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Open The Door To Bringing Linked Data To Real-World Projects

ld1Linked Data: Structured Data on the Web is now available in a soft-cover edition. The book, authored by David Wood, Marsha Zaidman, Luke Ruth, and Michael Hausenblas, and with a forward by Tim Berners-Lee, aims to give mainstream developers without previous experience with Linked Data practical techniques for integrating it into real-world projects, focusing on languages with which they’re likely to be familiar, such as JavaScript and Python.

Berners-Lee’s forward gets the ball rolling in a big way, making the case for Linked Data and its critical importance in the web ecosystem:“The Web of hypertext-linked documents is complemented by the very powerful Linked Web of Data.  Why linked?  Well, think of how the value of a Web page is very much a function of what it links to, as well as the inherent value of the information within the Web page. So it is — in a way even more so — also in the Semantic Web of Linked Data.  The data itself is valuable, but the links to other data make it much more so.”

The topic has clearly struck a nerve, Wood believes, noting that today we are “at a point where structured data on the web is getting tremendous play,” from Google’s Knowledge Graph to the Facebook Open Graph protocol, to the growing use of the vocabulary, to data still growing exponentially in the Linked Open Data Project, and more. “The industry is ready to talk about data and data processing in a way it never has been before,” he continues. There’s growing realization that Linked Data fits in with and nicely complements technologies in the data science realm, such as machine learning algorithms and Hadoop, such that “you can suddenly build things you never could before with a tiny team, and that’s pretty cool….No technology is sufficient in and of itself but combine them and you can do really powerful things.”

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Why Two Industry Giants — Walmart and Viacom — Have Semantic Technology In Their Sites

The opening keynotes at this week’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference saw two industry giants pump up the volume about how, and why, to apply semantic technology in the enterprise.

At Viacom, the largest pure-play media company in the world, the sheer number of perspectives across an exhaustive portfolio that includes more than 160 networks and 500 digital media properties globally, as well as entertainment behemoth Paramount Pictures Corp., was a factor in giving semantic tech a start. Its pain point, chief architect Matthew Degel told attendees, involved dealing with issues like the creative variations that come with the territory – U.S. vs. international versions of digital assets, or the MPEG-2 take on a clip for broadcast in this country vs. H.264/MPEG-4 formats for streaming the same clip online. “How do you track all this and say that I have 23 files, they are all sort of different but they’re talking about the same thing,” Degel said. “We thought semantics could help address that.”

Multi-platform being the rule of the day, the company faced the challenge of making its material reuseable, findable, searchable and purposeable, Degel said. As it takes steps to its goal of providing a corporate-focused, general purpose application of the technology, Degel explained that the view he takes on semantic technology is to think of it as “helping you deal with a certain amount of uncertainty and chaos.”

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DoubleClick Founder’s FindTheBest Comparison App Gets Investment From Social App Fund — And Sees Open Graph In Its Future

Comparison engine FindtheBest, the startup launched by DoubleClick co-founder Kevin O’Connor (see our story here), has found itself the recipient of some VC funding. The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers sFund is parting with an undisclosed sum out of its new $250 million initiative, designated for investment in entrepreneurs inventing social applications and services, to the site that hopes to be the go-to center of objective comparisons, from e-readers  to smart phones  to, yup, VCs, too.   

So, what’s social about an objective comparison engine? There’s what’s there now – and what may be there in the future, courtesy of leveraging protocols such as Facebook’s Open Graph. “Social can be a pretty amorphous word,” O’Connor says. The comparison engine works on the human-curated principle, with FindtheBest staffers getting the data about the objects of comparison and then organizations themselves being able to come in and add or update the information, O’Connor says. “We want people to add great objective information,” maybe when a ski lodge has added three new runs to its trails, for instance,” he says. Its internal checks and balances come in for the more subjective – and social – aspects, to keep out those looking to game the system. For instance, contributors have to be registered to share their experiences of products and services, and those that come across as really slanted are axed by the curators before going through. “And we do allow the crowd to move those reviews up or down, so over time, if even something [questionable] gets through, it gets pushed through to the bottom,” he says.

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Can Web 3.0 save the publishing industry? – VatorNews

Can Web 3.0 save the publishing industry?
If publishers would utilize Web 3.0 to get their news feeds online, their products on Kindle and their brands splashed across Facebook—all with greater