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June 25, 2009

EDITORIAL

down Meetups & the media bring Semantic Web to the streets
 

VOICES

down Metaweb´s Jamie Taylor: “Freebase provides a large and user extensible vocabulary for RDF/RDFa”
 

SWC UPDATE

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Semantic Web Meetup Vienna goes life

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I-SEMANTICS / I-KNOW 2009 - Call for Participation

down Triplification Challenge 2009
 

MARKET SCAN

down The Echo Nest Launches Fanalytics(TM) - Semantic Web Analytics for the Music Industry
down The Future of Search and the Intelligent Web, From Vulcan Capital’s Steve Hall
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Hidden barriers for semantic technologies in the enterprise

 

TECHNOLOGY SCAN

down Yahoo! Announces Common Tag: Like The Meta Keywords Tag, But Even Better
down TopQuadrant Announces First Semantic Web Enterprise Vocabulary Management Solution
down OWL 2 core documents have moved to W3C Candidate Recommendation
 

BLOG SCAN

down Media Strategy 3.0
down Glue API Links Data from Popular Social & Semantic Sites
down Semantic & Social Web - What's In It For You?

EDITORIAL

Meetups & the media bring Semantic Web to the streets

Dear Subscriber!

Over the past few months we have seen an impressive increase in Semantic Web Meetups all over the world. More and more afficionados enjoy this informal and decentralized way of networking with the local community, gaining new inputs and impressions for projects and business ideas . On July 16, 2009 the first Semantic Web Meetup in Vienna takes place at headquarter of the Austrian Press Agency.

Join the community! It's free of charge and makes fun!

And yes, the media take their chances on the Semantic Web. At this year's Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose the New York Times officially announced to contribute to the Linked Data Cloud, actively supporting Semantic Web standards within their "Open Strategy". Just a few days earlier the US publisher CNET and the CBS subdivision CBS Interactive announced a partnerschip with Thomson Reuters for the commercial implementation of the OpenCalais Service.

But you do not have to look oversea to get an idea how the media industry is repositioning itself on the Semantic Web. Peter Kropsch, CEO of the Austrian Press Agency, will give a talk on their metadata strategy at this year's I-KNOW / I-SEMANTICS conference, September 2 - 4, 2009 in Graz. Stay tuned!

With best regards,

The Semantic Web Company

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VOICES

Metaweb´s Jamie Taylor: “Freebase provides a large and user extensible vocabulary for RDF/RDFa”

DYONIPOS Andreas Blumauer from Semantic Web Company (SWC) talked with Jamie Taylor, Minister of Information at Metaweb Technologies Inc. about Freebase & Linked Data, Google´s announcement to use RDFa and how it feels to be part of the LOD cloud.

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SWC UPDATE

Semantic Web Meetup Vienna goes life

SWC logo Just recently the Semantic Web Meetup Group Vienna has been founded. It's the best way to stay in touch with the regional Semantic Web community and exchange your ideas in a relaxed athmosphere. Become a member. It's free of charge!

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SWC UPDATE

I-SEMANTICS / I-KNOW 2009 - Call for Participation

WOD-PD From September 2 - 4, 2009 once again the co-located conferences I-SEMANTICS and I-KNOW open their gates for scientific and application oriented afficionados in the domain of knowledge management and semsntic systems. Both conferences will be held concurrently bridging the gaps between various communities and their technology fields. Use the early bird registration till July 31, 2009!

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SWC UPDATE

Triplification Challenge 2009

WOD-PD The yearly organized Linking Open Data Triplification Challenge awards prizes to the most promising triplifications of existing Web applications, Websites and data sets. Chaired by Michael Hausenblas (DERI) and patroned by Tim Berners-Lee the challenge is open to anyone interested in applying Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies. This might include students, developers, researchers, and people from industry. Individual or group submissions are both acceptable.

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MARKET SCAN

The Echo Nest Launches Fanalytics(TM) - Semantic Web Analytics for the Music Industry

Twine The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform providing data-driven solutions to the digital music industry, today announced the launch of its Fanalytics platform. Fanalytics applies patented web crawling, machine learning and semantic web technology to help artists and labels better understand, locate and build their online fan base.

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MARKET SCAN

The Future of Search and the Intelligent Web, From Vulcan Capital’s Steve Hall

Adaptive Blue Search is hot again. Just when you thought Google had everything figured out, along comes Microsoft with its new search engine, Bing. This upstart effort may not supplant the search king, or even compete with it all that seriously, but it will certainly make things interesting for a while. Even more interesting, though, is the batch of new technologies and businesses bubbling up around the edges of traditional Web search. Take software that helps you understand relationships between people, places, and products online. Or Web services that try to collect content you are interested in, let you share it with others, and keep you up to date with the latest news about people you know.

