Seth Grimes recently wrote, “If you believe (as I do) that semantics is the key
to smart content — to content enriched and structured to promote findability, reuse, and task-focused knowledge extraction — and if you believe (as I do) in open source, then the IKS Semantic Project may be for you. IKS stands for Interactive Knowledge Stack. It provides a framework for semanticizing managed content. Why is that important? Because ‘current [content management systems] lack the capability for semantic web enabled, intelligent content, and therefore lack the capacity for users to interact with the content at the user’s knowledge level,’ according to the August 2009 project documentation.”

Grimes continues, “IKS is a framework. It implements a Reference Architecture for Content and Knowledge (RICK), which ‘provides two main functionalities for a content management system,’ namely ‘an infrastructure to manage referenced sites’ and an Entity Hub, ‘RESTful services to work with entities used by a CMS.’ Entities, in the text analytics/semantics worlds, are named persons, organizations, geographic areas, and the like. The term is sometimes extended to pattern-based elements such as e-mail addresses and Social Security Numbers and to abstractions such as ‘the economy’ and ‘automobile manufacturers.’ RESTful refers to stateless Web services, typically invoked via a URL from a Web
browser or application program.”

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