The challenges in implementing linked data technologies in enterprises are not limited to technical issues only. Projects like these deal also with organisational hurdles to be crossed, for instance the development of employee skills in the area of knowledge modelling and the implementation of a linked data strategy which foresees a cost-effective and sustainable infrastructure of high-quality and linked knowledge graphs. SKOS is able to play a key role in enterprise linked data strategies due to its relative simplicity in parallel with its ability to be mapped and extended by other controlled vocabularies, ontologies, entity extraction services and linked open data.
I gave a short talk at yesterday´s “Open Governemt Data BusinessDay” in Vienna. I was talking about “Open Data for Enterprises” pointing out the different needs enterprises have than typical “app-makers”.
Open data is obviously socio-politically relevant and helps to reduce administrative costs. It is kind of an infrastructure which is „invisible“ for the business community. But to make it attractive for enterprises, open/external data obviously should be integrable with internal databases. Are linked data and open semantic web standards the solution for this challenge?
It´s true that the system isn´t as easy to understand as del.icio.us or other bookmarking tools. It takes a while until you get used to all those additional ways you can navigate through the system. Remember: “Twine looks at content and parses it automatically for the names of people, places, organizations and other subject tags. Users are then able to navigate between related content, view recommended content and connect with recommended people with related interests.” – But the “shortcoming” mentioned by Marshall Kirkpatrick that “… it’s hard to keep track of all the levels and types of information available” I can´t agree with: This has only to do with a general problem, which arises whenever semantic technologies should enhance the user experience. Either you stay with “simple” user-interfaces like Google or del.icio.us or you spend 5 minutes or so to learn a new piece of software which will help you to save time in the future and which helps you to find related information automatically.
On the other hand I was very surprised, that the automatic recommendations Twine makes on how to annotate or describe a new resource is really unsatisfying. Users will only spend time to tag their bookmarks if the machine comes up with some intelligent suggestions. And it´s true, as Marshall says, “most of the web is made up of ugly, non-standard pages.”
So hopefully Twine will add that feature before it will open up to the public (isn´t there a plan to integrate OpenCalais or something similar?), otherwise there will be no “first mainstream semantic web application” but only another prototype of a yet another semweb-app.
The Innovation Conference for Knowledge Management, New Media Technology and Semantic Technologies
5 – 7 September 2007
The TRIPLE-I Conference series is a joint venture of the conferences
- I-KNOW – International Conference on Knowledge Management
- I-MEDIA – International Conference on New Media Technology
- I-SEMANTICS – International Conference on Semantic Technology
Regular paper submissions for I-KNOW may include but are not limited to:
– Identifying Relationships between different kinds of Knowledge Entities
– Service-oriented Architectures for Knowledge Management Systems
– Service-based Knowledge Management
– Orchestration of Knowledge Management Services
– Distributed Knowledge Management
– Social Network Analysis
– Knowledge Work Productivity
– Communication and Collaboration in Knowledge Management
– Context and Usage Pattern Identification and Management
– Agile Approaches to Knowledge Management
Regular paper submissions for I-MEDIA may include but are not limited
– Web 2.0 Applications for Content Providers
– Business Models for New Media
– Social Media Platforms
– User-Generated Content
– Cross-Media Content Production and Delivery
– Cross-Media Search and Retrieval
– New Media Services
– Innovative User Interfaces for Media Devices
– The Geospatial Web
– Marketing of Products and Services via New Media
Regular paper submissions for I-SEMANTICS may include but are not limited to:
– Semantic Social Software
– Semantic Wikis and Weblogs
– Semantic Desktop
– Social Tagging and Folksonomies
– Ontology Engineering
– Terminology Management
– Visualisation of Semantic Models
– Interoperability, Integration and Reasoning
– Semantic Web Applications
– Experiences, Studies and Metrices
21 May 2007: Full paper submission (4-8 pages)
18 June 2007: Notification of acceptance
13 July 2007: Final version (8 pages)
5-7 September 2007: TRIPLE-I Conference
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 needed, was an application that could easily archive the path I follow through Wikipedia pages”, says the author of Pathway.
Thanks to Thomas Fundneider for pointing that out!