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The Web Is 25 — And The Semantic Web Has Been An Important Part Of It

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Today the Web celebrates its 25th birthday, and we celebrate the Semantic Web’s role in that milestone. And what a milestone it is: As of this month, the Indexed Web contains at least 2.31 billion pages, according to WorldWideWebSize.  

The Semantic Web Blog reached out to the World Wide Web Consortium’s current and former semantic leads to get their perspective on the roads The Semantic Web has traveled and the value it has so far brought to the Web’s table: Phil Archer, W3C Data Activity Lead coordinating work on the Semantic Web and related technologies; Ivan Herman, who last year transitioned roles at the W3C from Semantic Activity Lead to Digital Publishing Activity Lead; and Eric Miller, co-founder and president of Zepheira and the leader of the Semantic Web Initiative at the W3C until 2007.

While The Semantic Web came to the attention of the wider public in 2001, with the publication in The Scientific American of The Semantic Web by Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila, Archer points out that “one could argue that the Semantic Web is 25 years old,” too. He cites Berners-Lee’s March 1989 paper, Information Management: A Proposal, that includes a diagram that shows relationships that are immediately recognizable as triples. “That’s how Tim envisaged it from Day 1,” Archer says.

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25 Facts Celebrating 25 Years of the Web

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John Naughton of The Guardian put together a list of 25 things about the web in honor of the web’s twenty-fifth birthday, which falls on March 12. Naughton’s list includes, “(4) Many of the things that are built on the web are neither free nor open. Mark Zuckerberg was able to build Facebook because the web was free and open. But he hasn’t returned the compliment: his creation is not a platform from which young innovators can freely spring the next set of surprises. The same holds for most of the others who have built fortunes from exploiting the facilities offered by the web. The only real exception is Wikipedia.” Read more

The Audible Web?

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Reuven Cohen of Forbes recently wrote, “New audible interaction methods and API standards could be poised to usher in a new generation of web technology. Technology specifically tailored to interact with us as individuals rather than having us adapt to interact with the web. At the heart of this transformation is a new crop of technologies focused on natural language interaction through the use of verbal commands. In its most simple form, speech recognition is the ability to translate spoken words into text. The technology is certainly not a new concept; it has been around for almost 60 years. In 1954, the so-called Georgetown-IBM experiment was an influential demonstration of the first machine-based translation program.” Read more

Introducing Grover, a Business Syntax

Grover's Close-upJohn McClure recently wrote for Mike 2.0, “Grover is a semantic annotation markup syntax based on the grammar of the English language. Grover is related to the Object Management Group’s Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR), explained later. Grover syntax assigns roles to common parts of speech in the English language so that simple and structured English phrases are used to name and relate information on the semantic web. By having as clear a syntax as possible, the semantic web is more valuable and useful. An important open-source tool for semantic databases is SemanticMediaWiki that permits everyone to create a personal ‘wikipedia’ in which private topics are maintained for personal use. The Grover syntax is based on this semantic tool and the friendly wiki environment it delivers, though the approach below might also be amenable to other toolsets and environments.” Read more

Concept Searching Metadata Survey Results Indicate Search is Not an Information Governance Consideration

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McLean, VA, US and Stevenage, UK (PRWEB) March 03, 2014– Concept Searching, the global leader in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management software, and developer of the Smart Content Framework™, has completed its annual SharePoint Metadata Survey and based on responses although search is important, it is not viewed as a key component in Information Governance.

 

The Concept Searching second annual survey was completed by close to 400 organizations using SharePoint and the objective was to determine how organizations are using metadata and/or the SharePoint Term Store to manage unstructured content. The survey questions sought to solicit feedback on how, or if, organizations were using metadata to drive applications such as search, records management, protection of privacy and confidential information, migration, and to a lesser extent applications such as text analytics, collaboration, and social content. The white paper containing the detailed results will be published in late March. Read more

Sprylogics and Keek Enter Into Strategic Agreement to Collaborate on Cross-Platform Technology

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TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2014 (Menafn – Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) — Sprylogics International Corp. (“Sprylogics”) , a technology provider of local mobile search and messaging solutions for consumers and businesses has signed an agreement with Keek, a mobile video app, to collaborate and explore sharing technology and expertise around a broad segment of cross-platform opportunities, including the deployment of Sprylogics’ semantic processing engine into Keek’s mobile platform. As part of this agreement, Sprylogics will provide semantic content analysis to Keek, including exploring utilizing the indexing and search services in Sprylogics, core infrastructure, and Natural Language Processing capabilities, as well as various machine learning classifiers, semantic and local search technologies available through Sprylogics APIs and distributed content infrastructure. Read more

Creating a Lie Detector for Tweets

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Jessica McKenzie of Tech President reports, “An international group of researchers led by the University of Sheffield is building a social media “lie detector” named Pheme, after the mythological rumormonger, that can determine in real time whether a information spread on social media is true or false. The idea is that identifying misinformation would allow journalists, government agencies, emergency response, health providers and private companies to respond to emergencies and other events more effectively.” Read more

Rovi Set to Acquire Veveo

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Stephanie Mlot of PC Mag reports, “Rovi announced today that it will acquire Veveo in order to boost its search and analytics tools. The $62 million cash purchase comes with Veveo’s Knowledge Graph-driven semantic tech and natural-language controls, the latter which likely means integrated voice search. Massachusetts-based Veveo—not to be confused with YouTube’s Vevo music service—launched 10 years ago with the hope of bridging connected devices with intelligent discovery solutions. Over the last decade, the company has acquired 50 patents and works with the likes of AT&T, Cablevision, and Verizon. Now, it will bring its semantic solutions to Rovi, which licenses data for TV guides, and intends to use Veveo’s technology to tailor entertainment suggestions to each individual user.” Read more

Linkify Announces General Availability for Cutting-Edge SDK

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Tokyo (PRWEB) February 20, 2014– Linkify, an innovative startup aiming to change the way people search for information, announced the general availability of its SDK for mobile application developers to download and use. Available immediately, the new SDK supports both the Android and iOS platforms. Linkify offers developers a different approach to mobile search that delivers users relevant results faster. Instead of submitting a traditional word-based query via a search engine, Linkify’s technology is able to recognize, extract and convert “things of interest” to a user and connect them with relevant information from the web. With its new SDK, Linkify is the first to reach an important milestone that the young startup has coined “Semantic AR” (augmented reality). Read more

Phase2 Hires Thomas Tague, Former Reuters CTO, as Chief Operating Officer

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ALEXANDRIA, VA–(Marketwired – Feb 18, 2014) – Phase2, a leading digital content strategy, design, and technology firm, today announced key additions to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Thomas Tague to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). The addition of the COO function is part of an executive realignment designed to focus on the needs of Phase2′s clients and team members as the company continues to expand its operations. Tague joins the company from Thomson Reuters, where he served as Chief Technical Officer for Media Product and Support, and was responsible for bringing together product management, engineering, and customer support for a half billion-dollar product portfolio for the news agency. Read more

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