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Keep On Keeping On

“There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things…. Whenever his enemies have the ability to attack the innovator, they do so with the passion of partisans, while the others defend him sluggishly, so that the innovator and his party alike are vulnerable.”
–Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (1513)

Atlanta's flying car laneIn case you missed it, a series of recent articles have made a Big Announcement:

The Semantic Web is not here yet.

Additionally, neither are flying cars, the cure for cancer, humans traveling to Mars or a bunch of other futuristic ideas that still have merit.

A problem with many of these articles is that they conflate the Vision of the Semantic Web with the practical technologies associated with the standards. While the Whole Enchilada has yet to emerge (and may never do so), the individual technologies are finding their way into ever more systems in a wide variety of industries. These are not all necessarily on the public Web, they are simply Webs of Data. There are plenty of examples of this happening and I won’t reiterate them here.

Instead, I want to highlight some other things that are going on in this discussion that are largely left out of these narrowly-focused, provocative articles.

First, the Semantic Web has a name attached to its vision and it has for quite some time. As such, it is easy to remember and it is easy to remember that it Hasn’t Gotten Here Yet. Every year or so, we have another round of articles that are more about cursing the darkness than lighting candles.

In that same timeframe, however, we’ve seen the ascent and burn out failure of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs), various MVC frameworks, server side architectures, etc. Everyone likes to announce $20 million sales of an ESB to clients. No one generally reports on the $100 million write-downs on failed initiatives when they surface in annual reports a few years later. So we are left with a skewed perspective on the efficacy of these big “conventional” initiatives.

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For The Enterprise IT Set: Steps To Success With Semantic Tech

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IT leaders keeping an eye on Gartner’s top tech trends list know that early in March semantic technologies made the cut (see our original story here, and our follow-up with one of the authors of the Gartner report here). The big question for many enterprise IT pros, though, is what should they be doing with that knowledge – how can they start leveraging semantic technology to their own organizations’ benefit?

Help is on the way. Three experts in semantic web technologies and Linked Data weigh in with their advice on heading down that road:

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Research Libraries Take The Prize For Linked Data And SemTech Efforts

The 2013 Stanford Prizes for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL) were announced this week, and among the recipients and commended institutions are those where semantic web technology and Linked Data are on display.

One of the recipients is the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France), for both its Gallica and Data Digital Libraries. The discovery service, Data (data.bnf.fr), has integrated numerous BnF catalogues and finding-aids using a Semantic Web approach, so that the BnF’s collection holdings, including those of Gallica (which promotes French cultural heritage in digital form), “are visible through a single, high-tech lens,” according to the announcement of the awards.

“Together, both efforts drive a wider audience to the digital library from search engines,” the SPIRL announcement reports.

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Ask the Author – IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture

Image of the paper cover - I.T. of the Future: Semantic Cloud ArchitectureRecently, we published Yefim “Jeff” Zhuk’s article, “IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture.” The paper has been a very popular free download (available here).

One of the readers, Lev Gorodinski (CTO, EPaySpot), approached Jeff directly with some questions and the two engaged in a conversation filled with insights that they wanted to share with our readers. They are kindly allowing us to republish the thread in its entirety.

Photo of Lev GorodinskiLev Gorodinski: I’ve read the article and have some bigger picture questions and comments which likely warrant several discussions. Overall, I am interested in methodologies which aim to bridge the gap between knowledge and its technical manifestation and am therefore interested in the subject matter.

The term “sandbox” in BASE may create the impression that it isn’t a production level system. I think that both the goal of BASE to “Decrease the number of manual operations required for business changes” and its notion of a “playground” are essential to making it ready for production. This will allow an agile and iterative development and exploration process.

Photo of Jeff ZhukJeff Zhuk: The primary purpose is setting a common ground where business analysts and developers can collaborate on real business tasks. For some companies this ground can serve in production and other companies might feel more comfortable to use it as a playground for safe development and testing before copying to production. The role of the playground will be growing without growing maintenance cost.
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Linked Data on the Rise in SOA Efforts

Joe McKendrick of ZDnet recently argued that Linked Data is the next frontier for service-oriented businesses. He turns to a paper in the Semantic Web Journal for support. McKendrick writes, “Data is the extremely valuable commodity that the business needs to manage, digest and share, but the challenge of data integration hasn’t been fully resolved by XML, Web services or service oriented architecture. The paper, co-authored by a team led by Philipp Frischmuth and Jakub Klímek and posted on the Semantic Web Journal site, observes that classic SOA implementations to date have focused on transaction processing, but organizations seeking to being together their disparate data silos need to move on to the next step: linked data.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Alion Science & Technology

Alion Science and Technology is looking for a Semantic Web Developer in Washington DC. According to the post, “The Joint Program Development Office (JPDO) is leading the effort to bring NextGen online by 2025. Semantic web and SOA approaches will be leveraged to achieve the goals of NextGen. The semantic web developer will setup web service infrastructure to support web service and more frequently develop demonstrator applications that highlight the approaches taken.” Read more

SOA REST Cloud Computing RIA Android SOAPUI Expert Rohit Bharadwaj to speak at … – BigNews.biz (press release)

SOA REST Cloud Computing RIA Android SOAPUI Expert Rohit Bharadwaj to speak at
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In another two sessions Bharadwaj will focused on Semantic Web Future of Service Oriented Architectures and Web Service and REST Service Testing with soapUI

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EdUnifySM SOA Governance Framework Initiative Now Supported by 25 Education … – NewsBlaze

EdUnifySM SOA Governance Framework Initiative Now Supported by 25 Education
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EdUnify is a shared, neutral, community-based Web services registry and suite of semantic web tools designed to reduce costs of integration and improve

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Higher Education Group to Launch SOA Governance Framework – ebizQ

Higher Education Group to Launch SOA Governance Framework
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EdUnify is a Web services registry and suite of semantic web tools designed to reduce costs of integration and improve efficiency by providing a

Strengthening the Four Pillars of the Advanced Enterprise through Semantics; Data, Processes, Resources, and Access

Date: May 13, 2010, 11:00AM (1 hour)
Register: View the Recorded Webcast
Attachment: fourpillars.pdf (13.59 MB)

Data management, process management, access management, and resource management form the four pillars of the advanced computing enterprise. This includes critical technologies such as databases, web services & service oriented architectures (SOA), mobile devices, and cloud computing. Semantics helps adapt and unify them to your current enterprise to allow rapid adoption and effective use.

We outline and demonstrate the potential contributions of Semantics to each of the four pillars. The contributions exist along two dimensions; making each pillar operate more effectively and making semantics work more effectively through effective implementation of the pillar. This provides you with choices as to how focus your needs with potential semantic contributions.

We end by establishing an incremental, iterative plan outlining risks and benefits to allow you to gracefully incorporate Semantics into these critical enterprise areas.

  • Host semantic solutions in advanced enterprise technologies
  • Enrich key enterprise technologies with semantic extensions and enhancements to improve efficiency, effectiveness, functionality, and quality.
  • Identify semantic opportunities in the enterprise.
  • Outline a pragmatic plan for semantic enrichment

Presenters:

Matt Fisher
Matt Fisher
Progeny Systems

Matt Fisher is a Principal Systems Engineer at Progeny Systems who enjoys discussing the Semantic Web to the point that his wife hopes he gets a new hobby. 

John Hebeler
John Hebeler

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