…and we want to hear from you.

Photos of our regular panelists.

After December’s episode of the Semantic Link, we asked for your thoughts on both the topics we should cover, and the ways in which you would like to interact with the podcast. You spoke, very clearly asking for an opportunity to pose questions for the team to answer during recordings. This is that opportunity.

Photo of Nova SpivackJanuary’s episode of the show will be recorded this Friday, 13 January, and we’re joined by a guest with much to contribute. I’m sure he needs no introduction for most of you. Nova Spivack was behind semantic technology startup Twine, and has subsequently turned his hand to supporting a range of semantically relevant offerings such as Bottlenose (our coverage) and StreamGlider (our coverage).

Drawing upon some of Nova’s experiences, and digging further into questions that we have touched upon before, we’re going to take a look at the following topic this month:

Is it important to hide semantic smarts behind a simple user experience/interface? If not, why not? If so, how are we beginning to see that manifested?

Siri‘s obviously one example that we’ve discussed before, but there have been other examples recently that also attempt to hide significant power behind UI simplicity.

This isn’t just a semantic technology problem, of course… everything from word processors and databases to aeroplane flight decks and cars face the challenge of maintaining usability whilst adding features. But do semantics — or do current semtech tools and/or use cases — pose particular issues that are difficult to address?

Your Opportunity

And now over to all of you. Please use the comments facility below, to share your perspectives on the question, or to submit your comments and questions for Nova and the regular gang to consider. Then tune in the week of 16 January to hear the recorded podcast!