Today, Experian, the global information services company, announced that it has acquired Garlik Limited, a provider of web monitoring services based in the United Kingdom. Garlik uses Semantic Web Technologies to help consumers protect themselves from the risks of identity theft and financial fraud. At the last SemTechBiz UK Conference, Steve Harris, CTO of Garlik, presented “Combatting Online Crime with RDF.” Mr. Harris presented a compelling case of Garlik’s use of Semantic Technology throughout its offerings to support business-critical, highly sensitive production systems to financial institutions worldwide. Read more
[Editor’s Note: In our most recent SemanticLink podcast with special guest R.V. Guha, we mentioned RDFa 1.1 Lite, proposed by Ben Adida at last month’s Schema.org workshop. Thanks to Manu Sporny for sharing the following look at RDFa 1.1 Lite.]
Summary: RDFa 1.1 Lite is a simple subset of RDFa consisting of the following attributes: vocab, typeof, property, rel, about and prefix.
During the schema.org workshop, a proposal was put forth by RDFa’s resident hero, Ben Adida, for a stripped down version of RDFa 1.1, called RDFa 1.1 Lite. The RDFa syntax is often criticized as having too much functionality, leaving first-time authors confused about the more advanced features. This lighter version of RDFa will help authors easily jump into the Linked Data world. The goal was to create a very minimal subset that will work for 80% of the folks out there doing simple markup for things like search engines. Read more
… or any new technologies for that matter…
Below please find three helpful tips on how to get started Marketing your Semantic Web technology.
1.) SIMPLIFY YOUR MESSAGE
- Iterate: The 3rd time you will be close; the 5th time you might be right.
- Test it on friends and family members who don’t know anything about tech & don’t care.
- Benefits: Talk about the problems you solve & the benefits of solving them, NOT about tech for tech’s sake.
- “It’s more important to be interesting than it is to be intellectual.” (Suneel Gupta, Groupon)
- Ask: do Semantic vs. semantic debates advance your cause in a practical, quantifiable fashion? Read more
For me, the best bits of a good industry conference are always any well-run panel discussions. Not those panels where the ‘moderator’ has more to say than the panellists. Not those panels where panellists completely fill the allotted time by standing up in turn to deliver one over-long prepared presentation after another. Not those panels where every member has exactly the same story to tell, and any differences of opinion are left outside. Not them.
The panels I mean – the panels I love – are the ones where the panellists talk to one another and their audience. The ones where different perspectives are brought to the table and shared. The ones where knowledge and prior experience are self-evident. The ones where differences of perspective or opinion inform and enrich rather than disrupt and divide. The ones where the moderator knows to keep (reasonably) quiet. Them. They’re great, but sadly all too rare.
Working with the team at SemanticWeb.com we’re going to try recreating that ‘great panel’ vibe in a form that everyone can easily consume, without the horrors of air travel or the cost of hotel rooms. To do this, we’re launching a new monthly podcast called The Semantic Link, a PodPanel if you will, and assembling what I hope you will agree is a great team of panellists to get it going. Read more