Posts tagged ‘semantic technologies’

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.



Tying Web 3.0, the Semantic Web and Linked Data Together — Part 1/3: Web 3.0 Will Not Solve Information Overload

May 7th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

Over the past few weeks I have tried to dig deeper into the different concepts of semantic web, linked data, and web 3.0, to develop a better understanding of whether it matters, why, and what it all means from a web user angle. That led me to review recent articles in Nodalities magazine, attend discussions on Taxonomies, and talk to new startups. The Web 3.0 and Semantic Conferences are coming up and I thought that would also help me not to look too idiotic at the “Idiots’ Guide to the Semantic Web and Web 3.0″ panel I’ll be participating in………

One of the focuses of my quest was to try and assess whether, as Tim Berners-Lee put it over a year ago in an interview by Paul Miller, the Semantic Web is “open for business”. Another related goal was to try and compare the cost and benefits of Linked Data, an important component of the Semantic Web as most would agree (where people differ is whether it is a requisite or not). I’ll tackle that across this series of posts. (more…)


Don’t Miss: Semantic Web Gang, Web 3.0 Conference, Semantic Technology Conference

April 25th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

I am finally back “on the air” after a long period of intensive work for clients of my consulting practice. My blog didn’t miss this chance to give me the usual guilt trip in return. Those things take a life of their own…

Things happened nonetheless in the semantic web space:

  • On the business side of the web 3.0 and the semantic web, I had a number discussions with a few start-ups in the field. A generation of
    companies is growing and coming up with mind-blowing technologies
    focused on solving real problems,
    ranging from detecting the broader interests of an advertising audience, to enabling intelligent platforms to manage complex insurance businesses, and to tagging online content and enabling more intelligent sharing and product recommendations. [Plug alert!] I look forward to helping them fine-tune their market approach, scale their operations and revenue, and raise funding where needed. A current client of mine received an excellent term sheet from a VC, so there is still money around for start-ups with a good business story. I helped them secure it by running a full market program for them (now in phase 2) involving a number of components (see my services at and helping them present a coherent and well-supported story on the revenue side [end of plug!] (more…)

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Semantic appsRDF/Linked Data Standards Not Good Enough for Intelligent Agents? Or Is It the Opposite?

October 3rd, 2008 by Greg Boutin

Founder and Editor of ReadWriteWeb Richard MacManus wrote a good post on Wednesday at Where Are All The RDF-based Semantic Web Apps?, where he builds on a previous ReadWriteWeb post to describe the difference between Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up semantic web
, observing that Top-Down applications may be winning the “battle”. Top-Down is seen as data analysis methods and Bottom-Up as standardized metadata such as RDFa and eRDF (Richard seems to give some importance to whether this metadata is embedded in the data or not, but I don’t think it really matters.) (more…)