2014 SemTechBiz West

You Can Take An Active Role In Schema.Org

brickHave you wanted to get involved in the schema.org project? Your contribution to the collaborative effort driven by Bing, Google, Yahoo and Yandex for a shared markup vocabulary for web pages is more than welcome. As Dan Brickley, who is developer advocate at Google, noted during his presentation about schema.org’s progress to date at this summer’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference, the “pattern of collaboration with the project [is] we’re trying to push work off on people who are better qualified to do it, and then we mush it all together.”

What is meant by that is that the project is so broad, covering such a huge amount of topics, that the input of experts – whether from the library, media, sports or any other of the multitude of communities whose vocabularies are or aim to be represented – is incredibly valuable, and very much encouraged. In an overview of the 2013-2014 releases, which included TV/radio, civic services, and bibliographic additions, as well as accessibility properties, among others, Brickley related that during the year, “We listened a lot. We listened to people who knew better than us about accessibility, about how broadcast TV and radio are described, about describing social services, about libraries, journals, and ecommerce, and then integrated their suggestions into a unified set of schemas.”

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The Semantic Web’s Rocking, And There Ain’t No Stopping It Now

archerMake no mistake about it: The semantic web has been a success and that’s not about to stop now. That was essentially the message delivered by W3C Data Activity Lead Phil Archer, during his keynote address celebrating the semantic web’s ten years of achievement at last month’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose.

After acknowledging that he’s heard it all about the semantic web being a failure, about it being rebranded as Linked Data and that being a failure too, he summed up those impressions in one distinctly British word: “Bollocks.” The list of successes ranged across the spectrum, from the use in federated data portals of the Data Catalog Vocabulary from the W3C’s Government Linked Data Working Group, to the 47-million triples strong Open Phacts pharmacology discovery platform, to all the job postings that come up on The Semantic Web Blog – including one recently for the J. Craig Venter Institute, named for the pioneer genomic researcher who sequenced the human genome, which is looking for a bioinformatics analyst with OWL expertise in his or her resume.

That’s just a taste of the many citations he offered of the semantic web’s successes to date, not least among them his own strong familiarity with Linked Data’s use in government, where the technologies, he said, are used “to make our government more efficient” by having one organization make an authoritative data set the others can link to to support data-sharing across agencies. (For the full view into Archer’s take on the semantic web’s successes, you can view the entire keynote here.)

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Deconstructing JSON-LD

Photo of (clockwise from top-left: Aaron Bradley, Greg Kellogg, Phil Archer, Stephane CorlosquetAaron Bradley recently posted a roundtable discussion about JSON-LD which includes: “JSON-LD is everywhere. Okay, perhaps not everywhere, but JSON-LD loomed large at the 2014 Semantic Web Technology and Business Conference in San Jose, where it was on many speakers’ lips, and could be seen in the code examples of many presentations. I’ve read much about the format – and have even provided a thumbnail definition of JSON-LD in these pages – but I wanted to take advantage of the conference to learn more about JSON-LD, and to better understand why this very recently-developed standard has been such a runaway hit with developers. In this quest I could not have been more fortunate than to sit down with Gregg Kellogg, one of the editors of the W3C Recommendation for JSON-LD, to learn more about the format, its promise as a developmental tool, and – particularly important to me as a search marketer – the role in the evolution of schema.org.”

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XSB and SemanticWeb.Com Partner In App Developer Challenge To Help Build The Industrial Semantic Web

Semantic Web Developer Challenge - sponsored by XSB and SemanticWeb.comAn invitation was issued to developers at last week’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference: XSB and SemanticWeb.com have joined to sponsor the Semantic Web Developer Challenge, which asks participants to build sourcing and product life cycle management applications leveraging XSB’s PartLink Data Model.

XSB is developing PartLink as a project for the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund. It uses semantic web technology to create a coherent Linked Data model for all part information in the Department of Defense’s supply chain – some 40 million parts strong.

“XSB recognized the opportunity to standardize and link together information about the parts, manufacturers, suppliers, materials, [and] technical characteristics using semantic technologies. The parts ontology is deep and detailed with 10,000 parts categories and 1,000 standard attributes defined,” says Alberto Cassola, vp sales and marketing at XSB, a leading provider of master data management solutions to large commercial and government entities. PartLink’s Linked Data model, he says, “will serve as the foundation for building the industrial semantic web.”

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W3C Publishes Linked Data Platform Best Practices and Guidelines

Photo of Arnaud Le Hors presenting the LDP at SemTechBiz 2014The W3C’s Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group has published a document outlining best practices and guidelines for implementing Linked Data Platform servers and clients. The document was edited by Cody Burleson, Base22, and Miguel Esteban Gutiérrez and Nandana Mihindukulasooriya of the Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

For those new to LDP, SemanticWeb.com has recently published the following materials:

WEBINAR: “Getting Started with the Linked Data Platform (LDP)” with LDP Working Group Chair, Arnaud Le Hors, IBM (pictured above presenting LDP work at the SemTechBiz conference last week).

