Ontological Semantic technology, OntoSem, is available for licensing. Illinois-based RiverGlass, Inc.
Conferences can be useful for bringing a group of 'interesting' individuals together in one place for a few days, and giving them time and space to focus on a particular set of issues without the usual distractions of the working day. Blackberries, iPhones, and free venue wi-fi make the distractions a lot less removed than previously, but the conference remains a useful forum nevertheless.
Despite the continuing efforts of Microsoft, Yahoo! and others, Google remains the dominant horizontal search engine for most people, most of the time.