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Google Snags Semantic Web Firm Metaweb

In the latest in a string of acquisitions, Google has unveiled plans to purchase Metaweb, a firm that maintains a vast open source database of information about objects in the real world. Through the acquisition, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) aims to provide a smarter search engine that will be able to

Top Reasons For Implementing RDFa Search Engine Optimization

Before diving into RDFa (Resource Description Framework-in-attribute), we should understand the monumental importance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for all sites looking for new, or more, visitors. SEO is often underestimated because it is not a sexy Web technology like cloud computing or the Semantic Web. Plus there are a

Top 10 Reasons Not To Do a Semantic Web Project

The Semantic Web is a great vision that began almost ten years ago, but at this point, the failures outnumber the successes by a very large margin. In order to move closer to realizing the great theoretical vision of its founder, Tim Berners-Lee, it is important to understand the common

The Art of Narrative and the Semantic Web

The art of the narrative is one of the strongest threads running through our society and culture, and is in many respects one of the defining traits of humanity. “The story” is more than just a recitation of facts or assertions (whether real or otherwise). A good story is experiential.

Top 10 Online Communities for Technologists

To understand how deeply social media has become engrained into the heart of modern Web and even world culture, you only have to imagine the world in the year 1999 where there was no MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, or Meetup, and the only social spaces online were creepy Craigslist encounters. The

Hands-on Semantics for Practical Applications

few months ago I wrote the first piece in a series of articles looking at the Semantic Web in the business world. Since then my company has launched a product and a service that makes very heavy use of Semantic Web technology. In this article, I will share the lessons

Using RDFa with DITA and DocBook

he RDF data model gives you a way to add attribute name/value pairs to any resource that you can reference with a URI. This makes it easy to create metadata about nearly anything. The W3C’s RDFa standard is an increasingly popular syntax for storing RDF statements inside HTML documents, but

Use Cases Dictate How You Adopt the Semantic Web

he most widespread?and likely most reported on?Semantic Web technology is a W3C recommendation called RDF (Resource Description Framework). An XML-based language for representing data in knowledge bases, RDF is used in nearly all existing online knowledge bases. But while the spotlight is on RDF, other technologies such as NLP, SPARQL,

How RDF Beats Basic XML: Web-Based Data Sharing

eb 1.0 came about with the invention of HTML, which described web pages. That was fine, but very quickly people wanted the ability to describe more than just web pages. They wanted to describe everything, from documents to business entities to simply anything. That prompted the invention of XML, which

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