Posts Tagged ‘definitions’

Semantic Search, Semantic Web, & Semantic SEO Defined

Amanda DiSilvestro of Search Engine Journal recently wrote, “Small businesses have been hearing a lot lately about the semantic web, and how that of course comes with semantic search, which then has to come with semantic SEO. So to make a long story short, if you don’t understand what the term ‘semantic’ means in these contexts, you’ve got some work to do. Fortunately, understanding semantics in relation to the web is actually quite simple, and for many these is already a part of your daily routine. It isn’t a new concept, just one that has recently gained some traction. Being able to understand how these terms differ is important because it can help you better understand how search works and how you can make sure your information is getting in front of a relevant audience.” Read DiSilvestro’s definitions here. Read more

Text Analytics v. Semantic Content Enrichment

Seth Grimes recently set the record straight regarding the terms “text analytics” and “semantic content enrichment.” Grimes starts with a few definitions of text analytics: “Text analytics is a set of software and transformational steps that discover business value in ‘unstructured’ text. (Analytics in general is a process, not just algorithms and software.) The aim is to improve automated text processing, whether for search, classification, data and opinion extraction, business intelligence or other purposes.” He adds, “Text analytics draws on data mining and visualization and also on natural-language processing (NLP). Supplement NLP with technologies that recognize patterns and extract information from images, audio, video and composites and you have content analytics.” Read more

Recap of the W3C RDF F2F Meeting (and Other Acronyms)

The W3C’s Semantic Web Activity Lead, Ivan Herman, has provided a recap of the second RDF Face-to-Face (F2F) meeting: “Most of the two days’ meeting concentrated on ‘graph identification’, i.e., what is commonly called ‘named graphs’ by the community. This discussion at the F2F was the outcome of a long series of discussion on the group’s mailing list, started, essentially, right when the group began its work. There are many issues surrounding this loose notion of named graphs, including terminology, semantics, syntax; although the F2F meeting has not solved all the problems, significant advances were achieved.” Read more Gives Tweet-Length Definitions for Any Term

Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH of Germany has released, a free service that “provides short, fast, and under 140 character long explanations which everyone can understand… The merger of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and the 140-character short message service Twitter, at first glance, doesn’t work well together. But delivers short, handy explanations for terms that are gathered from the user-based community. compliments the service by allowing short, quick routes to the explanations regardless of which application the term comes from. Behind both services is the idea of making information easily accessible.” Read more

Defining Ontologies

Mike Bergman discusses the often difficult concept of ‘ontology’ in a new article out of AI3. Bergman writes, “I have continued to find ontology one of the hardest concepts to communicate to clients and quite a muddled mess even as used by practitioners. I have come to the conclusion that this problem is not because I have failed to grasp some ephemeral nuance, but because the term as used in practice is indeed fuzzy and imprecise.” Read more

Defining the Semantic Web in a Few Sentences

A Quora user posed this challenge to the network: “How do you explain semantic web to a nine-year old child in one sentence?” The challenge was followed by a quote from Albert Einstein: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

Some of the best responses so far include, “A web where computers better understand the real meaning of the words we use to communicate with them.” “Hi Timmy, the web is like one giant big book written by a lot of people. And the semantic web is another book describing how the first book should be read.” And, “Semantic web is like the magic mirror in Shrek – you ask it, ‘Can I go to a pool?’ and it tells you, ‘Yes, you can, because the weather is good and the pool you like to go to is open.’”

We at Semantic Web recently offered up a challenge of our own: give us your best elevator pitch answering the question, “What is the Semantic Web?” We’ve received some great pitches so far (listed below) and we’re still accepting new pitches.

Sandro Hawke, W3C – for a general audience

David Wood, Talis – for journalistic research

Mark Montgomery, Kyield – for enterprise decision makers

Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister (not an official pitch) – for government and citizenry

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