Heritage Daily recently reported, “A comprehensive, English-language, open access encyclopedia of what was deemed the ‘Great War’ was introduced and released on Wednesday 8th October, in Brussels. The project ‘1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War’ is managed by researchers at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library. It is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The encyclopaedia combines the latest historical research with the many advantages of the Semantic Web. The content was written and compiled by 1,000 experts from 54 countries, and is continuously being updated and expanded.” The encyclopedia can be accessed here. Read more
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In an interesting turn of events, a project born out of the Occupy Wall Street movement to build social democracy 2.0 (see our story here) has turned into a commercial enterprise.
The effort keeps the title Project 99, but creator Brett McDowell is calling the open source intelligence firm the semantic technology powers OpenThinkLab. The idea remains largely the same, in that it seeks to draw upon the intelligence of the crowd and make it useable, this time in the service of anyone with questions to explore, from startups to think tanks to corporate titans like McDonald’s and MTV — and, yes, even stock traders.
A pair of bloggers has launched a semantically powered resource website for moms, WikiMommy.com. According to the website, “There are millions of mommy blogs and sites all over the internet. From blogs to giveaways, reviews, recipes, money saving tips, etc., moms contribute a considerable amount of information in various areas of the web. WikiMommy is here to collaborate all those wonderful thoughts and valuable insights and information into one site, where visitors from all over the world can find the info that comes from the best source – mom’s world.” Read more
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As we get ready to celebrate the July 4 holiday here in the States, there’s a lot to cheer for about how the Semantic Web can be a force for good when it comes to creating an informed and empowered populace upon which democracy depends. Examples of this include the work being done by the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to translate open government datasets into RDF and create applications using linked government data (read more here); and work by the Sunlight Foundation, which does things such as make semantic information in its OpenCongress wiki available via an API with the help of the Semantic MediaWiki extension.
The departure of Vivek Kundra as federal CIO that takes effect in August – together with the planned funding cuts to e-government initiatives, such as the Data.gov open data effort – may take its toll on the data that’s available to Semantic Web initiatives at the federal level. On the other hand, states themselves are plowing ahead, most recently with the launch of the State of Illinois Open Data site that’s built on Socrata’s platform. Socrata supports a number of different formats for developers, RDF among them, with its Open API. Cities won’t be left out of the mix, either, with New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, to name a few, pursuing this agenda.
But let’s take a moment to look beyond government data.
I consider myself firstly a fan and evangelist of semantic wikis and secondly a provider of technologies and solutions that offer those capabilities to enterprises. After spending several years following technologies related to this particular feature, on the eve of the Semantic Wiki session at the 2009 Semantic Technology conference next week, I wanted to offer some perspectives on Semantic Wikis and what the enterprises can hope to achieve from their deployments.