Attendees at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC earlier this month got first-access to Big, Linked, Smart Data, an eBook of selections from The Semantic Web Blog. It’s built on the KEeReader, a browser-based e-reading platform that brings the ability to identify concepts, entities and relationships within content and allow users to interact with it. Now, that Knowledge Enhanced eReader (KEeReader) is available to all on the bookshelf here.
The Semantic Web Blog introduced the KEeReader platform to our readers in this article, and its chief architect Eric Freese demonstrated it to conference attendees at SemTechNYC referencing content from Big, Linked, Smart Data and the authorized biography of Steve Jobs. (You can also find that on the bookshelf. )
During his demonstration, Freese discussed how important it is that ebooks be expansive on multiple fronts. “Ebooks shouldn’t be controlled by the company you bought them from,” he said, and users should be able to leverage current and future open web standards as part of the experience. Another place where lock-in should be avoided: Knowledge. “Knowledge,” he said, “should not be locked inside books. And the content should be accessible on whatever device the user wants, whether they own the device or not.”
The platform works to “enhance the experience of e-reading through the knowledge within the book and through the control of how you read the book,” he said. Freese displayed the platform’s incorporation of browser-based standards and semantic capabilities in a number of ways, including activating the display of semantic content within the content and disambiguation by hovering over a term; the ability to see its Knowledge Base in JSON, RDF or Turtle; smart search, such that a search for mammal, for instance, would turn up everyone marked as a person in the content; the ability to respond to natural language queries (such as what is Gartner – answer: a company); and support for multiple tabs for looking at two different spots in a book.
“Books are content,” Freese told the attendees. “But at some point they will become media access points. That’s what books are – media delivery devices that people can’t stop thinking about.”
Head on over to KEeReader.com and give it a try yourself.