Friday Jan 13, 2012

A tribute to SunSpace

The sad news is that SunSpace has been decommissioned on December 2011- the good news is that the SunSpace content and communities have a new home on Oracle WebCenter. :)

Read the story about SunSpace - one of the coolest Social Enterprise implementations ...

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Tuesday Apr 17, 2007

Microformat – the Roadmap to Semantic Web ?

Microformat – the Roadmap to Semantic Web ??

The Internet community really likes to idea and opportunities of Semantic technologies but are pretty reluctant to implement a fully fledged Semantic Web Infrastructure

Why ?

Lets look at the current Semantic Web perception

  • Semantic Web is complex

  • needs a lot of ontology work before you can start building something useful

  • needs a lot of base infrastructure (Triple store, RDF bus, Ontology Management etc.)

  • has no prove of scalability

  • What is the business case ???

  • etc.

While I agree with some of the arguments (e.g. complexity) I strongly believe that the Semantic Web has huge potential and
will revolutionize the Web by adding semantic context to future web applications.


But is there a way to start small and simple?

The answer is YES and the technology is called Microformat

Microformat are designed for humans first and machines second and are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. .
(See http://microformats.org/about for more details)

or in simple words: Microformat is a way to embed Semantics into XHMTL.


The advantages of Microformat are:

  • pre-defined vocabulary

  • very easy to implement ( It took us a couple of hours to add Microformat support to our CE 2.0 stack)

  • easy way to dynamically build mashup services based on Microformat


Microformat have a lot of momentum and gain rapid support from big companies

Examples:

and last but not least there are already some “bridges” from Microformat to RDF

http://www.w3.org/2004/01/rdxh/spec

http://dannyayers.com/2005/08/01/microformats-on-the-grddl/


A special thanks to Jiri Kopsa who educated me a lot on Microformat!




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