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Semantic Web Week (Part II)

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The profile of the Semantic Web continues to rise with an increasing number of interesting and diverse articles in the press and on line. Here are some more.

The number of interesting and varied articles on the Semantic Web continues to increase. Here is another sampling of this week’s offerings.

 

Semantic Criminal Law Enforcement: In an article at fcw.com called Long Arm of the Law (and subtitled "Enterprising law enforcement agencies use new technologies to spur cross-border data sharing"), Alan Joch provides an overview of the current state of the art in seamless data sharing among law enforcement agencies around the world. For the future, though, he reports that:

 

 

The next step for greater data interoperability will be Semantic Web technology, many law enforcement IT experts say. "Semantic technology hasn't really hit the justice world yet, but it could do so in the next year or so," [Paul] Wormeli [executive director of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute] said. "It's an evolutionary step forward for aggregating information from multiple databases for actionable intelligence."


And Now, Fast Web Outlets:In an endeavor somewhat reminiscent of the "Quick and Dirty Boat Building" contests that I used to see at WoodenBoat shows, three companies got together to answer the self-posed question, "Can You Build the Semantic Web in a Day?" They went about it like this:

 

 

 

 

The teams received a general problem description, which gave them plenty of room for interpretation. The task was to design and create a Web information system concerned with publications, authors, research topics, and so on. During the 24 hours, each team had to perform a project cycle with requirements analysis, specification, implementation, and presentation.


They also had unlimited Web access, and a CD starter pack with some Semantic Web building tools. The results? Give the article a read and find out.

 

 

 

 

I’ll continue to provide periodic examples of what’s happening in the Semantic Web space in order to keep you in the loop of how this is evolving.