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& the media bring Semantic Web to the streets
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
Join the community! It's free of charge and makes fun!
And yes, the media take their chances on the Semantic Web. At this
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
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
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
conference, September 2 - 4, 2009 in Graz. Stay tuned!
With best regards,
The Semantic Web Company
Jamie Taylor: “Freebase provides a large and user extensible
vocabulary for RDF/RDFa”
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.
Web Meetup Vienna goes life
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!
/ I-KNOW 2009 - Call for Participation
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!
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.
Echo Nest Launches Fanalytics(TM) - Semantic Web Analytics for the
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.
Future of Search and the Intelligent Web, From Vulcan Capital’s
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
barriers for semantic technologies in the enterprise
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.
Yahoo! Announces Common Tag: Like The Meta Keywords Tag, But Even
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.
Announces First Semantic Web Enterprise Vocabulary Management Solution
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.
OWL 2 core documents have moved to W3C Candidate Recommendation
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.
Media Strategy 3.0
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.
API Links Data from Popular Social & Semantic Sites
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.
& Social Web - What's In It For You?
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.
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
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.
9th International Conference on Web Engineering
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.
Vienna Semantic Web Meetup
16. July 2009, Vienna /Austria
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
Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining MLDM´2009
23. - Saturday, 26. July 2009, Leipzig /Germany
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
10th Int. Conference on Knowledge Technologies
02. September - Friday, 04. September 2009, Graz/Austria
'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.