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MARKET SCAN

Hidden barriers for semantic technologies in the enterprise

ResearchGATE As part of a long-term study for the European Commission, Ovum has conducted in-depth interviews with IT managers to determine the drivers for and barriers to adopting semantic software within the enterprise. While there is some resistance to the term 'semantic', a more substantial barrier brings us right back to basics: finding employees who know the business. Vendors and implementers of semantic software should take note.

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TECHNOLOGY SCAN

Yahoo! Announces Common Tag: Like The Meta Keywords Tag, But Even Better

LODR Yahoo! recently announced their role in creating and supporting Common Tag, a new semantic tagging format. Yahoo! says that Common Tag makes “web content more discoverable” and enables the community to “create more useful applications for aggregating, searching, and browsing the web.” Their blog post mentions that they want to accelerate the structuring of the web, which aligns with their SearchMonkey launch last year, which they said was, in part, an attempt to encourage the use of structured data on the web. This brings to mind a few questions.

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TECHNOLOGY SCAN

TopQuadrant Announces First Semantic Web Enterprise Vocabulary Management Solution

Semantic Web Challenge TopQuadrant(TM), the global leader in Semantic Web application development technology, today announced TopBraid(TM) Enterprise Vocabulary Management Solution (EVMS) to help organizations connect data vocabulary assets in a modular fashion. TopBraid EVMS leverages W3C Semantic Web standards such as RDF, SPARQL and SKOS to construct a dynamic web of terminology, ultimately improving data quality and cohesiveness, resulting in better utilization of all information assets.

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TECHNOLOGY SCAN

OWL 2 core documents have moved to W3C Candidate Recommendation

Sitepoint OWL 2, the currently ongoing revision of the Web Ontology Language, has become a W3C Candidate Recommendation. This means that there is a call for implementations now, and if they meet the requirements, it is intended that the documents proceed to Proposed Recommendation status - just one step away from being a full W3C Recommendation.

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BLOG SCAN

Media Strategy 3.0

The Gay Bar We hear lots of talk concerning the shift from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, but a similar shift is taking place in the sub-component of the Web: media strategy. There is a very clean line being drawn that designates the shift from 1.0, to 2.0 and into the 3.0 stage of media strategy, which revolves around the differences between placements, analysis and optimization.

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BLOG SCAN

Glue API Links Data from Popular Social & Semantic Sites

David Provost Glue, a browser-based social network that appears on sites such as Amazon, Last.fm, Netflix, Yahoo! Finance, Wine.com, and Citysearch, today announced their public API for third-party developers. Glue joins a family of available semantic APIs with a mix of unique semantic and social API features. The API is currently demoed in three apps: Glue Stream, Glue Quilt, and Glue Spider.

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BLOG SCAN

Semantic & Social Web - What's In It For You?

Lost Boy Here’s an excellent slide presentation from Simon Cross and Ben Smith of BBC Future Media and Technology to illustrate a talk about the social semantic side of the BBC they presented last month at Futuresonic 09. The semantic web is the underlying plumbing that enables linked information, and what this means for you is the ability to find information quickly instead of searching to find individual suggestions from search engines.

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Recent Publications Publication

Web 2.0 Evolution into The Intelligent Web 3.0: 100 Most Asked Questions on Transformation, Ubiquitous Connectivity, Network Computing, Open Technologies, Distributed Databases and Intelligent Applications

This book that is highly recommended if you are looking to take your business to the next level of the social web: a place where being social is not merely an option but a requirement.

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Event Tip

ICWE2009: 9th International Conference on Web Engineering

Monday, 24. - Friday, 26. June 2009, Spain

The Ninth International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE2009) will be held in June 2009 in San Sebastian, Spain. ICWE2009 aims at promoting practical and scientific excellence on Web Engineering and at bringing together practitioners, and researchers working in technologies, methodologies, tools, and techniques used to develop and maintain Web-based applications leading to better applications and systems, and thus to enabling and improving the dissemination and use of content and services through the Web.

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Event Tip

1st Vienna Semantic Web Meetup

Thursday, 16. July 2009, Vienna /Austria

We meet each other to discuss applications on top of the semantic web, the web of data and the "linking (open) data" effort of the W3C. We also discuss possible scenarios of a "future web" and the benefit end-users and companies have from a semantic web.
This meetup is a hub between academia, research and industry. Newbies very welcome!

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Event Tip

International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining MLDM´2009

Thursday, 23. - Saturday, 26. July 2009, Leipzig /Germany

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from all over the world who deal with machine learning and data mining in order to discuss the recent status of the research and to direct further developments.

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Event Tip

I-KNOW: 10th Int. Conference on Knowledge Technologies

Wednesday, 02. September - Friday, 04. September 2009, Graz/Austria

I-KNOW '09, which is co-located with I-SEMANTICS, brings together a continuously growing community of researchers and practitioneers in knowledge management and knowledge technologies. I-KNOW ‘09 offers a forum to share innovative ideas, to learn from each other and to jointly find promising ways ahead for the future. The topics of I-KNOW ‘09 will cover most relevant aspects of knowledge management and knowledge technologies.

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