June of 2007 at the MITX (Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange) Technology Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, MA, the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee was awarded the organizations 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award (last year, Nicholas Negroponte was the recipient).
Prior to the main event getting underway (many other awards for innovation and leadership were handed out to Massachusetts-based hi-tech companies), knowing that Sir Tim was “in the house,” I asked about his whereabouts and was led to a VIP reception where he was holding court with several attendees including Fortune Magazine senior editor David Kirkpatrick (who later moderated a great discussion about the mobile Web). As that reception wrapped up, Sir Tim stuck around to answer some questions on video.
He and covered a fairly broad range of topics. We started out with a report card one of his most important initiatives as director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): the Semantic Web. For those of you not familiar with the Semantic Web, I asked Sir Tim to state its value proposition.
You can listen to what he has to say about, but the general idea is for there to be a layer of data on the Internet that he calls the “data bus” and the way the data bus works is not too different from how we’ve heard Microsoft’s WinFS filesystem described where connectivity between related data items is organic rather than synthesized. For example, whereas today, a mashup developer may have to call upon two APIs to show where a specific Starbucks is on a map, the Semantic Web approach might involve little more than a simple query of that data bus using a query technology called SparQL
As Sir Tim explained how SparQL works, it led me to the next natural question which was whether the current API-driven approach to relating Internet-based data from multiple sources would have to be reconciled with the Semantic Web. Given the popularity of API-driven access, in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help wonder if there wasn’t a bit of a race going on. On one side, there’s the W3C with the work its doing on the Semantic Web (based very much on something known as RDF or the Resource Description Framework
On the other, a lot of big Internet companies would probably prefer developers go the non-standard API route because of the way API-dependencies can result in developer loyalty (ok, “lock-in”). After all, once code is written and reliant on APIs (and it works), API extrication (in favor of using SparQL against RDF) will invariably entail a rewrite. That is unless developers are anticipating the Semantic Web and modularizing their code in such a way that they have query modules that abstract query specifics. In that case, so long as the module returns the same information, it’s only the guts of the module that have to be fixed (trust me, it’s much more complicated that I’m making it seem).
The message (regarding data access) from Sir Tim was of course very much about standards. If you subscribe to the notion of the Semantic Web, then you also believe that data access should involve standard mechanisms for data connectivity and queries (as opposed to APIs). That discussion of standards (we talked about the royalty-free issue as well as open source) was a great lead in to the next issue that I most wanted to hear from Sir Tim about: standards in the RIA (Rich Internet Application) space.
The big question there is whether the existence of exisiting non-standard (non-de jure standard, that is) RIA development platforms (eg: Flash and Java) along with the arrival of new ones (like Silverlight) is something that requires the attention of the very de jure-standards focused W3C. Not surprisingly, the stovepiping of the Web is something that is very near and dear to Sir Tim’s heart. Check out the video. Or, if you don’t have time to watch but want to hear the interview. We’ve stripped off the audio and made it available as a downloadable podcast or you can just hit the play button above on the Flash-based podcast player ( read more
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The new Semantic Web-like Oracle Events
application is out there.
Call it a mashup of Google Maps, Siderean Seamark, and Oracle Secure Enterprise Search.I, for one, think this is the coolest app ever to appear with an Oracle.com header on it - by far.
The "technology creep" intentionally initiated by OTN Semantic Web Beta
continues, all according to plan. (Insert evil laughter here.)
Saltlux, Inc. (a Korean Corporation, Kyung-il (Tony) Lee, CEO, called “Saltlux” hereafter) with its Intelligent Info. Retrieval and Text Mining Technology and IRI Ubiteq, Inc. (a Japanese Corporation, Tsukasa Ogino, CEO, called “Ubiteq” hereafter) agreed to for business alliance for a web2.0 solution business, and also both concluded for technical collaboration in Ubiquitous Technology of the next generation of Web (Service Web2.0, Web3.0).
Saltlux will get a toehold into the Japan market with merging its Intelligent Info. Retrieval and Text Mining Technology with an objective-oriented SNS and/or the visual-mapping of information technology, called “Spatial Gateway” of Ubiteq.
On the other hand, Ubiteq will accelerate its Web2.0-type solution business previously announced with adding Saltlux technologies for meeting the needs of enterprises and/or schools. And also, Ubiteq will get a toehold in the Korea market with “Spatial Gateway” by merging it into the solution business scheme of Saltlux.
Saltlux, Inc. : Lucy Cho TEL: +822-3402-0081(Ext.205) firstname.lastname@example.org
IRI Ubiteq, Inc. : Kosuke Ito email@example.com
TEL: +81-3-3344-7511 FAX: +81-3-3344-7522 firstname.lastname@example.orgIn addition, both companies also agreed to pursuit Ubiquitous Technologies as a mutual collaboration of R&D with the next generation of web technologies of Saltlux, such as Ontology and Semantic Web, and the sensor network and IPv6 technologies of Ubiteq for a near future ubiquitous solution.
Saltlux partners with KartOO to provide Web 2.0-based service [The Digital Times Oct. 26, 2006] On October 25, 2006, Saltlux (CEO: Kyung-il Lee) announced a strategic partnership with France based KartOO (CEO: Laurent Baleydier) to launch a service business based on semantic web and Web 2.0.
KartOO is a world-class Web 2.0 specialist recognized by Gartner. Saltlux will combine its semantic technology with the French company’s interactive visualization and group intelligence processing technology to launch a service business in Asia as its main target. KartOO’s KartOO Visu consists of the server system and the visualization client. The server system processes and represents a high volume of Java and XML-based knowledge information.
The flash-based visualization client can interact with the users. This solution provides all visualization features imaginable such as multidimensional knowledge maps, semantic information search engines, object navigation, and social network visualization.
Saltlux will combine its semantic engine ‘[IN2]SDOR’ with KartOO Visu to implement a wide range of next generation knowledge-based web applications, including semantic search engines, semantic KM, and semantic portals, and open their APIs. Saltlux will attend ISWC, the world’s largest semantic web conference to be held in the United Sates in coming November, and present how it has applied semantic technology to a ubiquitous computing environment. Read Article
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Ontology may be self studied through demonstration of construction and practice.
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