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  1. Andreas:

    Thanks so much for mentioning Reuters/ClearForest as one of the top semantic apps to watch.

    I thought I’d drop you a note to make you aware of our new initiative, Calais, which went live yesterday. While you can see the FAQ’s here: http://opencalais.com/faq – I thought I’d mention a few key points:

    1) Unlike our previous API, we’ve opened up the majority of our semantic processing capabilities with our new Calais web service and will be adding additional elements on a monthly basis.
    2) In the near term the service will offer persistent storage of metadata – you need only pass an identifier to any downstream content consumer and they are able to retrieve the full metadata for your content
    3) It’s free for commercial and non-commercial use. It’s our contribution to jump starting the development of a wide range of semantic applications
    4) It’s fast. We’ve scaled it to handle millions of transactions per day and will add capacity as necessary to support our users.
    5) We’ve built in a mechanism to encapsulate and transport user-provided metadata (FOAF, XBRL, whatever)- an attempt to bridge the gap between “top down” and “bottom up” semantic approaches.
    6) It will soon be user-extensible. Users will be able to define new rules and lexicons and incorporate them in the metadata generation process

    Take a look, let us know what you think.

    Regards,

    Tom

  2. Congratulations Tom! Smart move. I think in [1] most aspects of Calais are well covered. I think that Reuters will support the expansion of the Semantic Web by releasing Calais in a powerful way. The only thing I am still a bit confused: “Metadata results are stored centrally and returned to publishers in industry-standard RDF format” – Does that mean you´re going to build a semantic index much more expressive as the Google Index is? (But maybe not as large as…)

    [1] http://www.intranetjournal.com/articles/200801/ij_01_29_08a.html

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