10 Business Solutions based on Linked Data and Semantic Technologies

2013: Linked data technologies have matured, linked data community has grown, interest both from private industry and from the government is considerable.

A key questions that I get asked again and again is: which business solutions can be built based on linked data? Here is ‘our’ list of 10 solutions:

I-Semantics 2011: Programme of Industry Track

The iPraxis Track of this year’s I-Semantics / I-Know Conference offers a unique forum for enterprise architects, information professionals and all practitioners: A comprehensive overview over real-world applications in the field of semantic technologies will be presented by experienced speakers demonstrating the power of semantic systems!

  • Horst Baumgarten, Roche Diagnostics GmbH (D): A „Super-Glossary“ for Roche
  • Andreas Blumauer, Semantic Web Company (A): Thesaurus based Enterprise Search – Two Show Cases
  • Christian Fillies, SemTalk (D): Linked Data Interface, Semantics and a T-Box Triple Store for Microsoft SharePoint
  • Georg Güntner, Salzburg New Media Lab (A): Linked Media Services: A Linked Data Approach for Enterprise Information Integration
  • Peter Haase, fluid Operations (D): Enterprise Linked Data Applications with the Information Workbench
  • Alexander Oelling, sones (D): Create and Uncover Semantic Relationships
  • Vincenzo Pallotta, InterAnalytics (CH): Interaction Mining: making pragmatic sense of Internet conversations
  • Bernhard Schandl, Gnowsis (A): Refinder: A Semantic Collaborative Productivity Tool
  • Thomas Schandl, Semantic Web Company (A) / Bernhard Schandl, Gnowsis (A) / Stefan Wunder, Neurovation (A): A LASSO for Linked Data – 3 Use Cases to improve personal knowledge management, document management and creativity techniques by leveraging Linked Data

I-Semantics, September 2010, Graz/Austria

Call for Papers

I-Semantics 2010: 6th International Conference on Semantic Systems
Graz, Austria, 1 – 3 September 2010 http://www.i-semantics.at

Call for Submission
3rd Triplification Challenge

I-SEMANTICS 2010 (www.i-semantics.at) is the 6th conference in the I-SEMANTICS series
and provides a forum for academic and industrial research & development that focuses on
semantic technologies and the Semantic Web. I-SEMANTICS 2010 will bring together both
researchers and practitioners in the areas of Linked Data, Social Software and the Semantic
Web in order to present and develop innovative ideas that help realising the “Social Semantic
Web” and the “Corporate Semantic Web”.
I-SEMANTICS 2010 will be the host of this year`s regional Pragmatic Web Conference as
well as the third edition of the TRIPLIFICATION Challenge. Further on I-SEMANTICS will
be complemented by I-KNOW (www.i-know.at), the 10th International Conference on
Knowledge Management. This setup is aiming to reflect the increasing importance and
convergence of knowledge management and semantic systems.

Important Dates
• Paper Submission Deadline: 8 March 2010
• Notification of Acceptance: to be announced
• Camera-Ready Paper: to be announced
• I-SEMANTICS 2010: 1–3 September 2010

Natural language search – a new breakthrough?

While I am still waiting for an invitation from Twine  (probably you too?) I have received one from Powerset – natural language search. Powerset obviously is a promising company (and is promising a lot), so I was excited when I was starting to play around with this new tool which still isn´t available for the public.

The very first impression was good. The interface is well done and there are a couple of new ideas how wikipedia (and similar knowledge bases) can be navigated in the future. But unfortunately after a while it was clear, that search results must be improved. However Powerset might be implemented, the only benchmark which counts at the end is, which improvement the new application (semantic web or not) delivers compared to existing ones. Some examples:

– The question: “who is the president of the united states?” delivers some similar questions or related articles of wikipedia but NOT the right answer.

In comparison: ask.com delivers this perfect result.

– My next question “where was mozart born?” delivers “Getreidegasse” which is correct but actually too much detailed. Again, ask.com delivers the perfect answer.

A third try which was an even more difficult question: “how far is london from paris?” was again correctly answered by ask.com, powerlabs wasn´t even close…

When I was asking START, the world’s first Web-based question answering system, which has been on-line and continuously operating since December, 1993 (!) those three questions – all of them – were answered correctly.

So finally I was asking something really tricky: “What is the relationship between RDF and XML?”: Only START gave the right answer which was: “Unfortunately, I don’t have that information.”