HP Reveals Post-Acquisition Plans for Autonomy

Last summer, when HP gave up on smartphones to place a $10.3 billion bet on semantic-search company Autonomy, then-CEO Leo Apotheker’s bold plan was to create a new kind of enterprise search-enabled content management. Today, under new CEO Meg Whitman, the company revealed some of the fruits of that acquisition, including support for the…

New York Times Longitude: Linked Data + Location

Earlier this month the New York Times launched a beta testing playground called Beta620. It’s a site for the news organization to try out new web experiments, some of which may graduate to become full-fledged New York Times products.
An interesting Semantic Web experiment went live this week, called Longitude. As the name suggests, it presents…

On Data Markets and Their Evolution

More than two years after President Obama’s memorandum on his open government initiative, thousands of public authorities and organizations worldwide have embraced the main idea behind it. Opening up data and making them publicly available on the Web has been recognized as a key to fostering transparency and collaboration within public…

Is Schema.org Really a Google Land Grab?

Last week the Web’s three leading search companies – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! – announced a new structured data collaboration called Schema.org. It includes more than 100 new types of website markup for content like movies, music, organizations, TV shows, products, places and more. The stated aim of Schema.org is to “improve the display of…

LexisNexis Introduces Semantic Search

If you’re old enough, you’ll remember LexisNexis (especially the Nexis part) as a revelation – a way to search through tons of news articles, features, papers and more to research a topic or a person without having to wade through the endless green rows of “Readers’ Guides.” It has stayed relevant because of its focus – the Lexis part of the…

Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010

Every year ReadWriteWeb selects the top 10 products or developments across a range of categories. We kick off the 2010 ‘Best Of’ series with our selection of the top 10 Semantic Web products and implementations of the year.
This year we’ve chosen 5 products by semantically charged startups and 5 implementations by large organizations. The startups…

Web Linking Gets Deeper with New Standard for Link Relations

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has published a Request for Comment on a proposed standard for link relations across multiple web formats. From rel=”stylesheet” to rel=”bookmark,” rel=”payment,” and rel=”me,” according the the consensus of the IETF community members, link relations are now first class citizens with a centralized…

Semantic Startup Evri Goes Mobile

Evri, a semantic content discovery engine for real-time content, has decided to switch gears and change its focus. “Going forward, we consider ourselves a mobile company,” said Evri CEO Will Hunsinger. To that end, the company is now launching a handful of new mobile applications that use Evri’s core technology to enable the discovery of relevant…

How GetGlue Taps Into Our Emotions

Sometimes a successful web product takes a while to find its niche. Occasionally it morphs into a different product altogether, along the way. Both things have happened to GetGlue, the service where users “check in” to watching TV shows, reading books, listening to music – indeed, to just about anything.
I caught up with GetGlue…

PARC Releases New Semantic Technology (in Form of an Outlook Plugin)

The Palo Alto Research Center is releasing new semantic technology, based on Xerox PARC IP, in the form of an Outlook plugin called Meshin. At first glance, Meshin looks like the ugly stepsister to a similar Outlook tool called Xobni, as it also loads into an email sidebar window, displaying sections dedicated to recent conversations and a…

SpringerLink Adds Semantic Linking to eBooks

SpringerLink is a platform for eBooks, journals and reference works totalling over 4.8 million documents. The service has just launched a re-design, with new semantic linking features that enable users to access related content across eBooks and journals.
The semantic linking feature displays links to related content from SpringerLink’s archive…

Ask.com Gets Back to Its Roots: Launches Q&A Service

Ask.com launched in 1996 and even though the site went through a number of changes through the years (remember Jeeves?), it is still one of the first services many Internet users think of when looking for a site where they can get their questions answered. Today, after trying to compete with Google as a general search engine for a while, Ask.com is…

Flipboard, New “Social” iPad Magazine will be Powered by Semantic Data

The stealthy Kleiner Perkins-backed startup called Flipboard has now been revealed to be, as some suspected, a social application for the iPad. The new Flipboard iPad app bills itself as a “social magazine” – that is, one which aggregates status updates, tweets, photos and articles from those you’re connected to on social networking sites, like…

Beyond Social: Read/Write in The Era of Internet of Things

This blog was founded in 2003 on the philosophy of a read/write Web – a Web in which people can create content as easily as they consume it. This trend eventually came to be known as Web 2.0 – although others preferred Social Web – and was popularized by activities like blogging and social networking.
It would be easy to say that the ‘social…

BBC World Cup Website Showcases Semantic Technologies

The soccer World Cup has now ended, with Spain the victor. England was unceremoniously dumped out before the quarter finals – but if there was a World Cup for the Semantic Web, then the BBC may have lifted the trophy for its country. A post on the BBC Internet site explains how the BBC World Cup 2010 website used “dynamic semantic…