When I helped launch the Semantic Technology Conference and later the SemanticUniverse.com website, I also started watching the Semantic Technology Industry. In the time since that first SemTech Conference in 2005, I have watched the technologies and the surrounding community grow significantly. Along the way, the business of the Semantic Web has also grown up. Standards have been refined, tools developed, books written, partnerships formed, investments made, and companies have grown. Today, organizations have real-world implementations to show. The case studies are robust, and are allowing companies to do things in ways they simply could not before. Often, they are able to do so in less time and at a lower cost than before. There are companies that have built solid in-house, B2B and B2C semantic applications and tools. There are startups and innovations. There are creative semantic solutions to traditional data management issues and business concerns.
There is a lot going on in the world of Semantic Web business. And yet, we have barely begun to scratch the surface.
In September, SemanticUniverse.com and the SemTech Conference were acquired by WebMediaBrands. For more information about the acquisition, see the initial announcement and Tony Shaw’s recent blog post . I am absolutely thrilled about what this merger means for the community. We will offer the same excellent multimedia content and live events you have come to expect from both organizations. In coming days, weeks, and months, we will introduce new community tools and resources. If you are new to the world of Semantic Web, Web 3.0, and Linked Data, we want to welcome you and offer a guiding hand, and we will be working hard to provide the platform for you to connect with other members of the community.
We have big plans.