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The Future of Linked Data at Talis

[Editor's Note: This guest post, provided by Dr. Tom Heath, Senior Research Scientist, Talis Education Ltd., is in answer to the news we reported yesterday about Talis Group's decision to close down Kasabi and the Talis Consulting arm of the business. We are grateful to Dr. Heath and Talis for sharing this clarification with the community.]

image of highway to the sky from ShutterstockFor those who inhabit the world of Linked Data and the Semantic Web, yesterday was a big news day. Talis Systems Ltd announced that it would be winding down its generic Linked Data and Semantic Web activities, including the consulting business and the Kasabi data marketplace. The news is well covered on semanticweb.com and information-age.com. Inevitably there was a degree of fallout across social media, with some reporting the news as Talis abandoning Linked Data and the Semantic Web. This isn’t really the case. Let’s look at why, and what the future holds for Linked Data and Semantic Web ideas and technologies at Talis.

In summary this is a story about horizontal and vertical. Talis Group has pursued both for some years, the former through the generic Linked Data consulting and hosting services of Talis Systems, and the latter through Talis Education — home of the Talis Aspire SaaS application for universities, which I wrote about in the Linked Data Book as an exemplar of a native read/write Linked Data application. The product is currently sold to one third of UK universities, creating a user base of up to 750,000 academics and students.
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Community Challenge: The Semantic Web in 140 Characters

Community Challenge: Semantic Web in 140 CharactersAs a community, we Semantic Webbers have done a poor job communicating our value clearly and concisely.

Last week, I stated the case in more detail at the Enterprise Semantics Blog, and Aaron Bradley continued it over at Google Plus (here and here).

Today, I bring you a challenge.

Describe a value of the Semantic Web clearly in 140 characters. Tweet it with the hashtag #SemWebRox.

Why a value and not the value? Because different people have different opinions on what the most important facet of the Semantic Web is. And since you can’t have more than one most important value, just stick to one, and make it convincing.

Why 140 characters? It’s not just Twitter. Restricting space in this way forces you to get the core of your argument. No elaboration. No amendments. Straight value.

Here is my attempt:

Write yours here or tweet it directly. We’ll aggregate them and include in a future post!

Nigel Shadbolt, Co-Director, Open Data Institute to Keynote SemTechBiz UK

Rising Media and WebMediaBrands, producers of the Semantic Technology and Business Conference – UK (#SemTechBiz), have announced details of this year’s event, the foremost conference series on semantic technologies.

Photo of Nigel ShadboltThis year’s line-up of speakers includes Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Co-Director, Open Data Institute. A former President of the British Computer Society, Professor Shadbolt has been involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial activities.  In 2009, together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, he was appointed as information advisor by the Prime Minister to help transform public access to Government information. Professor Shadbolt will be delivering a keynote presentation on day 1 of the conference.

The 2012 Semantic Technology and Business Conference – UK will be held on 19-20 September at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4HL.

Semantic Technology and Business Conference – UK brings together today’s industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities impacting both corporate business leaders and technologists. The two day conference is packed with case studies and real-world perspectives, with insight and learning from global experts in technology, financial services, insurance, healthcare, publishing, government, automotive and enterprise data.

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OCLC Announcement: WorldCat.org Meets Schema.org (and hints of more to come)

image of library from Shutterstock.comOCLC has announced that WorldCat.org pages now include schema.org descriptive mark-up.

Created over the last four decades with the participation of thousands of member libraries, WorldCat is the world’s largest online registry of library collections. As the official press release states, “WorldCat.org now offers the largest set of linked bibliographic data on the Web. With the addition of Schema.org mark-up to all book, journal and other bibliographic resources in WorldCat.org, the entire publicly available version of WorldCat is now available for use by intelligent Web crawlers, like Google and Bing, that can make use of this metadata in search indexes and other applications.”

On the heels of the announcement earlier this week about Dewey Decimal Classifications also being available as Linked Data, this certainly marks an exciting week in the world of library information and the Semantic Web. However, this should also prove to be exciting for non-librarians, as these resources are now available beyond the world of library sciences.

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The Semantic Link – The SemTechBiz Recap – June, 2012

Paul Miller, Bernadette Hyland, Ivan Herman, Eric Hoffer, Andraz Tori, Peter Brown, Christine Connors, Eric Franzon

On Friday, June 15, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul Miller, for the latest installment of the Semantic Link, a monthly podcast covering the world of Semantic Technologies. This episode includes a discussion about the recent SemTechBiz Conference in San Francisco and where the world of Semantic Tech is today.
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Twitter, the new kid on the Semantic Web block

Remember how search engines can show nice snippets in their search results thanks to the structured data that webmasters embedded in the HTML of their webpages (RDFa, schema.org, etc)? Additionally, Facebook gains insight about user’s interest through structured data on webpages (i.e. Open Graph Protocol). Now there is a new kid on the block: Twitter.

