(by Frank van Harmelen)
This has been talked about a lot already at various places, but not yet discussed here: as announced in http://www.opencalais.com/node/9501, the next OpenCalais release early next year will start using identifiers from the Linked Open Data cloud. This will turn OpenCalais into a true Semantic Web service. All in all, the folk at OpenCalais/Reuters did a couple of brave things:
- when they enrich text with entity recognition for places, people, events, organisations, etc, they make the results availabe in RDF
- they make this available as a free service
- now they will use LOD URI’s for identifying their entities.
Amanda West (Chief Innovation Officer at Thomson Reuters) said a few interesting things during a session at IST2008 in Lyon last week
, including “many of Reuters’ customers are machines”. How much more motivation for a Semantic Web do you need?
This seems now to become a real trend: information-companies who are linking their main business product to the Semantic Web: MetaWeb releasing their Freebase as RDF (announced at ISWC), Yahoo! becoming ever more public about their use of RDF <http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/sweo/public/UseCases/yahoo/>
), and now Reuters joining the game. It seems that we are really getting there!
Tags: Amanda West, Reuters, Reuters Group PLC, Thomson Reuters