Web 3.0

Examining the Linked Data opportunity; the case of Higher Education

Image via Wikipedia Regardless of where you stand on some of the questions of detail with respect to the Linked Data meme, it’s clear that significant enthusiasm is being marshalled behind both the concept and the opportunities that it promises. Dion Hinchcliffe looks at some of the means by which enterprise data can be more...

The Semantic Web Gang talk about semtech2009, LIVE

Back in May, I mentioned that the Semantic Web Gang podcast for June would be coming – live – from the stage of this year’s Semantic Technology Conference. Well, we did it, and it was a lot of fun. And as I mention during the session, being able to see the panel made my job...

How Open is ‘Open’ ?

Image by Getty Images via Daylife There has been a recent burst of enthusiasm for making raw data produced by and for Government more ‘open,’ and this must surely be welcomed. Long-running grass-roots efforts such as Tom Steinberg’s mySociety and The Guardian‘s Free Our Data campaign continue to innovate, but in an environment that is...

Looking back at the Semantic Technology Conference, and the rest of my week in the Valley

Image by official_powerset via Flickr Today’s my first day back at home, following a tour of Silicon Valley and a couple of days in London to present at the ISKO UK Conference. The main event was this year’s Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, which I’ve already partially covered via various blog posts over on...

Tom Gruber talks about Siri, the Virtual Personal Assistant

Image via CrunchBase Tom Gruber will be one of the keynotes at the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose next week, and there’s a lot of interest in what he’s likely to show. I spoke to Tom yesterday to learn more, and the result has just been released as a podcast. Well known in the...

TripIt – adding structure, one journey at a time

Image via CrunchBase TripIt is one of those web applications upon which I have really come to rely. Like Tungle, it sets about reducing the pain of dealing with the admin behind a boring, repetitive, frustrating yet necessary part of my work. For Tungle, as I’ve said before, that task is meeting scheduling. For TripIt,...

Discussing business search with Robin Johnson, CEO of FT Search

The supply of vertical search solutions tailored to particular business niches remains a lucrative and important area, even in these days of Google’s apparently unstoppable growth in generic search market share. Many of the products and companies involved are almost invisible to the general web user, either surfacing only inside the firewalls of large enterprise...

May’s Semantic Web Gang talks Wolfram Alpha and Google

I mentioned the Semantic Web Gang podcast last week, in the context of our upcoming Live appearance at the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose next month. This month’s show was recorded yesterday, and is now available. During the conversation, Gang members dig into the two hot stories of the moment; the launch of Wolfram...

Opening up and letting go to strengthen market position

Two separate pieces of news came my way during the night, and although both were written about elsewhere whilst those of us on this side of the Atlantic slept, they remain worthy of mention; both in their own right and because of the wider trend of which they are part. First, Cloud Computing provider 3Tera...

The Semantic Web Gang – LIVE in San Jose

Image via Wikipedia One of the podcasts I’ve been doing for a while is the monthly Semantic Web Gang. It began whilst I was with Talis, and the company continues to support production and hosting of the show. Unlike most of my podcasts (all listed over there on the right, for those of you reading...

Do Sociable Media herald the transition from complaint to FYI?

Image by luc legay via Flickr Much has been written about growing Enterprise use of social media (usually Twitter, these days) to successfully track and mitigate customer complaint. Many have been quick to spot that the disproportionately high cost of satisfying (or, more cynically, silencing) these early adopters is unlikely to scale effectively as an...

Surfing the Data Flow in Luxembourg

Today I’m in Luxembourg, at the invitation of the European Commission‘s Directorate General for the Information Society. As European readers are doubtless aware, the EC has traditionally been a generous funder of research across Europe’s member states, with Digital Libraries, the Semantic Web and more owing much to the largesse of Europe’s massive ‘Framework Programme‘...