Linked Data, SemWeb, Meaning Maps etc.
By billy.cripe on Mar 27, 2009
Well Bex seems to be coming around to the SemWeb ideas. That's good. Still some way to go but we will arrive at our own pace.
As an aside, SemWeb = Linked Data Web.
"The challenge of the Semantic Web, therefore, is to provide a language that expresses both data and rules for reasoning about the data and that allows rules from any existing knowledge-representation system to be exported onto the Web." from TBL & Friends' original seminal article
What is interesting to me as an observer, fan and modest practitioner of SemWeb technology (blending it with ECM systems primarily) is reading and watching the evolution of ideas from the SemWeb community. It's more idea convergence. This is great. It means that there are a host of smart people all working towards a common vision. For instance, last year I suggested,
"A BI engine can create a concept map based on term frequencies, term proximities and term usage. When combined with metadata classifications and transactional data, an organic classification structure begins to surface. Mapped against topics, groups, or classification phyla, specific semantic ontologies begin to emerge. These organic ontologies can then be used as the basis for BI inferences that produce predictions for users. "Then today I read a great and complementary article by fellow Minnesotan Dan McCreary about how to leverage text extraction and transform capabilities to enrich and tag unstructured information (with RDFa for example) in order to unlock the data and concepts from the content item. Then there is this article on the specifics of Semantic BI from just 2 days ago. Author Brooke Aker concludes,
"Including unstructured data provides a more complete corporate picture. Semantic intelligence extracts knowledge from these sources and when combined with BI, businesses receive knowledge from structured and unstructured modalities, which will eventually be a requirement as we move into the next phase of the Web."I AGREE!
Then I spot another confluence between my folksonomy paper (PDF warning) from 2007 and this great article from Stephanie Lemieux on tagging at work. She has a great list of "Do's & Don'ts" that enterprises should take to heart.
Ideas ebb and flow. We are in a period of very rapid thought and exploration and innovation when it comes to social web technologies and bringing meaning to the data of the web. Despite the economic hardships, agile businesses will take these ideas to heart and maybe weather the storm ahead of their competition.