Graphing the Occupy Movement’s Use of Social Networks

Graphing the Occupy Movement’s Use of Social Networks

Whether you think the protestors camping out in various city parks around the world is justified or not, it is interesting to see this analysis published in Technology Review today. They used a tool from SocialFlow that examined a pile of Twitter data. Did you know the first use of their hashtag was in a July 13 Adbusters blog post?

Take A Look At the Geeky Goodness Cooking Up At the MIT Media Lab

Take A Look At the Geeky Goodness Cooking Up At the MIT Media Lab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be the birthplace of the American geek. Within MIT, its Media Lab drills down to the heart of the next wave of technology from creating buildings with 3D printing to prosthetic limbs to gesture-based user interfaces. For instance, the MIT Media Lab was where the idea for the technology seen in the…

New Efforts to Help the Virtual Botanist

New Efforts to Help the Virtual Botanist

At their annual conference this week in St. Louis, an international group of botanists are working on two efforts to integrate the Web into their efforts. Called the US Virtual Herbarium and the Open Science Network for Ethnobiology, both are trying to make education and use of plant materials easier for scientists around the globe.

Whatever Happened To… Google Base

Whatever Happened To… Google Base

The dream of creating a structured database of the world’s content has eluded Google’s grasp. But at least it got a bunch of useful retail data out of it.
The Web world is nothing if not Darwinian: it’s survival of the fittest and products need to evolve with the times. Some Web products fly and some don’t. Those that don’t fly either die out, or…

Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010

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…

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

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…

SPARQLZ Shines as a Vision for Linked Data Made Easy

SPARQLZ Shines as a Vision for Linked Data Made Easy

SPARQLZ is a stealth technology project aimed to provide a graphical user interface for everyday users to assemble, edit, share and mash-up modular, persistent, real-time searches across the web of Linked Data. It’s a side project by an independent team within a large data corporation, with dreams of spinning their work off as a startup.

It’s a…

Mapping People to Products: Hunch & GetGlue

Mapping People to Products: Hunch & GetGlue

A few weeks ago I wrote that we’ve moved to an era of the Web that is beyond social. My contention is that successful services of this era of the Web will be ones that filter, structure and personalize the vast amount of data coming onto the Web. An example of this kind of application is Hunch, which this week re-launched as an Internet…

“The Almighty API,” Crawling and The Programmable Web

“The Almighty API,” Crawling and The Programmable Web

Today, applications increasingly depend on a rich ecosystem of APIs. Thousands of different services are variously tethered together to form new software offerings and enhance existing ones. The idea of a programmable Web is finally coming true.
While this is not trivial, I am nonetheless beginning to question the long-term effects of an…

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

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

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…

Extractiv Launches “Semantics as a Service” Platform

Extractiv Launches “Semantics as a Service” Platform

Extractiv has quietly launched a service that crawls the Web for text on a specific topic, then transforms it into “structured semantic data.” It’s a direct competitor to Thomson Reuters’ Calais product, which has been doing this for a couple of years now. This type of service is potentially valuable to media companies, search services…

5 Key Trends of 2010: Half-Year Report for The Web

5 Key Trends of 2010: Half-Year Report for The Web

It’s now a little over 6 months into 2010, so a good time to reflect on the highlights of the year so far. At the beginning of the year, we identified some key trends to track: (in alphabetical order) Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Mobile, Real-Time Web, Structured Data.
Mobile and Real-Time Web have been particularly eventful in 2010…

Evri’s Evolution From Search to Real-Time News Curation

Evri’s Evolution From Search to Real-Time News Curation

When semantic recommendations service Evri launched two years ago, the product (backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen) was seen by many as a type of search engine. Nowadays, Evri models itself as a topic-based news service; in particular, tapping into the real-time streams of mixed media coming from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other…

Facebook & The Semantic Web

Facebook & The Semantic Web

This week we’ve been exploring the emergence of the Semantic Web among companies like Best Buy and Google. It’s all thanks to RDFa, code that is inserted into the HTML of web pages to add extra meaning. The increasing usage of RDFa was one of the main themes at the recent Semantic Technology conference in San Francisco.
There is perhaps no better…

How Best Buy is Using The Semantic Web

How Best Buy is Using The Semantic Web

Yesterday we wrote about the increasing usage of Semantic Web technologies by large commercial companies like Facebook, Google and Best Buy. The Semantic Web is a Web of added meaning, which ultimately enables smarter and more personalized web apps to be built. In this post we explore how a leading U.S. retailer, Best Buy, is using a Semantic…