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The Semantic Web Runs on Oracle

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Today Oracle.com rolled out a new virtual press room.

Big deal, right?

Actually, yes. The new press room

runs on a combination of Oracle Database, Oracle SES, and Siderean

Software's Seamark Navigator "semantic Web"

engine.

For

those unfamiliar with the term, the Semantic Web, to describe it

simplistically, is an information processing model in which

computers--via a set of W3C data modeling specifications called

Resource Description Framework (RDF) and other technologies--can

parse deep relationships between data that otherwise would need to be

explicitly created by humans.
This

concept is manifest in the new press room, which permits you to "fly"

though the data--you can follow content relationships that

you otherwise would not know exist. Think of it as an "interactive"

search process, with the relevant keywords being supplied to you,

instead of the other way around.

pressroom.jpg:


In

Oracle.com's deployment, Oracle SES serves as the eyes and ears of the

Seamark

Navigator Semantic Web engine by crawling the available content and

metadata, while the Oracle RDF Store (which is fully integrated with

Oracle Database out of the box, BTW) serves as its memory by storing

RDF

data.

This is some really cool technology, you've got to try it.

Update: Forgot to mention that you'll see a very interesting demonstration of this technology as applied to OTN content in early 2007!

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Maiko Rocha Friday, September 8, 2006
    This is great news. I think we could go a step further and provide support also to the Dublin Core Metadata Inititiative (DCMI) at http://dublincore.org/ .
    One thing though is that this kind of technology most of the times cannot be perceived at all by the end users - which can be a good or bad thing, depending of your point of view. So the fact of pointing this out is really good, because will trigger more people to leverage the technology that is already built in the product. Hopefully we'll provide more info and support to the Semantic Web which is one of the cornerstones of Web 2.0.
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    Maiko
  • robert shimp Thursday, September 28, 2006
    I think Oracle Content Database 10g could store data with DCMI metadata. It doesn't have an off-the-shelf template for DCMI but you should be able to set it up easily enough. Not sure how that would then integrate with the Oracle RDF store, but I imagine it's possible.
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