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Toddling toward the semantic web: Two approaches
In this article I'll describe my experience with two semantic web tools that represent opposite ends of the use spectrum: Information Workbench (IWB) and Zemanta. IWB is a server product designed to help system architects in large organizations store, model, and visualize data from multiple RDF sources. Zemanta is a Web browser plug-in that helps publishers drive traffic to bloggers. Both give us a glimpse into the evolution of the semantic web, but they represent only baby steps on the way to a mature system.
IWB is described as a "self-service platform, making it easy for clients to develop Linked Data applications and perform enterprise analytics regardless of their prior experience with semantic technologies or languages." It's currently being used by three kinds of customers:
Even though IWB is not being marketed to small publishers, I wanted to see how it would work to connect Montague Institute Review articles to other kinds of semantic data, such as that published by the New York Times. I hoped that the exercise would give me an insight into the state of semantic web technology in terms of utility and usability.
When I installed IWB I was looking for a tool similar to Zemanta that would:
Created on 7/31/2012 l Updated on August 13, 2012