Anthony Myers of CMS Wire reports, “Core ideas about a more structured Internet, vis a vis the semantic Web, are quickly approaching mainstream consciousness. When Wikipedia, the sixth most popular Web site in the world, debuts its Wikidata platform later this year, it will be a major step in this direction. ‘Wikidata is going to blow everything else out of the water,’ Joe Devon of Startup Devs said during the closing panel of the 2012 Semantic Technology & Business Conference. Devon is also on the advisory board, but Dave McComb, who co-founded the SemTech Conference, also asserted his belief in how huge Wikidata is going to be.”

He continues, “While Wikidata will begin to usher in the linked data era for the Internet, enterprise applications are not moving in this direction as quickly. Once structured data models begin to gain wider mainstream acceptance, then businesses will begin to see their value, Craig Hanson of Amdocs said during the closing panel… In addition to giving some predictions for the semantic Web in 2012, closing panelists also gave their impressions of the best presentations and companies from the four-day conference. Gravity, a company focused on personalizing the Web for publishers, gave a presentation called ‘Real Semantic Technology for the Average Consumer,’ and Marie Wallace from IBM said she considered this one of the highlights of SemTech 2012.”

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