Category Archives: Semantic web

The meaning of it all, in XML

Here’s a relatively new web service for publishers and developers that’s a different spin on the semantic web. Amplify is mostly a semantic web service, although it tries to differentiate itself from other semantic services by saying it focuses on understanding content rather than classifying content — which is what the semantic web has been […]

How to approach content in the digital age

The phrase “User Generated Content” (UGC) has always been a troubled notion. At its heart it emphasises a divide between the user and the professional, with the implication that users have their place, and the professionals have theirs. Perhaps the aversion to this phrase stems from the fact that it is so simplistic. It doesn’t […]

The semantic web for publishers and bloggers

The semantic web is often referred to as the “next phase” of the world wide web. It’s also sometimes referred to — perhaps pretentiously — as “Web 3.0”. Wrapped up in this semantic web is an appearance of artificial intelligence as it involves computers “understanding” content (eg: teaching a machine that “Africa” is a continent […]

M&G ONLINE LAUNCH DIARY: Thou shalt semantically tag with Open Calais

Open Calais is a Thomson Reuters initiative that automatically generates rich semantic metadata from the content you submit to it. For the relaunch of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s oldest news site, my colleague Vincent Maher ran our site’s historic database, dating back to 1994, through the service. What happened next was amazing. We […]

10 Future Web Trends to watch

It’s a web 2.0 world these days. I never thought I’d use the term so frequently and freely, but it does encapsulate a new culture and way of doing things on the web. Read/Write Web — now my favourite website — has an excellent analysis of what it considers to be the Top 10 Web […]

Wikipedia: It's impossible, but works

Did this interview with Intelligence Magazine on Wikipedia… If you want to see the full interview buy the magazine… Intelligence Mag: How valuable do you consider Wikipedia as a reference source? Me: I think Wikipedia is a valuable reference source, but that readers should be on guard when they use Wikipedia material. I would use […]