Web 3.0

Amazon tethers balloons for now; attention turns to crunching data in the Cloud with Elastic MapReduce web service

Image via Wikipedia Amid mounting international concern that the guidance lasers aboard Jeff Bezos‘ new Floating Amazon Cloud Environment would interfere with Rudolph‘s sense of direction, sources close to the Amazon Web Services team tell me that they’ve been forced to alter priorities and switch attention to an early release of the next product on...

Happy Birthday, Web of Documents. Now bring on the Web of Data!

Image via Wikipedia Twenty years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee prepared the CERN memo that built upon existing principles such as hypertext and  — eighteen months later — gave birth to the World Wide Web. This Web of Documents has exceeded most people’s wildest expectations since reaching mainstream awareness on the back of graphical tools such as the...

Linked Data and the Enterprise: a viable two-way street

In a pair of blog posts yesterday, Andreas Blumauer of Austria’s Semantic Web Company touched on an area that has been absorbing my attention recently, and raised some questions worth exploring here. I am travelling to San Diego next week to speak about the importance of evolving Enterprise attitudes to data. Borrowing some nice turns...

Even in an Architecture of Participation, Thomson Reuters believes Content can be King

I write about Thomson Reuters‘ release of Calais 4.0 over on ZDNet today, and wanted to use this post to explore some of the broader context within which Calais should increasingly be considered. As well as linking to ‘usual suspects’ in the Linked Data space such as the CIA Factbook, GeoNames, DBpedia, Musicbrainz and the...

Zoho’s CloudSQL – another step toward the Data Cloud?

Already a popular provider of Cloud-based ‘Productivity & Collaboration Apps’ for individuals and ‘Business Apps’ for SMEs, Zoho today took the next step and unveiled CloudSQL. As Dennis Howlett notes in his coverage for ZDNet, “Put simply, this is the first step to providing a cloud based integration framework that allows developers to pass data...

Gartner’s Daryl Plummer stresses user interaction with the Cloud

Daryl Plummer, the Analyst at Gartner with oversight of their Cloud Computing activity, offers an interesting post on the ways in which Cloud Computing will actually impact individuals; “Now that is actually different than what many Cloud aficionados are doing. They, I would argue, are still focusing on how infrastructure and software will be the...

‘Reinventing the Wheel’ becomes world’s only growth industry ?

I am increasingly concerned by the extent to which the tech sector's current and future behemoths squander finite effort on reinventing 'context' at the expense of excelling in delivery of their 'core' proposition. The post explores some of the reasons for this reinvention of wheels, and asks whether previously sound reasoning is increasingly becoming a...

Cloud Computing is so much more than a computer in the Cloud

Cloud Computing has taken significant steps forward in recent weeks, moving ever-closer to aspects of Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web. What does this mean, and where do we go from here?