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Archive for April 2007

Finally the Semantic Web became real…

I feel a bit enthusiastic. I´ve just explored dbpedia using it´s comfortable search functionality. And I feel somehow a bit released. What I´ve seen is a great application of semantic web technologies!

Still no FOAF File?

FOAF Files become more and more widespread… Like years ago, when people started to ask “Do have an email?”, now the question comes up “Do you have a FOAF File?”. Well, actually people should ask “Do you have a URI?”, but this discussion seems to be only the next step … Quite interesting is the … Continue reading

Navigating Wikipedia with a little help from a visualisation

One more reason to buy an Apple is Pathway: This program helps to navigate through Wikipedia in a bit more structured way. It visualises pathways through wikipedia and proposes interesting links to other wiki pages. After a while navigating through wikipedia users normally find themselves “totally lost in myriads of loosely related pages. What I … Continue reading

Semantic Web is about Knowledge relationship discovery

If you try to explain what the Semantic Web is all about, it always comes to things like “you will find things better in the semantic web…”. But what exactly is it, what you´ll find better? To my opinion it´s all about relationships – and that´s exactly, what transforms information into knowledge: To know, how … Continue reading

Semantic Web for CEOs

A short overview for CEOs who want to start a semantic web related project can be found at BusinessWeek. This comprehensive tipsheet mentions for example that you shouldn´t forget your employee´s privacy when you start a semweb project: “Just because you can gather and correlate data about employees doesn’t mean you should. Set usage guidelines … Continue reading

Semantic Wikipedia Query

Semantic Wikipedia Query is based on dbpedia.org, which is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia (~ 91. mio. triples) and to make this information available on the Web. It allows you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia and to link other datasets on the Web to Wikipedia data. This project shows why … Continue reading

New book on the “Social Semantic Web”

It´s not out there yet, but Tassilo Pellegrini and I are working currently on a new compendium in that field. Since Springer has published a book on the “Semantic Web” in 2006 (thanks to all the authors again!) we were working on a new concept for a book which reflects converging developments around web 2.0 … Continue reading

RSS Semantic Puzzle

  • American Physical Society Taxonomy – Case Study
    Taxonomy Strategies has been working with the American Physical Society (APS) to develop a new faceted classification scheme. The proposed scheme includes several discrete sets of categories called facets whose values can be combined to express concepts such as existing … Continue reading →
  • Why SKOS should be a focal point of your linked data strategy
    The Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) has become one of the ‘sweet spots’ in the linked data ecosystem in recent years. Especially when semantic web technologies are being adapted for the requirements of enterprises or public administration, SKOS has played … Continue reading →
  • SEMANTiCS 2014: Call for Industry Presentations
    SEMANTiCS 2014 will take place in Leipzig (Germany) this year from September 4-5. The International Conference on Semantic Systems will be co-located with several workshops and other meetings, e.g. the 2nd DBpedia community meeting. SEMANTiCS conference (formerly ‘I-Semantics’) focuses on transfer … Continue reading →
  • Online checker for SKOS vocabularies now available
    Create better SKOS vocabularies PoolParty team likes to announce the availability of the new online vocabulary quality checker for SKOS vocabularies. It finds over 20 kinds of potential quality problems in controlled vocabularies that are expressed using SKOS. The service … Continue reading →
  • Linked data based search: Make use of linked data to provide means for complex queries
    Two live demos of PoolParty Semantic Integrator demonstrate new ways to retrieve information based on linked data technologies Linked data graphs can be used to annotate and categorize documents. By transforming text into RDF graphs and linking them with LOD … Continue reading →
  • European Data Forum’s Call for Contributions
    The European Data Forum (EDF) is an annual meeting place for industry, research, policy makers, and community initiatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of data in Europe, especially in the light of recent developments such as Open Data, Linked … Continue reading →
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