Twitter Cards

Twitter recently introduced Twitter Cards, a way to “attach media experiences to Tweets that link to your content.” By adding structured data embedded in the HTML of your webpage, “users who Tweet links to your content will have a ‘card’ added to the Tweet that’s visible to all of their followers.” Basically, Twitter will now have a bit more of information about your webpage in order to know how to make a nice snippet in a tweet.

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The Semantic Link with Guest, Daniel Tunkelang – April, 2012

Paul Miller, Bernadette Hyland, Ivan Herman, Eric Hoffer, Andraz Tori, Peter Brown, Christine Connors, Eric Franzon

On Friday, April 13, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul Miller, for the latest installment of the Semantic Link, a monthly podcast covering the world of Semantic Technologies. This episode includes a discussion about various approaches to building semantic systems, and “the Linkers” were joined by special guest, Daniel Tunkelang, Principal Data Scientist, LinkedIn. Daniel — who will deliver a keynote address at the June Semantic Technology & Business Conference — shared insights gained over many years working at LinkedIn, Endeca, and Google, and IBM among others.
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Start-Up Contest at #SemTechBiz SF Announced

Semantic Tech & Business Conference - San Francisco - Start-up Competition. Click Here to Apply!SemanticWeb.com and parent company WebMediaBrands are pleased to announce that a competition will be held at the upcoming Semantic Technology and Business Conference (SemTechBiz) in San Francisco. The contest begins with an online application process. Out of that pool of applicants, ten companies will be selected to compete in person and on stage at SemTechBiz San Francisco. At the conference, a single winner will be awarded the prize as “Top Semantic Technology Start-Up.”

Dramatic growth in semantics-based products and applications released over the past years is on the rise. Semantic technologies are no longer a discovery of the future. Organizations such as Google, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Facebook, Apple, Oracle, IBM, the Library of Congress, Amdocs, Volkwagen & the BBC use them today.

Requirements

SemanticWeb.com is currently accepting entrants from now until April 23, 2012. Companies encouraged to apply are those who meet the following conditions:

  1. have a demonstrable product (at least in “beta” stage) in the SemTech and or SemWeb space
  2. have received no more than a Series A round of financing

Companies can be located anywhere but must have the financial means to attend SemTech 2012.  Ten Finalist companies will be selected to compete in a “Pitch Slam” before a panel of expert judges at the Conference. These finalists will be listed in an article at SemanticWeb.com.

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#SemTechBiz San Francisco – Preliminary Program Announced

The highly-anticipated program for the Semantic Technology and Business Conference, June 3-7, 2012 in San Francisco has been announced. SemTechBiz returns to the Hilton Union Square for five comprehensive days of fresh insight and immersive learning from global experts.  The conference brings together today’s industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities jointly impacting both corporate business leaders and technologists.

When asked about the program, SemTechBiz Co-Chair Tony Shaw said, “Every year we move further towards the ‘business’ end of the ‘Tech-to-Biz’ spectrum, and that will be even more obvious in the agenda for 2012.  The experience of practitioners is deeper and better-informed, while the increasing maturity of solutions and products is making it much easier to implement semantic applications.  If it’s been a couple of years since you last looked at semantic technologies, you will find it almost unrecognizable today.”

View the program here

Throughout the five days, attendees will find case studies; real-world business applications; introductory and advanced sessions; hands-on tutorials; news on the latest standards and best practices; sessions that focus on specific verticals such as financial services, healthcare, and government; networking opportunities; and much more.

Early Registration Pricing Expires Tomorrow!

Those considering attending the Semantic Technology & Business Conference may want to register right away as there is an early registration deadline tomorrow, Friday, February 17.

Register Now

Poll: Have You Tried Microsoft’s Bing?

Tom Dunlap
SemanticWeb.com Contributor

Bing is Microsoft’s newest search engine, marketed as a “decision engine.” It’s designed to integrate searches to bring surfers better results than Google and Yahoo, and it’s getting some impressive press.

Microsoft launched a Bing media blitz, running several TV commercials about it (although I’ve seen better technology spots.) Tech writers, some of them pretty wowed, have written a lot about Bing, including SemanticWeb.com’s Ron Miller, who filed a nice video tour of the search engine yesterday.

But is it all just pie in the sky? Google’s Eric Schmidt recently slammed Bing, saying Microsoft does this about once a year. So my question is:

Have You Tried Bing?

To Vote in the Poll (it takes a couple steps, so I beg your indulgence):
1. Click Watch Now below.
2. Look for the small Vote Now link. Click it
3. A box pops up. Vote, and you’ll see your vote tally in real time
4. You can also post a comment

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