Posts Tagged ‘Introduction’

Summer School – Excecutive Briefing on Linked Data

Summer can be a great time to learn something new, and is always on the lookout for new ways of explaining the terms, techniques, standards, and technologies involved in the world of Semantic Web. We were thrilled, then, to see this much-needed executive briefing on Linked Data from our colleagues at 3 Round Stones:

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Spotlight on Callimachus

One of the many innovative semantic solutions that was presented at this week’s SemTech conference is Callimachus, a linked data management system that “allows Web authors to quickly and easily create semantically-enabled Web applications with a minimal knowledge of Semantic Web principles.” According to Bernadette Hyland, Callimachus is the first system of its kind. Read more

Introduction to: Ontologies

Hello my name is ontologyIn my most recent post, I introduced RDF as a flexible and schema-less data model. However, some of you may think then that using RDF data is going to be a complete mess. In some cases, that may be true; and it’s fine! There are use cases in which all you want is messy data. What if you want to do more interesting stuff with your RDF data like infer new knowledge? This is where ontologies come in.

What is an Ontology?

Let me scare you for a minute. The computer science definition of ontology is:

a formal and explicit specification of a shared conceptualization


Let’s break this down and get our hands dirty. Read more

Introduction to: RDF

Hello, My Name is... RDFRDF stands for Resource Description Framework and it is a flexible schema-less data model. Do not confuse or compare it with XML (more about this later)! It is one of the core technologies of the Semantic Web and the current W3C standard to represent data on the web. But what is RDF exactly?
As I mentioned, it is a data model. It can be compared to the relational model which is the way you organize data in a relational database: group related things in tables with attributes, create links between tables, etc. RDF is just another way of organizing your data. In which way? As a graph.

Semantic Web – Pitch of the week

Last week, put out a challenge to our readership to answer the questrion, “What is the Semantic Web?” in the form of a 90-second elevator pitch.  Read the original challenge and watch the video here.

This week, we are pleased to feature this entry from Sandro Hawke of the World Wide Web Consortium.  It’s a good one, and Sandro gets extra points for actually shooting his video in an elevator (at MIT’s Stata Center, no less)! 

What is the Semantic Web? (for a general, non-technical audience)

Shortly after we published the initial request for pitches, Sandro reached out asking if a better question might not be, “What is the Semantic Web good for?” addressing the value proposition.  It’s a good point, and I expect that many pitches will answer this question as well.  Certainly, if you feel that’s a stronger angle, feel free to pitch accordingly.

As Sandro’s video shows, a pitch doesn’t have to be complicated.  In fact, it should not be.  It does not need to explain the many nuances of semantic technology.  The main goal of these pitches should be to grab a listener’s interest such that the listener says, “Tell me more.”

So, Semantic Web community, “Tell me more!” keep those pitches coming!

See how to submit your own pitch here.

–Eric Franzon
VP Community

Semantic Web – What’s Your Pitch?

Elevator Door

People working in the Semantic Technology space are often asked for a clear, concise, easy to understand answer to “What is the Semantic Web?”  My friend and colleague Brian Sletten recently said to me, “If you ask 10 Semantic Tech experts to define Semantic Technology, you’ll get 11 different answers – one from each of the experts and the one that represents what the listener hears.”  Read more

WEBCAST: Maximizing your Google SEO Effect with Semantic Web Technology

NOTE: This Webcast is in three parts.
Part I
Part II
Part III

DESCRIPTION: If own or manage a web site that contains information about products or services, you can add a relatively small amount of markup to existing HTML, and have semantic information that both Google and other semantic applications will be able to process. Many Web search engines, smart phone apps, and even cutting-edge applications like augmented reality search for and use this type of markup.

Adding semantic markup provides an improved display of the information in Google search results, providing an inherent SEO benefit. This is the same technology being successfully used by BestBuy,, and many others. Read more