Semantic Web Mashups with Tabulator
By bblfish on Jul 26, 2006
Tim Berners Lee has just released a new version of Tabulator, a cool Semantic Web machup demo. Link your foaf files to google maps and more. Learn about SPARQL. Just a Firefox download away. (Don't forget to read the Help page . You need to configure Firefox a little for this to work.)
The advantage of mashing up data at the semantic web level is that it massively simplifies the work of doing so. The Semantic Web is to data what the internet was to the previous networking protocols. It abstracts, interconnects and overlays them. So instead of having to learn the complexities of every xml data format, sql table structure, or other legacy file format (such as vcard) you only need to learn the tools for rdf. The semantics of every other format can be expressed in a universal way in RDF. And tools such as GRDDL can be used to convert to them.
As explained in SPARQL to ignite web 2.0, the value of your data grows exponentially with the number of way you can, and do, combine it.This is just the beginning.