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Semantic appsThe Semantic Technology Value Chain

September 23rd, 2008 by Greg Boutin

With the slide below on the Semantic Technology Value Chain, I attempted to present my view of the Semantic Web world(s), to inform the discussion recently started through the latest Semantic Web Gang podcast on the top plays in this space. Mills Davis of the Semantic Exchange is working on a much more detailed version of this market segmentation effort, so this is not intended to represent more than a personal overview.

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Looking at this value chain, my working hypothesis is that the initial semweb killer app is likely to be a synergistic Semantic Data Store fed by a popular Semantic App or Semantic Engine. My rationale is that the Semantic Data Store is where most of the semantic web intelligence will reside (dynamically), massive human input is needed to build that repository, and humans won’t put in the effort unless they personally derive some value from doing so. So the proposed recipe is to build a useful app (or more than one), collect and process all the human input collected, do this in a quick iterative fashion, and give third-party programmers some (restricted) API access to your metadata repository as a way to wet the appetites and keep feeding the metadata beast.

Twine and Open Calais are both interesting contenders, but the competition for the title of semantic champion still suffer from a certain lack of heavyweights, although the game is definitely heating up. Only one thing is sure, the value of metadata is on the rise.

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Semantic appsInvesting in Semantic Tech: Bubble or Eldorado?

September 23rd, 2008 by Greg Boutin

The September 2008 edition of the Semantic Web Gang podcast is now up. As I alluded to earlier in Semantic Web: Who Will
Cash In?
, we discussed investment opportunities in semantic technology, together with VCist Brad Burnham from Union
Square Ventures
, who just announced an investment in Zemanta (which I started using a week ago and like), and renowned commenters Erick Schonfeld from Techcrunch and Chris Morrison from VentureBeat.

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Semantic Web: Who Will Cash In?

September 18th, 2008 by Greg Boutin

As I just end the call of this month’s recording with the Semantic Web Gang, I am left thinking we may indeed be on to something.

We talked about investments in the space, and we had terrific guests to do that with: VCist Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures, who just announced an investment in Zemanta (which I started using a week ago and like), and renowned commenters Erick Schonfeld from Techcrunch and Chris Morrison from VentureBeat.

As the discussion progressed, we honed in on three questions:

  • Who will cash in on the Semantic Web?
  • Where lies the most value for the web user?
  • What’s the relationship between both questions? (more…)

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Semantic appsHow Do I Get Into That Cementic Web Thing?

September 8th, 2008 by Greg Boutin

Now that I’ve blogged a bit about the difficulty of getting into the semantic web vocabulary, let me do my part and post a quick view and a few links to interesting introductory pages. This will also address Pieter Jansegers’s comment to the post that started this discussion.

For the Semweb experts among you: I know you will be tempted to make corrections, or explain the differences between RDF and RDFa, the subtleties of N3, Turtle, and N-Triples as interchange formats, and the limitations of microformats. Feel free to do that in the comments, as long as you don’t expect a reply from me, as indeed this is not the point of this post!

Now, if you’re new to this, let me dive right in. We all know in the industry that the semantic web has a strange name. We’d change it if we could, but so far it’s endured at least the test of time. Just like hippopotamus or floccinaucinihilipilification (which we hope the semantic web will never be subject to…). By the way, anywhere on this blog, you can double-click on any word to get its definition…

“Semantic” stands for “science of meaning”. The goal of the “semweb” effort (semweb is how insiders abbreviate the long name, our secret handshake if you will) is to have machines get the meaning of things. In other words, to have machine understand human concepts and translate them into a machine-readable format for reuse. This way, they can process these concepts as we do (or better) and derive conclusions as we often attempt ourselves. Ultimately, they might even be able to reason like a (very logical) human being, but that’s a lofty goal we generally keep for later stages of the web evolution, such as the intelligent web. (more…)