I ended my last post on Metatomix by noting;"The demonstrations and the rhetoric are certainly impressive; the true test lies in seeing the extent to which real tasks are made easier and more effective for real people in the real world."Today, the company announced the implementation of their Active Warrant Alert System in Lee County, Florida, and I spoke with Sheila Mann, Court Operations Officer with the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida, to hear her impressions.
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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.
I covered Slovene semantic technology startup Zemanta back in September when they secured investment from New York City's Union Square Ventures, and the company also received frequent mentions in the Semantic Web Gang's recent look back over 2008.Yesterday, the company released an update to their popular WordPress plug-in and today they announced [PDF] commercial availability of their 'Semantic API.
Tel Aviv-based SemantiNet announced today that their headup browser plugin has added support for Yahoo! Fire Eagle and BOSS to its set of capabilities.
Vulcan shares many traits with its reclusive founder, Paul Allen, yet behind the scenes the company is responsible for philanthropic support to research and community-building activities, as well as investing commercially in the likes of Radar Networks (the company behind Twine) and Evri.Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with Mark Greaves, Vulcan's Director of Knowledge Systems Research, and the resulting podcast was released earlier today.
Looking back over 2008, the Semantic Web Gang found much to discuss in their last podcast of the year.A year that began with a $42million investment in Metaweb continued with Yahoo!
Recently I spoke with Howard Greenblatt, CTO of Semantic Technology company Metatomix. Headquartered in the north-eastern US State of Massachusetts, Metatomix provides a 'Semantic Platform' that;"intelligently connects all of your data in real-time and makes it available to any application, providing a 360° picture of your enterprise information.
Weighing in at 416 text-packed pages, Semantic Web for Business could have been the latest attempt to bridge the divide between the university hotbeds of Semantic Web research and a business community ripe for persuading of semantic technologies' multifarious benefits.
I had an enjoyable conversation with Mark Redgrave recently, ahead of his company's unveiling of their 'meaning platform,' Amplify.Mark is CEO of London-based Hapax, a company that has been applying patented technology to natural language processing (NLP) since 2000.
Glue from AdaptiveBlue has been out since late last month, and various sites have provided reviews of this useful little tool. See, for example, Dan Farber, Chris Morrison, Sarah Perez, and Jennifer Zaino.
Amit Kumar, the 'father of SearchMonkey' when he was Director for Product Management at Yahoo! Search, is now VP for Product Management at Dapper and clearly he is still finding the carrots with which to entice content owners to semantically structure their data.
Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco last week, Wired founding editor Kevin Kelly painted a compelling picture of the opportunities created as we increasingly open our data up for linking.
Following the public launch of Radar Networks' Twine toward the end of last month, October's episode of the Semantic Web Gang features a conversation with Radar's Nova Spivack and Jim Wissner.The hour long discussion covers some of the ways in which Twine could generate revenue, as well as exploring the role played by semantic technology in the company's future plans.
It's not strictly 'about' the Semantic Web, which isn't even mentioned in this 45 minute podcast. Nevertheless, Prof.
Less than a year after its unveiling at last year's Web 2.0 Summit, and a mere eight months after closing a $13 million Series B funding round, Radar Networks' Twine today moves out of beta as a 1.
Continuing to deliver on their aim of enriching the core search offering with a little help from SearchMonkey, Yahoo! yesterday announced that the existing SearchMonkey apps for CitySearch and Zagat are now available by default to all users of Yahoo!
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Hapax CEO recognises importance of shared infrastructure moving forward
- 2 Semantic Web Gang podcast discusses Wolfram Alpha and Google's Rich Snippets
- 3 Bing is not alone; similar techniques alive and well in existing vertical search
- 4 Leigh Dodds talks about Talis Connected Commons
- 5 The Semantic Web Gang discuss ontologies