The Spring 2009 issue of PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Technology Forecast focuses on semantic technology. It features an interview with Zepheira partner Uche Ogbuji and highlights Zepheira’s overall contributions. In the interview, ‘From folksonomies to ontologies’, Mr. Ogbuji discusses how early adopters are introducing Semantic Web to the enterprise, ‘[describing] department-level Linked Data initiatives and how grassroots efforts can lead to companywide successes’. He focuses on the balance of technical and social matters within the firewall, and overall on pragmatics rather than technological purity.
SemTech 2009 is the premier semantic technologies event held in San Jose CA the week of June 15, 2009. SemTech 2009 is where the industry comes together for four days of tutorials, workshops and talks on the future of the Web, marketing, search and discovery. Tracks for Web developers, business managers and VCs are offered including: Data Integration and Mashups, Linked Data, Semantic Integration, and Semantic SOA.
Zepheira partners Eric Miller, Uche Ogbuji, and David Wood were speakers at Wilshire’s Enterprise Data World conference held in Tampa, FL from April 5-9, 2009.
David Wood was a panel member of Issues Forum: Opportunities for Semantic Technologies within Enterprise Data Management along with Tony Shaw, Wilshire Conferences, Inc., Kevin Lynch,Central Intelligence Agency, and Sanjiva Nath, zAgile. This forum was designed to bridge the gap in understanding and start the conversation to build meaningful partnerships between enterprise customers and semantic developers.
PURL Server version 1.5 has been released and is recommended for all PURL server operators.
Version 1.5 of the PURL server subtly changes the relationship between PURLs and domains to better support legacy PURLs. Domains may now be created that contain PURLs of the same name (that is, a PURL with a name corresponding to an empty string or a ‘/’ character).
The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program is an effort funded by the US Library of Congress to develop a national strategy to collect, archive and preserve the burgeoning amounts of digital content for current and future generations. It is based on an understanding that digital stewardship on a national scale depends on active cooperation between communities in public and private sectors. The Library has built a preservation network of over 130 partners from across the nation to tackle the challenge, and is working with them on a wide spectrum of initiatives including collections of historical, scientific, cartographical, media, legislative and sociological materials.
On April 8th Zepheira partner David Wood will be participating in a 90-minute discussion between semantics and data management professionals aimed at sharing expertise and starting the conversation between these two communities at Enterprise Data World in Tampa, Florida. You can find the full conference schedule and registration information at the Enterprise Data World site.
The PURLZ Persistent URL Server version 1.4 is now available. See the PURLZ Downloads area to get your copy now. This release improves handling of URLs with query strings and special characters. It is recommended for immediate use by all PURL server operators. PURLs are Web addresses or Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) that act as permanent identifiers in the face of a dynamic and changing Web infrastructure. This capability provides continuity of references to network resources that may migrate from machine to machine for business, social or technical reasons. Details are available on the PURLZ community site. Please see also the README and Release Notes for version 1.4.
A legacy loader is available to take old OCLC version 1 Persistent URL (PURL) database dumps and upload PURLs into the new project‘s RESTful API. This is not production code, but is provided in the hope that it may be useful to operators of old PURL servers wishing to migrate to a more modern PURL server. The legacy loader has been released under an Apache 2.0 license. To get the legacy loader, use Subversion to check it out like this:
svn co http://purlz.zepheira.com/svn/purlz/purlsbulkloader
Check out the code and follow the directions in the file README.txt. This information is also available at the PURL PURL Project’s Download Area .
Laura Campbell, chief information officer of the US Library of Congress, is featured in “Bye, Tech: Dealing With Data Rot”, a segment on the CBS Sunday Morning television program, March 1, 2009. In the program David Pogue reported on the dangers of data loss–“what happens when technological progress leaves your most precious memories and recordings behind.” He also interviewed experts on digital preservation, including the discussion with Campbell, regarding the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
Uche Ogbuji discusses how Semantic technologies are key for information management professional to realize the much-hyped benefits of “Web 2.0” as part of a panel at the Society for Information Management meeting on Tuesday February 17, 2009. The panel discussion, entitled “Web 2.0 – The Paradigm Shift” is part of the SIM series on “Emerging and Converging Technologies”. Other participants on the panel include JB Holston, CEO and President of Newsgator and Kristen Harris, Director of Web Content Engineering at Sun Microsystems, Inc.