ARTICLE: “Introduction to: Linked Data Platform” by Cody Burleson, Base 22

Those ready to dive into the nuts and bolts of the document will find detailed guidance on topics such as:

  • Predicate URIs
  • Use of relative URIs
  • Hierarchy and container URIs
  • Working with fragments
  • Working with standard datatypes
  • Representing relationships between resources
  • Finding established vocabularies

…and much more. See the full document at http://www.w3.org/TR/ldp-bp/

SemanticWeb.com congratulates the Working Group on this step and looks forward to reporting on use cases and implementations of LDP.

FirstRain to Reveal How to Drive Unmatched Personal Information Experiences at 2014 Semantic Technology & Business Conference

First-RainSAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– FirstRain, the leader in Personal Business Analytics™, will present an advanced technical workshop on the techniques for driving unmatched personal information experiences at the 2014 Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose, CA. FirstRain’s personalized business analytics create a personal interest graph, drawn from business-focused Web and social media, based on a user’s role, the product lines they are selling and to whom they sell and then delivers analytics that prompt users on when and who to call. Read more

WEBINAR: Getting Started with the Linked Data Platform (LDP)

WEBINAR Title slide: Getting Started with the Linked Data PlatformIn case you missed Monday’s webinar, “Getting Started with the Linked Data Platform (LDP)” delivered by Arnaud Le Hors of IBM, the recording and slides are now available (and posted below). The webinar was co-produced by SemanticWeb.com and DATAVERSITY.net and runs for one hour, including a Q&A session with the audience that attended the live broadcast.

The presenter will also deliver a session that offers a deeper dive into LDP at the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference: “The W3C Linked Data Platform,” and immediately following that session, Sandro Hawke, W3C staff, will present, “Building Social Applications with the W3C Linked Data Platform (LDP).

Registration for the conference is now open.

If you watch this webinar, please use the comments section below to share your questions, comments, and ideas for webinars you would like to see in the future.

About the Webinar

Linked Data Platform (LDP), the latest W3C standard for Linked Data, brings REST to Linked Data. LDP defines a standard way to access, create, and update RDF resources over HTTP. With this new capability, businesses can use Linked Data for data integration in read/write mode.

This webinar will introduce you to this new standard, explaining what’s in it and how it fits with other standards like SPARQL. You will have a basic understanding of what you can expect to be able to do with this new technology so you can plan on how to best leverage it in your future business applications.

(Presentation Video and Slides after the jump…)

The Video:

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New Opps For Libraries And Vendors Open Up In BIBFRAME Transition

semtechbiz-10th-125sqOpportunities are opening up in the library sector, both for the institutions themselves and providers whose solutions and services can expand in that direction.

These vistas will be explored in a session hosted by Kevin Ford, digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress at next week’s Semantic Technology & Business conference in San Jose. The door is being opened by the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) that the LOC launched a few years ago. Libraries will be moving from the MARC standards, their lingua franca for representing and communicating bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form, to BIBFRAME, which models bibliographic data in RDF using semantic technologies.

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Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces Late Breaking News, Updates, and Changes to the Conference Program

semtechSan Jose, CA – DATAVERSITY® Education, LLC, and SemanticWeb.com™ have announced the addition of several special programs to the agenda for the tenth annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). To view the updated and complete three-day agenda or to learn more about the additional speakers, visit www.SemTechBiz.com.

Organizers of the event have added keynote presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and an additional day-long workshop. The changes include the following:

New Keynote

Schema .org – Official Update – Dan Brickley of Google will provide an update on the latest additions and improvements, and will then be joined by some of his fellow schema team members from Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft (Bing), and Yandex for a lively open Q & A session with the audience. Read more

Drupal Deepens Semantic Web Ties

semtechbiz-10th-125sqAmong the mainstream content management systems, you could make the case that Drupal was the first open source semantic CMS out there. At next week’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference, software engineer Stéphane Corlosquet of Acquia, which provides enterprise-level services around Drupal, and Bock & Co. principal Geoffrey Bock will discuss in this session Drupal’s role as a semantic CMS and how it can help organizations and institutions that are yearning to enrich their data with more semantics – for search engine optimization, yes, but also for more advanced use cases.

“It’s very easy to embed semantics in Drupal,” says Bock, who analyses and consults on digital strategies for content and collaboration. At its core it has the capability to manage semantic entities, and in the upcoming version 8 it takes things to a new level by including schema.org as a foundational data type. “It will become increasingly easier for developers to build and deliver semantically enriched environments,” he says, which can drive a better experience both for clients and stakeholders.

Corlosquet, who has taken a leadership role in building semantic web capabilities into Drupal’s core and maintains the RDF module in Drupal 7 and 8, explains that the closer embrace of schema.org in Drupal is of course a help when it comes to SEO and user engagement, for starters. Google uses content marked up using schema.org to power products like Rich Snippets and Google Now, too.

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