Posts tagged ‘linked data’

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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The next web to be user-centric (thoughts on David Siegel’s Pull book)

January 18th, 2010 by Greg Boutin

How much time do you waste searching for stuff on the web, or filling up forms with similar information over and over?

For all its might, utility, and growth, what we have today is a scattered web, a web of distant destinations, on which finding information requires a whole expedition across loosely-connected archipelagos of data, each with its own information requirements, rules of engagement, and gravitational attempts at capturing your time and money.

So, when David Siegel contacted me to review his upcoming book Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business, I was immediately attracted by his core premise, the creation of a web that would automatically wrap around us and serve us based on the actual characteristics and needs of our lives.



Semantic appsSlow adoption of Linked Data: why?

November 25th, 2009 by Greg Boutin
Linking Open Data dataset cloud as of July 14t...

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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…)


Linked Data, a brand with big problems and no brand management

July 22nd, 2009 by Greg Boutin

This post builds on the discussion that started on Twitter between Paul Miller and Ian Davis and quickly expanded to a few other folks. Paul subsequently wrote a blog post Does Linked Data need RDF?, and so did Ian Davis with The Linked Data Brand.

My turn:

I like Davis’s suggested approach of looking as Linked Data as a brand.

It made me realize something: this brand hasn’t been properly managed.

At this point in time, it’s clear that beyond its inner tech circle, Linked Data is more often perceived as a technology that has wasted a lot more R&D funding than it should have, than as a solution to a problem. (more…)


Semantic appsExcellent Video on Web 3.0 and the Semantic Web

June 15th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

The following video was pointed out to me recently and I find it to be a terrific overview of the current evolution of the web:

I got this from here. I don't know about the European Union claiming to spearhead the next web but, that detail apart, it is good material.

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