Posts tagged ‘web semantics’

Semantic appsMarketing the Semantic Web, My Article on Nodalities Magazine

August 8th, 2008 by Greg Boutin

Talis has just released its latest issue of Nodalities Magazine, including an article I wrote on Marketing the Semantic Web. You can find it at, and I copied the article below (together with URLs that were not included in the pdf version).

My article notwithstanding… this is a very strong issue of Nodalities, with an emphasis on the business applications of the technology, and my personal favorite, the quest for the “killer app”. For those of you interested in the intersection of business and semantic technologies, I invite you in particular to check out the great articles by Andraz Tori, “New Web Cambrian Explosion – Killer Apps?”  and Eric Hoffer, “Semantic Technology in the financial industry”. I won’t mention that of Alex Iskold on search as I know you don’t need an ego boost, Alex, after all those offers for financing pouring in at the semtech conference… ;)

So, here is my article in PDF version, which you’re warmly encouraged to redistribute (as provided):

Download Nodalities_Greg_Boutin.pdf

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Web appsTag Conversion Utility

June 30th, 2008 by Greg Boutin

In my previous post, I proposed a grand “supertag” vision reminiscent of some of the ideas of the semantic web. In fact, it is this vision that led to my first contact with the semantic web. I was wondering about the best approach to tagging and autotagging while working on an application called TagOver, and there was some crossover with semantic technologies.

Since then, I have also become further convinced that every vision should be sequenced in small stand-alone steps that each deliver a well thought-out benefit to some users. In the context of “Supertags”, I propose that this first step be a Tag Conversion agent. (more…)

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Web appsSupertagging the Web

June 29th, 2008 by Greg Boutin
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I have a confession to make. I am impatient. So much so that, even though computers made it into my life two decades or so, and the web, a decade or so, I am frustrated every day with the state of computing. And something in particular has been bugging me for quite a while now. For the world of me, I can’t get why we’re still using folders to organize information. Folders force me to compartmentalize information, in an exclusive, hierarchical way. Each file or, broadly speaking, piece of content, can only be in one folder at a time, unless it’s copied twice. In fact, folders are just one very constrained type of tags. Very inefficient, very paper-like, very 20th century. Tags are so much better. And for full disclosure, I’ve been working on an idea for a while. But, as I couldn’t take any talented programmer away from the yet-another mashup or facebook app they were working on at that time, I am presenting an extended concept here, with three hopes: that it highlights some of the benefits I expect from the semantic web or from the future forms of tagging, that it guides entrepreneurs to develop new value propositions based on those early adopter needs, and lastly, maybe, that a talented programmer realizes the potential and contacts me to assess a partnership. (more…)

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