Posts Tagged ‘Acquia’

Drupal Deepens Semantic Web Ties

semtechbiz-10th-125sqAmong the mainstream content management systems, you could make the case that Drupal was the first open source semantic CMS out there. At next week’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference, software engineer Stéphane Corlosquet of Acquia, which provides enterprise-level services around Drupal, and Bock & Co. principal Geoffrey Bock will discuss in this session Drupal’s role as a semantic CMS and how it can help organizations and institutions that are yearning to enrich their data with more semantics – for search engine optimization, yes, but also for more advanced use cases.

“It’s very easy to embed semantics in Drupal,” says Bock, who analyses and consults on digital strategies for content and collaboration. At its core it has the capability to manage semantic entities, and in the upcoming version 8 it takes things to a new level by including schema.org as a foundational data type. “It will become increasingly easier for developers to build and deliver semantically enriched environments,” he says, which can drive a better experience both for clients and stakeholders.

Corlosquet, who has taken a leadership role in building semantic web capabilities into Drupal’s core and maintains the RDF module in Drupal 7 and 8, explains that the closer embrace of schema.org in Drupal is of course a help when it comes to SEO and user engagement, for starters. Google uses content marked up using schema.org to power products like Rich Snippets and Google Now, too.

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Setting Government Data Free

taAs July 4 approaches, the subject of open government data can’t help but be on many U.S. citizens’ minds. That includes the citizens who are responsible for opening up that data to their fellow Americans. They might want to take a look at NuCivic Data Enterprise, the recently unveiled cloud-based, open source, open data platform for government from NuCivic, in partnership with Acquia and Carahsoft. It’s providing agencies an OpenSaaS approach to meeting open data mandates to publish and share datasets online, based on the Drupal open source content management system.

NuCivic’s open source DKAN Drupal distribution provides the core data management components for the NuCivic Data platform; it was recognized last week as a grand prize winner for Amazon Web Services’ Global City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge in the Partner in Innovation category. Projects in this category had to demonstrate that the application solves a particular challenge faced by local government entities. As part of the award, the NuCivic team gets $25,000 in AWS services to further support its open data efforts.

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Reason To Be Thankful: Being Named A Fast-Growing Tech Company

rsz_thankful_imageIt’s got to be a happy Thanksgiving for a number of tech companies that made their way to Deloitte’s recently-released Technology Fast 500. The 2013 ranking of the fastest-growing tech companies based in North America also has something to show for anyone who’s doubted that there’s money to be made taking advantage of semantic and other Web 3.0 concepts, a look at the list should show it’s time for the doubting to stop.

Have a look at some of the winners with their overall rankings:

#2 Acquia. Drupal claims the title of being the first mainstream content management system to support semantic web technology in its core. The Drupal-powered project Acquia was co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to provide cloud, SaaS, and other services to organizations building websites on Drupal – and has on staff software engineer Stéphane Corlosquet, who had a big hand in bringing those semantic capabilities to Drupal’s core. In fact, Corlosquet spoke at the most recent SemTechBiz about Acquia as an example of a Drupal-powered project managing its content as Linked Data.

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Drupal is the Content Management System of Choice in DC

We recently reported on semantic technology’s potential role in national security. A new article shows progress on the front of semantic technology in government, but there are still some roadblocks. As the article puts it, “Using open source software in the federal government is challenging, but the problem is not due to the technology. The problem lies with old procurement models and regulations that are better suited for buying file cabinets and missiles than negotiating licenses for ‘free’ open source software.”

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Drupal 7 Debuts, Parties Set to Begin

Drupal 7 has formally hit the stage. The parties start tomorrow (you can find out about one almost anywhere in the world).

The key aspect of Drupal 7 for The Semantic Web Blog readers, of course, is native RDFa support. “There lot of people excited about Drupal 7 shipping with RDFa,” Drupal creator Dries Buytaert told The Semantic Web Blog a few months ago, during a conversation focused on the Drupal Gardens SaaS offering from the company he co-founded, Acquia.

“Ever since I stood up on stage in Boston in 2008 [at Drupalcon] we saw more and more momentum for Semantic Web technologies in Drupal,” he said. Given the mojo search engines such as Google and Bing are putting behind relying on machine-readable structured data from web sites, embedding semantic metadata is becoming more and more attractive for webmasters. More than a half-million web sites use Drupal today. “We spent a lot of effort in this release cycle on Semantic Web,” he said, “but I acknowledge it’s only a first step.”

One next step, perhaps, could be about consuming RDF data. That said, Buytaert noted that, with the Semantic Web still generally being in the ramp-up stages and getting more traction, “I think Drupal is a little ahead of the markets in terms of adopting the Semantic Web, so we’re okay as long as we stay ahead. We don’t need to be miles and miles ahead.”

Last month, SIOC creator and NUI Galway lecturer and researcher John Breslin put Drupal 7 at the top of his Christmas list of tips and tools for friends to try out “and get the metadata out there.”

Party on, and get moving with metadata.