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Semantic Web Business: Going Nowhere Slowly
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D. Henschen
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1/7/2014 | 9:36:10 AM
Always Just Beyond The Horizon
Yes, we've been hearing about the Semantic Web for years, but can anyone share practical examples of applications that are real in the hear and now? Perhaps it's a nichey domain, like complex event processing, where people talk about mainstream adoption, but it's only practiced in rarified domains like national intelligence and a score of big banks and trading floors.
Amit Sheth
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1/7/2014 | 10:10:26 AM
Re: Always Just Beyond The Horizon
There is plenty of practical, real world examples if you care to look around!

Just a few of the examples can be found at:

http://www.slideshare.net/apsheth/semantic-web-powering-enterprise-and-web-applications

http://www.slideshare.net/apsheth/semantic-web-technolgies-and-applications-for-realworld

Contact W3C's Ivan Herman for his list.
gmtrmt
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1/7/2014 | 10:15:45 AM
Needs more visability
The problem is that at the moment the way semantic structure is implimented is too easy to game and Google etc stop supporting it as new exploits are found. Its also not present enough. Theres already schema.org which gives you markup for products etc but with no systems using this data theres no need to go to the trouble of putting it in place. make it visible and the web developers and online marketeers will jump all over it... just look at author profiles.
D. Henschen
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1/7/2014 | 10:25:12 AM
Re: Always Just Beyond The Horizon
One of these slideshows confirms my suspicion: an unnamed global bank and an unnamed national intelligence agency. The second slide show details generic app descriptions, but no names of actual companies putting them into practice.
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1/7/2014 | 11:04:58 AM
Re: Always Just Beyond The Horizon
I'm with you on this, Doug.  I've been listening to semantic web advocates for a decade in the government space but remain convinced that its power is still hopelessly dependent on people adhering to prescribed metacoding conventions in a world that has grown used to the brute force of search.

 
anon0361584963
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1/7/2014 | 12:16:43 PM
Re: Always Just Beyond The Horizon
EMC sells an enterprise storage software product based on Semantic Web technologies. They discussed it at a few conferences in 2012. 

http://semtechbiznyc2012.semanticweb.com/sessionPop.cfm?confid=68&proposalid=5008
juansequeda
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1/7/2014 | 2:39:43 PM
Constitute, semantic search engine for the world's constitution.
Constitute, a semantic search engine for the world's constitutions is powered by Semantic Web technologies: RDF and OWL. 

https://www.constituteproject.org
Laurianne
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1/7/2014 | 2:58:15 PM
Re: Always Just Beyond The Horizon
"We will never achieve its ideal universe of neatly marked up data..." Did anyone really back that vision in a serious financial way?
SethGrimes
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1/7/2014 | 4:40:45 PM
The point is not that there's nothing to SemWeb...
My point is not that there's nothing to SemWeb. I'll repeat a couple of sentences from the opening paragraph: "SemWeb is a narrowly purposed replica of a subset of the World Wide Web. It's useful for information enrichment in certain domains, via a circumscribed set of tools." My point is that there's much, much more available, providing similar capabilities, via more dynamic technologies and methods.
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1/8/2014 | 9:35:47 AM
Re: The point is not that there's nothing to SemWeb...
Ironic to see schema.org quoted as a signal that Semantic Web technology will never work....  It is semantic web technology. "No systems using the information from Schema.org"? Bing, Yahoo and Google harvesting doesn't count? Hmm... 

And what about Google's Knowledge Graph? It's a harvested/copied-and-then-curated RDF graph, now used to power Google's front-page. See e.g. righthand-side of https://www.google.com/search?q=barack+obama

Reading "one of these slideshows to confirm a suspicion" that "there are no names of actual companies putting them into practice"? "Did anyone really back that vision in a serious financial way?" "Only useful for information enrichment in certain domains"? I've apparently been too slow in updating my "Semantic Web Good News Show" (at http://www.slideshare.net/Frank.van.Harmelen/semantic-web-good-news ), so here goes with a bunch of recent updates. In no particular order:

Who's using the GoodRelations product vocabulary and markup?
  • Google
  • Yahoo!
  • BestBuy
  • sears.com (15 Million items)
  • kmart.com (250,000 items)

... and 10,000 more (http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/ )

Both Oracle's DB and IBM's DB2 implement semantic web datamodels and protocols

Pretty much every webpage on the BBC website (heard of them?) now hits an RDF triple-store. Examples: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/developers,  http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/feedsanddata, 60.000(!) BBC news items annotated with RDF (http://www.ontoba.com/blog/bbc-news-labs), etc.

NXP is one of the world's biggest makers of microprocessors (4.3b$). On data.nxp.com they have data on 26.000(!) products, internal triplestore (Dydra, 250K entitles, 2.5m triples)  to drive a website, this is externally available, to make it part of a broader ecosystem.

Renault publishes configuration options for its cars in RDF http://www.slideshare.net/fpservant/ldow2013

Electricity de France generates 300.000 personalised energy bills using SemWeb technology: http://data.semanticweb.org/conference/iswc/2013/proceedings-2/paper-04/html

New York Times publishes Linked Open Data http://open.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/more-subject-headings-published-as-linked-open-data/?_r=0

Ad.ly (adds from celebreties) goes RDF http://www.slideshare.net/testac/how-hollywood-learned-to-love-the-semantic-web

Monster Board goes RDF:  http://semanticweb.com/monster-offers-more-semantic-enabled-help-to-job-seekers-and-hr-staffers_b19673

Bill and Melinda Gates foundation goes RDF: http://priyankmohan.blogspot.com/2010/02/bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation_26.html

Let me know if you want more, I can supply dozens more of these. But of course no number may ever be enough if "you've been a semantic web skeptic for years"....
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