Using the Semantic Web in the Real World

Click the image to see the examples Descriptions and discussions about the Semantic Web can quickly get very esoteric, leaving even the Web technology savvy often feeling lost and confused. And that's before the many tongue-twisting acronyms and words like ontology start to get thrown around. That's why when it comes to the Semantic Web nothing is better than actual examples of real implementations. I know I didn't really start to understand the Semantic Web until I saw some early demonstrations using DAML (DARPA Markup Language) showing how it helped them find all data on equipment that had multiple names and descriptions. So to help here is a visual list of some good examples of public technology deployments that use Semantic Web technology. In the first few slides I do a head-to-head comparison of a search using traditional Web search technology and a query using Semantic Web technology. Click here to view examples of Semantic Web deployments.

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Descriptions and discussions about the Semantic Web can quickly get very esoteric, leaving even the Web technology savvy often feeling lost and confused. And that's before the many tongue-twisting acronyms and words like ontology start to get thrown around.

That's why when it comes to the Semantic Web nothing is better than actual examples of real implementations. I know I didn't really start to understand the Semantic Web until I saw some early demonstrations using DAML (DARPA Markup Language) showing how it helped them find all data on equipment that had multiple names and descriptions.

So to help here is a visual list of some good examples of public technology deployments that use Semantic Web technology. In the first few slides I do a head-to-head comparison of a search using traditional Web search technology and a query using Semantic Web technology.

Click here to view examples of Semantic Web deployments.

eWEEK's Emerging Technology Looks at the Semantic Web

Semantic Web Technology Gains Steam - eWEEK Labs tests out tools for building the Semantic Web

Weaving the Semantic Web - What is the Semantic Web, how will it effect the web and business, and what is its future?

Podcast: The Challenges of the Semantic Web - In this podcast I speak to Tim Berners-Lee about the current status of the Semantic Web, the challenges it faces and its future. I also speak to Eric Miller of Zepheira and to Stephen Downes, a researcher at the National Research Council's Institute for Information Technology in Canada.

And more to come. Check back later this week as I'll be posting my full interview with Tim Berners-Lee.