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Zepheira Featured in EWeek Article on Semantic Web

EWeek has published an story by Jim Rapoza discussing the Semantic Web. In “Spinning the Semantic Web”, Jim interviews Eric Miller of Zepheira and Tim Berners-Lee of the W3C on the increased recognition of need for technologies to assist in semantic integration of data in the Enterprise and on the Web. Even when high profile companies choose not to use specific Semantic Web technologies, it is possible to convert their proprietary data into standard and reusable forms for additional linkage in a web of data. EWeek concludes:

“Our take is that the Semantic Web will eventually succeed, as it holds too many benefits for too many people to fall by the wayside. But it’s also likely that the Semantic Web won’t come about in the exact same way that many people envision. The lesson of the Web 2.0 technologies is that users are often surprising in the way they utilize new technologies. Miller told us that he had already seen businesses using Semantic Web technologies in interesting and unexpected ways.” “Spinning the Semantic Web”, 29 May 2007.

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Zepheira Featured in EContent Podcast on Semantic Web

EContent magazine editor Michelle Manafy interviewed Eric Miller of Zepheira on 24 April 2007 about practical applications of the Semantic Web. They discussed common misconceptions of Semantic Web, and the present surge in practice of such technology after long incubation.

“Businesses are starting to realize the full potential of employees’ collective mind-share as they create digital assets, spreadsheets, presentations, e-mail and such… Enterprises that treat their environment as a Web of data are able to take advantage of how information is connected to mine their employees’ insights in order to make better business decisions.”—Eric Miller, “Practical Applications of the Semantic Web” podcast, 24 April 2007.

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IEEE Software News Feature on Semantic Software Maintenance

David Wood, a partner in Zepheira, was recently interviewed for a full length news feature to appear in the July-August edition of IEEE Software. The feaure will explore how and if the concepts and technologies in the Semantic Web are affecting, or will affect, the discipline of software engineering. David attracted the interest of the editors after his paper Toward a Software Maintenance Methodology using Semantic Web Techniques was presented at Software Evolvability 06.

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Bridging the Gap between Semantic Web and Web 2.0 workshop at ESWC 2007

David Wood, a partner in Zepheira, has been invited to join the program committe for the workshop Bridging the Gap between Semantic Web and Web 2.0, to be held in conjunction with the 4th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2007. The main topic of the workshop is to bridge the gap between the Semantic Web and the upcoming Web 2.0 communities. The workshop is being organized by Andreas Hotho and Bettina Hoser of Universitaet Kassel.

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Making Semantics Work For Business workshop at ESWC 2007

David Wood, a partner in Zepheira, has been invited to join the program committe for the workshop Making Semantics Work For Business, to be held in conjunction with the 4th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2007. This workshop aims to solicit demonstrations of semantic technologies solving real business problems and is being organized by Lyndon Nixon of Free University Berlin, Roberta Cuel of University of Trento and David de Francisco of Telefonica, Spain.

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Zepheira featured in BusinessWeek Podcast

As part of BusinessWeek’s “CEO Guide To Technology” series Rachael King interviewed Eric Miller of Zepheira for “The CEO Guide to the Semantic Web”. The interview, recorded 9 April 2007, discussed the evolution of Semantic Web technology, and focused on the factors that make this technology particularly relevant to businesses today.

“Quite frequently businesses are realizing that inside their organization they’re creating very valuable data assets, and the problem of not being able to stitch those data assets together is keeping them from making effective decisions.”—Eric Miller, “The CEO Guide to the Semantic Web”, 9 April 2007.

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Zepheira featured in MIT Tech Review article

“Part I: A Smarter Web” is a feature article by John Borland in the March, 2007 edition of MIT Technology Review. The four-page article includes significant coverage of Zepheira, touches on the company’s professional work and the personal journey of President Eric Miller. The author traces Semantic Web technology from labs and institutions through early adoption in smart organizations through venture capitalists and into the business mainstream. Zepheira’s expert team has taken a lead role in shepherding Semantic technology through all these stages of development, and commercialization. We are at the forefront of efforts to integrate the promise of semantic technology into the practical needs of today’s organizations. Contact us today to learn more.

“Zepheira, a consulting company that helps businesses link fragmented data sources into easily searched wholes…”—John Borland in MIT Technology Review, 19 March 2007

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rdflib 2.4.0 released

Daniel Krech, along with a great group of contributors, has released rdflib-2.4.0, a Python library for working with RDF. The library contains parsers and serializers for RDF/XMLN3NTriplesTurtleTriXand RDFa. The library presents a Graph interface which can be backed by any one of a number of store implementations, including, memory, MySQL, Redland, SQLite, Sleepycat, ZODB and SQLObject. The 2.4.0 release contains improved literal support in regards to datatype mapping and comparison operations, many SPARQL fixes and improvements, and many other fixes and improvements.

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HTTP Vocabulary in RDF

The Web Accessibility Initiative WAI Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG) has released the first public Working Draft of HTTP Vocabulary in RDF. This specification defines an RDF vocabulary for concepts relating to HTTP protocol and conventions. This can be used in a variety of ways, including expression of business rules for Web interaction and analysis of actual Web interaction records.

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