Big Data and the Semantic Web are on a track to intersect. And businesses that want to be on track to profit from the explosion in data should start looking a little more closely at that intersection, and soon.
“We’ve got more data now than ever before coming at us, and it is coming faster and faster,” says Frank Coyle, director of the Software Engineering program in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, whose research is in the area of web services and semantic web technologies. “So the semantic angle is how can you organize this data to take advantage of it, to do queries over it.” Those in the semantic web community say RDF is the way to go, he says, adding that people now use the term linked data as another way of describing semantic data. “If you take Big Data and link it, then you have semantics – you have meaning now introduced into the equation.”