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Web appsAnnouncing our upcoming MeetUp: business opportunities from semantic technologies with author David Siegel

February 9th, 2010 by Greg Boutin

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In the footstep of my last post, I would like to announce the next meeting of the Toronto Semantic Web Meetup group, which I am co-organizing with William Mougayar of Eqentia.

The meetup will take place on March 2 at 6.30pm at the Social Innovation Centre in Toronto, and feature a roundtable discussion on the business opportunities opened up by semantic technologies, with the participation of David Siegel, the author of Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform your Business.

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Semantic appsSlow adoption of Linked Data: why?

November 25th, 2009 by Greg Boutin
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During the November issue of Semantic Web Gang podcast, we also talked about DBpedia, which led me to share new thoughts about Linked Data. And more specifically, two things:

  1. my growing concerns that adoption of Linked Data is going slower than expected (an observation I will test further) given the R&D investment and focus of a large community including the inventor of the web and the W3C, which led us to anticipate a faster growth curve.
  2. the possibility this slow adoption rate might be due to inherent flaws in the design of Linked Data. Even if adoption is in fact rapid (which I don’t think it is), I am nonetheless concerned those flaws could also limit the potential of Linked Data to “turn the Web into a database”, as per the main promise associated with the Semantic Web by its apostles (to this day…).  (more…)


Semantic appsDiscussing the semantic portals of Eqentia with the gang

November 25th, 2009 by Greg Boutin
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Paul Miller has published the Semantic Web Gang podcast we recorded in November, in which we first talk about Eqentia with its CEO William Mougayar.

Eqentia is a web application offering pre-made vertical portals leveraging an ontology-based search engine to extract and distribute relevant information. (more…)

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Semantic appsDoes the adoption threshold of RDF limit the grassroot potential of the semantic web?

October 19th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

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In the October of the Semantic Web Gang podcast, Tom Tague of OpenCalais, Benjamin Nowack of Semsol, and yours truly discuss RDF and its controversial relationship with the broader concept of the Semantic Web. We tackle adoption and marketing issues facing the semantic web, and what could be done to overcome them.

A great question that applies to start-ups both in the semantic web and beyond, from Tom Tague’s closing comments: are you selling solutions or technology?

I greatly enjoyed the chat and hope you will too.

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Tech vs. Biz Type Divide: Tackling the Number One Product Failure Driver Headfirst

July 3rd, 2009 by Greg Boutin

I am back after quite some time, my ability to blog being constrained by business requirements. I am indeed happy to report that Growthroute's activity is growing rapidly, with clients in the web 3.0 space in particular. I know, I know, I have not even published my thoughts about semtech yet. I was there for less than 2 days, but there were some interesting things I took away that I have not seen expressed anywhere yet, so I will blog briefly about that very soon.

In the meantime, I have just published the slides of a beta presentation I gave at Communitech, the innovation and entrepreneurship hub in the IT mecca that is Waterloo, Canada — and I believe it should be of particular interest to ventures in the semantic web and web 3.0, since it tackles the gap between techies and business people, discusses how that affects commercial success, and explores potential solutions. The post and slides can be found here. I welcome all constructive feedback, with few limitations on what constructive means.

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