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Semantic appsHow Semantic is Linked Data? OpenCalais Launches Semantic Proxy

September 24th, 2008 by Greg Boutin
Reuters

Yesterday, OpenCalais launched Semantic Proxy, a tool that identifies metadata such as the people, companies, events in a page. You can find some more information and an enthusiastic review on Paul Miller’s ZDNet’s blog. I commented there and “mix and  re-use “my comment here too, as I’d like to ensure maximum exposure to hopefully collect a diverse set of reactions.Image via Wikipedia

Let’s put that in the context of the Semantic Technology Value Chain. This launch comes as a perfect illustration of a company, Reuters –who is behind OpenCalais– seeking to deliver value to the user through a Semantic Application –in this case, one that will enable Semantic Pages– so it can leverage all those user interactions to grow and better their Semantic Metadata Store. Smart.

So does the Semantic Application do the job? (more…)

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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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