Posts Tagged ‘Ora Lassila’

The Web Is 25 — And The Semantic Web Has Been An Important Part Of It

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Today the Web celebrates its 25th birthday, and we celebrate the Semantic Web’s role in that milestone. And what a milestone it is: As of this month, the Indexed Web contains at least 2.31 billion pages, according to WorldWideWebSize.  

The Semantic Web Blog reached out to the World Wide Web Consortium’s current and former semantic leads to get their perspective on the roads The Semantic Web has traveled and the value it has so far brought to the Web’s table: Phil Archer, W3C Data Activity Lead coordinating work on the Semantic Web and related technologies; Ivan Herman, who last year transitioned roles at the W3C from Semantic Activity Lead to Digital Publishing Activity Lead; and Eric Miller, co-founder and president of Zepheira and the leader of the Semantic Web Initiative at the W3C until 2007.

While The Semantic Web came to the attention of the wider public in 2001, with the publication in The Scientific American of The Semantic Web by Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila, Archer points out that “one could argue that the Semantic Web is 25 years old,” too. He cites Berners-Lee’s March 1989 paper, Information Management: A Proposal, that includes a diagram that shows relationships that are immediately recognizable as triples. “That’s how Tim envisaged it from Day 1,” Archer says.

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Ora Lassila on Linked Data, APIs, and More

The W3C has shared a new interview by Ian Jacobs with Semantic Web expert Ora Lassila. When Jacobs asked about the relationship between the current proliferation of APIs and data integration, Orsilla commented, “I see the Open Web Platform and Linked Data together offering a solution. Good APIs are a step in the right direction. They give apps access to same functionality and data. But eventually things will become very complex because you have a large number of APIs that you need to take into account. The challenge in API-based integration is, what do you do about use cases you did not anticipate? In the longer term we must provide integration between silos. I want to have data that can move freely, that has been engineered to integrate easily with other data. Linked data standards are a very good candidate solution for achieving this. Other options may come along, but today linked data is the top contender.” Read more

Starting the Semantic Web: An Interview with Ora Lassila

A recent interview by Kim Chandler McDonald with Ora Lassila takes a look at the current state and future prospects of the semantic web. The article notes, “A large part of Ora’s career has been focused on the Semantic Web as it applies to mobile and ubiquitous computing at the Nokia Research Center (NRC), where he, among many things, authored ‘Wilbur’, the NRC’s Semantic Web toolkit… Ora is one of the originators of the Semantic Web, having been working within the domain since 1996.  He is the co-author (with Tim Berners-Lee and James Hendler) of the most cited paper in the field, The Semantic Web.” Read more