Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

Word to Semantic Web Startups: The JOBS Act Is On

If there’s one thing the Semantic Web arena is full of, it is start-ups. In fact, the slew of creative and innovative ideas out there coming from young companies is one of the reasons for the first Start-Up Competition to be held at the Semantic Tech & Business conference in San Francisco this June.

If you fit the bill and haven’t checked out this opportunity, you should, right this way. Are more opportunities waiting in the wings for entrepreneurs? Yesterday Congress sent the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business) Act bill to President Obama for his signature. Once he signs it – and the White House has said that is the intention – entrepreneurs no longer will be prohibited from advertising their intentions to raise funds for their companies to investors, because the Act abolishes the general solicitation ban. As reported by The Washington Post, “the bill also establishes a framework for crowdfunding — which enables small companies to solicit equity capital from myriad small-dollar investors.”

What’s the reaction from some members of the Semantic Web community?

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Stop SOPA Protest Gets Underway With DBpedia.org On Board

Editor’s Update Jan. 19: DBpedia, Wikipedia and company are all back online, while some lawmakers have taken their support for SOPA and PIPA offline. Republican Senators Roy Blunt and Marco Rubio have withdrawn their support for the Protect IP Act, and Representative Lee Terry (R-Neb.), an original co-sponsor of SOPA, also has asked to have his name removed from the bill.

 

It’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) day. At 8 a.m. EST  OpenLink Software began a 12-hour blackout of the following sites it controls in support of Wikipedia, Reddit and others spearheading the online protest against the legislation:

Founder and CEO of OpenLink Software Kingsley Idehen yesterday directed interested parties to a Linked Data-driven poll for the opportunity to vote on taking this step, and the ayes, so to speak, had it.

Turn to any of the above sites and you’ll see:

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US News and LOUD3R Join to Add Real-Time Content to Congress Tracker – PR-USA.net (press release)

US News and LOUD3R Join to Add Real-Time Content to Congress Tracker
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LOUD3R combines semantic technology with human knowledge to discover comprehensive, contextual content on any topic. Its powerful Curation Platform software

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U.S. News and LOUD3R Join to Add Real-Time Content to Congress Tracker – PR Newswire (press release)

U.S. News and LOUD3R Join to Add Real-Time Content to Congress Tracker
PR Newswire (press release)
LOUD3R combines semantic technology with human knowledge to discover comprehensive, contextual content on any topic. Its powerful Curation Platform software

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oeGOV: Open Government through Semantic Web Technologies

Enabling Data Independence for Government Transparency

by Ralph Hodgson, CTO, TopQuadrant, Inc.

Open Government has become a popular theme, both in the U.S. and other countries.  With “Transparency” gaining momentum, increasing categories and amounts of government data are becoming available on the web.  In the U.S., an impetus for this was Barrack Obama’s memorandum to the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. This included the following statement:

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The Library of Congress Talks Digital Initiatives | Stacking the Tech – Library Journal


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The Library of Congress Talks Digital Initiatives | Stacking the Tech
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Most recently they have begun experimenting with the Semantic Web/Linked Data and cloud computing. I was fortunate enough to have a chance to chat with

W3C Celebrates Semantic Web Progress at SemTech 2009

Active Linked Data Community, eGovernment, and Industry Showing Support for Growing W3C Standards Stack

http://www.w3.org/ — 15 June 2009 — W3C technical staff and more than 30 W3C Member organizations will present at the Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech) this week in San Jose, California. Sessions led by W3C staff and Member organizations highlight the accelerating rate of adoption and deployment of Semantic Web technologies in the past year. In particular, the talks underscore an active Linked Data community in government, healthcare, finance and other industries dedicated to the adoption of Semantic Web technologies based on W3C standards.

"We have gathered a growing number of Semantic Web use cases and case studies in the past 12 months," said Ivan Herman, Semantic Web Activity Lead for W3C. "What thrills me is the diversity of application areas for the Semantic Web, including more software, services and tools, as well as successful deployment in business and industry."

W3C collects and publishes Semantic Web use cases and case studies as part of its community building and outreach programs.

SemTech attendees are invited to visit the W3C booth (number 120) during the conference.

Community Needs Drives Advances in Standards for Web of Data

W3C presenters will discuss advances in semantic tools to help people build, organize, and manage their data. The maturing standards provide tools for:

  • knowledge representation on the Web. Data on the Web is expressed using terms such as "author" or "flight number" or "account number." When people wish to assign meaning to those terms and to express relationships among them ("’auteur’ means the same thing as ‘author’, in French"), they can used the Web Ontology Language (OWL).
  • knowledge organization systems such as thesauri, classification schemes, subject heading systems and taxonomies. The new Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) specification has already been used by librarians and others to create more than 20 thesauri, including the United States Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies and the Leibnitz Information Centre for Economics of the German National Library of Economics.
  • content descriptions that will make it easier to provide, customize, and trust information added to large number of resources on the Web (see use cases). The Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER) addresses the issue of publishing trustworthy metadata easily for a large number of Web resources. The POWDER Primer lists a number of benefits to various audiences, including these: end users will have an easier time judging the trustworthiness of information, publishers will be able to add more semantics to existing information, and service providers will be able to offer real-time content personalization.
  • rule systems to address use cases in a variety of disciplines, including: the ability to negotiate eBusiness contracts across rule platforms, managing business policies and practices across organizational boundaries, rule support for medical decisions. The primary goal of the Rules Interchange Format (RIF) is to be an effective means of exchanging rules (such as "business rules") in a way that is widely adopted in industry and that is consistent with existing W3C technologies.

W3C continues to work with community members to review and recommend new standards for the advancement and realization of the Semantic Web. In time for SemTech, W3C announces that SKOS and OWL, as Proposed Recommendations, are nearly complete. OWL 2 is a Candidate Recommendation, meaning it is considered technically sound and ready for implementation experience. OWL 2 builds on the original OWL standards (published in 2004) and adds features sought by the community. The basic design of RIF is now complete, and this week W3C expects to announce "Last Call" draft specifications, meaning the public can confirm the technical soundness of the document.

David Wood – O’Reilly Media Joins the Semantic Web

O’Reilly Media (http://oreilly.com/), the current name for the geek publishing giant founded by Tim O’Reilly, has finally joined the Semantic Web.  O’Reilly’s coining of the term "Web 2.0" and early misunderstandings of the Semantic Web stack lead some to think that he didn’t see much value in machine readable information.  That seems to have changed, at least in within <a href="http://labs.oreilly.com/">O’Reilly Labs</a>.

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My Semantic Manifesto

I've been talking with my son this week about the importance of words and what they mean. He is studying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Articles of Confederation in his 5th grade history class – he was so inspired by reading those documents that he asked me to take him to the Library of Congress on our trip to Virginia next week. I was suitably impressed and was also reminded of the relationship between concepts and constructs.

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